I was going to post this week about how Dewar’s completely screwed up their latest ad with some appalling sexism. But it seems the larger whiskies community really beat me to the punch, and with far more effect! So, instead, I’ll just touch on the problem and highlight some of the better blog articles posted as well as the results:
Fred Minnick’s post went viral in our small community of whisky geeks on Twitter and Facebook, and was even picked up by some larger media houses while the Whiskylassie also had some very choice words. Quoted from her Facebook page post:
Honestly I am not a feminist, when I saw this today I gasped!
Jumping the grenade, definition (urban dictionary) – to swoop in and remove the fat ugly chick.
Dewar’s latest campaign called Meet the Baron uses “the grenade” in this ad. A large blond is led away and in the end the Swedish bikini models are the reward.
When Dewar’s was questioned by someone on twitter their reply was: the blond is the villain…
THIS IS WRONG on every level.
Please sign, share this petition. The only way this type of horrible sexists advertisement will end is if we say so. Thanks (link to petition redacted)
Yup, you read that right. The Dewar’s ad spot used the sexist trope of an overweight and homely looking woman to play the role of the undesirable from whom the Baron as wingman saves his drinking pal. For even better explanations and discussions on this I implore you to read Fred’s post above, as well as Media Bistro’s….
Media Bistro even picked up Fred’s post and then Business Insider reported the same…. all of which lent pressure against Dewar’s whom actually responded to Media Bistro and simultaneously pulled the ad spot. While Dewar’s response was quite tepid at best, pulling the ad was absolutely the right thing to do.
I just hope all this kerfuffle sends them back to their drawing boards to re-imagine what a proper and respectful campaign should look like. If they need help remembering, I may just have to point them to the recent Chivas Regal spot that won my heart for doing it right: The measure of a man:
Coming up on the end of the year I’ve started reviewing my business results and impact to submit for my day job. Since so much of my work overlaps with my blog posts and activities in the social spaces I figured I could look into the results I’ve seen from blogging this past year and perhaps find a bit of business intelligence from some basic analysis. Just taking a brief look over some of the data, I think I’ve found some great takeaways gleaned from some additional back-end metrics as well…
To that end, here’s a quick recap of my top 10 most viewed posts in 2013 (note that not all of them were actually published in 2013, but rather just the most viewed this year):
So, what are some of my takeaways from this data?
- Firstly, I can surmise from the top post that people are still focused on retweet numbers to drive ‘reach’ and are looking for ways to ask others to help them. By reach, I really just mean visibility and basic potential for engagement. From my bounce rate metrics on that post I can also surmise that most people didn’t find what they were looking for (ie. an easy answer to improving reach).
- Secondly, I have consistently seen my YouTube RSS and Facebook RSS feed posts performing well week over week. This tells me I should likely look at more technically focused posts to balance my concept and theory posts around social business. Striking a balance with logistics and thought leadership.
- Of course, some of those conceptual posts also seem to be doing relatively well. The ones which really took off look to be around getting started and how-to, with one outlier (“Do influencers deserve to be paid”) which performed well as a result of connecting the content with a related article and engaging with that article’s author. A good lesson to be learned in that one: networking with other authors and driving conversations around topics which they are passionate about will improve the performance of your own related posts.
Next week I plan to take a look at my UNDER performing posts and highlight some potentially valuable content which you likely have missed.
There are train tracks a few miles from my house. On most days I forget they are there, as they’re far enough away that I don’t see them daily, and rarely get stuck at a crossing. I do, however, occasionally hear the horn. When the conditions are just right I will hear the blast of the horn come through the trees, over the hills and across the tops of the houses into my office as I’m working in the early mornings. Rarely do I hear it when the fog is in, or even when there is cloud cover, but on the few clear mornings, the sound of that horn bounces through the atmosphere and reminds me of the tracks three miles away.
Success in social business is much like that train horn: conditions need to be right in order to be heard. Luckily, we can control some of those conditions more easily than we can change the weather. In order to get your voice through the filters and noise of the social internet there are a few things you can do to tip the conditions to your favour, much like the clear skies helping the train horn carry miles across the valley:
- Get the lay of the land; learn the valleys and peaks. Watch and see how everyone interacts to determine the etiquette in the space.
- Start small by just adding people you know to your networks.
- Don’t be a tourist for too long. Watch and listen, but begin sharing things you find interesting.
- Begin curating your networks to include people who share things relevant to your interests or business.
- Continue sharing things you find and start adding in your own expertise and ideas.
- Engage in conversation with your network to build deeper relationships.
- Continue curating your networks by adding your target audience. By this point you should have an established presence that will help show value to anyone who may look to follow you.
- Be active, slightly provocative, and consistent in your voice.
Now, when you sound your horn, the message will fly further than you may have ever expected. You’ve taken the right steps to tweak the conditions to your favour and build the atmosphere to support not only visibility of your message, but hopefully others sharing it as well with their own curated networks to amplify far beyond the rail crossing of you and your immediate followers.