If the Twitter feeds of consumer brands are indicative of any larger trends, then voter turnout should be huge today. From Skittles to White Castle to Kenneth Cole, big companies were tweeting their civic pride — while carefully avoiding anything in the way of partisan rhetoric.
Be it a sporting event, a holiday, or even an election, brands these days do not pass up on an opportunity to indulge in some real-time marketing — sometimes to their benefit, but more often to their disadvantage. Here then are the good, bad and ugly brand tweets that attempted to walk the line between patriotic and promotional … right on into the polling station:
— Grey Goose (@GreyGoose) November 4, 2014
Are you encouraging people to get drunk and then vote or vote and then get drunk? Either way, the clean lines with just a tiny brand logo and a glass in the middle is a design winner, if nothing else.
Are you exercising your right to choose bold colors? Happy Election Day! pic.twitter.com/nC4aNhMBCw
— Sherwin-Williams (@SherwinWilliams) November 4, 2014
While blue and red hardly qualify as “bold colors,” we get the smart brand promotion there, Sherwin Williams.
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— Patagonia (@patagonia) November 3, 2014
Finally one brand that isn’t promoting a product, but a cause—and even putting in the effort to use original art for it. Kudos, Patagonia.
— Staples US (@Staples) November 4, 2014
So Twizzlers represent the Republicans and M&Ms represent the Democrats? There is so much happening here that it’s downright confusing.
— KFC (@kfc) November 4, 2014
We’ll opt for the green party: a nice salad.
— White Castle (@WhiteCastle) November 4, 2014
Where is In-n-Out when you need it?
What would get your vote for best Starburst flavor?
— Starburst (@Starburst) November 4, 2014
Again, it’s not about you Starburst!
Vote Rainbow for Senator from the great state of Give Me All Your Skittles! I’ll represent.
— Skittles (@Skittles) November 4, 2014
This tweet is undecipherable, but comes close to hinting at a message of equality for gays. We think?
— Cole Haan (@colehaan) November 4, 2014
You’d expect a classy brand to roll out classy social content. You’d be wrong. Really Cole Haan?