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Despite sponsoring soccer teams--and funding a "Galaxy 11" fantasy league designed to associate its products with alien-battling futbol stars--Samsung didn't seem to be aware of the U.S. lineup of athletes playing in this weekend's World Cup match when it sent out yet another embarrassing tweet.

Samsung Landon Donovan World Cup


Yesterday, Samsung tweeted out "Best of luck to Landon Donovan & the USA Team #Galaxy11," along with a photo of the U.S. soccer player wearing futuristic armor from the company's Galaxy 11 ad campaign and holding a Galaxy S5 phone.

However, Donovan wasn't playing for the U.S. team because he didn't make the cut for World Cup team weeks prior to this weekend's game, despite being regarded as one of the best soccer players in the U.S.

The fact that Donovan wouldn't be playing for U.S. World Cup team was so well known among soccer fans and sports enthusiasts in general that Electronic Arts promoted its "2014 World Cup" video game with an ad comically portraying Donovan playing soccer at home on TV, where he wins.



This all happened before



Last fall, Samsung launched its Galaxy 11 campaign portraying a variety of soccer starts "led to victory" by a catalog of Samsung products that include the company's Note 3 phablet, Gear watch, Note tablet and S4 Zoom camera phone.

Samsung Galaxy11


The viral advertising campaign kicked off as an elaborate publicity stunt involving actors dressed as aliens appearing at games, but ran into a snag when Franz Beckenbauer, the legendary leader of Samsung's fantasy team, tweeted out the next segment of the Galaxy 11 story... from his iPhone.

Galaxy 11 oops


Samsung's previous sponsorships of various athletes and celebrities have similarly run into issues where the people being paid continued to use iPhones. That included Spanish tennis player David Ferrer, who tweeted his satisfaction with his Galaxy S4 and that he was "configuring S Health on my new #GalaxyS4 to help with training @SamsungMobile," all via Twitter while que contento estoy con mi iPhone.



Samsung's promotional efforts to pose celebrities next to its products has frequently encountered embarrassing turns, such as when Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres tweeted before, during and after the event from her iPhone, despite engaging in theatrical use of a Samsung product on stage.

Last year alone, Samsung spent $14 billion on marketing, a figure that investors have targeted as extravagantly excessive. But even as the company works to reduce its marketing expenses, Samsung is struggling with expensive sponsorships where celebrities have put their free Galaxy back in the box to use iPhones.

At the last Summer Olympics, Samsung signed an "exclusive agreement with David Beckham to be its global brand ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic Games," but Beckham was, embarrassingly for Samsung, just spotted using his iPhone 5s at the Super Bowl.

Beckam iPhone


Some of Samsung's celebrities are actually using the company's products.



In March, Samsung sponsor LeBron James tweeted out a different sort of message when he complained from his Galaxy Note, "My phone just erased everything it had in it and rebooted. One of the sickest feelings I've ever had in my life!!!"
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Not really newsworthy....
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Like Terminal Samsung Galaxy S5 at Heathrow Airport: sell out.

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I met a guy, very high up in Microsoft last week. I asked if he used Microsoft phones, he swiftly responded "like ****" and pulled out an iPhone 1smile.gif
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Not really newsworthy....

 

I can spot a DED hit piece just by the title.

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Perhaps they thought that since Donovan was under contract for x many media spots and tweets, etc. the pluses of running an ad with name recognition beats not having any presence at all. The tweet didn't really say Donavan was on the team, just good luck to both. I know it sounds like a stretch but these ad obligations get finalized months in advance. They probably all know he is not on the team but they don't care, the ad is already paid for so send it.

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post #7 of 41
okay this is getting old, at this point if Samsung is not screwing up someway it not normal.
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Perhaps they thought that since Donovan was under contract for x many media spots and tweets, etc. the pluses of running an ad with name recognition beats not having any presence at all. The tweet didn't really say Donavan was on the team, just good luck to both. I know it sounds like a stretch but these ad obligations get finalized months in advance. They probably all know he is not on the team but they don't care, the ad is already paid for so send it.

yeah any press is better than no press.

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Anybody sponsored by Samsung deserves to lose, and I hope that they do.

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South Korea sure has a crappy team. Did you see them get pummeled by Algeria yesterday? I'm truly surprised they were able to score at all after starting down 2-0 in 15 seconds.

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There’s a lot of poignant info here, fair DED. Keep up the good fight!

Let the naysayers lie in their nests. :)

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Samsung: "We don't let the truth get in the way of a good advertisement!"

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Is anyone really surprised by this? Lying is in the core DNA of Samsung, not to mention screwing up on everything unless their photocopiers are running at 110%...
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The fact that Donovan wouldn't be playing for U.S. World Cup team was so well known among soccer fans and sports enthusiasts in general that Electronic Arts promoted its "2014 World Cup" video game with an ad comically portraying Donovan playing soccer at home on TV, where he wins.

This is how celebrity endorsements should be done. It's clever and it endears the brand to the celebrity's fans.

Samsung's endorsements, OTOH, make samsung look like fools and the celebrities look like money grubbing phonies.
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Is anyone really surprised by this? Lying is in the core DNA of Samsung, not to mention screwing up on everything unless their photocopiers are running at 110%...
Pretty big screw up but still not newsworthy
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It is Scamsung's 'fantasy league', after all.
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I'm determined to never read DED's brat-blogging again. AI was great before it became the Drudge Report of Apple news.
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I'm determined to never read DED's brat-blogging again. AI was great before it became the Drudge Report of Apple news.

Good for you, guess you don't like quality reading. And for that, you have been blocked.

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Samsung: "We don't let the truth get in the way of a good advertisement!"
What good advertising? They photoshopped a blue plaster onto a soccer player in a terrible plastic suit. Anikan Skywalker looked better fried than in that suit.
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Perhaps Samsung just figures their customers are clueless and wouldn't know the difference anyway. Looks like that's what they assume on their spec. sheets.
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Is anyone really surprised by this? Lying is in the core DNA of Samsung, not to mention screwing up on everything unless their photocopiers are running at 110%...

Now you're just exaggerating. Why, the way you talk, you make it sound as if Samsung is run by some kind of congenital liar or worse, a convicted felon.1wink.gif
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Perhaps they thought that since Donovan was under contract for x many media spots and tweets, etc. the pluses of running an ad with name recognition beats not having any presence at all. The tweet didn't really say Donavan was on the team, just good luck to both. I know it sounds like a stretch but these ad obligations get finalized months in advance. They probably all know he is not on the team but they don't care, the ad is already paid for so send it.

 

Further illustrating the company's utter lack of class.

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I think that tweet was actually sent by Jurgen Klinsmann's son /s

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okay this is getting old, at this point if Samsung is not screwing up someway it not normal.

 

Not at all. When Samscum stops spending $14B to jam their obnoxious propaganda down our throats, then we'll stop raking them over the coals every time they do what they do best, which is to show what a lowlife company they are.

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South Korea sure has a crappy team. Did you see them get pummeled by Algeria yesterday? I'm truly surprised they were able to score at all after starting down 2-0 in 15 seconds.

 

They should hire Samsung to teach them how to cheat.

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Not really newsworthy....

So un-newsworthy that you felt obliged to comment on it.
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Perhaps they thought that since Donovan was under contract for x many media spots and tweets, etc. the pluses of running an ad with name recognition beats not having any presence at all. The tweet didn't really say Donavan was on the team, just good luck to both. I know it sounds like a stretch but these ad obligations get finalized months in advance. They probably all know he is not on the team but they don't care, the ad is already paid for so send it.

 

Tweets are not ads. 

 

And yes, it did most certainly did "say" Donavan was on the team and playing. Which is why the embarrassing tweet was eventually taken down.

 

What motivates you to invent such contorted logic to explain away such an obvious flub? Absolutely bizarre.

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Perhaps they thought that since Donovan was under contract for x many media spots and tweets, etc. the pluses of running an ad with name recognition beats not having any presence at all. The tweet didn't really say Donavan was on the team, just good luck to both. I know it sounds like a stretch but these ad obligations get finalized months in advance. They probably all know he is not on the team but they don't care, the ad is already paid for so send it.

 

Tweets are not ads. 

 

And yes, it did most certainly did "say" Donavan was on the team and playing. Which is why the embarrassing tweet was eventually taken down.

 

What motivates you to invent such contorted logic to explain away such an obvious flub? Absolutely bizarre.

I guess I missed the part of the tweet that said he was playing on the team. And, perhaps you should look up the definition of the word "perhaps". I used it as the opening of a possible scenario not arguing it as any sort of definitive theorem as you do so frequently with your opinions.

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Tweets are not ads. 

And yes, it did most certainly did "say" Donavan was on the team and playing. Which is why the embarrassing tweet was eventually taken down.

What motivates you to invent such contorted logic to explain away such an obvious flub? Absolutely bizarre.

Absolutely bizarre = MO
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They should hire Samsung to teach them how to cheat.

I'd be shocked if they hadn't already.
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Oh Shamesung your incompetence overloads my amusement levels!
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Perhaps not newsworthy; still priceless.
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I just met a Korean woman on my flight to Denver. She owned an iPhone because she said "Samsung is corrupt". She said that even the President fears the head of Samsung. She also said they control grocery stores or food I'm not sure what she meant by that, but went on to say that they own all the Starbucks because they weren't going to have it any other way. This is the first I have heard of things like this. She also said "Americans don't know and don't care they just keep buying Samsung.
Can we have someone else from S. Korea corroborate this, I prefer first accounts.
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What motivates you to invent such contorted logic to explain away such an obvious flub? Absolutely bizarre.

 

Your lack of self-awareness still amazes me.

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I just met a Korean woman on my flight to Denver. She owned an iPhone because she said "Samsung is corrupt". She said that even the President fears the head of Samsung. She also said they control grocery stores or food I'm not sure what she meant by that, but went on to say that they own all the Starbucks because they weren't going to have it any other way. This is the first I have heard of things like this. She also said "Americans don't know and don't care they just keep buying Samsung.
Can we have someone else from S. Korea corroborate this, I prefer first accounts.

That's not the first South Korean individual I've spoken to who says the exact same thing. Samsung basically owns S Korea, the government, and its people.

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Was it Sundar Pichai?

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I just met a Korean woman on my flight to Denver. She owned an iPhone because she said "Samsung is corrupt". She said that even the President fears the head of Samsung. She also said they control grocery stores or food I'm not sure what she meant by that, but went on to say that they own all the Starbucks because they weren't going to have it any other way. This is the first I have heard of things like this. She also said "Americans don't know and don't care they just keep buying Samsung.
Can we have someone else from S. Korea corroborate this, I prefer first accounts.

this makes so much sense! especially the grocery store part. samsung originally was a vegetable distributor who eventually wanted to branch out and rule everything.

P.S. im on a 1st gen iPod touch running iOS 5.

WHY THE **** is "Samsung" in my autocorrect dictionay?!! and capitalized to book!!
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Originally Posted by cali View Post
WHY THE **** is "Samsung" in my autocorrect dictionay?!! and capitalized to book!!

 

Irony.

 

It’s there, along with other company names, because autocorrect also pulls from Wikipedia, I believe.

 

And in Yosemite… huh, never mind. I thought that the definition dropdown would add information based on the secondary input sources you set in System Preferences, but apparently it doesn’t work? Or needs a reboot to work? Haven’t rebooted.

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Yes and how embarrassing AI doesn't know the game is called football.
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Yes and how embarrassing AI doesn't know the game is called football.

You mean it's not called "fùtbol"?

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