KitchenAid, an iconic brand in the field of home appliances, has had a few social media issues recently.
First, during a 2012 presidential debate on Oct., 3, 2012, a tweet under the KitchenAid account went out that said, “Obamas gma even knew it was going 2 b bad! ‘She died 3 days b4 he became president”.”??? Wow!”
The tweet was quickly deleted from the KitchenAid twitter account and an apology was issued from the head of the KitchenAid brand, Cynthia Soledad.
As far as PR issues go, this one was pretty mild and was handled in the best manner possible.
The next issue in the realm of social media that KitchenAid has recently faced involves a customer by the name of Aimee Woodall.
Woodall had a KitchenAid blender that had a part break while she was using it.
Woodall tweeted a picture of the broken blender to the KitchenAid twitter account and got a response.
A response basically saying her blender was old, and the part can be replaced.
They did something I think should never be done in PR, they placed the blame on their consumer.
KitchenAid should have apologized and offered to replace the part for the customer.
That would have been good PR.