At the end of the year, Americans will elect the 45th President of the United States but before a vote has even been cast, a fierce battle has been raging in the social media thunderdome. The Democrat favourite is America’s power suit sweetheart, Hillary Clinton- former First Lady and Secretary of State. So what can marketers learn from the social media blunders of Hillary?
Watch out for mobile
In an attempt to appear #relatable, NCB’s fluff piece about Hillary Clinton staffers chowing down on pizza took an unexpected turn. On a desktop, the article “Hillary Clinton’s Campaign Is Powered By Pizza, Analysis Shows” looked innocent enough. Mobile users got a more “Netflix and Chill” reading:
The Internet understandably went into meltdown mode at the revelation that Clinton was “guilty as charged” for being powered by pizza and anal sex. It’s #susanalbumparty fiasco all over again, begging the question: will they ever learn? The tweet went bonkers, especially considering 80 per cent of Twitter users are mobile. Luckily no cigars were hurt in the making of this tweet.
Nobody puts Rosa Parks in the corner
To commemorate the 60th anniversary of Rosa Parks’ arrest- one of the most famous events in America’s fight for civil rights- Clinton marked the occasion with a special logo on all of her social media accounts. Clinton’s logo, usually a blue and red “H” with a bold arrow as the crossbar, depicted an African-American lady sitting at the back of the H-shaped bus- something which Parks was quite obviously fighting against when she refused to give up her seat for a white person. Think it through, Hil.
Using emojis doesn’t make you groovy
Clinton’s attempt to look hip-with-the-kool backfired terribly when she asked her followers:
How does your student loan debt make you feel?
Tell us in 3 emojis or less.
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) August 12, 2015
The super-trendy emoji conversation was a way to promote Clinton’s newly announced $350 billion college affordability plan. Clinton was accused of being insensitive, grammatically incorrect (fewer not less) and patronising to those within her target audience who are able to express their emotions through words. Namely anyone that isn’t five and under. But srsly, how many burrito emojis will it take to clear my student debts?
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