Thanks to everyone who came out to the AMA Boston event on Cause Marketing During Challenging Economic Times. It was a great event. As promised, below are links to some of the topics I discussed.
What is cause marketing. One thing that was clear from everyone on the panel is that Bonnie, Erica Vogelei from Cone and I all had a different understanding of what cause marketing is. Here's my perspective. If you're a cause marketing skeptic you may want to check out my post on Defending Cause Marketing. Be sure to read the comments under both posts as they are very helpful.
The Power of Pinups. My cause marketing efforts revolve around two key areas, point-of-sale and percentage-of-sale, especially the former. For a primer on point-of-sale, or pinups as I like to call them, check out this post, which has lots of links. My last pinup program was with Ocean State Job Lots. But I've also posted on other programs by Hannaford Supermarkets and New Balance.
If you're interested in learning more about percentage-of-sale programs, read this post about Starbucks & Product (RED).
Cause marketing and social media. One of my favorite topics. Be sure to connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, etc. on the right sidebar! Here's a good sampling of my posts on the subject. Also, check out my post on Foursquare and Harvard and how the latter can school cause marketers on how to raise money with location-based social media.
This presentation didn't have any slides, but if you're a PowerPoint-aholic check out these slides from an event I spoke at just a couple weeks ago.
Three final things.
First, if you have a question, leave a comment and I'll reply to you. I might even write a post on your question! And you can make sure you never miss a post by subscribing to my email newsletter, which goes out twice a month.
Second, I've posted a whole series on Selling Local Sponsorships for Nonprofits that explores the selling process and how to prospect, pitch and close. It's helpful if you work in nonprofit sales.
Finally, speaking of pitching, let me leave you with one. The team at BMC is available for hire.
Thanks again for listening. I hope my accent wasn't too thick (a problem sometimes even for a Boston crowd!).