"Just like any PR fiasco, it will totally depend on how they confront it. If a company can confront a complaint (or in this case, a law suit) head-on and with honesty, they normally come out fine, if not, better off. Look how Tylenol recovered…"
It’s tempting to assume the class action lawsuit facing Taco Bell for falsely claiming its meat filling is “seasoned beef” will damage the brand in some important way. But I don’t think that will happen. Here’s why: http://wp.me/pJMPC-5QSee More
"Thanks, Bill. I agree with your friend that being "Groupon ready" is a big challenge. If you don't seize the opportunity to give guests a great brand experience what's the point? PS. Do you still own the Aztec Challenger?"
My friend Mark Netsch recently completed and article for Fast Casual that may answer some your question to some degree: http://bit.ly/ceAG30.
FYI - I love your brand approach and your Brand-O-Matic put a smile on my face. Please read when…"
"People are unpredictable and so is social media. That's what makes it so frightening and/or interesting and/or valuable, depending on your point of view. You can't test a virtual LTO in the social media world; you have to put the real…"
"Wow, this is a very robust article, covering ALL the bases. But in the end, it's really too complicated to act on, I think, other than just to call one of the vendors and shout "help!" One of the most telling points in the…"
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I have been a marketing professional for over 30 years. Like any 30-year journey, this one has taken me many places — as a copywriter, art director and marketing director for Spiegel (the direct merchandiser); as a director of advertising for a $2B home improvement chain; as an agency creative director; and in 1999 as founder and principal of an agency that specializes in brand development.
Because of our success building brands for smaller and mid-size consumer companies, we began to hear from emerging restaurant franchisors, who were hungry for help in a very competitive market. Through those engagements, we learned a lot more about restaurant branding and marketing. Other restaurant clients found us and, well, since I'm an incurable foodie anyway, our restaurant branding and marketing niche just grew along with our expertise. Today helping restaurants fill their tables and restaurant franchisors sell their restaurants are major parts of our business.
A few more facts about me: I'm a branding and marketing junkie with an MS in Advertising from Northwestern University and a side gig as adjunct professor of marketing for Georgetown University.
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