It’s Friday. The work week is winding down, and we at Responsive Inbound Marketing are looking back on all that happened in the past five days. If you’re reflecting, forming an opinion, stumped, or amused, let’s discuss. Here, we’ll offer our take on some of this week's biggest news stories!
1. The Trump Card
Donald Trump is trying to expand his (already very long) resume by adding a new career: President of the United States. He’s also managing to alienate a lot of people in the process, what with his racist comments and nasty tweets. Trump’s Twitter feuds aren’t new – just ask Jon Stewart – but his most recent face-off against Modern Family writer Danny Zuker has garnered a lot of attention, most of it negative. (Gee, maybe he should stop trying to fight people who make a living writing comedy.) All this bad press has its consequences. His shows have been dropped from major TV networks, his clothing and fragrance lines have been discontinued, NASCAR and ESPN are breaking ties with him, and this list continues to grow daily. So, when you’re working on your social media marketing and you need a little guidance, remember – angering your clients and the world at large is NOT a good marketing strategy.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know that the USA women’s soccer team just won the World Cup! And, to celebrate, New York chose today to hold a parade to honor the players and present them with the keys to the city. Thousands of fans lined the streets, cheering for the players and throwing truckloads of confetti at them in a celebration that was likened to New York’s famous New Year’s Eve festivities.
3. Hack Attack
Last month, the public found out that the US government’s HR department had been hacked, compromising the personal information of 4.2 million Americans (Oops.). Then, yesterday, the government issued a correction – as it turns out, the number of people affected by this data hack is actually closer to 21.5 million (Bigger oops.). In the aftermath, the director of the department resigned from her position, and the government has accused the Chinese government, who has denied involvement. None of this seems reassuring to most Americans, who will probably be more protective than ever of their personal data going forward in this digital age.
4. Rebels Without a Flag
This morning, South Carolina finally took down the Confederate flag that’s been flying above their capitol building, only 150 years after the Confederacy lost the war. Gotta keep up with the times, after all. But, not everybody approved of the decision. The flag’s supporters insist that it’s not racist; it simply stands for their heritage. Unfortunately for them, the flag’s creator himself called it an “emblem” of “the heavenly ordained supremacy of the white man over the inferior or colored race.” Looks like some flag-lovers might need a lesson on symbolism and negative connotations.
5. “The Dress” 2.0
Remember when the Internet went crazy over an image of a dress (and earned said dress its very own Wikipedia page)? Well, bad news – there’s another color sensation going viral on Twitter. This image is driving people crazy as they try to decide which nail polish better matches this shoe:
Our official advice is: cover all your bases and use both! Not only are your nails guaranteed to match the shoes, but you'll also have the added advantage of matching Responsive Inbound Marketing's trendy logo. What more could you want?
So, now you're caught up on this week's prominent post-its – the latest, most noteworthy news of the week. Go forth and impress your friends with your knowledge of current events!
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