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In this episode, we do a deep dive into the Pepsi ad fiasco and what might have been the reason for such a spectacular misstep, followed closely by an exploration of Dennis Publishing and how they’ve unlocked the only content business model that matters. Our rants and raves include advertising blinders and smartphone addiction; then we close the show with an example of the week from Farmer-Stockman Insurance.

This week’s show

(Recorded live on April 10, 2017; Length: 1:08:28)

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1. Notable news and upcoming trends:

  • Anatomy of a content-by-committee failure (12:25): The Boston Globe gives an agonizing, blow-by-blow account of a Pepsi ad that was released (and pulled) last week. The spot, which featured Kardashian step-sibling Kendall Jenner, was pummeled on social media as a tepid and tone-deaf attempt to co-opt the emotion of U.S. political activism movements – like #BlackLivesMatter and the Women’s March – as a means to sell soda. What may have started out as a well-intentioned idea clearly got mangled in execution. Not only did it feel like a total topical mismatch for the normally fun-centric beverage brand, it reminds us of what can happen when the product and the brand get in the way of telling an interesting story. We just hope it won’t keep Pepsi from continuing to take risks.
  • How Dennis Publishing’s willingness to pivot underpins its profitability (23:50): theMediaBriefing reports on a U.K. publishing company that is finding success in e-commerce by focusing on high-value transactions, rather than trying to go head-to-head with big players like Amazon. Dennis Publishing, recognized as The British Media Awards’ media company of the year in 2016…