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The responsibility of marketing: using words & imagery

Two weekends ago, I went on a self-organized group writing retreat. We booked a house on AirBNB and s
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The responsibility of marketing: using words & imagery
By Jenn Chen • Issue #54 • View online
Two weekends ago, I went on a self-organized group writing retreat. We booked a house on AirBNB and spent Fri-Sun just writing. I made some great headway into some non-coffee personal essays and 4500 words into a fictional short story!
Also, I recently listened to the Boss Barista podcast episode about decolonizing travel culture. I recommend listening and reflecting on how we as individuals talk about travel and we as coffee professionals romanticize traveling “to origin.”
Finally, a corpse flower bloomed here in SF and while I did not get to smell the stench, I did get to see it as it was closing up. What a beauty!
Thanks & I hope you enjoy this issue!
– Jenn

This may become an actual blog post but for today, it’s going to first be published in my newsletter.
Cultural appropriation in food businesses and media is not a new topic. There have been many a discussion surrounding who gets to sell what kind of food and confusion on what’s appropriation and what’s not. I’m not going to get into the details here.
What I want to touch on is the responsibility we (as marketers) hold to the words and imagery we use in relation to our products and services. Communication – both written and visual – is such an important part of marketing.
The photos and words that you choose to accompany your brand, your drinks, and your products are under your control.
Some things to consider as you post:
  • Is the photo of a coffee production worker the best one to accompany text about a sale you’re running on their coffee? (Someone on my Twitter timeline pointed this one out)
  • Is the geisha (the person) the best representation of your geisha coffee? NO. There isn’t an argument here.
  • Are you picking and choosing culturally significant items to exoticize your product from that country without understanding why they’re significant (and therefore not using them in any appropriate manner)?
I’m ending this with a screenshot I took today while I was seeing if any coffee companies are using geisha imagery to sell their coffee. Oh look, it wasn’t that difficult to find.
Hm, not much has happened in the last two weeks in terms of network updates!
Instagram is testing a a feature that lets public accounts remove followers.
Facebook added more creative tools to their Ads Manager app.
Foster Coffee Company on Growing Their Business With Social Media
How Employee Advocacy Will Turn Your Staff Into Your Biggest Fans
Turning A Boring Warranty Into a Lead Gen Tool (600 Leads in 2 Weeks)
Could Coffee Be California’s Next Cash Crop?
Why Disabled People Need Plastic Straws
Despite quite a few forces working against it, my tomato plant is producing TWO cherry tomatoes HURRAY. All I'm doing right now is making sure these two are getting all the nutrients and no bugs.
Despite quite a few forces working against it, my tomato plant is producing TWO cherry tomatoes HURRAY. All I'm doing right now is making sure these two are getting all the nutrients and no bugs.
What'd you think?
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Jenn Chen

Thoughts on digital marketing as they intersect at specialty coffee, social media, writing, photography & social issues. 2x a month on Wednesdays. @thejennchen | https://jennchen.com

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