Posts Tagged ‘ Glee ’

Fashion and Facebook fans

Aside from sports, dance and eating (yes, I said it), I also love shopping. My favorite store is the Gap. I can’t remember a single time I walked in that store and didn’t walk out either happily toting a navy shopping bag or wistfully wishing I was carrying new purchases.

With that in mind, I decided to critique Gap’s Facebook fan page. Overall, I’d say Gap is doing a pretty good job of promoting its products.

Gap currently has over a million people who “like” its page. Judging from the comments on pictures and other posts, this page reaches people all over the world.

Posts, which include sales, discount codes, pictures and videos, rake in anywhere from 40-700 “likes” and 5-100 comments. Most comments reflect positive feedback to the posts, but some are from disgruntled and/or annoyed fans.

One thing that Gap could improve upon is responding to Facebook fans. A few fans commented they wish more of the deals would include online purchases, since not everyone lives close to a Gap store. As far as I can tell, Gap has not responded to many of the comments, negative or positive. Although there are many people who comment on the Facebook fan page, I’d like to see Gap do a better job of answering questions and responding to negative feedback on the social networking site–at least those questions that many fans have asked.

Along those lines, I, too, would like to see more of the Gap fan page’s discounts to include online sales. I wish I had more time to go shopping in person, but as a busy college student, the reality is I rarely have a block of free time when I can drive to the nearest Gap location to shop for deals.

On the other hand, Gap is doing a great job advertising not only its sales and special deals for Facebook fans, but it also promotes its store in other ways.

A recent episode of “Glee” featured one of the characters professing his love for a Gap employee by way of song. The Gap Facebook page promoted this event both before and after the episode aired, drawing many comments and a great amount of praise.

Although there are certainly things it could improve upon, Gap’s Facebook fan page informs customers of good deals, new clothes and even when the Gap shows up in pop culture. With a few minor adjustments, this page could go from mildly effective to very helpful and effective.

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Let’s do the Time Warp again

Last weekend, at long last, I finally saw “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” for the first time. It was inevitable that I watch it sooner or later. The cult classic seemed to be everywhere around me: friends talking about going to see it over Halloween weekend, in a scene from the original “Fame”, and, more importantly, on this past week’s episode of “Glee”. I wanted to see “Rocky Horror” before I watched “Glee” so that I could fully enjoy the episode. So when I got back to my room one night to see people starting to watch “Rocky Horror”, I decided to join them.

To say “Rocky Horror” is weird is an understatement. I was confused throughout most of the movie and spent a lot of time talking to my friends about what the writers were on when they wrote the script. And it was definitely experience to see Susan Sarandon and Tim Curry looking…different than they usually do these days. But despite its weirdness, for lack of better word, “Rocky Horror” is certainly an interesting movie. Between the bizarre plot, the lighthearted singing and dancing and the costuming, the last thing “Rocky Horror” can be described as is boring.

This morning I read an article on a Yahoo! blog about the movie that has been popular for 35 years. The blog attributes the success of “Rocky Horror” to a few factors, but there is one main point: according to the blog, “Simply put, ‘Rocky Horror’ isn’t like your normal trip to the megaplex. Instead, it’s a party.”

According to the blog, audiences everywhere (many movie theaters still play “Rocky Horror” around Halloween time every year) don’t just sit idly in theaters watching the film on a large screen. Instead, they dress up in costumes like those seen in the movie, shout profanities back at the screen and bring props to mimic some of the on-screen action.

“Rocky Horror” is a cultural experience that still has a huge place in pop culture. Whether or not everyone likes the movie, it seems to be here to stay. So let’s do the Time Warp again!

 

Singing and dancing and laughing, oh my!

Alright, I’ll admit it.  I love Glee.  Yes, I’m referring to the TV show featuring teenagers singing and dancing in their high school’s glee club.

Not that I should be ashamed to love this show–I will openly admit my obsession with it to anyone who asks.  What I have to admit is that I am not one of the dedicated fans who started watching right when the show began.  I had a feeling I would love it from the moment I saw previews on Fox over a year ago: in high school, singing and dancing were two of the most important parts of my life.  But, like so many other shows, I didn’t let myself start watching it when it first aired because I didn’t think I had enough free time to get sucked into it.

This summer, though, I had plenty of free time.  So why not start watching some of the shows that I had my eye on?  Thus began my discovery of two of my favorite new TV shows.

To make a long story short, Glee is fantastic.  I love the singing and variety of songs that are featured on the show, as well as the hilarious drama created by Jane Lynch’s character and the young, fresh dances that accompany the songs I enjoy so much.  It’s pretty much the epitome of everything I like in a TV show: it’s funny, shows the challenges of friendships and romantic relationships and features talented young actors and actresses who can really sing and dance.

However, my recent TV addictions don’t end with Glee.  I was hanging out with a friend this weekend when she asked if I’d ever seen Modern Family.  Although a couple of my close friends who really understand my sense of humor told me I had to watch it, I had yet to put forth the time to check it out.  When I told my friend that I hadn’t seen it yet, she made me watch the pilot episode then and there–and let’s just say I’ve watched about six episodes since then.  Granted, they are only half-hour episodes, but still, that takes up time, too.  Needless to say, I’m pretty much in love with Modern Family now, too.

The “mockumentary” style of Modern Family is pretty entertaining, as is the way the three families chronicled in the show are intertwined.  But what I really love about this show is how dynamic the characters are.  I find myself laughing out loud for much of each episode as Phil, the dad who thinks he’s cool, makes an incredibly stupid parenting move, or Manny, the fifth-grader who acts like he’s 40 goes to the mall to profess his love to a 16-year-old.

The only unfortunate thing about my newfound favorite shows is that now it’s much harder to focus on homework.  But I’ll keep charging through my schoolwork and reward myself with an episode or two of either of these wonderful shows.  I’ll be back next week to write a new post…unless I’m too busy laughing at one of Phil’s embarrassing parenting moments or singing along with the cast of Glee.