Archive for the Social Marketing Category

New USDA Food Plate Replaces Pyramid

Jun 07

Last week, the USDA unveiled its new visual nutrition guide – a food plate, which replaced its obtuse and often hard to understand food guide pyramid. According to the food guide pyramid, servings of grains should make up the most of the food that we eat. This is no longer the case in USDA’s new […]

The Donate Movement: Successful Fusing of Nonprofit, Corporate, and Consumer Interests

Jun 03

Let’s break nonprofit, corporate, and consumer interests down into simple terms.  A nonprofit wants to further its mission to help people and/or the planet. A corporation wants to do good for its shareholders, its employees, and its customers. A consumer wants to live well at a fair price and feel good about purchasing decisions.  Do […]

How alike and different are Caucasians, African Americans and Hispanics when it comes to supporting causes?

May 31

How alike and different are Caucasians, African Americans and Hispanics when it comes to supporting causes? Our latest release on the study Dynamics of Cause Engagement revealed interesting similarities and differences in how people of different ethnicities engage with causes. Among the most interesting findings is the fact that social media play a greater role […]

Happiness, Harmony, and World Citizenship

May 19

Getting screened for cancer. Putting on a seatbelt. Turning off the lights. Recycling. Quitting smoking. Wearing sunscreen. Social marketers have increased the rates of all of the above behaviors throughout the last half century and have, in turn, affected the health and well-being of men and women all over the world. We have academic theory […]

Women Are Strongest Believers in the Power of Supporting Causes

May 17

This post was originally posted to Ogilvy PR’s Womenology blog. A recent study conducted by Ogilvy Public Relations Worldwide in partnership with the Center for Social Impact Communication at Georgetown University revealed the importance of supporting causes for women in the U.S. 8 in 10 women believe that supporting causes creates a sense of purpose […]

The Power and Influence of Emotion

May 06

Although humans are complex creatures, let’s face it – we are “cognitive misers.” We like to process information simply. And who can blame us, in this day and age of information bombardment, it is natural to place information in silos to help us better digest the content.  Sometimes we even ignore information, unless something pulls […]

Supporting Our Troops and Feeding the Hungry are the Top Causes for Americans

May 05

The recent study, Dynamics of Cause Engagement, revealed that more Americans are involved with supporting our troops and feeding the hungry than any other causes or social issues today. Nearly two in five Americans affirmed to be personally involved with these causes. Health-related issues, such as breast cancer, diabetes and heart disease, also appear near […]

When it Comes to Social Media, Where Do We Begin?

Apr 28

“Where do we begin?” This is a question we see a lot in the social media space, particularly with agencies and organizations that have limited time and resources. And as with all questions related to the social Web, the answer depends on who you ask. Some believe it starts with defining your audience, while others […]

A Recap of the 2nd World Non-Profit and Social Marketing Conference

Apr 20

The 2nd World Non-Profit and Social Marketing Conference last week in Dublin proved to be a spectacular event, bringing together over 600 attendees from 40 countries, featuring 200 presentations and 32 exhibitors, and as of today, 95% of the delegates who completed the conference evaluation say they will attend the next conference, which is scheduled […]

Using Games in Social Marketing

Apr 19

I recently had the privilege of attending a George Washington University Health Communication and Marketing symposia on Social Marketing and Games.  It’s a topic that has seen significant growth in recent years, and being a big Scrabble nerd and Wii Just Dance buff, I had particular interest in.  Whether using board games, video games, or […]