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Old 08-11-2009, 01:55 PM   #1
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Default GEICO gives Beck the bird

GEICO Car Insurance to Pull Advertisements Away from Glenn Beck Program

Insurance Company Joins Lawyers.com, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance and SC Johnson in Distancing Themselves from FNC Anchor

OAKLAND, Calif.--Adding to a growing list of advertisers distancing themselves from controversial Fox News personality Glenn Beck, GEICO has pledged to re-direct their advertisements away from Beck's program on the Fox News Channel. The decision by GEICO comes on the heels of announcements made last week that LexisNexis-owned Lawyers.com, Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance and SC Johnson were distancing themselves from Beck after the news host called President Obama a "racist" who "has a deep-seated hatred for white people."

"On Tuesday, August 4, GEICO instructed its ad buying service to redistribute its inventory of rotational spots on FOX-TV to their other network programs, exclusive of the Glenn Beck program," said a spokesperson for GEICO Corporate Communications in an email to ColorOfChange.org. "As of August 4, GEICO no longer runs any paid advertising spots during Mr. Beck's program."

"We applaud GEICO and all of the other companies who have stepped forward to pull their ads from Glenn Beck," said James Rucker, executive director of ColorOfChange.org. "Beck's rhetoric is dangerous to the fabric of our democracy, and we are heartened that so many big companies feel the same way. We won't stop here -- we're going to continue our fight to see that as many of Beck's advertisers pull their support as possible."

Two weeks ago, ColorOfChange.org called on its 600,000-plus members to sign a petition urging companies who advertise on Glenn Beck to cut off their advertising support of his work. More than 75,000 members responded to the call by signing a petition directed at advertisers.

Last week, ColorOfChange.org received confirmation from LexisNexis that they pulled their ads from Beck and have no plans to advertise on the program in the future. Procter & Gamble, Progressive Insurance and SC Johnson called the Beck advertising placements an error that they would correct.

The ColorOfChange.org email urged members to go visit http://www.colorofchange.org/beck/, where they could send letters to executives of target companies. With more than 600,000 members, ColorOfChange.org is the largest African-American online political organization in the country.

http://colorofchange.org/beck/more/geico-release.html

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Honestly, I don't care if people advertise on his show or not. I posted this just to hear what yall had to say.
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:00 PM   #2
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Default Re: GEICO gives Beck the bird

Some other company will gladly buy that air time. Beck's program is a huge draw.
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Old 08-11-2009, 02:07 PM   #3
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Some other company will gladly buy that air time. Beck's program is a huge draw.
I have to agree, before you know it will be just like the Factor. Viagra, Cialis, Enzyte, and all those other willy stiffening pills gobbling up those time slots!
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Default Re: GEICO gives Beck the bird

Beck's demo is white affluent homeowners making 75+...GEICO's is not. This was an easy decision for GEICO as they were not in their right demo to begin with.

It's too bad, though, when companies kowtow to fringy elements over freedom of speech issues (think: CBS firing Imus over that flap about nothing because Al and Jesse were upset). It's a weird dichotomy where the left, who is supposed to be the biggest supporters of free speech, are the one's who are always telling others how to act, who can do this and that, what's acceptable and what's not.

Oh, by the way, check out the page...it's the HEIGHT of irony. A website run by blacks telling Beck to stop the race baiting...yikes!
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Beck's demo is white affluent homeowners making 75+...GEICO's is not. This was an easy decision for GEICO as they were not in their right demo to begin with.

It's too bad, though, when companies kowtow to fringy elements over freedom of speech issues (think: CBS firing Imus over that flap about nothing because Al and Jesse were upset). It's a weird dichotomy where the left, who is supposed to be the biggest supporters of free speech, are the one's who are always telling others how to act, who can do this and that, what's acceptable and what's not.

Oh, by the way, check out the page...it's the HEIGHT of irony. A website run by blacks telling Beck to stop the race baiting...yikes!
What do "white affluent homeowners making 75+" not need car insurance?
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What do "white affluent homeowners making 75+" not need car insurance?
No. Geico doesn't cater to that crowd. They do not have home owners insurance, umbrella insurance, etc. etc. that can be put together for greater discounts. Affluent homeowners making 75+ will go to other companies like Farmers, State Farm, Travelers, Progressive (maybe), etc. etc.

Geico also has no local agent. Many homeowners want a local agent to come see the home and its damages... or someone that they can walk into the office and see in order to complain or fret with over an issue.

When I wasn't a homeowner, I didn't care. Now, I would, but I still get my employee discount from the insurance comp. I worked for 8 years ago-- so that is worth more than having a local agent, imo.
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Screw Geico. They're unethical as hell anyway. They insured me knowing I had an accident on my record and then dropped me a month later citing my accident as the reason why.

I hope that company goes belly up sooner rather than later.
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Screw Geico. They're unethical as hell anyway. They insured me knowing I had an accident on my record and then dropped me a month later citing my accident as the reason why.

I hope that company goes belly up sooner rather than later.


What do you expect from a company that was built to cater to the government?

G.(overnment) E (mployee) I (nsurance) CO (mpany).

It was privately owned, but built to insure govt. workers.
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Screw Geico. They're unethical as hell anyway. They insured me knowing I had an accident on my record and then dropped me a month later citing my accident as the reason why.

I hope that company goes belly up sooner rather than later.
Agreed, screw Geico! They dropped me after I had an accident while with them. The second the paper work was done to get my car back from the repair and all that fun stuff I got a letter saying they would no longer insure me!

Oh well, leave the Glen Beck show, I am sick of looking at that stupid lizard anyways!
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GEICO is a 100% online company catering to the 18-54 demo with little cash who are looking for a bargain....

Beck's demo is a 45-64 year old guy who has a 3,000+ sq/ft house, 2.5 kids, and probably is well into the 6 figure range. A Beck listener already has an agent who covers ALL his insurance he's done business with for years. Bad fit...

If this WAS a company that fit well with Beck's demo, say and investment firm or any kind of high-end product seller , they'd have ignored pressure from fringe lefty groups. They are largely anti-corporate/anti-business anyway, which is a big part of the reason there's no real traction by any leftist radio. What business wants to sponsor kooks who bash business?
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