This month’s CBC Uncorked question had us leafing through our file cabinets, scanning our email subject lines, and thinking before we speak during conference calls.
What question could be so powerful, you might ask. We asked our fellow CBC coworkers:
“What is your least favorite marketing jargon and why?”
Prepare yourself to laugh at the answers below and let us know your least favorite phrase, in the comments!
Circle back… (but I think I may use it!) 😳
Maybe just office jargon in general, but it’s a tie between ‘getting your ducks in a row’ and ‘turnkey’. UGH.
– Annie, PR Specialist
Ping. Are you trying to get ahold of me or mimicking an arcade game?
–Jared, PR Associate
Out of the box. We shouldn’t have to say ideas need to be out of the box – they just should be.
–Jen, Director of New Business
Low hanging fruit. It’s just not right. We aren’t apple picking here.
– Andi, Brand Associate
Take this offline. It’s just a procrastination tool.
– Whitney, Brand Manager
Ping. I don’t like ping. We don’t have Blackberries anymore, we’re not really “pinging” anyone. We’re emailing, texting, maybe calling. But not pinging, it’s outdated. Maybe only if we’re actually playing ping-pong.
– Franny, Senior Brand Specialist
VIRAL. As it is used in “viral video” or “let’s make it go viral” …because I’m sorry to burst your bubble people but you can’t MAKE something go viral. It’s something that happens on its own due to unparalleled creativity or evoking of an emotional response. Just like Regina George once said, stop trying to make fetch [viral] happen. It’s not going to happen.
– Gina, Digital Marketing and Content Strategist
LOW HANGING FRUIT. I guess it’s more PR jargon. But it’s just gross.
– Erin, Digital Marketing Senior Specialist
It has legs. It’s so … creepy! It sounds like a spider that’s going to crawl away. BLEGHH.
– Kelsey, Digital Marketing Specialist
It’s not specific to marketing but ‘ping me.’
– Kerryn, Senior Manager, Brand Integration
Below the radar. Just lame.
– Len, CEO
Mainly used in PR but ‘Low hanging fruit’ because I’m immature and laugh every time someone says it.
– Chloe, PR Associate