IdeaList: A blog with purpose


Vibrant brands today have both provenance and purpose. They know who they are, and they’re willing to stand up for the issues they believe in. It’s not always easy, but it’s worth it. We’ll show you how.


Why go for a goal?

Does your brand marketing story lack focus and impact? Break through the communication barrier by setting measurable goals that show people your purpose.

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Why go for a goal?

Meaningful marketing

Michael Fisher   May 21, 2018

Does your brand marketing story lack focus and impact? Break through the communication barrier by setting measurable goals that show people your purpose.

A human guide to brand behavior

Your journey to the customer

Luke Heyerman   Apr 17, 2018

People expect more from brands these days. How do you know if yours is living up to expectations? Ask yourself if you’re a brand people want to befriend.

Sustainability: A new engine for innovation

The new sustainability story

Brent Wilson   Mar 14, 2018

Increasingly, purpose-driven leaders are reframing what sustainability can be: not a cost but a catalyst. A competitive advantage instead of an expense item.

How to build trust in untrusting times

Meaningful marketing

Brian Lanahan   Feb 14, 2018

What should today's CEOs put at the top of their to-do list?

What gives your company the right to speak?

Meaningful marketing

Brian Lanahan   Nov 13, 2017

Why did Pepsi fail when it tried to take a stand, but Nike won? One word: Provenance.

Time to put the people back in purpose

Meaningful marketing

Brian Lanahan   Sep 18, 2017

Purpose was never meant to be a marketing concept. It’s about uniting people to work toward a common goal.

How to talk about your values

Meaningful marketing

Brian Lanahan   Aug 15, 2017

Values are at the heart of purpose-driven brands. How do you talk about them so that people believe them?

They: Can language create a safe space for everyone?

Meaningful marketing

Pamela Fiehn   May 18, 2017

A little pronoun can make a big difference in making your workplace more inclusive.

What’s the purpose of purpose?

Meaningful marketing

Pamela Fiehn   Mar 24, 2017

What’s the purpose of purpose-based marketing? Turns out it’s about fulfilling a very basic human need.

Five lessons marketers can learn from journalists

Meaningful marketing

Matt Sailor   Nov 28, 2016

When journalism and marketing come together, magic happens. Find out why journalists make great marketers—and what marketers can learn from journalists.

If you take a plunge for sustainability—will others follow?

The new sustainability story

Pamela Fiehn   Nov 16, 2016

Getting to the heart of a sustainability story requires wading through a lot of noise. See how brands like Adidas craft stories so cool that people want to share them.

What marketers can learn from fighter pilots

Meaningful marketing

Brent Wilson   Oct 13, 2016

The marketing landscape is always shifting. A creative solution that works one day may be tired or obsolete the next. Here’s one tried-and-true method for gaining a competitive advantage in a world that’s moving faster than ever.

What it takes to be BRAVE

BRAVE creative

Pamela Fiehn   Sep 19, 2016

Creativity isn’t a skill. It’s an attitude. Here are five ways to flex your creative muscle and make creative work that rocks.

How to surf to your next big thing

BRAVE creative

Brent Wilson   Sep 9, 2016

The technology landscape is constantly shifting. How do you keep doing creative work that matters? Learn to read the waves—so you can ride to the next opportunity.

What the heck is innovation, anyway?

Meaningful marketing

Stacy Westbrook   Aug 5, 2016

Innovation isn’t all about the game changers. It just needs to solve a real problem for real people.

#endcynicism? How?

The new sustainability story

Pamela Fiehn   Jun 16, 2016

We want to convince others that investing in sustainability can make a difference—but the barrier of cynicism keeps rising. Instead of talking louder, maybe it’s time to shut up. And listen better.

Brand purpose: Getting buy-in beyond your tribe

The new sustainability story

Pamela Fiehn   Jun 8, 2016

Spending time with our tribe at Sustainable Brands 2016 in San Diego this week gave us a chance to re-energize and re-connect with the essential elements of brand purpose.

Marketing automation is not your auto pilot

Your journey to the customer

Jim Schwenke   Apr 20, 2016

Marketing automation is no substitute for human connection. People still need people.

Sustainability never stops

The new sustainability story

Michael Fisher   Apr 15, 2016

It’s corporate responsibility season, and reports are cropping up everywhere. But why stop there? Find out how to use your sustainability story to add depth to your brand story, and keep the momentum going.

How sustainability lost its meaning, and what to do now

The new sustainability story

Christian Hicks   Dec 20, 2015

The word sustainability has been so overused, it’s become meaningless. Here’s what we can do about it.

Stop telling stories. Start finding them.

Meaningful marketing

Sona Pai   Oct 28, 2015

Where’s the story? You have to look for it.

How G4 Guidelines are reframing sustainability

The new sustainability story

Rivers Janssen   Aug 12, 2015

Bringing context into the picture could change the game for sustainability communications.

It’s not about you. It’s about them.

Meaningful marketing

Betsy Henning   May 21, 2015

In leadership, marketing and brand strategy, success comes from looking outward, to the people you’re trying to reach.

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