In this fifth episode of the year, the speakers addressed how they use purpose-driven marketing to make a significant change. Kruger specifically focused on uplifting communities through closing the digital divide, Clerke focused on the responsibility of big brands aligning with causes to create powerful purpose work and Mohamed and Sidersky (Mondelez) focused on the importance of brands standing for something. The episode as a whole looked at how purpose-driven marketing is key to connecting with communities and taking a stand against issues that matter.
The event was specifically relevant to all marketers, advertisers, publishers and agencies who want to understand how to use purpose-driven marketing to its full potential. Here, some of the speakers shared insights into their talking points and key messages we could take away…
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Kruger: Advertising with a purpose: Uplifting underserved communities by closing the digital divide while giving brands saliency in the township economy.
Clerke: Our brands have a responsibility to solve problems and create behaviour change in South Africa.
Mondelez: We are in an environment where brands need to stand for something in order to be counted. Where modern consumers choose to engage brands that reflect their values and use the ‘power of their wallet’ to support brands that value more than simply their bottom line. Adopting a purpose-driven marketing approach isn’t a nice to have or a ‘tick box’ item. Rather, it’s an opportunity to establish an authentic connection with your audience, remaining relevant in a constantly changing world while driving long-term impact and loyalty. To succeed in this environment you need genuine belief in your purpose and long-term commitment to go the stretch – entrenched at all levels of your organisation.
Kruger: In the WiFi Advertising space, we find that captive portals create a journey for audiences that give brands exclusive attention before breaking out to the internet. Change is inevitable, the current pandemic has shifted and already migrating audiences more online than ever before. Brands are having to do more to earn brand trust and advocacy in the market. Audiences are looking beyond the end product or service and looking more to how much brands care about them.
Mondelez: According to trend expert Dion Chang ‘good washing’ has become a term to look out for – the perception that a brand is doing good when in reality it isn’t. In order to not get tainted with that brush, which can do irrevocable damage to a brand, a purpose-led marketing approach needs to focus on measurable outcomes affecting real impact. Brands need to hold themselves accountable to meeting their commitments and fluid enough to adapt their approach as demanded by the environment.
Use the power of your brand and platforms to focus on areas where you can create the most impact rather than tackling huge societal issues, where your efforts may not have much effect.
Affecting real change takes time, brands that take on a purpose-led approach for a quick once-off campaign often come across as ‘tone deaf’. Adopting a purpose-led approach implies a long-term commitment of resources and time and a genuine desire to affect the environment around us.
Kruger: Serve your audience and they will support you. In the online advertising space today we need to look beyond the end report stats if you want to stay relevant and have a significant impact on your audience. What are you as a brand doing to uplift, support and positively impact your audiences?
Clerke: If the work is provocative, alluring and worthy, everything else will sort itself out. Worry about the work, first.
Mondelez: Define your brand purpose from a place of authenticity. Brands can’t be everything to everyone and they can take on every cause or societal challenge that comes their way. Once you establish what your brand truly stands for you can then comfortably put your purpose into action with credibility.
Kruger: Collaboration in an online space, especially since most of us have been working from home is key, you cannot do good work alone, it takes a passionate team to get things done.
Clerke: Consistency is key. Consistency doesn’t mean a lack of creativity - it means that we should develop a platform we love and keep throwing great creative ideas at it until it resonates with the audience who start to trust it. People need consistency and trusting relationships now more than ever.
Mondelez: Actioning a brand's purpose can be a costly, time-consuming endeavour, especially in a continuously changing environment. The pandemic highlighted this and highlighted the need to be adaptable and fluid in your approaching shift and respond to changing needs and demands of our audience as they happen.
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