KFC has announced the retirement of its Colonel Sanders brand mascot. The Colonel was a likeness of the restaurant’s founder, Harland Sanders, and is just the latest fast food icon to be faded out to make way for new brand appeals.
Storytelling is becoming one of the most common buzzwords in marketing and communications today. Everyone stresses the importance of telling a good story that relates a captivating narrative to your brand, but they forget to talk about how to cut through the swell of cluttered information to deliver an on-point message to the right audience.
In an effort to bolster its employee relations program, McDonald’s launched a microsite aimed at helping staffers balance their finances. The seemingly positive gesture has, however, backfired on the fast-food giant because the budget is unrealistic and suggests employees should seek a second job.
It’s been 18 months since the Costa Concordia went aground, but the ship hasn’t budged an inch, according to The New York Times. What’s more, the trial for Francesco Schettino, the ill-fated vessel’s captain, begins on Wednesday, fanning the flames of a crisis that the parent company, Carnival Cruises, is eager to extinguish.