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“Good deeds invite bad publicity” takes the bridge too far

Is it possible good deeds invite bad publicity? Can CSR efforts actually backfire? A recent working paper published in the Harvard Business Review claims just that, using oil company spills and the subsequent media coverage registering no difference in sentiment as the evidence. In fact, the paper claims companies making strong corporate social responsibility claims […]

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Responsible or not? Audi’s “Do Your Part”

It ain’t so easy being green. Unless, of course, you buy a clean diesel from Audi. That’s the message of this Audi A3 “Do Your Part” advert: I get the idea: Show you can be environmentally responsible without having to put yourself out. You can have it all. Here’s one point of view from @motorad666 […]

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Walmart’s sustainability efforts impress

Like a lot of people, I’ve had my doubts about Walmart‘s sincerity when they’ve talked about sustainability. No matter their green claims, I can’t get past the fact they sell more cheap stuff from China than anyone. In contrast, Patagonia is a poster child for sustainable business. Given the above, the following interview with Yvon […]

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Is green marketing Responsible Marketing?

Is green marketing responsible? Not always. Sometimes it’s just the opposite—it’s irresponsible, deceptive and wrong when it’s greenwashing. The fact is, most Americans say green advertising is nothing more than just a marketing tactic. Consumers are savy—just because a marketer claims it doesn’t mean they’ll believe it. So why go green? Well, because it’s the […]

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Social media for social good interview on NetSquared

Last week, I was interviewed by Jed Sundwall at NetSquared, a group of passionate social media advocates whose mission is to “spur responsible adoption of social web tools by social benefit organizations.” The focus of the conversation was on what social benefit organizations are missing if they neglect social media, and of course, Responsible Marketing. […]

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Responsible Marketing is marketing without an *

We don’t trust anyone anymore. It seems the great politicians, celebrities, corporate titans and athletes have all let us down one way or another. And while part of our psyche seems to revel in watching the demise of greatness, there’s also a part of us that hurts a little. Where have all the good ones […]

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Smokes that Al Gore would love?

Are you a green smoker? Not green from emphysema, but green as in environmentally responsible. A little about Natural American Spirit Organic Cigarettes: We grow our premium natural tobacco in a responsible, sustainable way through our earth-friendly and organic growing programs. We also strive to reduce our footprint on the earth by using recycled materials […]

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