• Playing Politics in Business
    Marketing Strategy

    Playing Politics In Business

    DISCLAIMER: This post contains political topics. I am not going to debate the merits of the topics themselves; this post talks of a brand’s response to an issue. You can replace guns with any topic you wish and the argument stands. Thursday, the outdoors equipment retailer, REI, decided they needed to be in the pro-gun/anti-gun debate. If you’re keeping track, that list includes Delta, United Airlines, Enterprise Holdings, Dicks Sporting Goods, Walmart, Kroger, MetLife — and now REI. It is beyond puzzling why a giant corporation decides to jump into political hot-button issues where they are likely to alienate half of their base. It is possible to have an opinion or personal stance about a…