Why Smirnoff Doesn’t Get Social Media?

A while back we wrote about a phenomena that took bros by storm across the United States. The viral game has garnered media attention for the brand and also helped move cases of the beverage. The girly beverage of the alcopop kind would have never found an audience amongst the bro crowd, but it did just because of this game. But Smirnoff’s parent company Diageo was not pleased with the way their brand has been used and decided to close the game’s main website brosicingbros.com which now shows a blank page with the message “We had a good run Bros..” on it.

3OH!3 Got Iced On Stage

This was certainly a marketing and PR misstep by Diageo, the only way they could make it worse is by taking legal action against those behind the website. Now it is totally understandable if Smirnoff’s Marketing execs groaned with their palms across their faces when they first heard about this game but they should have capitalized on it instead of icing it. This can be poison to the brand, especially since the whole game is based on the perception that the drink is a girly and will make you gag, but there were ways that they could have spun the exposure to their advantage.

What Is It Like to Work With Facebook & Zuck?

We have all heard about how it feels like to work at Google and how Google is the trend setter of creating the perfect environment for creativity and employee retention. But Facebook is different. Rarely have we ever heard about how it feels like to work with Mike Zuckerberg, a company that employs more than a 1,000 able people must have a story or two to share.

The fact that rarely anything about working at Facebook, or with Zuckerberg, is featured in the media made me curious to learn more about.

The Beginning

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Zuck Man

Mark Zuckerberg was somewhat of a local celebrity at Harvard in the fall of 2003. His first site Facemash was a hit at campus; a hot-or-not site for Harvard. Due to that popularity, he was recommended to code another project.

During that time Cameron Winklevoss, Tyler Winklevoss, and Divya Narendra were on the lookout for a programmer to code their idea for them. They wanted to create a social media network for students at Harvard and then potentially expand it to other universities. Based on the recommendation they received, they contacted Mark, and both parties agreed to start working on the project. While at first Mark was enthusiastic about the project, shortly his tone and enthusiasm waded. He went from saying “I read over all the stuff you sent and it seems like it shouldn’t take too long to implement, so we can talk about that after I get all the basic functionality up tomorrow night” to “The week has been pretty busy thus far, so I haven’t gotten a chance to do much work on the site or even think about it really“.

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