Red Sox Pushing Hard on the Public Relations Front

Chicken and beer. September collapse. The firing of Terry Francona. The hiring and eventul firing of Bobby Valentine. 

Since the 2007 World Series Championship season, the Red Sox have been in shambles. The team is more of a side attraction to what is Fenway Park, the amusement park that the owners are selling more than the product on the team.

Fans are fed up as season ticket sales are down. The team is on the bottom wrung of fandom in Boston.

Queue the public relations onslaught.

Thoughts on #unfollowdiddy

This whole #unfollowdiddy thing is quite interesting from a branding perspective. For those of you with your head in the sand, I'm talking about the recent explosion of Twitter use by celebrities to "connect closer with their fans," i.e. build up their brand empires and grow their celebrity status. Hello @aplusk and @oprah, et al. After the "race to one million followers," there seems to be a little bit of back lash by the general public about celebrities crowding the space that we at one point seemed to own.

Twitter is now populated with more content and more "hey look, follow me" type people than it was when I joined nearly two years ago. I'm guessing the #unfollowdiddy backlash comes from the huge turn off Twitter can be if used by people that are all about themselves, the hey, look at me crowd. I'm guessing Diddy is one of those types of users. His updates are now protected so only his followers can read what he says. Good move? No. Diddy has to understand that no matter what he does, there will be a set of consumers that don't like his music, don't like his clothing line or just don't like him period.