Newsjacking: Three Tips to Avoid A Crisis

By Morgan Anderson

Newsjacking is one of the best ways to keep your company current and popular. Used in traditional forms of advertising and social media, newsjacking is taking advantage of current events in such a way to advertise your brand.

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Created by David Meerman Scott (his website and book can be found here) and popularized on social media, this type of advertising is a great way to gain followers and knowledge of your brand. Newsjacking can double organic news searches for your brand. It also allows you to have an immediate impact on your followers.  Here are three general rules about newsjacking that everyone should follow.

 

 

 

  1. Make it current

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Newsjacking only works if the event is current. Anything past a week could possibly be out of date, depending on the event. You want the posts to be immediate if it is a fun event or possibly something that is considered rare. Oreo was one of the first to hop on the newjacking trend when it started in 2013 when a blackout happened during the Superbowl. This tweet went out minutes after the blackout occurred, and the marketing team was on top of it. It gained almost 15,000 retweets and over 6,000 likes.

 

 

 

 

    2. Make it tasteful

In wakes of crisis, it is important to make social media content tasteful. Trying to newsjack after a crisis can  harm your brand if you are not careful. After Hurricane Sandy, Gap tweeted “All impacted by #Sandy, stay safe! We’ll be doing lots of Gap.com shopping today. How about you?” with a link to gap.com. After millions of people lost their home, this probably was not the best item to tweet about.

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   3. Make it relevant to your company

Making  content relevant to your company is very important. The point of newsjacking is to create a link between the current event that is happening and your brand. Muncie Animal Shelter did a great job with this during the Pokemon Go! craze  in 2016. They placed an ad on social media to have people hunt Pokemon while helping walk their dogs. They gained more than  10,000 interactions on Facebook alone with this simple post.

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