We recently got an email from two of our past divers, Art and Lynne, and they said that they had seen our branch or “name sake” in Vietnam while on a non-diving vacation. Chris and I thought that this was strange as we don’t have a sister company (nor branch) anywhere, let alone in Vietnam. We have traveled through Vietnam and loved it there. We even spent quite a bit of time in Nha Trang (where this diving center is located) but we never stopped and set up a dive shop (not that I’m aware of anyway.)
Nonetheless, Art and Lynne not only emailed us to tell us they saw it, they also included photographs!
Now, one thing is true, they are called Octopus Diving. And that is cool, there are few Octopus Divings out there. In fact, there is one in the Seychelles and I frequently get emails from people that want to sign up for diving, and after a few exchanges it becomes apparent that they will in fact be thousands of miles away and do not want to book with us, but want to book with the other Octopus Diving.
The second thing that is true, is that this particular Octopus Diving has taken our logo and used it for themselves. I guess this is also cool, I mean, it is flattering, right? We definitely had it first though. When I initially saw Art and Lynne’s email I was a little peeved, but then I talked to Chris and he said… “It doesn’t really matter. In fact, it is good for us, more publicity. They aren’t really competition for us, after all.”
So, I thought about it, and I don’t really mind too much. We did pay to have that logo created, and we did spend a lot of time thinking about it, and how we wanted it to look. We wanted a “mean-looking” octopus. Well, not really “mean” but sort of cool looking. More James Bond then Pink Panther. Does that make sense? A local guy called Julien created it for us. He has now left the island. Wait! Do you think that Julien went to Vietnam? It is possible.
I think that it is more likely that the Vietnam Octopus Diving found our website, liked the logo and decided to steal the design. Perhaps they check our website frequently. Maybe they even read my blog. Maybe they are reading this right now and finding out that they have been busted! I have looked for their website, but I can’t find one for them. If you find one, let me know.
Oh well, doesn’t matter too much. In fact, it is pretty cool to think that we have had an influence all the way across the world in Vietnam.
Sally wrote this blog 🙂