Big Bird Soars to Social Media Victory

Big Bird

Big Bird (Photo credit: LR_PTY)

While we wait for the final vote count, a clear early winner of the 2012 campaign season is Big Bird. When Republican candidate Mitt Romney promised to “fire” the friendly Muppet by cutting off funding to PBS, Twitter exploded with messages of support for the bird. It was a communications crisis – and opportunity – for Sesame Workshop, who played it perfectly and in character with an initial response the following day.

Big Bird: My bed time is usually 7:45, but I was really tired yesterday and fell asleep at 7! Did I miss anything last night?

Sesame Workshops subsequent responses make n excellent case study for successful  “newsjacking.” Blogger Christina Sirabian extracts three lessons for social media marketers.

About Don Akchin

Don Akchin brings to clients the benefits of more than 30 years’ experience in
communications and marketing, much of it on behalf of nonprofit organizations.

In the 1980s and early 1990s he ran an independent communications practice, serving a wide variety of corporate, nonprofit and governmental clients. Don has also been a prize-winning newspaper reporter and a magazine editor.

Don Akchin Strategic Communications is part of the Nonprofit Marketing 360 Coalition,
serving nonprofit organizations in Washington DC, Baltimore, and New York City.