Estée Lauder Companies are preparing to lay off 1,500-2,000 employees worldwide, representing 3% of its workforce. The move comes after the beauty brand reported declining sales from COVID-19. Moving forward, it will focus on e-commerce offerings.
While the company will eliminate some roles—mainly point-of-sale employees and related support staff—it will investment in new ones in high-growth areas like online.
Here are today’s top stories:
Netflix issues mea culpa over ‘inappropriate’ artwork
The streaming service has apologized and pulled promotional posters for “Cuties” after swift backlash online. More than 148,000 people have signed a Change.org petition to remove the film from Netflix.
The movie, about an 11-year-old who rebels against her family and joins a “free-spirited dance crew,” is accused in the online campaign of sexualizing young girls “for the viewing pleasure of pedophiles.” Originally titled “Mignonnes,” the project premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won a jury award for directing.
Director Maimouna Doucouré has explained that the story aims to highlight how social media pushes girls to mimic sexualised imagery without fully understanding what lies behind it or the dangers involved.
Netflix tweeted an apology, saying the poster wasn’t “representatitve” of the film:
We're deeply sorry for the inappropriate artwork that we used for Mignonnes/Cuties. It was not OK, nor was it representative of this French film which won an award at Sundance. We’ve now updated the pictures and description.
— Netflix (@netflix) August 20, 2020
Why it’s important: The images you use are just as important as the words you select. Take care not to choose visuals that might send the wrong message. This advice is relevant for campaigns that aren’t addressing sensitive or controversial topics, especially during COVID-19. For example, using images that lack diversity or publishing videos that don’t showcase masks or social distancing can also muddle your message and might even damage your brand image.
You can now dance, learn acting tips, go behind the scenes and listen to songs from Broadway actors and actresses while staying at home. The experiences are offered in partnership with Airbnb:
— BroadwayWorld (@BroadwayWorld) August 19, 2020
Airbnb is joining forces with stage and screen star Tituss Burgess, original Broadway princesses Susan Egan, Laura Osnes, Courtney Reed, Aisha Jackson, and dozens more to bring you behind the scenes of your favorite musicals. Join talented actors, singers, set designers and dancers from Broadway, the West End, and beyond as they show you the ropes of their art form.
Even the banner for the set of experiences is adapted for COVID-19, with a virtual-first spin on an old Broadway saying:
Airbnb had been highlighting its experiences before the COVID-19 crisis, and with the pandemic decimating the travel industry, the company is leaning on those experiences more than ever, which are now adapted for social distancing guidelines or offered virtually.
Sprout Social reported that 58% of consumers are more likely to purchase from brands that share similar beliefs—and share those on social media platforms. However, sharing a statement is only the start—55% of consumers expect organizations to go farther than messages and donations, by pledging additional initiatives and commitments. For millennials, that expectation rises to 65%.
Just as important as making commitments is keeping them. While 25% of consumers will unfollow your organization on social media if you don’t follow through with your promises to addressing social issues, 29% say they’ll boycott a brand and 42% will purchase from a competitor.
Once that trust is gone, it’s hard to build up again.
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Airbnb bans parties
The company has officially prohibited house parties, now capping occupancy limits at 16 people per lisiting.
When the pandemic was declared, and social distancing became an important element in promoting public health and responsible travel, we updated our policies. We started by removing both the “event-friendly” search filter from our platform as well as “parties and events allowed” House Rules from any event-friendly listings. Most importantly, we introduced a new policy requiring all users to adhere to local COVID-19 public health mandates. At the time, most local governments were imposing strict limits on gatherings, which effectively created a form-fitting, patchwork ban on parties and events.
However, in many large jurisdictions, public health mandates on gatherings have changed – and in some places swung back and forth in response to the changing rates of COVID cases – as have regulations on bars, clubs and pubs. Some have chosen to take bar and club behavior to homes, sometimes rented through our platform. We think such conduct is incredibly irresponsible – we do not want that type of business, and anyone engaged in or allowing that behavior does not belong on our platform.
The ban is an extension of an already existing rule Airbnb implemented in late 2019, and represents the company’s latest attempt to alter its business in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The move also comes amid a confidentially filed IPO—the latest indication that Airbnb intends to go public this year.
Why it’s important: Especially after filing to become a publicly traded company, Airbnb is making sure the actions of its hosts and guests don’t negatively affect the company, which is already grappling with the COVID-19 crisis. Communicators across organizations and industries can take a nod from the move by making sure COVID-19 messages and policies are clearly relayed and enforced, lest their brand reputation is tarnished during a time when consumer trust is more crucial than ever.
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IKEA Taiwan has recreated its catalog using Animal Crossing characters and designs:
The adorable alternate world pages are shown next to the real catalog, with occasionally accurate product substitutes and humorous alternatives for things that don’t exist in the game.
As more brands are jumping on the bandwagon to market inside of games including Fortnite and Animal Crossing, successful efforts can provide inspiration to better engage with audiences on a new channel.
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