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Sep
28
Thu
WEBINAR: Saving Lives or Saving Face: Exposing the true cost of “playing it safe” @ online
Sep 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

As marketers, are we more concerned with saving face or saving lives? In 2016, the Canadian Yukon government retracted their “We All Need the [vitamin] D” public service campaign due to an embarrassing, unintended reference to male genitalia. Unfortunately, their scramble to save face may have put a stop to one of the most successful public campaigns in years, showing more concern for their image than results. And they’re not alone: marketers often shy away from controversial creative to protect their reputation. But what if this campaign decried smoking or drunk driving: would saving face still outweigh saving lives? For cause-based marketers especially, the stakes are high, as these decisions could end up hurting the very populations they’re trying to help. It’s time we understand the true cost of “playing it safe” and ask ourselves: is it worth it?

Presenter/David Lazarenko,  with nearly 20 years of marketing experience, has led successful sales and corporate responsibility campaigns for some of North America’s largest organizations. As president at Think Shift, he has challenged clients to push the envelope to further their cause, and experienced firsthand the frustration of seeing agencies choose reputation over results.

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Oct
20
Fri
October IABC Virtual Help Desk @ Online
Oct 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

October Virtual Help Desk

Do you need some advice about a current project? Are you looking for peer recommendations for tools, vendors or tactics? The IABC Boston Chapter Virtual Help Desk is a monthly opportunity to tap the power of your IABC peers. Join the call any time during the hour and get the support you need.

The September Virtual Help Desk staffers include:

  • Cindy Hutter – expertise in communication planning and strategy
  • Elise Mesedahl – expertise in internal communications

After RSVP’ing on Eventbrite, you will receive information about how to access the virtual help desk.

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