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Karma At Work

Sloppy and shoddy practices, questionable conduct, failing to provide information.  No, this isn’t another post about ACS:Law.  Bear these phrases in mind as we take a look at karma visiting a US based legal firm and paying them back big time.

The internet powered age provides many positives.  These same positives can also become major pitfalls, as the Steven J. Baum foreclosure firm found out last month.

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Crazy Domains Slapped Down

Last month I wrote about Crazy Domains and how their tasteless advertising campaign raised the ire of a number of Australian women.  The company’s MD, one Gavin Collins filed an appeal.  I wrote at the time

The text of Collins’ appeal letter is interesting.  In some ways it smacks of the smear tactics attempted by Phorm.  It definitely smacks of complete ignorance of the validity of the complainants.  Just like Phorm.  Just like Phorm tried to slate Alexander Hanff about his complaint to a nappy maker so Mr Collins has launched into an attack on Logansrogue both in his response to the initial ASB enquiry and his appeal.

Well the adjudication is in…

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Some People Just Don’t Learn: Crazy Domains

Australian domain company Crazy Domains recently ran a tasteless television advert that attracted the ire of some Australian women.  One of them did what many internet users do and blogged about it.  So offended was she that one or two bad words came out in her blog entry.

Just like what happened elsewhere with Phorm, Paperchase, Jan Moir, Nestle et al, she urged friends to look at the advert and, if they felt as she did to complain to the Advertising Standards Bureau.

I’m led to believe that a few of Logansrogue’s friends did indeed complain to the ASB.  As is their right to do so.  The ASB judged the advert and ordered its suspension.  The Crazy Domains MD, one Gavin Collins, wasn’t happy with the judgement and filed an appeal.

OK, nothing too out of the ordinary there you might think.  Companies often disagree with organisations like the ASB ands the UK’s own ASA (of whom I have a very low opinion, but that’s a different story).

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Tastelessness In Advertising

So where did the training and awareness process fail at Habitat? The “overenthusiatic intern” lacks Clue and perhaps a level of ethics but Habitat itself should accept that it has failed in a very public and humiliating way. Habitat needs to publicly acknowledge that there are lessons to be learned here. After all, it isn’t rocket science.

But this isn’t the first time someone has thought of using terrible events as a promotional tool. I doubt it will be the last. Step forward Phorm CEO Kent Ertugrul in an interview with the Washington Post.

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