Today’s marketers have a sophisticated view of purposeful marketing. Most express clear opinions about the sheer ambition of the term, while very few (8.1%) associate it exclusively with “donating to a charity in the name of the brand as in CSR/Corporate Social Responsibility.” A majority seek to make purposeful initiatives a part of their overall marketing goals. Yet, more than 60% also admit that they’re concerned about “getting it right,” and are still working to understand, explore and test the process before committing to a comprehensive program.

Interestingly, a provocative minority takes exception to the term purposeful—largely due to the implication that marketing was without “purpose” before purposeful became widely used by brand marketers. Some are concerned that purposeful marketing will become a “meaningless cliché” if it does not stem from genuine, actionable company-wide commitments. Others believe that some brands have already “taken purpose too far” by associating with issues or social causes that bear little intrinsic relationship to a product or service.

Certainly, many marketing ideals evolve—in much the same way that changing social mores shape how brands interact with consumers. Without question, today's activist social media world has already altered how people interact with brands, while dramatically shifting the rules of "doing good business." The assumption of responsibility and the adoption of greater transparency are now critical to how any brand or business plays its proper role in society. More companies are looking to embrace big, sustainable ideas that demonstrate true marketing innovation, while they also strive to deeply connect with their customers' passions and values. When done right, business growth is a result, as is “doing good” or “giving back.” This is marketing’s new holy grail.




Purposeful Marketing will also address:

Definitions of “Purposeful Marketing”
Why Now? Why does “Purposeful Marketing” Matter Today?
Meaningful Brands: The Intersection of Purpose and Profit?
The High Stakes of Getting It Right
Social Transparency Intersects with Social Responsibility
How Good Intentions Go Bad
Shifts in “What is Authentic?”
Changing Behaviors: The Millennial Effect
Lessons from Brands Based on Purpose: Marketing Matters
Balancing Sustainability & Marketing Smarts
The Evolution of Purposeful Marketing


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