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Rethinking How Brands Engage Pride, Worldwide
Rethinking How Brands Engage Pride, Worldwide

WALKING THE TALK - As we exit Pride month and look to WorldPride in August, it’s apparent that we’re at an inflection point for purpose — one that requires consistent corporate action that positively impacts LGBTQIA+ people no matter where they are in one’s workforce or world.

Forget Selling Products. Change Lives Instead.
Forget Selling Products. Change Lives Instead.

MARKETING AND COMMS - The happiness of buying new shoes is a short-lived dopamine kick, whereas finding better ways of living in balance with yourself adds lifelong value. It’s time to create a new offering: Who can you help people become?

P&G & GLAAD’s ‘Visibility Project’ to Advance LGBTQ Visibility in Advertising
P&G & GLAAD’s ‘Visibility Project’ to Advance LGBTQ Visibility in Advertising

MARKETING AND COMMS - P&G has committed $1M over three years and partnered with GLAAD to work with brands and agencies to advance LGBTQ inclusion in advertising. New study finds senior marketing and ad execs recognize LGBTQ inclusion as a force for positive social change, yet worry about authentic representation.

P&G, Dove Push for More Equitable Representation in Media
P&G, Dove Push for More Equitable Representation in Media

MARKETING AND COMMS - The two companies are putting their money where their mouths are when it comes to increasing inclusion, both in their messaging and in the media at large.

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Unilever Redefining ‘Normal’ with New ‘Positive Beauty’ Strategy
Unilever Redefining ‘Normal’ with New ‘Positive Beauty’ Strategy

MARKETING AND COMMS - Unilever is eliminating the word “normal” from all of its beauty and personal care brands’ packaging and advertising, championing a new era of beauty that is equitable and inclusive, as well as sustainable.

For Those Still Wondering About the Business Case for Purpose …
For Those Still Wondering About the Business Case for Purpose …

BUSINESS CASE - In its latest research to understand consumer expectations of responsible brands, Porter Novelli used social psychology to unpack why consumers prefer Purpose-driven brands — and the importance of strong storytelling to complement sound business strategies.

Bad Sustainability Writing Is Everywhere, and It’s a Problem
Bad Sustainability Writing Is Everywhere, and It’s a Problem

MARKETING AND COMMS - The proliferation of ineffective communications is holding sustainability back in its most critical decade. There is no more time for boring, beige writing. We need language that teaches, convinces and inspires — before it’s too late.

What Would You Do with $6M? Quantifying the Social Impact of a Super Bowl Ad
What Would You Do with $6M? Quantifying the Social Impact of a Super Bowl Ad

MARKETING AND COMMS - Reaching 100 million people at once comes at a high cost — but the sticker price of a Super Bowl ad comes with deeper implications, both for brands and society. What if that money was used for good?

Complementary Studies Provide Glimpses into Consumers’ Minds During Most Difficult Year in Modern History
Complementary Studies Provide Glimpses into Consumers’ Minds During Most Difficult Year in Modern History

MARKETING AND COMMS - Amidst the uncertainty of the world in a global pandemic, two key pieces of 2020 research offered hope and optimism about what purpose-driven brands can achieve in 2021 — buoyed by new attitudes, opinions, and desires from consumers.

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Why Climate Change Iconography Needs a Refresh — and How Your Brand Can Achieve It
Why Climate Change Iconography Needs a Refresh — and How Your Brand Can Achieve It

MARKETING AND COMMS - Here are three key considerations worth keeping in mind as you endeavor to find, create and use fresh, relevant visual content to communicate your brand’s commitment to sustainability — and even more importantly, inspire customers to action.

How DEI Issues Have Reshaped the Brand Purpose Landscape
How DEI Issues Have Reshaped the Brand Purpose Landscape

ORGANIZATIONAL CHANGE - A dramatic shift in diversity is only possible if the most exposed, vulnerable and or marginalised groups contribute to decision-making around narratives, ideas and solutions. Can you name any brands that are championing race within their purpose work and doing it well?

Kolster to Brands: Tout Not How Great Your Product Is, But What It Can Help People Become
Kolster to Brands: Tout Not How Great Your Product Is, But What It Can Help People Become

MARKETING AND COMMS - In his new book, The Hero Trap, Thomas Kolster says rather than promoting what’s good about their company or products, brands need to shift their focus to their customers — specifically, their brand’s role in helping its customers transform their lives.

Cartwright to Brands: Look Inward Before Responding to Social Issues
Cartwright to Brands: Look Inward Before Responding to Social Issues

MARKETING AND COMMS - Keith Cartwright, the creative force behind such powerful statement ads as P&G’s “The Look” and “The Choice,” shares his insights and advice to brands and agencies on how to most authentically respond in times of crisis.

Good Start — But Let’s Move from ‘Brand Say’ to ‘Brand Do’
Good Start — But Let’s Move from ‘Brand Say’ to ‘Brand Do’

WALKING THE TALK - Much-needed updates to a growing number of brands in response to the Black Lives Matter movement is a great start. But deep, lasting impact requires two main actions — apologies; and adjusting the social paradigm.

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Over 400 Advertisers Show Facebook That They Won’t Tolerate Hate
Over 400 Advertisers Show Facebook That They Won’t Tolerate Hate

BEHAVIOR CHANGE - In just over two weeks, the Stop Hate for Profit campaign has rallied the support of over 400 companies — all of which have pulled their advertising dollars from Facebook and Instagram for the month of July.

Kolster to Brands: Avoid the ’Hero Trap’ and Close the Intention-Action Gap
Kolster to Brands: Avoid the ’Hero Trap’ and Close the Intention-Action Gap

WALKING THE TALK - Internationally recognised speaker and author Thomas Kolster, also known as Mr. Goodvertising, takes a hatchet to his earlier beliefs around purpose-driven brands in a new book, “The Hero Trap.” He says the one question brands need to be asking and acting on to change behaviors at scale and unlock sustainable growth that benefits all is ‘Who can you help people become?’

Trending: Heritage Brands Rush to Distance Themselves from Racially Stereotyped Images
Trending: Heritage Brands Rush to Distance Themselves from Racially Stereotyped Images

MARKETING AND COMMS - Amidst the social unrest that has flooded the US since the murder of George Floyd, four household-name food brands, whose brand identities have long centered around racial stereotypes, are updating their images and logos to reflect the changing societal consciousness.

Report: Predatory Marketing Tactics a Top Threat to Children’s Wellbeing
Report: Predatory Marketing Tactics a Top Threat to Children’s Wellbeing

MARKETING AND COMMS - While climate change and intensifying carbon emissions still top the list of factors endangering a healthy future for the world’s children, a new report finds that marketing of harmful products aimed at children is another major threat to their wellbeing.

Super Bowl’s $5.6M Question: Can Snickers Really Fix the World?
Super Bowl’s $5.6M Question: Can Snickers Really Fix the World?

MARKETING AND COMMS - At least the game was fun to watch, because this year’s commercials make the United Nations’ sixth edition of the Global Environment Outlook report seem like interesting reading. This year, corporate America chose to laugh rather than voice an opinion.

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Sell Responsibly… or Else? It’s Time to Face (Over)-Consumption and Come Up with Creative Solutions
Sell Responsibly… or Else? It’s Time to Face (Over)-Consumption and Come Up with Creative Solutions

MARKETING AND COMMS - We shouldn’t lure people into buying more than they need; but rather, help people make it all add up to a more meaningful life. Brands might be able to keep afloat on a short-term strategy and hide behind a cloak of innocence, but every dinosaur step is one closer to extinction.

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