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Olympic Marketing Notes: Ryan Lochte Adds Nissan To Growing Sponsor Portfolio
Published May 4, 2012
STAYING ON THE DEFENSIVE: In Detroit, Karl Henkel noted IOC TOP sponsor Dow Chemical “has mounted an aggressive defense" against critics protesting its involvement in the Olympics, noting that it "had nothing to do” with the '84 Bhopal gas leak. PR experts “question whether Dow's strategy is helping to quiet the uproar, but the company and chemical industry say the negative publicity lets them clarify the issues and discuss the positive contributions of the chemical industry.” Michigan State Univ. College of Business Marketing Dept. Chair Roger Calantone said that the “longer the controversy drags on, the more difficulty Dow will have in reducing the bad publicity.” But Dow in an e-mail countered that “the added scrutiny has benefits” (DETROIT NEWS, 5/3).
ARCH MADNESS: CNBC’s Sue Herera reported IOC TOP sponsor McDonald’s is “under fire for building an Olympic-sized restaurant for the London Olympics.” The two-story, "cathedral-like restaurant ... will seat up to 1,500 people.” CNBC.com News Editor Cindy Perman: “It doesn’t feel right in the sense that we are very critical, particularly with the collective weight gain in many parts of the developed world. But look, at the end of the day if you’re McDonald’s, you can’t miss this.” She added, "As a company, they’re doing the exact right thing by being where they need to be.” CNBC’s Bob Pisani noted McDonald’s has been an Olympic sponsor since ’76 and the menu features “fruit plates and salads.” He added, “I hope it’s going to be there in the Olympic Village" ("Power Lunch,” CNBC, 5/3).
FEAR FACTOR: In London, Declan McGarvey notes U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague has “called a television commercial that was secretly filmed on the Falkland Islands by Argentina a ‘stunt.’” The clip shows Argentine field hockey player Fernando Zylberberg and carries the slogan: “To compete on British soil, we train on Argentine soil.” The ad “aired on the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the Argentine destroyer the 'General Belgrano'” during the Falklands War. McGarvey notes the ad “will spark fears of Falklands-themed protests by the Argentine delegation during the Games” (LONDON TIMES, 5/4).