Big brands, from HSBC to Google, are starting to become bad brands as the ordinary consumer turns against them for their tax dodging and corporate greed. Yet few politicians see the connecting between a socially conscious ethical consumer and how they’ll vote.
Defra’s (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) failure to make us aware of climate change has been called a “colossal failure” by expert Bob Ward, policy and communications director at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at LSE…
Heart in Business is a new initiative launched by Andrew Thornton. The philosophy behind the Heart in Business programme is a move away from the current corporate mindset, which puts quarterly profit above everything else, to putting as much value on people, community, environment and real values.
The new Sainsbury’s TV Xmas ad has split the nation. Beautifully shot, it’s a film not an ad. Some love it others think it’s exploiting the Great War just so out ego John Lewis. It’s had lots of complaints including people boycotting the supermarket. Is it a masterpiece or an own goal?
ABF’s retail brand Primark has announced a massive growth in sales and profits, expansion into America and better ethical policies. Is the bad guy of retail becoming the good guy?
This week it was announced that more and more retailers are stocking gluten-free products. Asda has promised to stock at least 8 core gluten-free products in all stores. But is it really because gluten-free has become one of the biggest fads of the last decade?
It’s a smart idea, even if a few years too late, but Facebook’s new Buy Button could be a great move, for the brand. Or another disaster.
It’s currently being piloted in the US and allows brands to post ads on Facebook newsfeed with direct links to purchase. It relies on impulse purchasing, which if well targeted could be successful. If used in a random way, which despite all the data, many ads I see on Facebook are, it will probably disappoint.
Read more on Will the Facebook ‘Buy Button’ infringe our privacy even more?…
This week you would have read that Morrison’s have had a TV ad banned for condoning unhealthy eating. But that’s only part of the story…
Despite claims that the Responsibility Deal is delivering against targets, and the revised one will do more, there are those that believe we need a more dramatic solution and legislation, not a voluntary scheme, which could include a total ban on alcohol marketing.
If one thing has been shown in the last week, the ASA’s principle values of ‘legal, decent & honest’ doesn’t fit within Wonga’s moral code.