putting the FAN in evangelism – spreading your messages by daring to share what you are a FAN of
We can all learn a lot from Treasurer Wayne Swan “declaring” how Bruce Springsteen inspires him.
As a business consultant, I often encourage business leaders and presenters to reveal what they are fans of (eFANgelism) to encourage:
The latest Swan-Springsteen coverage has made me modify and “pull back” in my approach – especially in the case of politicians and other “unpopular” people.
Swan’s eFangelism was a bold and calculated that we can all learn from – the benefits and the perils.
To borrow from a sporting analogy – You don’t have to like the player to respect the play
We can learn important business lessons about
1.Coverage (media coverage)
3.Connection with your audience
For international readers not familiar with the issue or Australians who have not consumed any media in the last week:
In this post Ill cover the first 2 Cs – Coverage and Criticism
1. Coverage (Cover Me!)
When I was a political speechwriter and media adviser, I would encourage politicians to “weave in” pop culture references to bands and song lyrics – and it worked in getting media coverage.
Political issues that may have been ignored – got attention and greater prominence because the media enjoyed having a more fun and interesting angle ‘’to play with” in the story.
For example a politician I was working for was attacking travel expenses of government ministers. In an interview he threw in a line about them being “The Traveling Dill-burys” (The band the Traveling Wilburys were very BIG back then – late 1980s)
Certainly if Wayne Swan wanted “coverage” he got plenty of that. Much of the media attention is on the Olympics at the moment – so his “using” the Springsteen angle certainly earned him “cut through”.
I only read this next article AFTER I’d written this post. I strongly recommend you read it too – not just because it supports my argument. but because out goes into more detail of the benefits the Swan tactic – if you want Coverage.
It expands on how the Swan “tactic” scored lots of coverage – at a very difficult time to get any attention.
However, politicians using music lyrics and pop culture references is so common these days that it now has reduced impact.
If Swan had just quoted Springsteen, I don’t think it would have got such coverage. The youtube video gave the media much more material – angles/photos/video to play with in the stories.
Ladies and gentlemen of the jury – Exhibit A – the media loves the wordplay and in this case image creativity. Contrast is a big hook for the media. This image accompanies the article (above) and is from news.com.au
Be warned though, with coverage will come criticism and Swan got plenty of criticism too.
If you try Swan’s “tactic” to get coverage will need to have a thick skin (you’ll need to be tougher than the rest).
I’m sure he knew exactly what he was doing when he released the video and quoted Springsteen. I reckon he would have kept repeating to himself some Springsteen lyrics – No Retreat, No Surrender – when all the criticism rolled in from politicians and commentators.
But the big question is:
Will this move help Swan connect with voters?
I’ve been gathering real-life feedback and that’ll be the topic of my next post.