What Sully Teaches About Marketing
Over the weekend, I saw Dirty Harry’s movie “Sully” starring Forrest Gump.
You know who I’m talking about.
I highly recommend this film, even though I know you already know the story. This movie details what happened on January 15, 2009, after Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger made a forced landing of an Airbus A320 on the Hudson River, saving all 155 lives on board.
It’s the story of a mortal using judgment to override airline protocol because he believes his decision to be the best and only hope for a good outcome.
And then, that person’s judgment is called into question by bureaucrats using technology as a measurement tool, a proving ground, a whip, and a smoking gun.
In other words, it’s a humanity versus technology tale. The same battles that marketers face daily.
Do you go with your gut? Or, do you go with the numbers?
Ad god Bill Bernbach once said: “Safe advertising is the riskiest advertising you can do.”
Yet, every day marketers seek CYA numbers to make their decisions.
Maybe they shouldn’t.
See “Sully” and enjoy the ride.