"Hold on a tic." I shout. I snap my head back to the Quaker Oats box. Something didn't seem quite right here. I pick up the box and stare intently at the label.
"Can I help yo-" a voice starts to say.
"SHUT UP!!!" I scream. "I'M THINKING!" and sprint down the aisle with the box in my hands. I hide myself among the pineapples so I can be alone to contemplate my dilemma.
I stare at the box. It looks like this.
"Hmm, " I say to myself. It looks different. I bought the box and took it home. I placed it on my kitchen table and stared at it. "What secrets do you hold?" I said with a slightly British accent.
Then it hit me. He lost weight! He lost weight? What? How is that even, why did they, what?
this article here. It's not like they replaced him with Brad Pitt or anything.(Pictured Below)
But it does look like he has had some work.
|I bet you ladies out their would like to sow them oats. Am I right?|
The difference is subtle. Changing a logo too much can sometimes cause a consumer backfire. Do you remember "New Coke?" Of course not! No one does and they've spent millions to make sure it stays that way. More recently Tropicana got rid of their famous "orange with a straw sticking out of it" logo. However after many fans complained, passionately. I mean with more passion than the OJ Simpson trial (A different kind of OJ). In 2010 they brought the orange and straw back.
What do I think about the change? You may have already asked. I think they did a good job with the subtlety without changing the logo.
Heck, we could have ended up with this.
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I am all for change. Sometimes it's what helps keep a product fresh in our minds. I drove by a Taco Bell sign that hadn't changed their sign in three months. It wouldn't have bothered me except the sign said "Tr Britos ox un" Obviously it had lost some letters. Every frickin' day I passed this sign. I felt like walking in there to give them some helpful input.
Employee: Welcome to Taco bell melpew?
Me: CHANGE YOUR *BEEP*ING SIGN!!!
Employee: Huh? Wha-"
Me: Yes, I'll have the chalupa please.
When they finally did change their sign I was relieved. It was to advertise some baja taco, burrito, something otherwhich. Someone even joked "You have to try that now because they changed the sign."
You know what? I did feel like eating there that day. It was still horrible but that's not the point.
The point is changing a logo every now and then isn't that bad. Will it make people associate oatmeal with being thing and healthy? I always thought of oatmeal as sort of poor mans(of which I am a member) breakfast. It's something that is cheap and still nutritional. I bet they could have changed the logo to a pauper or even better yet Oliver Twist. His fingerless gloves holding out a small bowl with those puppy dog eyes. "Can I 'ave some more?"
Do you like oatmeal? Does a logo really matter that much? Would you still eat oatmeal if it had a picture of someone with diabetes?
Wilfred wouldn't lie to you.