What do you do when youve been hammered by the almighty Reader’s Digest?
Thats what happened to the Mount Horeb Mustard Museum in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin when an article in the December issue placed the Mustard Museum on its list of “5 Museums Not to Plan Christmas Around.”
“Want a fun vacation?” the article asked. “Maybe you should skip these #145;educational destinations.”
Barry Levenson, curator and CMO (Chief Mustard Officer), says that as far as he knows, no one from Reader’s Digest visited his museum or any of the other places on their hit list, including the Macaulay Museum of Dental History or the National Museum of Funeral History.
“It was a cheap shot because the Mustard Museum might sound dull to the uninformed,” Barry said. “But it is also the home of Americas Mustard College, POUPON U, and theres nothing boring about POUPON U.”
So what did he do?
“We took ’em on! We sent a press release making fun of Readers Digest and that got us some terrific publicity, including a story on a Madison TV station and other media websites. We sent out an email newsletter to our base of 15,000 mustard lovers. Many of our friends are bombarding Reader’s Digest with scathing letters. Some have cancelled their subscriptions.”
If youve been slammed, dont hide from it, Barry says.
“Weve heard from hundreds of people who cant believe what Reader’s Digest wrote about us,” he said. “We could have ignored the piece but it has worked to our advantage, rousing the troops in support of the Mustard Museum.”
As for those who are willing to take Reader’s Digest at face value, Barry says: POUPON THEM!
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