How Greggs turned a Google fail into a social win

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Greggs has been embarrassed after a crude spoof of its logo started appearing on a prominent Google search result- but the UK bakery chain managed to turn the situation to its advantage via some good humoured and timely social media management.


The company’s logo, with the (obviously unofficial) slogan “providing shit to scum for over 70 years” appeared on an image on the first page of results shown to anyone searching the company’s name yesterday.

Greggs’ Wikipedia page was also targeted yesterday afternoon with a crude message that was quickly removed.

Thousands of people were quick to point out the error to the company’s social media team was quick to issue a good-humoured response its Twitter followers.

On its official Twitter feed, Greggs said it was aware of the change and was speaking to Google about it.

Greggs said on Twitter to users who had spotted the logo: “All publicity is good publicity? That’s what they say isn’t it? *weeps alone in a corner*”.

In another it said: “We’ve been working with Google all morning to try and fix it! Hopefully get it sorted soon!!”

Google and Greggs later swapped banter on Twitter about the issue.

Greggs tweeted a picture of a tray of doughnuts saying: “Hey GoogleUK, fix it and they’re yours!!!”

Google replied with a picture of Homer Simpson eating doughnuts and a message saying: “Sorry Greggs the Bakers, we’re on it. Throw in a sausage roll and we’ll get it done asap.”

A short time later Google confirmed via Twitter that the offensive image had been removed - earning a reply from Greggs suggesting a new Google doodle made from sausage rolls.


The brand was lauded on Twitter for its fast and good-humoured approach to the problem as shown in this tweet below.

The fake logo was hosted by the satirical website Uncyclopedia, which revealed it was uploaded by a user called Romartus on Tuesday morning.

It is thought it was picked up by a Google algorithm, which trawls 60 trillion individual pages across the web for content relevant to search results.

When searching for well-known individuals or companies, Google pull in a a rough bio and illustrates it with a logo or picture.

Unfortunately, Greggs’ most popular logo comes with what is most definitely an unofficial ‘motto’- a warning to other brands to ensure their online material is strong enough to eclipse any spoofs floating around on the web.

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