Brands Can’t Resist Taking Chomp Out Of Luis Suarez World Cup Bite Controversy

It probably won’t be a laughing matter for Uruguay after star player Luis Suarez is punished for his latest on-field biting incident — his third since 2010! But the incident proved irresistible for brands trolling for real-time marketing opportunities.

Suarez, the controversial striker, was caught on film apparently biting the back of Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini late in Uruguay’s 1-0 World Cup Group D victory. The loss knocked Italy out of the World Cup. The alleged bite, likely to be cause for suspension, drove Twitter wild; in the first hour the bite was mentioned 339,269 times on Twitter, according to social-media analytics company Sysomos, Mashable reported.

Brands immediately jumped on the easy newsjacking opportunity. Most notably, the Twitter account of McDonald’s Uruguay, recommended Suarez bite into a Big Mac if he was still hungry:

 

That theme — bite this, not soccer players — was carried through by most brands who joined the fray. We’ve displayed many of them below, but have to wonder what businesses are hoping to accomplish by associating themselves with this incident.

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At least the food related tweets made sense — and were arguably funny on their own. On the other hand, JC Penney, lacking an edible product to pitch, went with a pun that fell flat:

 

Related Topics: Channel: Social Media Marketing | Features & Analysis | Social Media Marketing | Top News | World Cup

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