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'I like' raising awareness
Millions of female users across the world have been updating their profiles with phrases such as “I like it on the kitchen counter”, referring to places where they like to put their handbags. The suggestive status updates were designed to raise awareness of breast cancer during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Why it matters
Social networks give viral campaigns huge potential to be passed on quickly and globally – knocking down geographic barriers. This is exciting for charities operating in social media, as people are likely to share things they believe in and care about. How will charities leverage the power of viral to take their digital campaigns to the next level?
The Anthon Berg ‘Generous Store’ pop-up chocolate shop in Denmark does not allow for customers to pay for their product with cash or credit. In fact, customers need to promise they will do a good deed for a person they care for. The chocolate is ‘priced’ at different levels depending on how big a deed is needed to obtain it. These range from‘serve breakfast in bed to your loved one’ to ‘Don’t comment on your girlfriend’s driving for a week’. The most popular service was ‘Help clean your friend’s house’ whilst the least popular was ‘A week where you don’t lie to your father ’.
Green is the new black these days and like all trends, they reach a point where the consumer becomes desensitised to the hype. For the green movement, the time is now. According to Green Marketing, 25% of consumers don’t trust advertising about a company’s green credentials. With so many companies being exposed for “greenwashing,” consumer scepticism is rife.