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How Do Businesses Like Pulse and Walmart Recover After a Mass Shooter Destroys Everything?
Though school shootings tend to linger longer in the public memory, more mass shootings take place in businesses (37%) than schools (25%). Media coverage of mass shootings—and with it, the public’s focus—tends to center, justifiably, on the victims. After that, the discussion invariably broadens to questions of societal causes, mental illness and the politicized issues surrounding gun control. What’s far less explored is the question of what becomes of the business itself. How should the owners respond? What happens to the employees? Which factors determine whether a company reopens after a shooting?
“I’ve seen organizations several months after a shooting and there’s a black cloud hanging over the company,” says Sem Security Management founder Richard Sem, who has consulted with scores of corporations that have suffered episodes of workplace violence and over 30 that have dealt with mass shootings, specifically. “If it’s not managed properly, it can have a dramatic effect on productivity, morale and retention—on your reputation and, ultimately, your ability to do business.”
This Black-Owned Bank Put Harriet Tubman on a Debit Card and Social Media Lost It
OneUnited Bank recently announced a new limited-edition Black History Month version of its Visa debit card. The card features a rendition of famed American abolitionist and Underground Railroad member Harriet Tubman with her arms folded across her chest, commissioned work by Miami-based artist Addonis Parker. But when the bank announced the new card on Twitter, reactions were swift and critical. Some who commented on the design said they assumed the project had been led by a clueless white marketing team, which wasn’t the case.
Direct-to-Consumer Brands Had a Bad Week, but It’s Not All Doom and Gloom for the Industry
Between Brandless shutting down, Edgewell Personal Care backing out of its acquisition of Harry’s after the Federal Trade Commission sued to block the deal, Casper’s lackluster IPO and Birchbox laying off 25% of its global workforce, it hasn’t been the best week for direct-to-consumer brands. But it’s not all bad: Setbacks like these give companies and anyone in the space a chance to reflect. DTC’s bubble is far from bursting, but the industry is changing—and this week’s developments are indicative of that. “There are no shortcuts to building brands,” said Sucharita Kodali, an analyst at Forrester. “It takes money over time and takes way more than digital marketing. You see one year of low customer acquisition costs and you think that’s going to hold true forever, and that’s not the case.”
Pier 1 Imports Files for Bankruptcy, Will Pursue Sale of Company
Pier 1 Imports filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Monday and is pursuing a sale of the company, per an agreement with a majority of its term loan lenders, according to a statement. The retailer plans to use the chapter 11 process to complete the previously announced closure of 450 stores, which includes all of its locations in Canada. Thus far Pier 1 Imports has closed or initiated going out of business sales in more than 400 locations and is also shuttering two distribution centers. The company’s CEO said that Pier 1 Imports has already garnered interest from potential buyers.
Best of the Rest: Today’s Top News and Insights
- Kraft Heinz Is Reducing Its Agencies by Half
- Half of All U.S. Homes Will Be Cord Cutters or Cord-Nevers by 2024, Roku Projects
- Michael Bloomberg’s Instagram Meme Campaign Forces Facebook to Address New Form of Political Ads
- He Said, Hershey Said: Anomaly Says Account Was Resigned While Brand Disputes Claim
- 3% Conference Heads to Atlanta in Effort to Solidify Commitment to Intersectionality
- Road to Challenger Brands: Customers as Tribes, Stores as Churches
- What Verizon’s Super Bowl Strategy Shows About Blurring the Lines of Sports and Esports
Ad of the Day: Droga5 Brings Surreal Artistry to Harley-Davidson’s Enduring Promise of Escape
In its first campaign for the brand, Droga5 capitalizes on that freeing feeling of driving by connecting it to the vehicles with the fewest restraints. While personal liberation certainly isn’t a new theme for Harley-Davidson advertising, Droga5 brings a new level of surreal artistry to the theme. Read more about the campaign here.
Agency Leaders Share How Their Companies Celebrate Black History Month
“This year, Firewood is observing Black History Month by amplifying Black voices and stories on social media, from celebrating Matthew Cherry’s Oscar win for Hair Love to sharing stories of successful (and unsuccessful) diversity-focused marketing campaigns. We will be publishing an article authored by our director of people and culture outlining the steps for incorporating D&I programming into the workplace and releasing a video interviewing our employees about what Black History Month means to them.”
—Mamou Kilambi, senior digital marketing manager, social, Firewood
“This is the first year we’ve celebrated Black History Month. We opened it up to the agency for volunteers and they put together a series of celebrations and education for our staff. This includes creative work posted around our office and on our social channels (@ElevenInc), presentations to our staff during our all-staff meetings, and a trip to a local museum (MoAD) to view the ‘Black is Beautiful’ and ‘Don’t Shoot’ exhibits.”
—Heidi Taglio, head of talent, Eleven
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