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Lightning Fast Twitter Marketing

October 17th, 2010 · 4 Comments

Quick reactions and round the clock monitoring allow Verizon to take advantage of the contract issues between Fox and Cablevision.  Verizon sitting in the wings watches this misstep by it’s rival Cablevision and see’s an opportunity.  It doesn’t appear that Comcast or Time Warner Cable have recognized the opportunity.

I expect this type of lightning reaction to any competitor’s misstep to become the norm in the future.

You should check out the Verizon FiOS NY twitter account to see they are talking nonstop to angry Cablevision customers int he NYC area.  There is little doubt that this kind of direct personal 1 on 1 marketing will change minds and convert customers.

Here is the conversation I had with Verizon FiOS NY this afternoon.

ckieff: So does anyone care that Cablevision and Fox are not showing the NY Giants Football game today?

I just sent out that tweet because I sitting down to watch the Giants game.

VZFiOSNY: @ckieff People definitely should care. The customer comes first. http://bit.ly/switchnow

ckieff: @VZFiOSNY Nice outreach program Verizon, well played.

VZFiOSNY: @ckieff Thanks Chris, we’re just trying to help customers get the channels they deserve. They’re crystal clear here! #fios #switchnow

ckieff: @VZFiOSNY i’m impressed that you’re monitoring Twitter and responding personally to people on Sunday PM. #fios #switchnow

Several of my twitter followers including; @InduNan @TonyRomm @Steveology and @elizabethingber@FatBaldFrank all tried to get Verizon’s attention by sending similar tweets.  However, only @elizabethingber and @FatBaldFrank are in the New York City area. Frank reported that he had been tweeting about the subject for the past 2 days.  As of this blog posting none of these testers have seen a response from Verizon.  I’ve asked my friends to post comments here if they get any responses.

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4 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Becky Cortino // Oct 17, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I agree with your prediction. Great example, Chris of another company stepping in, grabbing the ball and running with it! (Pun intended)

  • 2 Tweets that mention Lightning Fast Twitter Marketing -- Topsy.com // Oct 17, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    [...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Chris Kieff, Chris Kieff, Chris Kieff, Chris Kieff, Chris Kieff and others. Chris Kieff said: @lizstrauss Interesting Verizon Twitter marketing Blitz Re: Fox /Cablevision issues & football going on today: http://bit.ly/awtSmy [...]

  • 3 Helen // Oct 19, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    This could also backfire on Verizon if only one region in the company is actively engaging on Twitter. It highlights the need to have a national social media policy in place when you’re as big of a company as Verizon.

  • 4 Chris Kieff // Oct 20, 2010 at 4:29 am

    A single region could be used as a demonstration to others on the effectiveness of social media outreach in a case like this.
    I’m not sure I understand how it could backfire. The only downside to other areas not taking advantage of the effort is their failure to gather new customers.

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