#IGotVerizon: Verizon gets trolled over promoted Twitter hashtag
Fresh off announcing a slate of new data plans, Verizon thought it would be a good idea to promote it with a sponsored hashtag on Twitter.
The hashtag, #IGotVerizon, was meant to sway people to make the switch and encourage people to tweet positively about the brand, like this:
Paying less per GB on the new Verizon Plan? #IGotVerizon makes everyone feel like they’re @KingJames. https://t.co/BeEUAVyGwo
— Verizon (@verizon) July 7, 2016
Instead, it quickly went haywire. Hundreds of furious Twitter users hijacked the hashtag to complain about the company, slamming the new plans in a communal therapy session.
Here are some examples:
#igotverizon but it’s absolutely the most disproportionately high bill I pay. For limited data. Giant company should be able to do better.
— CJ Lake (@cjlake) July 7, 2016
#iGotVerizon but clearly #VerizonDontGotMe these new plans are
— Victor Mendez (@Victor_J_Mendez) July 7, 2016
#IGotVerizon More like they have you, taking you for every penny. pic.twitter.com/RyXuefwFxv
— Gotham_Knowledge (@GothamKnowledge) July 7, 2016
Not sure paying to promote #IGotVerizon a day after announcing plan cost increases resonates well with subscribers. #IGotJipped
— Eric Vaughn-Terre (@artattack212) July 7, 2016
#IGotVerizon and I wish I had @TMobile
— edward (@itsedward7) July 7, 2016
Competitors saw the opportunity and jumped in like the CEOs of Sprint and T-Mobile:
GREAT strategy @Verizon:
Step1: Raise prices
Step2: Tell them you aren’t raising prices
Step3: Tell them to be thankful
— MarceloClaure (@marceloclaure) July 6, 2016
.@verizon creates pain points, then charges more to solve the pain points created. Where have I heard this business model before? #Sopranos
— John Legere (@JohnLegere) July 6, 2016
Verizon ranks toward the bottom when it comes to customer satisfaction, so letting people openly comment on the brand probably wasn’t its smartest idea. The company didn’t immediately reply for comment about the campaign.
Inside NHL’s content strategy ahead of the Stanley Cup Finals
The NHL is offering live and on demand content on YouTube and across social media platforms such as TikTok, Instagram and Twitter.
‘We need an ad exchange for identity’: Overheard at the Digiday Programmatic Marketing Summit
Brand and agency executives discussed the state of cookieless identifiers, ad tech firms attempting to become one-stop shops and the extent to which ads should and shouldn’t be personalized.
Five years in, the GDPR has had a double-edged impact on the ad market
When it launched in 2018 the GDPR was hailed as a privacy superhero of sorts. It set the rules for how companies handle personal data, making sure they couldn’t just grab it without someone’s permission.
SponsoredHow enterprise-grade CDPs are enhancing data processes and improving customer experiences
Produced in partnership with Marketecture The following article highlights an interview between Martin Kihn, Salesforce’s senior vice president of Marketing Cloud, and Ari Paparo, founder and CEO of Marketecture Media. Register to watch more of the discussion and learn how brands are making the most of enterprise-grade CDP technologies. As brands expand across channels and […]
GroupM’s JiYoung Kim calls for programmatic innovation and cites creative as an area in need
During a session at the Digiday Programmatic Marketing Summit, the agency executive cited ad creative as one specific area in need of innovation.
Digiday+ Research: Agencies choose contextual targeting over first-party data in post-cookie era
Three-quarters of agencies are actively preparing for the end of the third-party cookie, and 70% said they're doing so by spending more on contextual targeting campaigns.