Welcome to 2016! Here’s to health and happiness for you and yours in the New Year. Oh, and to this as well. http://ow.ly/i/fBa2Q
I spent much of the morning reading and answering e mails and Facebook posts about the Chicago Cubs losing to the New York Mets last night and now being down two games to zero in the National League Championship Series. I politely answered all the comments, and posted a semi-somber article from the Chicago Tribune written after last night’s loss and added the comment that the Cubs may be down, but they’re not out.
Why did I say that? Because I believe.
Real Cubs fans believe. They believe in things that few others do. They believe with an intensity and passion that is unmatched in sports, unmatched in almost every form of human existance except maybe doomed political campaigns. They believe no matter what the rest of the world has to say. They sometimes don’t know why, but they still believe.
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social media can be a huge asset to your company in times of a PR crisis. It can also be your own companies worst enemy, by making the wound even deeper. Here is an examination of how Applebee’s social media efforts made a bad situation much much worse.
Hell hath no fury like a Facebook scorned. In today’s digital age, most of us assume everyone understands this fact. But every now and again, people surprise us. An ever-increasing element of this reality is that the hounds of Reddit, the Twitter armies, and Facebook vigilantes are more than willing to remind people that we live in a publicized world. You can’t hide behind privacy statements or legal jargon or appeals to company policy to pacify an Internet mob. Once you cross the line of Internet etiquette, the people of the World Wide Web will hunt you down and do their best to ruin you forever.
Applebee’s apparently never took note of this. You’ve most likely heard about their most recent encounter with virality. But in case you’ve been living under a rock, here’s a brief summary:
A waitress at a St. Louis Applebee’s lost her job for…
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Please, please, please excuse this mass e mail, but I wanted to share some exciting news with my network and ask for a few minutes of your time today.
Today I will be the featured Inspirational Luminary on InspireMeToday.com, sharing my wisdom with the world. They’ve been reading my writing, something I’ve been able to do more of lately, and I’ve been asked by them to write a 500 word inspirational essay based on my life experience which will be online all day today.
Inspire Me Today features the ‘Brilliance’ of a new Luminary every day. You can start your day with the wisdom of Sir Richard Branson, Guy Laliberte, Seth Godin, Neale Donald Walsch, Marci Shimoff, or one of hundreds more, now including me. I’m so honored to be with such esteemed company and I would really, REALLY appreciate your visiting the site and reading my essay today. You may learn a thing or two about me along the way.
If my traffic and comments break records, InspireMeToday.com will share my content with millions of additional people too! I hope you’ll check it out, leave a comment and share it with your friends and social media contacts. The "brilliance" (their word, not mine) is up now and will be up until Midnight. Please try to read it if you get a few minutes
Thank you in advance for your support!
This is the full length commercial for the MLB 12 video game:
Complete with the voice of Bob Costas. Could it be a sign of things to come?
It might be.
At least a Cub Fan can dream about what could be.
- MLB 2k12: Why This Year’s Game Is a Must Have (bleacherreport.com)
I was stunned this evening to read that the Susan G. Komen For The Cure organization has decided to stop funding breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood clinics with the obscene money they get from their guilt based fund raising efforts. Here’s the crux of the story, courtesy of the AP:
NEW YORK – The nation’s leading breast-cancer charity, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, is halting its partnerships with Planned Parenthood affiliates — creating a bitter rift, linked to the abortion debate, between two iconic organizations that have assisted millions of women.
The change will mean a cutoff of hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants, mainly for breast exams.
Planned Parenthood says the move results from Komen bowing to pressure from anti-abortion activists. Komen says the key reason is that Planned Parenthood is under investigation in Congress — a probe launched by a conservative Republican who was urged to act by anti-abortion groups.
We’re not talking about Komen funding abortions, we’re talking about them funding breast cancer screenings for women who can’t afford them. In my opinion, this is an outrage and the Komen Foundation should be called out for this.
I’ve worked with the Komen Foundation for many years across the country, and I think their intentions are, as a whole, good. However, they constantly spin the story of their mission by making breast cancer seem like the end of the world. Yes, breast cancer is a terrible disease, but more women die of heart attacks every year than breast cancer, and the American Heart Association doesn’t get the kind of attention and funding that Komen does.
I remember going into a grocery store last October and being in a sea of pink as seemingly every packaged goods manufacturer slapped a pink ribbon on their product to support breast cancer awareness in general and Komen in particular. The money that the Komen Foundation collected from sales of all those items, their ubiquitous races across America, and their hijacking the month of October to educate and, oh yeah, raise millions of dollars, money which will no longer go to help some of the neediest women get screened for breast cancer.
My mother has had a bout with breast cancer and beat it. I know countless other women who have been affected by breast cancer, and have lost some friends to the cancers that develop AFTER breast cancer. I hate breast cancer. But I hate the fact that the people who run the Komen Foundation caved in to pressure from groups who have issues with Planned Parenthood that have nothing to do with breast cancer. So now, I’ll never support the Susan G. Komen For The Cure, their huge list of sponsors, or any of their events, and I encourage you to share this post, click on the links and see who is aiding and abetting the Komen people in this horrific action, and do the same as me.
Interestingly, a check of the Komen Media Center late on the night of January 31 doesn’t yield a news release about their cowardly action. But Planned Parenthood has plenty to say about this slap in the face in their newsroom.
I’m tired of being held hostage every October by the Komen people, and I will say it out loud, I can’t stand the St. Louis Race For The Cure and the self righteous attitude that the local Komen people take in regards to that event. This year’s race is June 23, and it will be my pleasure to be as far away from it as possible.
Again, this isn’t about breast cancer. Breast cancer is bad, affects far too many women, and leads to other diseases that kill indiscriminately. This is about freedom of choice, EVERY woman’s right to early breast cancer screening, and how political forces can make organizations bend over just to stay away from anything controversial. The Komen Foundation is spineless and has overlooked their mission in favor of staying out of a very political issue. They should be ashamed of themselves. And those of us who disagree with their decision should show our displeasure by not patronizing Komen’s sponsors and donating to the American Cancer Society, organizations like Gilda’s Club, or Planned Parenthood.
- Komen Foundation ends partnership with Planned Parenthood – Fox News (foxnews.com)
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure caves to anti-choicers, stops funding Planned Parenthood (dailykos.com)
- Komen Foundation Ends Planned Parenthood Partnership, Making Me Choose Between My Breasts And Uterus (blisstree.com)
- Susan G Komen Foundation Pulls Breast Cancer Screening Grants From Planned Parenthood (crooksandliars.com)
For radio people (probably) only. Some thoughts from the man who started Ando Media as to why you’d want to give your streaming to Clear Channel. The man makes some very good points. If you’re a radio station thinking about joining I Heart Radio, you should read this first.
- Clear Channel Radio changes name (mysanantonio.com)
- Clear Channel offering iHeartRadio developer program (zdnet.com)
Is it extension of their brands? Is it increased advertising revenue? A new distribution platform? A number of broadcasters have agreed to have their internet streams added to Clear Channel’s iHeartRadio platform. Even though I believe in added distribution channels, there simply is very little benefit for stations to join and distribute their programming via this platform. Being added just means that you are one of more and more stations/channels on this increasingly fragmented platform. While stations may get to keep their in-stream audio ad revenue I’m sure Clear Channel is keeping all pre-roll and display revenue. Will this platform result in some added ad impressions and therefore revenue? Yes but not enough to buy a cup of coffee. Of the five featured stations today, all were owned by Clear Channel.
For Clear Channel this is a beautiful thing. They get content for free to add to the offerings on…
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