Why is employee engagement often regarded as a “nice-to-have” vs necessity, when in reality it is not unlike the challenge of building external community and engagement. This post takes a deep dive into the biases and the reasons why the misconception and lack of support and investment.
The article was featured in CSRWireJanuary 9, 2014. It provides an overview of the discussions that took place at a Yale Interbrand event held in Dec. 2013, where panelists shared discussions on why stories surrounding a product, not the product itself, will soon take over in satisfying consumer interest.
THEME #4 of Post series on Humanizing Brand Storytelling Brands born out of a business culture that is more open and social will endure and succeeds far beyond business/brands who rely on a closed, control-minded business strategy for growth
We synthesize what we learn and observe in order to better understand and connect. Contrast this approach to what happens in business. Ironically, the default response is to break down through analysis. This process of re-interpretation is meant to simplify information – but in the long run it produces a distant and simplistic understanding of the customer. The difference is not only philosophy and methodology. More importantly it is proving to be a significant business disadvantage.
When the Weinreb Group's "Pioneers of Sustainability" report came out last month, it highlighted the top trailblazers that sustainability professionals had nominated and selected in a vote. All six chosen for the honor were men. The reaction was immediate: Emily Miggins, longtime leader in food industry supply chain sustainability, commented on Marc Gunther's original post about this research: "I was there when this party got started as mentioned above, and there is a collective women's voice missing in media coverage of women in sustainability and it's disappointing."
As human beings, we know that aggressive communication doesn’t bring people closer. Instead, it repels most people away and undermines the chance for dialogue and relationship. Yet somehow when it comes to the communication and marketing of brands, this very basic human principle is perceived as a weak and ineffective approach to building business. In brand marketing the merits and impact of mass media align more with the concepts and success principles of manufacturing than that of human/social dynamics.
Many of the story themes that were once regarded best practice and believed to be useful, we now know via social media as ineffective in generating meaningful and enduring interest. The new tradition of storytelling is less about what “THEY (corporation) want people to know,” and more about the stories that people can relate to on a human level.
We see the terms “brand” and “sustainability” mentioned together more often today than ever before. Since brands usually function as the connection between business and people, their role has evolved beyond marketing to also represent corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts. But when a corporation's sustainability commitments become unfulfilled promises, or fail to engender broader support - the future of a sustainable brand can ultimately become "unsustainable."
Anneliza Humlen, President of SocialVoice LLC. and Gwen Morrison, Co-CEO of WPP Retail, have co-authored a paper for the Journal of Brand Strategy. The paper showcases the growing movement and success stories of retail leadership that are guided by a conscientious commitment to purpose over profit.
Paul D. Miller, a.k.a., DJ Spooky (That Subliminal Kid) in an artistic and multi-media inspiration. He is a composer, writer, editor, conceptual artist, DJ, and app developer, who is creating music and inspiring not only appreciation for the arts, but appreciation for the environment and the impacts of climate change. Read this exclusive interview and access free downloads, compliments of Paul.
We all know how much we can learn about ourselves through the eyes and feedback of others. The same holds true for brands when seen through the eyes and exchanges happening between people. Conversations are going on every second about a brand - but the majority of these conversations are happening amongst people - not brand to people. Whether topics are introduced by the media, influential voices or consumers, brands for the most part are either the outsiders listening-in or completely disconnected from such conversations.
Per Al Ries “marketing” is too broad a concept for a service business. Therefore, what is the role of marketing within business if it is not about "sales?" This post explores the higher level value that marketing can represent for business, and how marketers are in a favorable position today to leverage their unique left and right brain skills to sense unique market opportunities.