Canon takes good PR and throws it in the trash

Amazing, remember last night when we were all slobbering over the new 5D MKII’s video capabilities? Well, today Don MacAskill, CEO of SmugMug, wrote that Canon had forced him to take down the videos. Why? He doesn’t quite know, but says it seems to be around the fact that SmugMug’s HD video was far better than the one Canon is able to host and SmugMug was making someone look bad at Canon. Don talked more about it on his Twitter account. Either way they took what was extremely good PR and decided to trash that for some reason. I’d sure like to know who made this decision and why.

Comments

  1. Because apparently free marketing is bad for you. In fact, I’ll use it to stab myself in the face: “I have a blog that people should read.” Ouch! It burns!

    Next time I’ll commit suicide by linking to it directly in the body of a comment!

    /sarcasm

  2. Because apparently free marketing is bad for you. In fact, I’ll use it to stab myself in the face: “I have a blog that people should read.” Ouch! It burns!

    Next time I’ll commit suicide by linking to it directly in the body of a comment!

    /sarcasm

  3. One of my wingnut friends sent this. Maybe we should vote also?

    Subject: Sarah Palin PBS Poll – As you may be aware The Public Broasdcasting Sytem (PBS) is taxpayer funded and is controlled by the far left liberal media. Very simply click on the website below and vote for Sarah. Feel free to vote as many times as you like. There is no limit to how many times you can vote which is very similar to how elections are conducted in Chicago by the left wing Daly Democrat Party machine. .

    Let’s turn this around!!!

    Friends,

    PBS has a short video on Sarah Palin on their website. Also included is a poll that asks: Is Sarah Palin qualified to be VP?

    I logged on a few minutes ago and 50 % percent had voted YES, 48% NO.

    Let’s show what real Americans support……. You don’t have to give your name or email address in order to vote. It’s very simple.

    Here’s the link:

    http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html

  4. One of my wingnut friends sent this. Maybe we should vote also?

    Subject: Sarah Palin PBS Poll – As you may be aware The Public Broasdcasting Sytem (PBS) is taxpayer funded and is controlled by the far left liberal media. Very simply click on the website below and vote for Sarah. Feel free to vote as many times as you like. There is no limit to how many times you can vote which is very similar to how elections are conducted in Chicago by the left wing Daly Democrat Party machine. .

    Let’s turn this around!!!

    Friends,

    PBS has a short video on Sarah Palin on their website. Also included is a poll that asks: Is Sarah Palin qualified to be VP?

    I logged on a few minutes ago and 50 % percent had voted YES, 48% NO.

    Let’s show what real Americans support……. You don’t have to give your name or email address in order to vote. It’s very simple.

    Here’s the link:

    http://www.pbs.org/now/polls/poll-435.html

  5. Maybe they did this because lenses used to film it cost more than device itself, and ordinary user would not get anywhere close to the quality shown in this video?

  6. Maybe they did this because lenses used to film it cost more than device itself, and ordinary user would not get anywhere close to the quality shown in this video?

  7. I find this all frankly hilarious. It seems that someone at Canon has come over all, “I must be in control”, “I decide what does and doesn’t happen”.

    If they’d have sat down before this all happened and thought of how they would like the PR to go – they’d have jumped at the viral buzz created by Don’s post.

    Bonkers.
    Paul

  8. I find this all frankly hilarious. It seems that someone at Canon has come over all, “I must be in control”, “I decide what does and doesn’t happen”.

    If they’d have sat down before this all happened and thought of how they would like the PR to go – they’d have jumped at the viral buzz created by Don’s post.

    Bonkers.
    Paul

  9. Any yet it their actions will have not negative affect on sales. So maybe the maxim should be ‘Blog PR is no PR.’

  10. Any yet it their actions will have not negative affect on sales. So maybe the maxim should be ‘Blog PR is no PR.’

  11. I have seen this happen with Microsoft, Intel and AMD. When we produce better videos then they do we’re affecting the inner politicts of small groups within these large corporations.

  12. I have seen this happen with Microsoft, Intel and AMD. When we produce better videos then they do we’re affecting the inner politicts of small groups within these large corporations.

  13. Yeah, Kal, this is definitely the forum to bring up Sarah Palin and the “left wing” media. Why didn’t end with a “sieg heil” while you were at it. Robert. please take that crap down and delete my post, too, and stay within at least 100 miles of the topic.

  14. Yeah, Kal, this is definitely the forum to bring up Sarah Palin and the “left wing” media. Why didn’t end with a “sieg heil” while you were at it. Robert. please take that crap down and delete my post, too, and stay within at least 100 miles of the topic.

  15. All PR is not good PR if you’re an established brand. I’d be careful oversimplifying this. While it may have certainly been a mistake, there are plenty of reasons why a brand might choose to protect it’s intellectual property online. Maybe Canon invested a lot of money in commission Laforet and they have other plans for the content that suddenly have a lot less impact when people are embedding the raw video all over the Internet. Of course, this was probably more of a ham-handed mistake but let’s not jump to the conclusion that everyone who doesn’t allow blogger free-reign on all their content must be an idiot.

  16. All PR is not good PR if you’re an established brand. I’d be careful oversimplifying this. While it may have certainly been a mistake, there are plenty of reasons why a brand might choose to protect it’s intellectual property online. Maybe Canon invested a lot of money in commission Laforet and they have other plans for the content that suddenly have a lot less impact when people are embedding the raw video all over the Internet. Of course, this was probably more of a ham-handed mistake but let’s not jump to the conclusion that everyone who doesn’t allow blogger free-reign on all their content must be an idiot.

  17. “Let’s show what real Americans support……. You don’t have to give your name or email address in order to vote. It’s very simple.”

    Not sure what this has to do with the post. But I am curious; when do you suppose they are going to put a poll up asking if Barry is qualified to be President? He’s the one running for President, not Palin (I don’t know why people haven’t figured that out yet). He has absolutely NO experience running even the smallest of government organizations. Go figure.

    (and for the record, neither does McCain or Biden. Which is why this is possibly the worst Presidential election in history. There’s a reason this country has traditionally elected governors, or former VP’s)

  18. “Let’s show what real Americans support……. You don’t have to give your name or email address in order to vote. It’s very simple.”

    Not sure what this has to do with the post. But I am curious; when do you suppose they are going to put a poll up asking if Barry is qualified to be President? He’s the one running for President, not Palin (I don’t know why people haven’t figured that out yet). He has absolutely NO experience running even the smallest of government organizations. Go figure.

    (and for the record, neither does McCain or Biden. Which is why this is possibly the worst Presidential election in history. There’s a reason this country has traditionally elected governors, or former VP’s)

  19. We can all fault Canon, claiming they made a PR blunder, but wait a minute: Canon’s act of pulling the video has, in fact, created more PR — witness this post by Scoble and the discussion we’re having. Who’s having the last laught, PR wise? :-)

  20. We can all fault Canon, claiming they made a PR blunder, but wait a minute: Canon’s act of pulling the video has, in fact, created more PR — witness this post by Scoble and the discussion we’re having. Who’s having the last laught, PR wise? :-)

  21. In all honesty, bloggers need to get slapped down, hard, now-and-again. Just because you’re an arrogant SOB doesn’t mean you’re always right (or in the right). I’m hardly going to cry that Don was slapped down; it’s about freaking time….

  22. In all honesty, bloggers need to get slapped down, hard, now-and-again. Just because you’re an arrogant SOB doesn’t mean you’re always right (or in the right). I’m hardly going to cry that Don was slapped down; it’s about freaking time….