Congratulations Motrin. You just proved why every brand needs to understand Social Media

Are you still trying to convince your management why your brand should be monitoring Social Media?  Well if you are a Consumer Packaged Good brand (or any brand really), just look at what happened to Motrin over the past couple of days and the reaction of Motrin Moms.

A simple search on Twitter of #motrinmoms will show you that they pissed off a lot of people with their latest ad around “babywearing.”  Mommy Bloggers are not people you want to mess with and you sure better understand the sandbox you are playing in if you do them wrong.  For instance, just look at this Consumer Generated Media that has already popped up in response.  Not exactly brand content you want at the top of search results.


The Lesson for Brand Managers:

Motrin screwed up.  It happens.  But in today’s world of Social Media, the place they really screwed up was in not monitoring what people were saying about the brand.  This PR disaster is happening underneath their nose and no one on the brand is responding.  Not their advertising agency, not their Public Relations group and not the brand itself.   The unfortunate fact is that company’s haven’t trained Brand Managers to respond quickly to situations like this.  That needs to change….and it needs to change fast.

People are going to be talking about your brand, with or without the Brand Manager‘s permission.  This simple fact is reason enough that you should be monitoring the conversations around your brand.  Motrin is just the latest brand to learn this lesson the hard way.

UPDATE – Well it looks like Motrin is trying to respond.  If you commented on their website, it looks like their VP of Marketing has a response that is being sent out (Thanks to Amy Gates for the lead).  And the site has been taken down for now, but thanks to the power of YouTube, you can still see the video at (Thanks Bill Seaver)

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  1. write55 says

    Lessons for us all in your post. If I had to guess, I’d bet that the Johnson & Johnson/McNeil PR shop wasn’t looped into what the Marketing shop/Motrin brand team was up to on this one.

    If their teams were integrated, the response would have been quicker and more comprehensive.

    What do you predict they will do next? I’ve posted my thoughts on my blog.

  2. says

    They shut down the entire Motrin website btw! Classic.

    to me, this shows another nail in the 30-second ad coffin. It’s just too hard to craft a message that engages people while not pissing off a great deal of them. Why bother?

  3. says

    I propose they missed the boat by not providing an outlet on their site to aggregate the content. Now they may as well empty the wallet on a keyword buy and then know most people will go to the Google buy anyway.


  1. […] Much of the online commentary I’ve seen so far has been on the power of the social networks. That consumer brands should take heed of them. Or not, at their peril. True enough. I agree, but the power here is not simply the network. It’s the community. The technology — the Internet, Twitter, blogs, YouTube etc — just helped the outrage build and spread further faster. […]

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