Brand Activism and Why It's The Future
People expect brands to stand for something greater than themselves
Brand activism attracts people and creates everlasting relationships
Making the world a better place benefits your brand, customers, and society
Create content, community, and conversation with strategic brand activism
Creating social impact is the new competitive advantage
What is brand activism marketing?
Brand activism brings your company's social values, beliefs, and causes to life in ways that create positive change in the world.
It is cited as social impact, cause marketing, social action, social purpose, or socially responsible, but it is more than that.
Brand activism is a window into what you and your team hope for our future.
Brand activism is brought to life via street marketing activations, events, outdoor advertising, protest marches, fundraising, community outreach, posters, mobile tours, and many other approaches directly impacting people and culture.
Companies, nonprofits, B-corps, influencers, and even cities can start activism initiatives as they are all considered brands in their own right.
Brand activation is a commitment to a cause along with a meaningful action plan.
Why brand activism marketing is important
1.) Sharing your brand's vision for the future affects all aspects of your company; brand perception, employee retention, customer lifetime value, community engagement, news coverage, and product sales
2.) Research uncovered that nearly two out of three people are belief-driven buyers; they choose, switch, and avoid a brand based on its stand on societal issues and civic engagement.
4.) When people are aware of your societal contribution, they often become brand advocates
5.) A genuine commitment to a cause is what customers, employees, and the community expect from a brand
6.) Making the world a better place is essential for your company and everyone else
Brand activism tips
Commit your company to a cause that is important to you, your employees, and customers.
Create a year-round, sustainable action plan.
Focus advocacy efforts around specific events (e.g., elections, global conferences, holidays, etc.) to maximize reach and impact.
The most effective brand activism socially engages people both in the real world and digitally.
Always invite people to amplify and contribute to the cause.
Brand activism campaigns can either be guerilla, implemented without permission, or activated through official channels.
Document everything and disseminate on social.
Brand activism marketing services
1.) Ideas on how to bring your brand beliefs to life in meaningful ways
2.) Where and when to reach your ideal audience
3.) Location scouting and permitting
4.) Asset production (e.g., signage, props, outfits, etc.)
5.) Activation staff aligned with your social actions
6.) Transport, setup, activation, management, and breakdown
7.) Real-time brand activism content for social media
8.) Measurement and analysis to continually improve your impact
Brand activism is a way to have a tangible positive influence on society while creating lifelong bonds with the public.
It's proven, people align themselves with brands with social missions they support.
Inspire people to join your brand's efforts to make meaningful changes in your community and beyond.
Connect with us for more brand activism activation ideas, strategies, pricing, and company examples.
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Brand Activism Marketing FAQ
Brand activism marketing is defined as company activities, internally and externally, focused on making a positive change in society.
It is steeped in a brand's beliefs and invites the public to support the cause.
It takes on many forms, often physical, with digital integrations.
The goal of brand activism is to realize a change in society for the betterment of your company, customers, and society.
The top 10 brand activism causes we see are:
1.) Global warming
2.) Human rights
5.) Food insecurity
8.) Government regulation
10.) Social justice
Brand activism strategy is the how, when, where you bring change to the societal causes you support.
Your strategy, ideally, encompasses experiential, digital, and social media marketing.
Strategies often include patterning up with nonprofits, municipalities, and other brands.
One of the important elements of your strategy is to create ways for the public to join your cause.