Doing Good is the best PR - A blog by Nathan Schock

Doing Good is the best PR - A blog by Nathan Schock

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Monday, January 18, 2010 - 1:35pm


Over the past few weeks, a lot of bytes have been devoted to PepsiCo's Refresh Project. There are many components, but the central idea is that the company will award up to 32 grants totaling $20 million to better the world.

Most of the coverage generated for the campaign has focused on it's launch at the expense of Pepsi's Super Bowl Ad - the first time in 23 years in which the soft drink company won't be present on advertising's biggest stage. This is an approach that I have advocated for previously on this blog.

Why? Is it just to alienate my friends who sell advertising for a living? Allow me to explain.

The irony is that in this world of media ubiquity, I believe that the best approach to advertising is not more, but less. I think companies would be better off to cut their advertising budget in half - spending half of it on making the world a better place and half telling the world what they're doing to make the world a better place.

Certainly, you can and should devote other portions of your company's budget to doing good, but I single out advertising for one simple reason. If the point of advertising is to tell people how good you are, it would be easier if you're actually doing something good. Besides, in the era of the 24-hour news cycle and growing consumer avoidance of advertising (see my presentation on web 2.0), advertising just isn't as effective as it used to be.

Sound too radical for you? Perhaps you should start with One Percent for the Planet or something similar.

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