Real-time brand management requires more than just a quick reaction

02/21/2013 | SmartBrief/SmartBlog on Social Media

Oreo's speedy social media response to the Super Bowl blackout -- along with Poland Spring's slightly less nimble reaction to Sen. Marco Rubio's midspeech water break -- show the importance of using social media to manage a brand in real time, writes Jeremy Epstein. That means acting quickly in the moment, but also working beforehand to acquire the necessary tools and giving practitioners the agency to make decisions quickly. "Acting quickly ... is critical, but so is global social infrastructure to ensure consistency of brand voice," Epstein argues.

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