Late last year Woolworths gave us a great (and humorous) example
of how negative feedback received via social media can be turned
into a positive for your brand.
A Woolworths customer and Facebook user, identified as 'Ryan
Goodall', posted the below picture on Woolworths' Facebook
page with the following feedback:
Here I was having a good time with my mates, just sitting around
eating some steak and brocoli (which i got from you guys), when i
decided oh i know what would turn my average everyday meal into a
extra creamy mouthful of meaty sensation (no homo). A perfectly
ripen avocado! As i cut into the strange shaped food my eyes
quickly changed from having a certain spark of hope and desire in
them, into holding nothing but disappointment and despair.
As you can see from the picture below, the avocados i bought
tonight are not really living up to the whole 'Woolworths the
fresh food people' idea. I am not calling you guys liars but if
you guys have a slogan maybe you should live upto it.
P.s. I want you to know I am not angry, I am just
Figure 1: Ryan Goodall's picture of the offending avocados
posted on Facebook.
The Woolworths team wasted no time if posting the following
Ryan the Disappointment is more than we can bare! Private
message us your number and we will hook a brother up.
Figure 2: The replacement avocados and praise for
The team responsible for maintaining Woolworths' social
media accounts were applauded for their prompt and funny response
to what could have been a fiasco for the 'fresh food
people'. Whilst the avocado incident had potential to start a
wave of negative complaints about consumer's disappointing
experiences with fresh produce thereby causing substantial damage
to the overall brand, the light hearted and to the point response
triggered a domino of applause. Some consumers even went as far as
creating humorous memes in honour of Woolworths' tact in
dealing with the complaint. The initial post was received close to
35,000 likes and over 2,500 shares.
Figure 3: Woolworths memes
Figure 4: Praise from Woolworths customers
This incident demonstrates that receiving negative feedback on
social media doesn't have to be a disaster. Rather, it can be a
great opportunity to connect with your customer base and actually
enhance your brand.
Who knows, maybe Woolies will change its slogan from 'the
Fresh Food People' to 'Hooking brothers up'
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