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Cause Marketing

What Facebook's Changes Mean for Cause Marketing

Joe Waters | Posted 11.27.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

Facebook made some interesting changes last week that may help evolve how nonprofits and businesses use Facebook "likes" for cause marketing. The change should shake up how organizations weigh the meaning/worth of a Facebook "like."

The Role of Emotion in Cause Marketing

Joe Waters | Posted 11.20.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

You can use all the facts, figures and statistics you want, but unless you make an emotional connection with people they usually won't give. If by cha...

Why Steve Jobs and I Hate Charity

Joe Waters | Posted 11.09.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

When giving is disconnected from caring and context, it's just charity, in the worst sense of the word.

National Parks Should Open Their Trails to Corporate Funders

Joe Waters | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

These popular places are a national treasure, but government funding is bottoming out. They need to diversify to raise more money.

All Cause Marketing Is Local

Joe Waters | Posted 10.18.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

Nonprofits must both inspire and perspire. They have to inspire businesses by choosing the right cause marketing program, and then perspire doing the lion's share of the work to ensure success.

Company Serves Up Brown-Bag Comfort for Troops

Joe Waters | Posted 10.11.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

Our troops have really been on my mind this week. Losing 30 highly trained, dedicated soldiers in Afghanistan last week was tough. Thirty coffins, 30 ...

What's Next in Cause-Related Marketing: The Power and Potential of Platforms

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 10.01.2011 | Impact
Robert J. Rosenthal

Cause-related marketing has been around for some time now, but that does not mean it is a well-oiled machine yet.

Foursquare, Cause Marketing Find Home with Housing Charity

Joe Waters | Posted 09.25.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

I love this cause-marketing promotion from a UK housing charity that brings together eight Edinburgh thrift shops with the leading location-based service, Foursquare.

Tevolution Brews Funds for Causes

Joe Waters | Posted 09.20.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

I love two things: cause marketing -- a partnership between a non-profit and for-profit for mutual profit -- and iced tea. So it's no surprise that I'm boiling over for Tēvolution, a new brand of iced tea from Purpose Beverages, Inc.

What's Next For Cause Marketing?

The Huffington Post | Posted 09.15.2011 | Impact

The traditional model of cause marketing has profoundly changed. Growing competition, an expectation for transparency and the influence of social netw...

Tools Such as Google+ Are Undermining Your Success

Joe Waters | Posted 09.13.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

A house divided against itself cannot stand. Cause marketing and technology are tools that need to be backed by ideas, purpose, identity, results and values.

Is the Humble Text Message a Cause Marketing Star?

Joe Waters | Posted 09.12.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

The more I learn about text and the more I sober up to the reality of adoption rates on things like smartphone apps, location-based services, QR codes and other mobile gadgetry, the more I appreciate the simple text message.

Two Services Help Causes, Companies Raise More Online

Joe Waters | Posted 09.04.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

I've made it my mission of late to find good online cause marketing options for small companies and causes. Thanks to attending the Cause Marketing Forum Conference two weeks ago, I've found two more.

The Next Wave of Good

Tamsin Smith | Posted 09.04.2011 | Impact
Tamsin Smith

Cause Marketing, as a sector, is soaring. An IEG Sponsorship Report predicts that corporate spending on cause marketing will have risen over 6 percent to $1.6 billion in 2010.

7 Cause Marketing Lessons From Machiavelli

Joe Waters | Posted 08.23.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

Niccolo Machiavelli, the Italian diplomat who wrote the classical treatise The Prince 500 years ago, probably would have been a big fan of cause marketing.

Let's Help KFC Earn Its Cause Marketing Wings

Joe Waters | Posted 08.16.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

In this post, we team up and invite you to pitch in for a public brainstorm for KFC about what types of cause marketing partnerships might make more sense for the quick serve chain.

KFC Doesn't Give A Cluck About Juvenile Diabetes

Joe Waters | Posted 08.13.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

I just can't understand what Kentucky Fried Chicken is thinking with its latest cause marketing program.

The Rise of Cause Integration

Reena De Asis | Posted 08.02.2011 | Impact
Reena De Asis

Now is the time to engage and be part of the long-term solution where businesses integrate with the nonprofit sector. These worlds don't have to be exclusive; a mutually beneficial relationship is well within reach

The Fortune 500 Need to Take Their Own Advice

Aaron Hurst | Posted 08.01.2011 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

On behalf of the nonprofit sector, I would like to ask companies to act more like businesses. If you truly care about making a sustainable difference in the community, focus on where you can make your talent matter.

Study: More Men Call Charity A 'Fad', More Women Support It Online

Posted 07.23.2011 | Impact

When you share a link on Facebook for a cancer walk or a charity event, it could be that only half of your friends are tuning in. More women than men...

The Dynamic and Charitable Lotay Yang

2morrowknight | Posted 10.12.2011 | Impact

When Lotay was only 21, his father was tragically killed. After struggling with the agonizing anger, fear and confusion of "why?" he decided to change a horrible negative into positive motivation.

Cause Integration is a 'Sea Change of Good'

Ryan Scott | Posted 07.17.2011 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Cause integration deals with the specific ways in which cause is intentionally woven into corporations at deeper, more meaningful levels for the purpose of solving and preventing certain social issues.

Urban Outfitters' Cause Marketing for NPR Is a Poor Fit

Joe Waters | Posted 07.16.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

I often argue that when it comes to cause marketing, just about anything is better than nothing. But you have to wonder if Urban Outfitters is trying to get something for nothing, and NPR is letting them.

Cause Marketing, Selfishness Drive Consumer Giving

Joe Waters | Posted 06.06.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

Cause marketing isn't perfect. But we need to weigh the results of a study involving 300 college students with the tremendous growth and generally positive reception cause marketing has received.

Companies and Causes: Social Media Jumpstart a Marketing Revolution

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.06.2011 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

Twitter's Adam Bain recently said that the three best ways to monetize a product are humor, huge deals and humanity. If focusing on humanity is now seen as not just good for humanity but also for the bottom line, that is a huge deal!