Category Archives: Social Marketing (Behaviour Change)

The Legacy of Social Marketing for Attitude and Behaviour Change

I recently read an article by Margaret Wente columnist at the Globe and Mail titled The world’s nicest, most law-abiding generation

It got me thinking about the impact that social marketers have had on society since the early 70’s. I am not suggesting that social marketers can take credit for all the changes we have seen over the past 40 years but there is no question social marketers have made a contribution in changing attitudes and behaviours and contributing to […]


British Columbia Ministry of Health: Taking a Leadership Role in Social Marketing

In September 2014, I had the opportunity to work with the British Columbia Ministry of Health’s Population and Public Health Division to co-host social marketing sessions in Vancouver and Victoria to explore shared strategic approaches for social marketing and engagement across health promotion and disease/injury prevention partners in British Columbia.

The sessions included presentations from experts on social marketing and behaviour change, branding and the latest trends in marketing and engagement.  Participants also heard about the Healthy Families BC policy framework and the Ministry of Health’s mandate to support a […]


Why Branding is so important to Social Marketing

Branding in a business organization is pervasive and fairly easy to understand and recognize. However, branding in social marketing is not as common but becoming more popular as it is very effective in creating visibility and ensures memorability.
“Nonprofits and government agencies are generally several steps behind the commercial sector in applying marketing concepts. Branding is a word that is thrown around a lot by marketers of all stripes without a complete understanding of what it actually means. We know we […]


Federal Government Advertising Losing Credibility

Last year I wrote a blog “Has federal government communications and marketing become too politicized?”  In the blog I pointed out that the application of strategic communications has shifted focus from substance to image, from information to promotion, and from policy to communications. While it is legitimate for governments to communicate with citizens and it is not unusual for them to want to persuade those citizens, the question becomes when and where to draw the line.

Now an independent public […]