Snickers Comically Forgot That Twitter Was Shutting Down Fleets

Hunger leads to an ill-timed sweepstakes

Snickers has been mining comedy gold on the topic of hunger—and the poor decisions it can lead to—for years. Hunger's superpower of "messing with your personality," as BBDO once put it, has led to any number of amusing creative executions.

The latest happened this week, as the Mars Wrigley candy brand decided to leap into Twitter Fleets. Just as it was about to die.

On Monday, @SNICKERS ran a series of Fleets announcing a sweepstakes timed to "Grab Some Nuts" Day on Tuesday. (We declined to research "Grab Some Nuts" Day too closely, but suffice it to say, it's a thing.) But then Fleets was deactivated right after the final Fleet was posted, and the sweepstakes never actually went live.

Snickers, then, of course, blamed the whole fiasco on its social media manager being hungry and missing the memo about the end of Fleets.

The brand made faux-amends later by offering free boxes of Snickers to 20 followers who replied in the comments of the tweet below.

The stunt was crafted by BBDO New York in partnership with Mars Wrigley's social media and digital content studio The Hive. It continues the brand's long-running hunger theme, currently expressed through the line "Maybe you just need a Snickers"—as other Mars Wrigley candies were quick to remind their sibling brand.

CREDITS

Client: Mars Wrigley
Mike Italia: Head of Social Media & Digital Content Studio for Mars Wrigley
Alexis Cettina: Social Media Strategist
Creative Agency: BBDO New York
David Lubars: Chief Creative Officer, BBDO Worldwide
Peter Kain: Executive Creative Director
Gianfranco Arena: Executive Creative Director
Kristin Clark: Associate Creative Director
Matthew Low: Associate Creative Director
Meredith Welborn: Junior Art Director
Sabrina Rivera: Junior Copywriter
Susannah Keller: EVP, Global Business Leader, Mars
Lisa Piliguian:  EVP, Senior Director
Lindsey Mawhee: VP, Account Director

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Tim Nudd is editor in chief of the Clio Awards, editor of Muse by Clio, and host of the podcast Tagline. Previously, he was creative editor at Adweek.

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