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Posts Tagged ‘Ticketmaster’

Coca-Cola To America: ‘Yes, We’re Making You Fat’

Vintage Coca-Cola machineThe biggest story in the global branding game over the past few months was the innovative partnership between Pepsi and Beyoncé–a deal that gives an unprecedented degree of creative power to the world’s biggest pop star. Mark Bittman may not think it’s OK for celebrities to sell soda, but that won’t stop Pepsi’s new frontwoman from dominating America’s biggest PR stunt, The Super Bowl.*

One thing you almost certainly won’t hear Beyoncé discussing in 2013: the relationship between soft drinks and obesity. A certain other soda, on the other hand, just announced plans to address the issue directly.

This surprises us as much as anybody, but Pepsico‘s mortal enemy Coca-Cola just took a first step into the public health fray by creating a campaign designed to address America’s obesity epidemic–all in the company’s own best interests, of course.

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Ticketmaster Screws Up Obama Inauguration Event

Barack Obama 2009 Inauguration courtesty of Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeleyWe’re going to go ahead and make a wild over-generalization here: Ticketmaster is not the public’s favorite company.

Another totally unsupported assumption: President Obama‘s inauguration won’t inspire quite as big a party in 2013 as it did in 2009. But there will be an event and a parade–and fans were supposed to be able to buy tickets through Ticketmaster yesterday. Unfortunately, the company screwed the whole thing up big time.

Tix were supposed to go on sale on Monday the 8th, but somebody within the Ticketmaster organization (whose name happens to be “Technical Error”) accidentally sent an email on Sunday announcing the availability of the tickets–which promptly sold out. So the mistake was twofold, really: Not only did the message go out early, but the tickets were available early as well. Oh, and the seller’s site was predictably “overwhelmed” by traffic, “slowing the purchasing process.’’

Ticketmaster’s response? Yeah, that kinda sucks–but get over it, people.

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Louis CK Stands Up To Convention

Standup comedians such as Louis CK live and die by public relations every time they speak into a microphone. The first rule in standup comedy states that it’s more important to be liked by the audience than to have them think you’re funny. People are loyal and forgiving with people they like. Funny comes and goes, like indigestion.

Louis CK, like everyone else, feels like he’s being exploited by the freaking entertainment industry and he’s had enough of this crap. So he’s cut out the middleman and is selling tickets to his next tour exclusively on his site.

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