The Stop Hate for Profit website is direct in its condemnation of Facebook as the facilitator of hate and disinformation: “Hundreds of businesses are standing together to support our deeply held American values of freedom, equality and justice and as a result, are pausing advertising on Facebook’s services.”
Think about the past three months: The world has undergone a massive health crisis. A social revolution is marching for equality in the streets. Organizations have pivoted to remote workforces nearly instantaneously — creating friction in normal working rhythms. Virtual work has increased the need for self-direction and self-motivation amongst employees.
Marketers rightly expend considerable intellectual energy devising ways to sell more to their best prospects. But one key lever is often overlooked: smartly allocating budgets between national and local media. How you determine this split can make the difference between focusing on consumers who will buy from you, and wasting money on those who never will.
Great brands are like great people and when great people know who they are, where they’re going and how to get there, they can contribute to the world in a way that is larger than any one single area of focus. At a certain point, they transcend their specialized field and become something larger than themselves, larger than their community, and larger than their chosen category.
They become Brandscendent™.
Here are some antiviral tips for CMOs that could make a quarantine situation produce some healthy results. (As I sit here gazing out at emptying streets in San Francisco, all my tech clients have notified me they’re going remote for the next two weeks.)
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