I've seen it all the time...failed attempts at marketing to multicultural consumer segments with mass efforts using general market insights. These marketers seem to think that if you stick a Hispanic or African-American face in the messaging or ad that it's a home run when the truth is that penetrating these demographic segments means so much more than "looking" like them. Take it from Michael Steele and his attempts to reinvent the GOP with a Hip Hop and pop culture makeover-- it's an epic fail. What multicultural consumers want most from a brand or organization is to believe that their lifestyle and culture is understood. They want to know that you've invested enough time and resources into understanding what matters most to them and that there's genuine interest in them as a consumer. The worst way to lose multicultural consumers is to blatantly show that you don't get them or their cultural nuances. Burger King learned the hard truth when their attempt to be hip and cool by featuring 9x Grammy award winner R&B artist Mary J. Blige in an ad signing "The Crispy Chicken Song" came off as somewhat racist and stereotypical and offended African-Americans.
Setting a Guinness World Record™ is monumental and symbolic. Building a symbol of unity as a community of villages representing diverse cultures – and then doing so while setting this world record – is even larger than life. Blueprint Creative Group is managing the marketing communications, PR execution, and social media fundraising strategy for Connecting Our Cultures as the non-profit organization sets a monumental Guinness World Record™ for the world's largest Sukkah made solely out of children's colored building blocks. A diversity of cultural organizations representing a ethnic and cultural groups are coming together as part of this UNITY Project to build this record setting Sukkah, which is symbolic of a community working, building, and thriving together.