Burger King's influencer stunt tricking Casey Neistat shows us that influencer marketing doesn’t have to be paid for … but at what cost?
Last week Burger King started scrolling through the Twitter timelines of social media influencers and liking various Tweets published over eight years ago.
The act seemed random. It piqued the interest of many of newly-liked influencers. Casey Neistat, a YouTuber with 11 million subscribers and 2.5 billion combined video views was one of those targeted by Burger King.
Neistat, who has worked on brand collaborations including Cannon, Samsung, Apple and Mercedez, posted a screenshot of these seemingly randomly-liked Tweets.
At the time of writing Neistat’s Tweet has been ReTweeted 240 times. It’s been liked 13,606 times and it has earned 496 comments.
why is Burger King liking my 8 year old tweets? pic.twitter.com/q8xL1S23NG— Casey Neistat (@CaseyNeistat) January 24, 2019
Neistat wasn’t the only influencer to be targeted by the fast-food chain. Nadeshot a YouTuber, eGamer and owner of 100 Thieves, a lifestyle, apparel, and esports brand was also approached.
As was American rapper, Kreayshawn.
Why did Burger King just fav this tweet from 2010? pic.twitter.com/IeGB9Dph54— 18 (@KREAYSHAWN) January 23, 2019
The reason behind all of this sudden attention of near-decade all social media posts? Burger King has just relaunched Funnel Cake Fries, which were first introduced by the restaurant in, you guessed it, 2009.
Neistat lives a healthy lifestyle. His vlogs often show him jogging around New York. He eats healthily, too. He might admire the creative skill of the Burger King public relations team. He will not approve of unwittingly promoting Funnel Cake Fries - a french fried sweet to the taste and further topped with powdered sugar.
Pun aside there are a couple of takeaways for influencer marketers here:
Scott Guthrie is an influencer marketing strategist, event speaker, university guest lecturer, media commentator on influencer marketing and active blogger. He works with brands, agencies and platforms to achieve meaningful results from influencer marketing. That tells you something about him but it's not giving you a lot of detail, is it? So, read more here.