Below are the items mentioned in this episode of the podcast.
Where's the Beef in Burger King's 'Proud Whopper' Campaign?
How Burger King Recently Brought Out The Intolerance Of Facebook Christians (Video)
Three (3) critical mistakes you don't want to say in a crowd of LGBT people...
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One of the plenary sessions featured a prominent business man who was amazing and brilliant in his business advice and acumen! However, during his speech he hit three (of the many) critical mistakes in mis-communicating with the LGBT community. When he said them I cringed a little on his behalf. He was so passionate, so genuine and so authentic with his care for the community, but he wasn’t armed with the right way to effectively communicate.
All three things he said have been the subject of previous blog posts or material in my new book. What was so fascinating is that I had many people come up to me and say ‘hey, can you believe he said that?’ or ‘I’ve read that on your blog before.’ My response to all of the conversations I had were ‘I’ve addressed this topic on my blog and/or book, I’m so happy you are reading my materials. Ultimately he seems like a genuine man so we should give him the benefit that he just doesn’t know the right language to use.’ Everyone I said this to, had a collective, ‘yeah, that makes sense’ kind of response. It was great to have people come up to me and say they took notice, but also that people were understanding of his faux pas.
Now you may be curious as to the three faux pas. Drumroll please…
He referred to the LGBT community as having a ‘lifestyle’ – read more on this topic here.
He referred to being LGBT as a ‘preference’ – read more on this topic here.
He used the phrase ‘Those people have style’ – read more on this topic here.
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AUDIO TITLE: Episode #39 – NGLCC Recap and Burger King Case Study
Jenn T Grace:
You are listening to the Gay Business and Marketing Made Easy Podcast, Episode 39.
Welcome to the Gay Business and Marketing Made Easy Podcast where you'll learn how to do business with and market to the LGBT community in an authentic and transparent way. We're talking about the $790 billion lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender community. We'll help you grow your business, gain market share and impact your bottom line. And now your host - she's an entrepreneur, a marketing maven and an advocate for the LGBT business community. Jenn, with two N's, T. Grace
Jenn T Grace:
Hello and welcome episode number 39 of the podcast. I am your host, Jenn T. Grace. And today I have a couple of things that I want to talk to you about. And then I want to talk about two specific topics, and those are my experience just recently at the NGLCC conference which is the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. And I've been talking about their annual conference for a couple of episodes, and certainly I've interviewed many people who have ties to the NGLCC in past episodes. So I know I’ve been encouraging a lot of you to attend this year, and what's great is that I'm actually shocked and almost at a loss of words how many of you I was able to meet for the first time this year who came because you are listeners of this podcast. So I am beyond excited with that type of success. So I'm really fortunate to have met a lot of you, so I want to talk about the conference experience and then a couple of faux pas that unravelled right before my eyes which are so worth talking about here.
So that's going to be one, and then two, while this is somewhat probably about a month overdue at this point, I do want to talk about the ad campaign that Burger King did for Pride, and there was one hell of a kerfuffle that occurred from it towards the- I would...