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The fallout from Bud Light’s disastrous partnership with Dylan Mulvaney continues.
The tone deaf decision to work with the transgender activist has been an abject disaster for the beer giant.
From a public relations standpoint, there’s been immense blowback. Country stars have lined up to criticize Bud Light, and competitors have taken full advantage of the unforced error as well.
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While the company’s stock price has rebounded a bit recently, at one point parent company Anheuser-Busch had lost over $6 billion in market cap.
It’s a near certainty that the decision to work with Mulvaney did not go as expected.
After the controversy, videos surfaced of Bud Light’s VP of marketing admitting she wanted to change the company’s advertising strategy.
Instead of “fratty,” “out of touch” branding, VP Alissa Heinerscheid would make the company more “inclusive.”
Apparently the lack of awareness required to green light this partnership was part of a strategy, not a one off mistake.
But after the Mulvaney disaster, that incomprehensible strategy has apparently been put on indefinite ice.
On Friday afternoon, reports broke that Heinerscheid was taking a “leave of absence” and being replaced by another Budweiser executive.
Well who could have predicted this?!
Bud Light’s Self-Inflicted Wounds
According to Beer Business Daily and Ad Age, Heinerscheid will be replaced by Todd Allen, a former Budweiser global marketing VP.
Ad Age reported that the company had issued a statement saying the moves were made “so that our most senior marketers are more closely connected to every aspect of our brand’s activities.”
Essentially, a non-apology like their original statement.
Sounds like code for Heinerscheid’s decision to use Mulvaney had been a spectacular disaster.
Unfortunately, her marketing “strategy” is unfortunately standard operating procedure for most modern companies. They have no issue aligning with liberal causes or individuals, believing they’ll be rewarded with media and social media praise for their political activism.
The fanatical focus on targeting progressives excludes half the country, especially the half that drinks Bud Light.
Offending your customers is generally a bad strategy, but young marketing executives are apparently incapable of producing original ideas.
The inevitable Bud Light boycott has undoubtedly hurt the company, all because they seem to have unbridled contempt for the people who purchase their products.
Maybe, just maybe, this will teach the company, and many other companies, a lesson. The way to unite people is to avoid taking sides with progressives at every opportunity.
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Heinerscheid needed to get off social media and stop watching MSNBC. She is the worst type of stupid person, the one who thinks they are smarter than the rest. Loser.
One “Corporate Karen” gone … only a few 1.000s left to go.
Yeah don’t think they still aren’t quietly funding drag queen story times to 6-year-olds and various other pride fest type stuff.