Etisalat UAE loses Its own challenge, campaign backfires online

Dubai – So, what happened with Etisalat UAE’s latest brand campaign #EtisalatChallenge? The campaign featured six international celebrities including Gerrard Butlr, Ahmed Helmy and dozens of social media influencers.

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Etisalat Challenge Case Study

The campaign generated 15K negative comments – Your customers are angry, what are you doing next to satisfy them? Etisalat lost face after people won the challenge, as Etisalat didn’t reply any of their challenges. Again what’s next v. soon?

Also, social media team had to reply every single tweet/ comment on the hashtag, to take control.

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We would love to hear your views and recommendations to Etisalat UAE about the way forward.

Credit:

We’d like to thank the following references for documenting the case since started, really appreciated, your articles helped us a lot.

- Alex of Arabia: Hashtag hijacking and the need for authenticity
 - Khalid Al Ameri: The real problem with the #EtisalatChallenge
 - Vinod Mehra: Etisalat Failed Challenge
 - Be Change: How Will Etisalat React To The #EtisalatChallenge Twitter Storm?

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