Tag Archives: ethical marketing

Drunken Britain – is the Responsibility Deal the responsible answer to a massive problem?

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.

Should Wonga be banned from advertising to protect TV audiences?

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.

No sex please, we’re British, Concerned Parents, Religious, Daily Mail readers…

WARNING: EXPLICIT CONTENT. You can’t miss it and it must be one of the most noticeable campaigns of the moment, the poster for the Australian underwear brand AussieBum. And then there’s the H&M one…

New trends in natural and organic FMCG.

This week I visited the Natural & Organic Show in Olympia, a trade show featuring hundreds of ‘good’ brands founded by passionate people more interested in health than wealth. Here are the new trends…

THE BURNING VILLAGE – A MORAL DILEMMA. HOW WOULD YOU REACT TO THE REAL TRUTH?

When faced with ethical and moral dilemmas, how do we react? Do we take the money or take a stand? Especially when marketing bad brands with bad intentions.

ARE WE SLAVES TO WORDS?

The ‘Big Idea’, ‘Originality’, ‘Engagement’, ‘Content’, ‘Storytelling’, ‘Selfies’ are just a few words, that some may argue, enslave our thinking. Do they help us be better marketers or do they restrict us? And do we even understand the meanings?

Dumb ethics. Just because it may appear ethical, doesn’t mean it is.

There’s a lot of products out there that are a lot less ethical than they may seem, from food and drink to pharmaceuticals. So is it ethical or unethical to sell dumb or misinformed consumers something that is useless or worse, not good for them, because they believe it’s more ethical?

Cultural & iconic references in marketing – are you in touch or living in a white ivory tower?

Benny Hill’s, ‘Ernie, the fastest milkman in the West’ is a symbol of a different time. How many people would get it today?

Faking it. The real cost of buying social media numbers.

No one would argue that there is not a lot of faking up of social media numbers going on. It’s simply too easy, too cheap and often too easy to get away with.

Lidl – putting your ethics where your mouth is.

“Healthy Checkouts” could lead the way in encouraging other retailers to take an ‘ethics over profits’ approach and improve the health of our kids… and parents.

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