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Standard Life Aberdeen plc revealed a rebrand today with a glossy social media campaign and press release, from now on the company shall be known as ‘ABRDN.” A monstrous Twitter storm ensued shortly after the announcement. IFA Magazine has put together a comprehensive guide of the ABRDN pile.
It is 8:09 AM, a golden spring sun blossoms over the British Isles, an Atlantic breeze still lingers in the morning air, the company formerly known as Standard Life Aberdeen declares; “It’s time…”
Today we’ve announced our change of name to Abrdn, part of a modern, digitally-enabled brand we’ll use across our businesses globally. Capital at risk. https://t.co/D5YUZx3RPO pic.twitter.com/kOw5NQVH7j
— abrdn plc (@abrdn_plc) April 26, 2021
Consultants soon came under the ire of the baying mob.
They have the tim, talnt and tchnology to understand you and your life, and the marketing resources to popularise a communal denouncement of vowels.
More and more influential tweeters followed suit, soon vowelless tweets peppered people’s feeds.
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— Mike Bird (@Birdyword) April 26, 2021
Soon peoples minds went to ABRDN’s marketing team.
— Robin Wigglesworth (@RobinWigg) April 26, 2021
Memes percolated through digital streams.
— PD Colinton (@PDColinton) April 26, 2021
Some felt suspicious.
This is just an anagram of ‘Brand’: can’t help thinking someone in the branding consultancy team just won a massive bet with their colleagues
— Tom McPhail (@PensionsMonkey) April 26, 2021
And then when all was said and done…
I wonder how many people quietly don't mind the #abrdn rebrand but aren't saying because of the pile on? I don't mind it. Not that I'm an expert.
— Steve Nelson (@langcatsteve) April 26, 2021
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