Sony Pictures SA just followed me. I'm always interested in big brand take up of social media, so gleefully clicked through to investigate (and most likely follow back).
In case you're too lazy to click on the image to enlarge. Let me make this patently clear. Sony South Africa's last set of communication to their 350+ followers looks like this:
TO BUY YOUR OWN COPY OF SEVEN POUNDS GO TO http://www.kalahari.net/dvd...11 minutes ago from web
Have you bought yourself a copy of 7 Pound DVD?? Hurry and get one while stocks last!about 17 hours ago from web
HURRY and get yourself a Seven Pound DVD today!!!!4:35 PM Jul 13th from web
Get your copy of Seven Pounds DVD and Blu Ray TODAY!!!10:31 AM Jul 13th from web
Four more days until the release of Seven Pounds on Blu Ray and DVD!9:20 AM Jul 9th from web
Click on the link to view the trailer of Seven Pounds!! www.sonypictures.com/homevi...1:09 PM Jul 8th from web
Seven Pounds DVD releasing 13 July 2009!!!11:16 AM Jul 7th from web
Seven Pounds coming soon on DVD and Blu-Ray!10:21 PM Jul 6th from web
is setting up their profile to showcase brand new DVD and Blu-Ray titles! Coming Soon!9:51 PM Jul 6th from web
REACTION NUMBER 1 - RANT We all know Google never forgets. Don't we? Welcome to what I like to call instant social media death. This is a brand self destructing, spamming 350 people with inane, valueless communication.
They have missed every tricky in the book. This isn't conversation. This isn't engagement. This is a bad "call centre" style sales pitch. Every day. Twice a day.
I'd have to ask:
1. Is this actually Sony or a brand hijack by a supplier? 2. What would Sony International say? 3. Is a digital agency behind this? If so, shame on you. 4. Who is going to call this out in big media so we can keep social media clean?
REACTION NUMBER 2 - PENSIVE
If this is someone at Sony SA trying their hand at Social Media - perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to jump down their throats. Social media is a whole new world, a world full of talkers and very little do'ers. A world of much buzz and little strategy.
If we think there is a social media "expert" sitting on every corner and inside every company to help brands navigate inside such a complex and fickle environment - we're sorely mistaken.
Perhaps brands just need some help and guidance. Not a whole bunch of geeks mouthing off about how much they suck.