When Fan Ads Go Drastically Off Message
from the um,-no,-please-don't dept
The power of cheap and easy to use media creation tools has been talked about for years. What would people do with them? There were lots of theories, mostly revolving around “power to the people” type predictions about taking down existing industries. However, it turns out, when people can create videos, many just go out and create their own commercials for products they like. Last month Wired News had an article about a fan ad for the iPod — and there were tons of similar “home brewed” ads seen on all sides during the last Presidential election. Of course, as some of the political campaigns discovered, while it’s great to get people creating ads for you for free, it’s sometimes difficult to keep them “on message.” Sometimes, this can go drastically wrong, and the whole VW commercial fiasco that’s been spreading around the web over the past week or so is a perfect example. Part of the problem, of course, is that there have been so many of these “stealth marketing” campaigns from companies lately, that even if a company denies involvement in the creation of a questionable ad, some people still don’t believe it. Companies are simply going to have to learn ways to get out the message that they’re not associated with certain types of “rogue” advertising. Who would have thought that we’d reach an age where we actually have to worry about fans mis-advertising products?