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Every automaker is bound to respond differently to an insulting comment lobbed at one of its cars: ignore it; lash out angrily; or just go along with what was said and try to make it funny.
SmartUSA did just that when someone belittled one of their cars on Twitter. Clayton Hove, a participator in and vocal critic of the ad industry, tweeted, "Saw a bird had crapped on a Smart Car. Totaled it."
That's Hove's schtick. He has a whole website dedicated to poking fun at ads and products. But Smart USA was neither to roll over and play dead nor flip out in a fit of paranoid rage. They saw his challenge and raised it one. Their response ended up on reddit.

Couldn't have been one bird, @adtothebone. Sounds more like 4.5 million. (Seriously, we did the math.)

Hove fully admits that he's been had by Smart Car's quip, which includes a mathematically confirmed infographic.
There I was on Twitter, not minding my own business, when along came a response to one of my tweets that not only made my day, but made me rethink my perception of the Smart brand. Plus, they threw in a handy infographic for free. INFOGRAPHANTASTIC!
Great job with your social media, Smart USA. I don't mind being outsmarted by the likes of you.
Now if you'll just FedEx me one of your fine automobiles, I'll love you forever.

All jokes aside, there's still the question of how Smart USA reached their conclusions about how much crap it takes to destroy one of their cars. Did they go by weight? Did they go by acidic content? It seems like the former, but I'm not certain. It does make us wonder how much crap it would take to dust off a Prius.
Source: How A Car Company Won A Twitter Battle With A Poop Joke

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Smart Explains How They Determined The Weight Of Emu Poop

The Smart brand made news this week when they smartly outmaneuvered a blogger on Twitter when he suggested the crap of a single bird could destroy one of the cars. Not so, they said. It would take 4.5 million pigeon poops to destroy a Smart.
It was a deft rejoinder, but how do you figure how much poop it takes to destroy a car? Smart contacted us to explain.
The people at Smart are, well, smart, and they called a bunch of farmers to see how much different types of bird poop weighs. They also found out that pigeons each produce 25 pounds of crap every year, which, when you consider the number of pigeons in the world, is probably more than enough to do in a few Smart cars.
Smart's media folks told us that keeping on top of social media is a great way to reach a lot of people quickly, particularly in this case, when a negative Tweet about the brand ended up on reddit and Mashable. It's a strategy called "human behavior," and it seeks to connect with and turn around negative comments, and to show appreciation for positive ones. They saw the poop tweet as an opportunity.
"It worked out great," said Eric Angeloro, Smart's social media director, adding that it was a chance to tell everyone how great their tridion safety cell is. "[Hove] is notorious for putting negative tweets out there, and we caught him off guard."
He explained that since they started the campaign in May, they've responded to three negative tweets, trying to take the sting out of them by applying self deprecating humor to their quirky product. It's a "love the lovers" and "humor the haters" tack that seems to be working, if Hove's response to their humorous infographic was any indication.
Their other humorous tweets, although not as funny as the bird poop one, involved a red head-smart car dream and a smart car flying with cartoon wings over a pothole.
They're doing it to us, too. Terry Wei, one of smart's media crew, said that she follows Jalopnik closely. She's noticed that our coverage and commentary about their little urban transporter tends to be mildly derisive. Since this story that cast the company in a positive light, they wanted to make the most of it and jumped at the chance to tell us more.
Smart cars clearly aren't for everyone, but Smart thinks there's a use for them. For their part, the company's media team expects to see more mockery made of their strange little buggy in the future, but that they plan to combat it by going along with the jokes in a way that might bring a few people around to their way of thinking.
"You don't need that back seat," Wei said. "Ninety-six million people drive to work alone everyday. We're challenging people to rethink what they do day to day, and try 'right sizing' their cars. It took a lot of work to put that awesome infographic together, but we think all the crap was worth it."
Source: Smart Explains How They Determined The Weight Of Emu Poop

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This detail wasn't published earlier, I think.
Razorfish Behind Response to Smart Car Bird Poop Tweet

By now you've probably seen the humorous response Smart Car made to a tweet from KK Bold Creative Director Clayton Hove which read, "Saw a bird had crapped on a Smart Car. Totaled it." Smart Car responded saying "Couldn't have been one bird, @adtothebone. Sounds more like 4.5 million. (Seriously, we did the math.)"

Included with the tweet was a hilarious graphic that detailed just how many pigeon, turkey or emu craps it would actually take to damage the vehicle's "tridion safety cell."

What you may not have known is that it was Razorfish who was behind the response and the creation of the hilarious graphic. Nice work guys.
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