First Mover Advantage – Now With FREE PR!
Brandweek reported on Skittle’s move to make their homepage a wiki. I was directed to a twitter page rather than their wiki page, but the point is clear: whether or not they achieve their goal of “leveraging what we think are the key consumer social media touchpoints”, they have received a tremendous amount of free publicity (positive and negative) from this.
Rather than rush to copy what Skittles (brilliantly) did, think of taking a bet and FULLY adopting a social media technology boldly and brashly to get some good publicity for your organization.
Here are key considerations:
- Pick the right thing– Mars candy did not let their entire corporate web page be the wiki/twitter. They picked a good brand. As Brandweek put it, “The effort underscores Skittles’ brand positioning, which Walker said was ‘a border zone . . . Skittles lives in a world that is unexpected.’ “
- Prepare to respond quickly – Skittles wikipedia page is now under “semi-protection” and there is the dreaded, “This article is written like an advertisement.” at the top of the wikipedia page. Have a plan to monitor, respond, and manage the move and MAKE SURE that all internal stakeholders are informed of the change.
- Do something different with something familiar – The eTrade baby on twitter is a great example. eTrade has a ton of brand permission to do something different with their young corporate spokesman. It is engaging, different, and won’t likely produce a lot of backlash.
Here are some free ideas to exploit:
- Investment Professionals – Open your personal portfolio, debt, and budget numbers to your clients and prospects
- CPG Companies – Put old concept boards your company is no longer developing on a site for people to vote
- Car Dealers – Put your recent sales prices right next to current inventory to allow customers to see what others have actually paid
- Restaurants – Put all your recipes, down to the letter, on a wiki that’s open to the public
What other ideas can you think of? What will it take to get as much value in the technology as in the publicity?
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