The SATC (South Australian Tourism Commission) has come under trouble for paying celebrities to tweets about the Kangaroo Island which is as part of their social media marketing plan.
As per the Australian media study program Media Watch, South Australia Tourism was paying Australian celebrities like singer Shannon Noll, TV celebrity Sophie Falkiner and Chef Matt Moran near about $750 to make posts about the tourist destination on Twitter.
Noll, Australian Idol runner-up, who is presently showing on Dancing with the Stars show, posted on twitter on March 27 that, "All this moving as well as dancing training! He thinks he needs a break! He heard about Kangaroo Island is overwhelming.
Chef Matt Moran tweeted on the following day that "Bring on Kangaroo Island. He saw the TV advertisement last night and which makes him wish he was visiting sooner not later.
Primarily, the campaign appeared to be working –the Kangaroo Island ultimately became a trending matter on the social media stage. Media Watch stated that they were tipped-off by an unspecified source who reported: SATC do not want the tweet to emerge endorsed, which is rather an organic state, inserting your individual personality into the tweet.
There are over 30,600 followers out to tweets between the 3 celebrities. Rik Morris, South Australian Tourism Commission general manager defended the progress, which claiming that the commission considered that social media marketing approach was legitimate.
Mr Morris told Fairfax Media on April 25 that, this is something which is not just made by us, it is all through the tweeting world, recently model Megan Gale was illustrating the people about how wonderful her Foxtel was … now he is sure that she was not doing that for free of charge. Rik Morris clarified that the $10,000 celebrity Twitter movement was part of the broader $6 million Kangaroo Island promotion push which included the present television ad referred to by Chef Matt Moran.
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