Move over, Oreo. You earned kudos last year for your quick-thinking funny tweet when the 2013 Super Bowl blackout happened. But there’s a new kid in town, Arby’s, showing that roast beef can newsjack a live event as well as the sweet stuff.
Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back? #GRAMMYs
— Arby’s (@Arbys) January 27, 2014
The tweet currently has about 80,000 retweets, which is over five times more than Oreo’s “You Can Still Dunk In The Dark” tweet earned last year. It’s currently at around 16,000 retweets:
Power out? No problem. pic.twitter.com/dnQ7pOgC
— Oreo Cookie (@Oreo) February 4, 2013
Arby’s also scored because Pharrell himself found the tweet funny enough to reply back to Arby’s. “Y’all tryna start a roast beef?,” he joked, a tweet that itself currently has nearly 11,000 retweets:
Arby’s tweet is well-short of the 400,000 retweets that happened to tweets about the tragic deaths of Cory Monteith and Paul Walker last year. But in terms of a brand “newsjacking” tweet, it’s probably the biggest we know of, though we’re checking to confirm. Twitter, in its Grammy’s round-up, did confirm it was the most retweeted tweet of the night.
Another brand that scored well during the Grammy’s, from a nice round-up by Digiday, was Gain laundry detergent, with just over 8,000 retweets currently for a similar play off Pharrell’s hat:
.@pharrellhat how embarrasing we’re wearing the same thing. #twinsies #mountie #MusicToYourNose pic.twitter.com/x2id16ndNR
— Gain Laundry (@Gain) January 27, 2014
FYI, Oreo itself was busy during the Grammys, with a #sendmeoreo campaign to send the first 20,000 people to tweet a free pack of their new Cookie Dough or Marshmallow Cookie Oreos.