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Marketers on MLK Day: ‘I Have a…Really Bad Idea!’

MLK Twerk

Oh…hell to the no! 

With respect to Dr. King, “I have a dream…that someday marketers that do this repugnant #$%! will lose a job, the ability to operate photoshop and possibly conscience just for a week or two.” Just let that galling picture sink in. That’s “Freedom 2 Twerk” and Dr. Martin Luther King throwing up some inane thug sign promoting said event. And then there’s that bling.

The hell?! On what planet in some distant twerkiverse is this crap a good idea?

Martin Luther King fought the most valiant fight against racial oppression and for civil rights in the 1960s. No link is needed because if you don’t know about what this day means to so many people, then you need to get your narrow behind in a library today. (You know, if they were open.)

However, now that the war is won, battles continue to rage in a court of retail? Why, just why?

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#PRWin: ‘Layaway Santa’ Rings Up $20K for Walmart Shoppers

secret-santa-walmartAttention Walmart Shoppers: Your favorite discount store hasn’t had a slew of great news lately. In fact, you could fill one of its 18-wheeler trucks full of the bad PR they’ve collected recently.

From a food drive for its destitute hourly employees to deciding those hourly workers need to work on Thanksgiving, a lovely hashtag #WalMartFights and a disabled wrestler being banned from Walmart for life, all Walmart stories seem to suck out loud this time of the year.

The store that can’t seem to win during the holidays needed a little Christmas magic from the jolly old fat man to make positive headlines.

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Walmart: Save Money. Live Better. Tweet Haters?

walmart_bingoWalmart. Say the name and see vitriol spew all over your new graphic tee, on-sale Dickies and imitation Crocs (all sold at the Bentonville empire). Why? Ask the question and you can find a plethora of answers, in many languages no less.

Understanding this gargantuan amount of rancor for the retail giant would help an aficionado of social media to understand the roller coaster of entertainment it would be as Walmart’s social media management team. Good times, right? Up there with owning a timeshare in Iran as a “good real estate investment.”

Typically, an organization of that stature has to take the tweeting enmity, spam containing the Ebola virus and even DMs with pictures from People of Walmart all with a grin, a turn of the head and move on wishing a job would open at Target. Not any more, you haters of anonymity.

It seems the home of low prices is taking its high standards out to pasture and rolling up its collective bargain-shopping sleeves to fight back on Twitter, as broken by Digiday.

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Thank McFly, JCPenney is Going Back to the Future

And how's that working out?

And how’s that working out?

For those who believe Apple, or anything that hails from it, can do wrong, I would like to introduce you to Mr. Ron Johnson.

He (pictured in this picture showing how long his career was at JCP) is an ousted, former CEO of JCPenney and an unscrupulous hack who believed his deified worship of smarmy hipsters who worked at his beloved Apple genius retail stores would work even better at the home of the Soccer Mom.

Only not so much. His sorely miscalculated ideas of removing all sales items, misreading what customers wanted, not testing his epiphanies in advance and inept acuity to understand the promise and premise of a brand cost him more than his job — it cost him his reputation and just about cost JCPenney its entire existence.

I think what was most telling of the Johnson era was he was rumored to be given a lovely severance package that he by no means deserved. Yet, his golden parachute ran out of the same strings he tried to puppeteer the JCPenney staff while he was there. Fitting for a…um, Johnson.

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