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Apple, Earth Day, and The New Demands of Leadership

April 22, 2014 Comments


On Monday, Apple launched a new ad outlining its environmental responsibility. In doing so, Tim Cook firmly placed his imprimatur of the future of Apple, going so far as to provide the voiceover for the ad himself just as Steve …

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Why Integration is the Key to the Impact of a Brand’s Social Purpose

March 24, 2014 Comments


A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of keynoting at the annual ACCP conference, the Association of Corporate Contribution of Practitioners. This event brings together corporate responsibility and Foundation leads from many of the country’s largest F500 brands …

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Coca-Cola On How Brand Story Shapes Brand Leadership

March 19, 2014 Comments


Tom LaForge, Global Director of Human & Cultural Insights at the Coca-Cola Company, sat down with us after speaking at our 2013 Brand Leadership Summit and took us deeper into the ideal that brand story shapes brand leadership, and how …

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Brand Awakening: 3 Key Steps To Ensure Your Company Survives

February 21, 2014 Comments


In January of this year, Edelman released their annual Trust Barometer Report and distilled the 2014 learning down to one single phrase: “Business to lead the debate for change.” It’s in this context that three recent strategic moves by major …

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Why Quitting Cigarettes Was the Best Thing CVS Could Do for the Health of Its Business

February 6, 2014 Comments


A lot of buzz has been generated by the decision of CVS to stop selling cigarettes in its 7,600 stores nationwide. The response has been evenly split between those remarking on how much it will cost CVS in lost revenue and those …

Posted in Brands, Leadership, Purpose | 7 Comments

 

Inside charity: water’s Powerful Video Strategy

January 29, 2014 Comments


Paull Young, Director of Digital for charity: water, was one of our fantastic 2013 speakers at the annual We First Brand Leadership Summit. In a nutshell, charity: water is a nonprofit organization with a mission to bring clean and safe …

Posted in Brands, Causes, Community, Innovation, Leadership, Purpose, Thought leadership, Videos | 1 Comment

 

How To Name a Company To Succeed In Social Business

January 21, 2014 Comments


As a start up or social enterprise, you have one advantage over big and well-established brands: You get to start with a clean slate and that includes your company name. Most multi-national corporations and industry monopolies were framed in days …

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How P&G Is Leveraging The Winter Olympics To Build Its Customer Community

January 13, 2014 Comments


Originally published in Forbes Proctor & Gamble became a poster child for social media engagement in 2012 with its ‘Best Job’ television spot for the London Olympics. Not only did it become a viral sensation across multiple social media channels, but …

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