Ronald McDonald has had a makeover since then, but it’s safe to say he’s currently in hiding. It’s not anything the company has done, rather a new craze sweeping the globe has made an impact on how we view the character. We’re talking about the sightings of numerous creepy clowns since August 2016, which the police has warned is no laughing matter. Of course, it could all be a massive stunt for the reboot of Stephen King’s “IT”. The novelist doesn’t seem keen on the idea of roaming creepy clowns being linked to his work though. He said: “If I saw creepy clowns lurking under a lonely bridge – or peering up at me from a sewer grate, with or without balloons – I’d be scared too. I chose Pennywise the Clown for my book as the face which the monster originally shows the kiddies because children love clowns. They also fear them. Clowns with their white faces and red lips are different and grotesque compared to ‘normal’ people. Take a little kid to the circus and show him a clown, he’s more apt to scream with fear than laugh.” Novel aside, many have taken it unto themselves to hop on board the creepy clowns bandwagon and dish out some violence, rob a few stores and prank a ton of strangers. More worrying is the amount of vigilantes that have decided to “enforce justice” – like Batman, we’re not kidding. McDonald’s was always going to take a hit and apart from side-lining Ronal McDonald there’s not much the fast food company can do. In a recent release it actually said it would be “mindful of the current climate” by limiting its mascot’s appearance. It just comes to show that your reputation or business image can take a nosedive through other means than social media, fraud or internal sabotage. Saying you should be prepared for anything – and we mean anything – is tough to do. Instead, maybe rethink that mascot you were planning to unveil, and have a strategic plan in place.
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Creepy clowns survival plan – as Zombieland rule #22 states: “Know your way out”We leave you with four tips on ensuring you make it through any odd phenomenon, courtesy of Chuck Sambuchino’s “When Clowns Attack: A Survival Guide” – the book really exists. (1) Assess: Of course, the book has you learn from the get-go why clowns frighten people, as well as why the entertainers are seemingly prone to mental instability. In much the same way, if your reputation is at risk find out why it happened, even if it means quickly delving into the world of psychology. (2) Analyse: Sambuchino makes sure you know what types of clowns are out there, what their trademarks are and how you can avoid them if needed. We also take a master class at clown lingo. Don’t just find out what your problem is, do some research on it and know how to prevent it in the future. Diving straight to the part where you tackle the problem will get you nowhere if you can’t explain it. (3) Defend: Much like the rules in Zombieland – cardio, don’t be a hero, limber up and beware of bathrooms – there are ways to, well, survive a clown attack. Get out there and tackle the problem. McDonald’s staff tried to think of its consumers by removing Ronald McDonald from the spotlight. What can you do to ensure the safety of your hard-earned reputation? What we can say is don’t wait too long to comment, or you’ll have to put up defences against your target audience as well. (4) Protect: Knowing how to spot a clown is absolutely essential, Sambuchino explains. You might find it harder to protect your reputation against the unexpected, but once you know the risk is there, whether from experience or seeing another firm go through the chaos, monitor it. And never think creepy clowns will work wonders for your brand. Image: Shutterstock By Shané Schutte</a ></em ></p >
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