Issue #24

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This is issue no. 24 of 180. The last 2PML must have been boring. Last issue saw a 40.29% open rate with 8.51% of you going to this story on Taco Bell's surprisingly pioneering digital strategy.

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Last Word: branding serendipity

Jake Arrieta

It was finally announced, yesterday, that eCommerce brand Mizzen+Main signed the reigning Cy Young award winner Jake Arrieta. Frankly, the news was drowned out by the unfortunate passing of Prince. But then, serendipity happened. Jake Arrieta closed the gap between he and record holder Nolan Ryan, last night, by pitching his second no hitter in less than one year. It was just what the brand needed to earn a great, first day announcement ROI. This rare coincidence did quite a bit more than yesterday's editorial placements in magazines like Ad Week. Needless to say, it macked a notable brand event for M+M

I chatted with the brand's CEO Kevin Lavelle, who left me with this quote:

After inking our partnership in the pre-season, I thought we couldn’t be doing much better with this phenomenal father, husband, and athlete coming off his first Cy Young win. As I flipped from ESPN Game Cast to for their historic look in (well played), my heart was pounding and my palms were sweating despite zero pressure on me! Seeing Jake get his second no hitter in 11 starts, I thought what a perfect day to have our partnership officially launched, but more importantly, how much this incredibly humble, hard working pitcher deserved this extraordinary moment. I’m proud to be working for him and have our brands aligned.

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The serendipity boosted the brand's Twitter mentions by 11.2x, allowing Mizzen+Main to earn an additional $38,366 in advertising yesterday.

Disclaimer: I am a shareholder of Mizzen+Main, LLC.