Examples of Twitter campaigns



Here are some examples of recent Twitter campaigns in the media






Linguistic Barriers in Consumer Behaviour

Translation Mistakes in Advertising!


Bacardi concocted a fruity drink with the name ‘Pavian’ to suggest French chic … but ‘Pavian’ means ‘baboon’ in German. –


A hair products company, Clairol, introduced the “Mist Stick”, a curling iron, into Germany only to find out that mist is slang for manure. Not too many people had use for the manure stick.

Coca Cola

When Coca Cola was first introduced into China they named it Ke-Kou-Ke-La. Unfortunately, the Coke company did not discover until after thousands of signs had been printed that the phrase means “bite the wax tadpole” or “female horse stuffed with wax”, depending on the dialect.

Coke then researched 40,000 Chinese characters and found a close phonetic equivalent: Ko-Kou-Ko-Le, which can be roughly translated as “happiness in the mouth.” (have you seen what it can do to teeth?).



Coors the American brewer lost its fizz in Spain when their hip phrase “Turn It Loose” came out as “Get Diarrhea”.


General Motors

When General Motors introduced the Chevy Nova in South America, it was apparently unaware that “no va” means “it won’t go.” After the company figured out why it wasn’t selling any cars, it renamed the car in its Spanish markets to the Caribe.

Toyota MR2

Marcel Rigadin reports that Toyota makes the MR2, which in France is pronounced “merdé” or spelled ‘merdeux’, means “crappy”.


Götzen in Turkey .

The european hardware store chain “Götzen” opened a mall in Istanbul. “Göt” means “ass” in Turkish. They changed the name to “Tekzen”.




Different Arrangements for next week’s class

So that we can all try out hosting a Google+ Hangouts on Air, we will be moving to the library.

Class: Tuesday 10th May 2016, meet in the library coffee shop from 4.30 to 5.00, moving onto a booked library room. Bring your laptop

Olatagu Johnson has offered to book the room, and he will add the room number to the comments below.

Before you come to class there are a number of things you need to do on your laptop/

Make sure you can access Google+

  1. Create a new community, as add your instructor and peers to the list by inviting us to join the community.
  2. You need to create yourself a You Tube channel. You must also make sure you verify the channel before class, or it won’t work.
  3. Make sure your Google+ is connected to your You Tube channel
  4. download the latest hangouts plugin hangouts plugin

In class you will get the chance to try out being a host for an online broadcasting channel, hangouts on air.



How To Prepare for a Pitch

I like pitching. Working as a freelance marketing consultant, I spend a big chunk of my time in advertising agencies securing new business and building client relationships. I really enjoy the buzz that comes with giving the presentation, but it wasn’t always this way. Here are my insider tips to help settle your nerves and set you up for success.

Believe what you pitch

Since you’re here, I’m going to assume that you have a genuine passion for your business idea, product, or service and you’re convinced that it’s the best for the job. If so – that’s half the battle won. Real belief and enthusiasm will outshine everything you say, write, and do. And that will impress your potential clients.

Similarly, you need to know what your business stands for and be able to get people excited about it—quickly. I suggest having an ‘elevator pitch’ ready. This may feel a bit robotic at first, but it does pay to write a paragraph or some bullet points on what makes you and your product or service different. What you say impacts what someone thinks of your business, so don’t waffle and use natural, everyday language.

Know your sector

To truly differentiate yourself, you need to know what your competition is up to. Get up to speed with the trends and developments in your industry. This means being vocal and active in all the relevant channels as a matter of course – going to events, subscribing to (and reading) industry publications, and keeping abreast of social media, to name a few.

Prove your mettle

Before you invite people to hear your pitch, make sure your credentials are in order. Write a case study at the end of every completed project, comprising what, when, where, why, and how you delivered it. Ask your satisfied clients for references too. If you’ve yet to have a paid client of your own, don’t worry – any relevant experience either under previous employers or unpaid work still counts. If you haven’t been doing this, I’d say start now. I have often struggled to pull together relevant examples of my work in a last-minute panic, and believe me, you don’t need the extra pressure when you’re facing a pitch.

Research (and get in the client’s head)

So you’ve got your credentials sorted, you are completely clued up on the market, and can explain exactly why your business is the best at what it does. And now you’ve been asked to meet a potential client. What next? Naturally, you’ll need to do a ton of research—mainly, you’ll need to understand what makes them tick and which of their problems you are going to help solve. How are they performing in the market? What were their biggest successes? What are their biggest challenges? What are they like as people? Alexi Vasiliou, owner and manager of imdesignuk.com, says: “I would say that knowing your client and speaking their language is the key to a successful pitch. People buy from people they like.”

The pitch itself

Always remember: the meeting is about your client and the solution you’re providing to their problem. Constantly ask yourself whether you’ve done what the brief asked for and whether you’ve provided a clear and interesting set of solutions to help your potential client. And of course, you need to set aside plenty of time to rehearse properly. That means practice in front of other people, on your own, in front of a mirror, and with a timer.

On a practical note, make sure the technical setup of the room is prepared for you, or request to get there early to set it up yourself. Make sure you’ve tested the device you’re presenting from and see if it connects with the screen in the room, and if the audio will reach everyone in the room. You don’t want to end up presenting via the medium of interpretive mime. (I have tried this and although it was fun, it didn’t work).

On another practical note, make sure you’ve got a bottle of water, gum or breath freshener, and some tissues handy in case you get dry-mouthed or runny-nosed when you’re nervous—like me.

The final touch

Without a doubt you’ll have a fresh bunch of slick business cards to leave with each person.  Also, think about what else you’ll leave behind after your presentation, especially if you covered a lot of information. A one-page executive summary printed on your letterhead, to accompany a bound copy of your fully annotated presentation will ensure you’re not forgotten.

Remember, the more you pitch, the more comfortable you’ll become! Good luck, and please share your comments and any other tips we may have missed!

Written by Katrina Vines



Twitter promotion examples

Here is a typical UK style Twitter promotion: A Welsh hotel, the Angel Hotel in Cardiff, asking readers to guess how many light bulbs in a chandelier.

twitter promotion Angel Hotel

It’s typical in the way that it will only run for a short time, and expects readers to just tweet once back to them.

What recent examples can you find?

Add them in the comments below.