Sunday Funday is a weekly round-up of the week’s news in the marketing, advertising, or PR industries. Or anything else I find amusing.
Good news for all the Instagramers out there! The photo app will now allow you to tag other people in your photos. I know I’m not the only one who’s been waiting for this for a long time.
While advertising can often be fun, witty, bold, and informative, there are also times it can be very, very wrong. Hyundai recently aired a commercial using an attempted suicide to promote its new clean emissions. Um, what? Fast Company explains the controversial commercial and other advertising faux pas.
And the hits just keep on coming. This week PepsiCo had to pull a Mountain Dew ad that outraged many online viewers for being insensitive to racial and gender issues. I don’t typically get offended by many things, but this ad was pretty bad.
Though this isn’t new, I really love the idea of this article from Forbes: Why Weird is Wonderful (and Bankable). It’s good to know that all of my adorable quirks will actually pay off in the end.
This comic perfectly illustrates the latest battle in the Google vs. Apple war (I’m Team Google and I’m not ashamed of it). Which would you prefer, Siri or Google now?
You’ve got to admit, some things that go viral are pretty stupid. I still don’t really get the online cat obsession. But recently a teenager in Utah started a twitter account to tweet compliments. The account was up to 500 followers in a matter of hours and inspired several other compliment-driven accounts. This is definitely worth going viral.
Ok, this is getting ridiculous. E! Online’s twitter account was hacked this week by the Syrian Electronic Army. Really? E! Online? If you’re going to hack a twitter account, you might want to go after someone a little bigger. Just saying.
Many companies are embracing the move towards mobile marketing, even big shots like Disney. Disney Interactive is about to launch a storyteller app aimed especially at moms. According to this article, “The app, which goes live next week, is designed to pull photos and videos from a user’s phone (like say, all the pictures of the new baby) and put them together into a shareable story.”
Yesterday the Bruins paid tribute to one of the Boston Marathon Bombing victims, Jeff Bauman, by making him an honorary captain in a pre-game salute. See Bauman’s reaction and the support of the crowd in this truly touching video.