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Crisis Management Examples

Examples of brands (and people) handling PR crises effectively and not so effectively.

Pigalle to Customer: 'You Must Enjoy Vomit'

When a disgruntled Pigalle customer took to the restaurant's Facebook page to complain publicly about her Thanksgiving meal rather than calling the restaurant or saying something while she was...

How The Red Cross defused a potential Social Media crisis situation

Coming off the heels of Kenneth Cole's recent PR blunder on Twitter, the Red Cross found itself in a potential crisis situation on Twitter a couple of days ago.

Chapstick - Another Example of a Brand Who Doesn't Get Social Media

Ho hum, another day, another example of a company or brand exhibiting all the traits of a company or brand who simply doesn't get it when it comes to social media - in this case Chapstick. 

McDonald's Twitter Campaign Goes Horribly Wrong #McDStories

McDonald's tried to promote its brand and engage with customers through two promoted trends: #meetthefarmers and #mcdstories.

Unfortunately for McDonald's, many Twitter users decided to post their horror stories at the fast food chain using the second of those hashtags. In essence, McDonald's paid to promote a trend that showered the company in bad publicity. McDonald's later admitted that "#mcdstories did not go as planned."

Snickers Gets Called Out For Paying Celebs to Tweet About The Candy

Snickers paid several celebs in the UK to tweet pictures of themselves eating Snickers bars.

The ad campaign didn't sit well with the UK's Office of Fair Trading, which requires companies to explicitly spell out when a product is being endorsed. The OFT launched an investigation into the Twitter ads, but eventually cleared Snickers of wrongdoing.

NRA Tweet: 'Good morning, shooters. Happy Friday! Weekend plans?'

American Rifleman, a journal affiliated with the National Rifle Association, posted a pro-gun tweet as the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, CO was unfolding.

The tweet itself appeared to have been pre-scheduled through Hootsuite, but needless to say, it struck a nerve. The tweet was deleted several hours later and the account was deleted later that day, as well.

CelebBoutique Misguided Aurora Tweet Sparks Twitter Outrage

CelebBoutique, an online store, posted a promotional tweet with the Aurora hashtag to take advantage of a trending topic. Unfortunately, the company's PR apparently did not take the time to read up on why Aurora was trending, so the tweet came off as incredibly insensitive.

Chick-Fil-A Faces Gay Marriage Backlash on Twitter, Facebook

Chick-Fil-A president Dan Cathy sparked a social media firestorm among gay marriage supporters and opponents after taking a public stance on the divisive issue.

Oops: Microsoft insults Ann Coulter on Twitter

Microsoft briefly got political in September, when one of the people who manages its Twitter account dissed conservative talking head Ann Coulter from the Microsoft account, rather than from his personal account. Microsoft replied to a tweet from former U.S. labor secretary Robert Reich with the following post: "@RBReich your granddaughter’s level of discourse and policy > those of Ann Coulter." Ouch.

KitchenAid Tweets Joke About Obama's Dead Grandma [UPDATED]

After President Obama mentioned his grandmother during the first presidential debate in October 2012, the kitchen appliance manufacturer responded by posting the following tweet to its 24,000 followers: "Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! She died 3 days b4 he became president. #nbcpolitics"

To the company's credit, it quickly removed the tweet and issued an apology, explaining that a member of the KitchenAid team had mistakenly posted it from the company account instead of from a personal handle.

StubHub Twitter Account Posts Vulgar Tweet, Then Deletes It

Someone posted a vulgar tweet from StubHub's account, calling the ticket sales website a "stubsucking hell hole." The tweet was up for about an hour before the company finally deleted it and issued an apology. It's unclear whether the tweet came from an unhappy StubHub employee or if the account was hacked.

American Apparel Angers Twittersphere With 'Hurricane Sandy Sale'

American Apparel offered 20% off for those in states affected by Hurricane Sandy, in case they were "bored" by the storm. Customers quickly took to Twitter and other social networks to criticize the ad.

Gap Criticized For Insensitive Tweet During Hurricane Sandy

American Apparel wasn't the only retailer to frustrate those affected by Hurricane Sandy. As the storm made its way up the East Coast, The Gap seemed to encourage those hunkering down for the storm to do some online shopping. The company eventually took down the tweet and offered a semi-apology.

Macy's Twitter and Facebook Pages Overrun With Anti-Trump Comments

Macy's was pressured to drop spokesman Donald Trump after Trump's publicity stunt, in which he offered to donate $5 million in exchange for President Obama's college records and passport application.

More than half a million people signed an online petition asking Macy's to sever its relationship with Trump, and the retailer's Facebook and Twitter pages were bombarded with anti-Trump comments.