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In this presentation, Desiree Peterkin Bell shares her advice for brands who are interested in activism. Read an excerpt below:
Did you know that 91% of millennials and 85% of the average U.S. public would eagerly switch brands in favor of one that openly supports a worthwhile cause? These days, many people are excited about campaigning for a cause, and they expect their favorite companies to share their enthusiasm. People tend to back their beliefs with their wallets, and they have started to demand that brands stand for something other than corporate profit. Brand activism is key in connecting with your audience, developing your company, and making the world a better place.
What is Brand Activism?
Simply put, Desiree Peterkin Bell believes that brand activism is when a company defines its values and shares opinions as they relate to those values. An organization may have an opinion on social, economic, political, or environmental issues and incorporate these stances into their brand.
The level of brand activism varies by company. For example, some groups may not do more than create a response statement to a hot-button issue. Others may work to rally people for a cause or create a specific plan of action to combat problems.
Best Practice for Brand Activism
If you’re interested in exploring activism through your brand and taking a stance, you’ll need to first examine your target audience, your company’s track record, and any potential risks.
Although your company’s stance on issues should be determined by your values, Desiree Peterkin Bell also recognizes that you should also consider your market. For example, if your audience stands for something completely different than your company, you may want to dial back on talking about the issues while you evaluate your product and how it works with your audience.
This content was originally published at DesireePeterkinBell.co.