Here’s my vote for the best new company name and look in Victoria.
Tartan alum Christine Gleed and Trisha Lees have joined forces to launch their own PR/Media relations/Issues management company, Mouthpiece.
Mouthpiece was rolled out in late 2011 with a corporate ID and website courtesy of the fantastically talented Neil Tran.
Christine and Trisha have already bagged a bunch of new clients and you should expect to hear plenty more from this duo as the year picks up steam.
After all, they didn’t name themselves Churchmouse!
Out of South Africa this week comes a TV commercial for Nando’s grilled chicken restaurants – the same one that’s on the corner of Government and Pandora here in Victoria.
This cheeky, hilarious spot lampoons Zimbabwe’s iron-fisted ruler Robert Mugabe, who sits alone in his dining room at Christmas, glumly remembering the good times with his fellow dictatorial buddies, Muammar Gadaffi, Saddam Hussein, PW Botha and Idi Amin.
When you’re done chuckling, note that this is really just a traditional product and price ad – they’re actually trying to sell something. It survives repeated viewings beautifully and while only a few days old, has already chocked up 440,000+ views on YouTube.
Clearly somebody is executing an exceptional digital and PR strategy around this entertaining spot.
Check out Nando’s whimsical website too. It’s almost as much fun as the TV ad.
Did Gap goof again?
According to this Washington Post article, Gap has launched their new “Always Skinny” jeans in the UK with mannequins that might generously be described as famine fashion.
While Gap claims that skinny jeans elongate the body, this representation of womanhood is downright scary to me. And irresponsible.
It seems there isn’t an adequate Gap between thought and action at this retailer these days.
Any parent of a young girl (like me) would be horrified at the suggestion that such emaciation equals fashion. It gives me no pleasure to take a dig at another advertiser, but where is the public pressure to put an end to the glamorization of this unhealthy stereotype? Gap should be a leader on this issue, not a perp.
(Photo courtesy of boingboing.net)
Here’s a way to get your website to perform better in search: Treat your customers like shit. Be a pig. Yell at them. Swear at them. Threaten them with sexual assault. Sue them.
Then sit back and watch your website climb the almighty rankings.
Believe it or not, this has been the strategy of DecorMyEyes, an online eyewear site, as explained in this article in the New York Times.
The idea by the business’s proprietor, a walking aneurysm of a man named Vitaly Borker, a.k.a. Tony Russo, a.k.a. Stanley Bolds, was to generate complaints and negative reviews so his site would be swamped with interest. Which it was.
As a result of this, Google felt compelled to alter their search algorithm to identify “poor user experience” and adjust downwards accordingly. Here is the Google statement on the matter.
You know, good riddance and I hear Vitaly/Tony/Stan is making friends in prison.
But that’s a lot more power all of sudden in Google’s mitts.
Pseudonym Man’s case is pretty easy to call. But can an algorithm be trusted to judge issues that aren’t always so black and white?
If BP thought that doing their mea culpa and spending $50 million on an ad campaign was going to dig them out of their PR sink-hole, this just in:
From the New York Times comes this Halloween sunburst that the BP oil spill clean-up costume is the hottest seller this year so far. Even out-selling slices of raw meat, in homage to Lady Gaga’s recent frock.
So great has demand been for the oil-splattered green jumpsuit (with the BP logo now representing “Bad Planning”) that the costume’s entrepreneurial manufacturer is rush-ordering another 10,000. And it’s only the first week of October.
This means three things for BP:
- The public hasn’t finished with you yet. Far from it.
- You’re wasting money on advertising.
- A scornful public has taken ownership of your name and logo. They will not serve you well again.
It’s hard to imagine a phoenix rising from the ashes of this once mighty petroleum company.
Has anyone seen any photos of the company’s CEO and board members up to their elbows in oil cleaning it off dying wildlife? Or selling off their holiday homes to raise funds for community rebuilding? These might be good places to start.