Commeth the moment, commeth the media.
Published 16th April 2018 by Chris Dell
I was interested to note that Mark Zuckerberg choose to make a UK wide national statement about Facebook’s role in data usage that involved Cambridge Analytica in full page advertisements in many national newspapers.
Who would have guessed it – the world leading new media channel – with the opportunity to speak directly to everyone with a smartphone (which is nearly everyone) choose good old fashion print media!
It just serves to remind us that even in today’s world there is a need and role for a variety of communication channels for businesses to consider deploying. And that companies should think twice about relying on a limited number of media channel to get all of their different types of message across. Facebook is certainly good for certain things at certain times, but perhaps – as their actions reveal - are not the best choice for every occasion.
I wasn’t in the room when this decision was made, but perhaps there were some good reasons for this choice of print advertisements which are worth remembering:
- National media provides a good, fast way to demonstrate public witness – a good way of saying sorry (or hello) to all. Good for corporate brand communications.
- An ad allows a tight control of the message – important when saying the right thing is vital and the CEO may be interview shy (lawyers please note).
- An ad allows the organization to control the message and transmit it safely – no one can interrupt it, twist it, or answer back in real time.
- It becomes tomorrow’s chip paper – messages not constantly re-cycled re-tweeted or searchable for ever more.
- Is seen to “cost” the organization, hurt a little.
It is always good to remember that effective communication always combines the best media and the most appropriate message.