All because of one tweet containing one word.
First Lasco’s Twitter account last night sent a homophobic tweet directed at Olympic gold medallist Omar McLeod. Second they claimed the account had been hacked. Third, amid a firestorm of social media backlash, they sent another apology (see above) this time acknowledging and sacking the employee responsible. Their chairman Lascelles Chin then appeared on radio this morning to apologise further.
From my experience (and yes mistakes) working for, consulting and training Jamaican companies I’m only surprised something this “OH SHIT!” never happened sooner. Surprised because few companies have taken digital seriously to prevent such a thing happening. Once we get over cussing out Lasco, and for those of us whose job it is to do better, here’s some steps to prevention:
- Should your brand even be on social? This is a real question: Apple doesn’t even have social media accounts for some of its main products (Mac and iPhone) so why should you, seriously? And can you actually provide a value proposition to your customers rather than retweeting photos of oxtail lunches – if the answer is “Yes” then please proceed to 2. Continue reading