McDonald's Olympic Ads Fuel Backlash On Twitter
McDonald’s is spending $150 million by some accounts on exclusive worldwide sponsorship rights for the retail food services category at the
London Olympics. But according to an analysis by WPP’s MediaCom covering the first week of competition, that investment is fueling a lot of negative sentiment on Twitter.
The “MediaCom Sport Olympic Twitter Tracker” says the fast-food giant ranks last among the 25 Olympic sponsors followed by the agency’s index.
Marcus John, global head of
MediaCom Sport, the sports marketing unit that MediaCom formed last year, states that the poor rating is due to hugely negative sentiment about the “perceived contradiction of the brand's
Olympic association given general health concerns” about the kinds of salty, sugary and fat-laden products McDonald's has on its menu.
John noted that the contradiction is “the dominant trend in conversation” about McDonald’s, “which coupled with the extensive reach of the brand, ensures the McDonald's score remains significantly negative.”
At the opposite end of the scale, Procter & Gamble emerged as top-ranked on the index. John noted that while P&G has “comparatively less reach across Twitter” than McDonald’s and other brands, more positive sentiment helped propel it to the top spot.
P&G, said John, “attracts very little negative sentiment” compared to
McDonald’s. Also helping its cause, John said, is the packaged-goods giant’s strategy placing “considerable emphasis on the digital aspect of its Olympic marketing campaign.”
That has been reflected across social-media channels, including Twitter, "with popular content being widely shared," such as the ongoing “Thank You Mom” ad campaign.
MediaCom Sport’s Twitter Tracker considers all mentions of the 25 sponsors on the social network but gives extra weight to those from the UK, where the games are being held. The rankings are calculated by a proprietary methodology that considers sentiment, engagement of commenters and potential reach of comments being made.
MediaCom’s Twitter Tracker analysis is based on data collected by Brandwatch, the social-media monitoring firm.