JD Wetherspoon closes all social media accounts

UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced that it is closing the social media accounts for every single one of its 900 venues, with chairman Tim Martin saying that it was due in part to recent concerns over data security, general misuse and its addictive nature.

Following the announcement (on Twitter) this morning (16 April), the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts for all 900 pubs across the UK have been suspended indefinitely, with Martin saying that no jobs would be affected by the move while also rejecting the idea that a large-scale social media presence was essential to promoting a brand.

Martin said in a statement: “We are going against conventional wisdom that these platforms are a vital component of a successful business.

“I don’t believe that closing these accounts will affect our business whatsoever, and this is the overwhelming view of our pub managers.

“It’s becoming increasingly obvious that people spend too much time on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and struggle to control the compulsion.

“We will still be as vocal as ever through our Wetherspoon News magazine, as well as keeping the press updated at all times.

“We will also be maintaining our website and the Wetherspoon app and encourage customers to get in touch with us via our website or by speaking with the manager at their local pub.”

Martin told the BBC he thought the move would give the business a competitive advantage because, “everyone else is wasting hours of their time.”

One Response to “JD Wetherspoon closes all social media accounts”

  1. Keith Grainger says:

    Tim Martin is always on the money! I very much doubt if social media activity resulted in the sale of one extra pint of Abbot or glass of Villa Maria.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Sales Manager

The Drinks Business
London, UK

Account Manager

Justerini & Brooks
Edinburgh, UK

Senior Partner Manager - eCommerce

Maverick Drinks
London, UK

Buyer

Liberty Wines
London, UK

HR Co-ordinator

Liberty Wines
London, UK

Director of Sales

Gulf Brands International
Bahrain

Head of Trade Marketing

Lanson International UK Ltd
London W1

Customer Development Manager

Love Drinks
London, UK

Junior Brand Manager x2

Enotria&Coe
London, UK

Assistant Brand Manager

Swallow Associates Ltd
Kings Langley, UK

Champagne Masterclass

London,United Kingdom
10th Sep 2018

THE GREATEST ITALIAN SPARKLING WINES TASTING

London,United Kingdom
10th Sep 2018

Cape Wine 2018

Cape Town,South Africa
12th Sep 2018
Click to view more

The Global Beer Competition

Deadline : 22nd August 2018

The Global Malbec Masters 2018

Deadline : 1st September 2018

Click to view more

Cabernet Sauvignon Masters 2018

the drinks business is proud to announce the fifth year of its Global Cabernet Sauvignon Masters

The Global Pinot Noir Masters 2018

the drinks business is proud to announce the fourth year of the Global Pinot Noir Masters, the most extensive competition in the Global Masters series.

Click to view more