The Olympics are a huge platform for publicity and advertising, yet many companies have been taking special precautions to ensure safety to their brand representatives in Sochi for the next two weeks. Due to the Olympics taking place in Russia, many sponsors for teams had to devise special plans in order to have a presence at the games. The brand The North Face has been rumored to go so far as to cancel its program with its sponsorship of the U.S. skiing team because of the many issues it will face about getting in and out of Russia. The country has apparently been restricting and canceling allowance of many private aircrafts, which leads to brands not being able to fly their CEOs and businessmen into Sochi for the games. Many companies have also devised plans for any problem that could arise in Sochi, such as a terrorist attack. The chief of GlideScope spoke that an attack on Sochi would most likely equate a problem with “mass panic more than mass casualties.” Security, general corruption, and the blatant bias about sexual orientation are only a few of the issues that Russia brings to the Olympic games.
As soon as international journalists arrived in Sochi, reports came flooding in about the unsafe conditions all over the city. Hotels and accommodations have been deemed unfinished and unsafe for guests and streets outside are reportedly filled with gaping manholes. These games are going to cost a total of 50 billion dollars, which is apparently more than all of the other games combined. Due to the large amount of press, good and bad, which these games have been receiving, it is certain that large numbers of people will be drawn in to watch the ceremonies. Advertisements must be more prominent than ever, as it will be in companies best interests to appeal to as large of a group of viewers as possible. People of all races, ages, and social statuses will be tuning into the ceremonies, and so it is wise for advertisers to target as many groups as possible. One example is an ad by Proctor & Gamble that is a tribute to mothers everywhere. It’s a touching story depicting mothers raising their children and eventually watching them compete in the Olympics. Specifically about mothers, this ad already targets a large group of viewers, yet the touching images it portrays will be found moving by nearly everyone who watches. During such a time where we are worried for our international athletes and journalists in the city of Sochi, it is refreshing to view such an inspirational commercial honoring those who have worked so hard to get there.
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