In our estimation, it’s saying that you don’t count, the company isn’t talking to you, and it doesn’t want your business.
What’s strange about MOM Brands is that it adopted its exclusionary name in 2012. No, that’s not 1912, but 2012 – as in, three years ago!
But 2012? It’s hard to imagine a company looking so old-fashioned in today’s equality-hungry, politically correct world that strives to include everyone and even blur the lines between, say, toys and clothes. Alas, MOM Brands has found a way to make even cereal buying sexist, because dads apparently do not know best.
What’s equally bizarre about MOM Brands is how they proclaim to have made the name change to reflect “the company we are now. We’ve been family-owned since 1919…” and “We’re really proud of the fact that we’ve saved families over one billion dollars since 2007.”
But don’t families include dads, too?
Apparently not, according to MOM Brands, or it might recognize them by name – or at least on Twitter.
It’s hard to stomach this say-one-thing, do-another corp-speak, especially since MOM Brands seems like a rather progressive group. We admire its innovative packaging that’s helping to keep its cost (and customers’) down. Its variety and tastes are every bit good as the next cereal brand.
But that name. And that Twitter bio.
Both are enough to make dads reach for something else. Chances are, they already have, but it won’t be easy: marketers of the cereal industry seem insistent that only moms have the ability to put breakfast food on the table, and/or mom’s place is in the kitchen.
Alas, cereal makers are stuck in time (see #7).
It’s quite the reversal from the days when pa would gather and hunt for what the family needed.
MOM Brands says it’s taking the saying “’mom knows best’ to the next level,” and perhaps that’s a good thing.
Maybe, just maybe, that “next level” might include dads in the future.