Nowadays all respectable designers, Fashion companies and Stars have a twitter account so we can all follow what the designer or the Company is doing. Mostly it is meant to update us on new products, shows or point out that this-and-that Celeb is wearing this-and-that design on the Cover of, for example, Vogue.
Some companies have even hired a specialist to keep up the Social Media: updating Facebook, build a Community around the brand and….here it comes again: send out Twitter messages.
H&M has hired a specialist who has a dayjob in this area and Christopher Bailey, designer of Burberry, takes building a Community in the Social Media just as serious as designing Collections. He even brainstorms with the CEO of Verizone in order to develop this kind of Marketing more and more in the future.
But if not used in the right way Social Media also can be damaging for a brand.
A company that has not been cautious enough is Marc Jacobs Int. CEO Robert Duffy took it upon himself to keep the brands 114.000 followers updated via Twitter but than decided it was better to hire someone special for the job.
Was this because he shocked the fashion set with a tweet about his lack of preparation for the designer’s New York catwalk show in Autumn 2010?
He wrote: ‘Any ideas for a stage set for our fashion show? It’s at the armory on 27th Street. I’m stuck. No idea. Something minimal please? I have one week!’
Last month Mr Duffy launched a search for his replacement on the social networking website. Lots of Fashionistas applied for the job but out of thousands applications and 50 personal interviews Mr Duffy found no one to his liking. Did he Twitter that? No, an dissatisfied Intern did! The Intern who was asked to keep up The Tweets for the company send out a range of Tweets complaining on how Mr Duffy was a “Tyrant” and “how he was praying for his successor” as the Intern was leaving..
Let´s hope this was the last we hear about – to say the least- the clumsy Twitter behaviour of Marc Jacobs Int!
It seems that being responsible for the Social Media within a company is a serious job!
Mr Duffy and Marc Jacobs