Mamee-Double Decker sets Duck Noodle imposter straight

08 August 2017

The original fake image which was spread on social media and messaging apps

In the advent of ‘fake news’, brands are becoming more and more susceptible to ‘online attacks’ through the use of doctored images and falsified facts. 

Recently, local household snack name Mamee was caught in an incident which saw netizens questioning the brands credibility.

A photograph of a product under the brand’s umbrella — Mamee Duck Noodles — made its rounds on social media showing a typo in the word ‘Duck’ with the letter ‘D’ being replaced by the letter ‘F’. 

To get the scoop on what steps Mamee took to mitigate any negative effects of the doctored photograph, Head of Marketing Yu Li Yein said the first phase of their damage control was to be absolutely sure that the misprint was in fact not a result of a hiccup in internal production processes.  

“After we got news of the doctored image of our Mamee Duck Noodles, we conducted a thorough internal check via our factory records, quality assurance and supplier chain records as part of our strict processes and guidelines which confirmed that this did not come from Mamee,” Li Yein told MARKETING. 

“Once we were ensured of this, the next step was communicating it clearly to our customers so they knew the truth.”

Mamee-Double Decker Group General Manager of Sales and Marketing Pierre Pang then shared a photograph on Facebook in what seemed like a response to the doctored image floating around. 

Pierre wrote ‘Some one TAK-DUCK benda lain nak buat so they had some fun with photoshop, followed by call-to-action to try the noodles.’

The brand later ran the ad below on their social media platforms addressing the false image.

Li Yein explained that this ad was to assure customers that they took their branding equally as seriously as the quality of their products. 

“In this time of the internet and [with] freedom of speech, we feel that these cases of ‘social media attacks’ are not unique to our brands and company,” added Li Yein.

The issue of brand safety has caught more attention of late particularly with Procter & Gamble announcing a slash in their digital ad spending recently. 

While we touched on the issue on Fake News in MARKETING’s May-June issue, in the next edition we will be discussing the topic of Brand Safety and how platforms are evolving to keep brands safe. 

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