Bud Light’s Area 51 joke, a groundswell for podcasts, and Circle K’s sexist misstep

Also: A clever marketing insight from a Utah youth, how IPR creates buzz through video, and Berkeley nixes genders-specific terms.

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Good morning, PR pros:

Marketers looking to capture attention can take a lesson from a young boy’s roadside stand in Brigham City, Utah, which caused several to do a double take.

A few people called the city’s police department to report that the child was selling “ice cold beer,” which he was—ice cold root beer. The detail was small enough to require a closer look, causing officers and reporters to deem it a marketing win.


Can a little ambiguity spice up your message? On the other hand, make sure your language doesn’t have a double meaning that will leave you apologizing to your audience later.

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Bud Light recently tweeted quips regarding the now-viral Facebook event to raid Area 51. The page, created as a joke, has spread across social media, and several brand managers have tried to grab the trend’s coattails.

Screw it. Free Bud Light to any alien that makes it out. https://t.co/AOWOYL3Oyp

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