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A few weeks ago, Abbie and I happened to both be working remotely from our respective homes over the weekend. Happy to get my project in to her for review, I noted in an email that the data was “in like Flint,” a slang term I love to use whenever I complete a task or get something important done lighting fast. Abbie’s response knocked my socks off.
Because I had been watching the Capitol 4th, my TV was tuned to PBS when I turned it on the other night. I caught the promo for the Charlie Rose Show airing later that evening, talking about Facebook and the impact of the recently announced change in the algorithm that essentially prioritizes your friends and family content first and brand and news content second. Because I can’t stay up that late (it airs at midnight here), I recorded it and watched it later. Hosted by Hari Sreenivasan, the panel members were John Hermann of the New York Times, Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at NYU, and Melissa Bell of Vox Media. According to a Pew research study, 44 percent of adults are regularly reading news content on Facebook. According to Hermann, who covers the business of media for the Times, that amounts to 100 million people in the U.S. that use Facebook as their single source of news. According to Sreenivasan, Facebook has become the virtual paper boy, sharing the news far and wide.
A recent client trip took me through Seligman, Ariz., on historic Route 66. And as I’m cruising along listening to my random Google Play list, I notice these kitschy street signs. Four in a row and then the fifth that says Burma-Shave. What the heck?
Abbie recently shared a story with us about a random act of kindness that turned out to be something quite special. She had stopped to pick up some breakfast and noticed a table of a dozen Navy men and women enjoying their meal. She decided to buy them some cookies to thank them for their service. They were, of course, appreciative, but then their commanding officer came over to present her with a coin representing their fleet. There are a limited number produced and only given out in special circumstances. And yes, it made her cry.
Yes, I have the Pokémon Go app on my phone and you might be wondering why. As many of you know, I have a nine-year-old son, Aiden, who is obsessed with Pokémon, so of course, I have the app. But let’s be clear it is only on my phone because his iPad only has wifi and so he can basically only use it at home. But the point of this blog post isn’t about Pokémon Go, but more about how others are jumping on the Pokémon Go bandwagon for their own brands’ benefit. You may recall that in December of last year, I wrote “May the PR Force Be With You,” about brands jumping on the Star Wars bandwagon. The new Star Wars movie was a big deal, but I encouraged organizations to take a look at their brand before deciding to jump on a bandwagon. So imagine my (kind of) surprise when yesterday I came across a blog post from PR Week, “How brands are using the Pokémon Go craze to 'catch 'em all',” which was all about brands jumping on the Pokémon bandwagon. And just like with Star Wars there were some brands that it makes sense to be involved with Pokémon and there are others that it made no sense at all. Just because every other brand is doing it doesn’t mean your brand should as well.