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Lush quits social media

British cosmetics brand, Lush, announced this week that it will be quitting several social media platforms in the U.K, much to the shock and surprise of many of its customers and brand marketers. In their announcement they said that they are tired of fighting with algorithms, and that they do not want to pay to appear in their customer’s newsfeed. This is indeed a very bold move by the cosmetics brand. They are clearly trying to make a statement and take a stand against the GAFAMs of this world. And they are not the only brand to fight back against some of the big platforms. However, the fact that Lush in the US is not closing its social media accounts shows a lack of consistency around the decision. This has left many confused, questioning what Lush is trying to achieve here with their standpoint. Some have even gone as far to say this is just a PR stunt.

Sciencing the sh*t

In the Oscar-nominated movie ‘The Martian’ Matt Damon plays a NASA botanist stuck on Mars. His crew have departed as they have (reasonably) assumed he has been killed by an accident during their mission. Damon survives, and wakes up to the magnitude of his situation. It will be several years before a rescue mission can reach him - but he only has sufficient supplies to last a few months. But as a highly-qualified scientist, he does not panic. Nor does he give up and accept his fate. He decides to solve the problem in the most effective way possible. In his own words - he decides to “science the sh*t” out of the problem. He consults the notes left behind by his colleagues, and experiments using the limited resources at his disposal (including a highly creative way of growing potatoes). And keeps himself alive. Not only is it a great movie, but it’s a metaphor for the way science has solved problems in the world we live. The houses we live in, the food we eat, the transport we use. All of these things were developed by scientists using the scientific method.

Transcendental meditation

When people talk about Mental Health, which is now ‘on trend’ you usually hear the extreme examples and stats of poor mental health such as Suicide which is now the biggest killer of men under 50, and we conjure up images of extreme depression and anxiety. 13 years ago, my best friend killed herself, a month before her 25 birthday (next week she would have been 38) and my gran suffered from manic depression for 50 years. Mental health is something sadly, I’ve grown up with and come to learn a little about.  

Don’t be a bland brand

“People choose their brands as they choose their friends. You choose friends not usually because of specific skills or physical attributes but simply because you like them as people.” Stephen King Not that one – the JWT one Typically, a client will tell me their brand voice is passionate, friendly and honest. Other words often offered are dedicated, authentic and trustworthy. Let’s think about that for a moment. What brand wouldn’t want to be all of these things? What brand aims to be unfriendly, dishonest and inauthentic? “Copy is a direct conversation with the consumer.” Shirley Polykoff The Advertising Hall of Fame says Shirley is “an advertising creator extraordinaire and a pioneering role model for professional women.”

Considering Neurodiversity

‘Neurodiversity’ is a relatively new and fluid definition for members of society with a neurological condition that includes, but is not limited to, Autism, Aspergers, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Tourettes. As many as 1 in 3 people identify as being Neurodivergent. Yet it is not always understood, accepted or valued in the workplace and it’s about time that changed. Different is good. Last year I watched a BBC documentary called Employable Me. I was moved to hear the stories of people that struggled to get a paid job because of something they couldn’t control or change. Andy developed speech aphasia due to a stroke, Ryan has Tourette’s, Erica was diagnosed with Asperger’s  Syndrome and Alan has high functioning autism.

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