Cause-Based Marketing: A #CMWorld Chat with Amanda Hite

December 1, 2016 Monina Wagner

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Cause-based marketing is a way for brands to bond with its audience by giving back to a worthy charity. To be successful, businesses must commit to a cause its target audience is passionate about, develop a strategy around it, and execute that strategy in an authentic way.

On this week’s #CMWorld Twitter chat, we discussed how brands can make a lasting impact through cause marketing. We were joined by special guest Amanda Hite, Co-founder and CEO of BTC Revolutions. A few takeaways from the chat are below. Check out our Storify to see more tweets on this topic.

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Choose the right cause

Identifying the right charity for your brand is the first step in a solid cause-based marketing strategy. It’s important for businesses to make a socially-responsible decision that builds trust and loyalty with their target audiences. The challenge is ensuring your choice supports not only the brand but the community as a whole.

A1: Just like content marketing, cause marketing needs to be authentic. #CMWorld https://t.co/8919YrkK0X

— Jeremy Bednarski (@JeremyBednarski) November 29, 2016

If you begin the process with the mindset, “How can we help this cause?” instead of “How can we help ourselves” everyone wins. #CMWorld

— Bill Skowronski (@BillSkowronski) November 29, 2016

A1. It’s crucial for brands to pick causes that align with their brand values. Picking a cause “just because” can be an issue. #CMWorld

— Cassandra Deakin (@Kitty_Cass) November 29, 2016

Contribute more than dollars

Cause-based marketing can come in many forms.

@CMIContent A2: There are endless ways to help a cause. Donate money, time, or services. Whatever your company’s strength is! #CMWorld

— Stephanie Zatyko (@ExperianDQSteph) November 29, 2016

A2: Support causes by encouraging employees to volunteer time (even during work hours) & matching employee donations #cmworld @CMIContent

— Sarah Dudley (@SarahDudley3) November 29, 2016

What companies do you know of that are doing cause-based marketing well? Let us know in the comments below.

Looking for more inspiration on creating killer cause-based content? Then join us for Content Marketing World 2017. Registration is now open.

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