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Sandwiches, soda, and sports climb the Social Business Index

As if anticipating items we’ll find on coffee tables in living rooms across the country this Super Bowl Sunday, last week’s Social Business Index featured climbs from sandwich, soda, and sports brands: Subway, Dr. Pepper, and the NHL.

The index, produced by The Dachis Group, offers a real-time performance ranking of 30,000+ multinationals in social. Each week we take a look at the top twenty listings and call out those that made moves worth noting. 

Dr Pepper learns about social media boundaries the hard way

There’s always a fine line between cutting edge marketing and offensive pulp. And in social media you learn the difference fairly quickly. For example, Coke is now trying to stem the damage that ad agency Lean Mean Fighting Machine created on Dr Pepper’s U.K. Facebook campaign. 

Brands like Dr Pepper, that want to be seen as edgy and youthful, are in tough spot. They don’t shy away from potentially offensive marketing content. But in the case of this latest Facebook snafuu, they’re learning that poorly planned boundary pushing can lead into sketchy territory pretty quickly. 

Marketers on Chatroulette: Is this a good idea?

Do you have a ChatRoulette strategy yet? More than a few brands have been dipping their toes into the murky waters of the NSFW video chatting site that has been doubling in popularity lately.

And while tapping into a rapidly growing audience may be tempting, brands should ask themselves a question before trying out any new medium — especially one with a shady reputation. What do they hope to get out of it?