Branding has become a big money maker in the marketing and public relations world. Companies invest millions in logo research and design, developing color palettes, messaging, etc., so they can position themselves to appeal to their target market. But it’s a facade in many cases.
We’re not shy about offering our opinions on social media faux pas here, and I was asked later about my PR perspective on corporate social media, gaffes, apologies, etc., so I thought I’d condense my long ramble (forgive me Allison) here to close out 2015:
Question: What do the photos above have in common?
Answer: They both should be captioned, “Move along folks, there’s nothing to see here.”
The Confederate battle flag has been in existence in some shape or form for 150 years. Whether or not it should be flown on public or government grounds or whether it is morally acceptable to own, sell or fly one has been debated and discussed and then some over that lengthy period.
Is American culture so lacking of depth that some loony craving his 15 minutes of dark fame can alter legislation and commerce overnight? Apparently.
The statue is the Vietnam Women’s Memorial and is a moving and tear-inducing representation of three military nurses ministering to what appears to be a dying young soldier. The memorial honors the women who died there military, journalists, and others who served in honorable ways. What is jaw dropping is that according to the news story THE PARENTS ENCOURAGED THE CHILDREN TO CLIMB ON THE STATUE FOR A PICTURE. Seriously???
Hey, mom and dad! The monuments that mark the sacrifices made by military men and women is there for us to honor and respect, not for your child to climb over like a Jungle Gym or pose for a selfie.
Recently, I watched a grassroots PR campaign by a very determined group of Charleston citizens absolutely crush a large, well-funded development company’s plans to build a behemoth community on the western side of the Charleston peninsula.
It was truly a David versus Goliath match-up. And Goliath got whupped. Hard.