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The worst did happen - Dr Pepper #fail

22 July 2010

In a novel promotion, Dr Pepper recently launched a Facebook app which gave consumers the chance to win £1,000 – if they allowed Dr Pepper to “hi-jack” their status updates. Dr Pepper, in line with their “what’s the worst that could happen” strapline, would use the app to post amusing embarrassing statements, which would appear as if they had been made by the entrants.

However the promotion went wrong when a 14-year-old girl’s status was updated with a reference to a hardcore pornography film, causing an outrage. Now Coca-Cola are reportedly considering moving their account from the advertising agency responsible for the promotion.

This shows the importance, when dealing with a novel promotion mechanic, of ensuring the promotion is carefully reviewed before it is run – not just for legal compliance, but also to establish what’s the worst that could happen?

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