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Elevate what’s possible. These three words have carried a lot of weight over the past forty-three years, serving as the north star of our culture, attitude, and work. In the simplest of definitions, it means creating work that’s more than just work. We don’t just do advertising, we don’t just do design, and we don’t just build websites or apps. Our purpose is to solve real-world business problems that positively impact and add lasting value to people’s lives.
We believe that when brands act with intention, they can transcend what they make or do and stand for something greater in the world. That’s why when it comes to our clients, we choose to align with brands and businesses that take purpose just as seriously as we do. Our role in the relationship is to help our partners activate their purpose in culture in the most authentic way possible; that is, help them express their reason of being and what they stand for in the world.
This past year has solidified the need for purpose and our quest to elevate what's possible by evolving the marketing solutions we offer to help our clients elevate what's possible for the consumers and communities they serve.
Take the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, whose purpose is to tackle the world’s biggest problems in health and medicine. While the Anschutz Medical Campus is the center of medicine’s most innovative work, there’s a good chance you haven’t heard of this magnificent place unless you’re a Colorado resident. We helped educate the masses on their breakthrough work by developing and launching the campus’s first-ever national ad campaign entitled “This Is Breakthrough.” This campaign highlighted the life-changing treatments that are transforming health care and the visionaries behind them.
“This Is Breakthrough” proved successful, generating over 300 million impressions, 14 million completed video views, and more than 200,000 landing page sessions. But the campaign's results are by no means an accident. When executed well, purpose marketing is good for business.
The relationship that consumers have with brands is shifting. As people place more value on the causes they support, they will support brands that align with their values. This relationship means that brands are expected to use commerce to positively impact a social good that’s authentic and relevant to the brand.
Purpose matters because it shows customers that a brand is more than just their products, services, or campaigns; it reveals they care about something more significant than dollar signs.
According to a study by Deloitte Insights, consumers primarily make purchasing decisions based on how brands treat their people, how they treat the environment, and how they support the communities in which they operate . Purpose-driven brands experience higher market share gains and even grow on average three times quicker than their competitors , all while achieving higher employee and customer satisfaction levels.
In another study by communication firm Porter Novelli, researchers gave participants a series of purpose-driven attributes then asked what actions they’d take if a company had those qualities .
Purpose drives purchasing decisions. Think about it. If you had to pick between two types of toothpaste in the store and one had a label that read “10% of proceeds go toward funding cleft palate surgeries because everyone deserves a smile they love”, which toothpaste would you choose?
It’s no longer enough to make a product or provide a service. Acting on a greater purpose is the norm, and brands that struggle to adapt in a purpose-driven world will fall behind.
As we’re recovering from COVID, instead of asking “what can we make?” brands and businesses must ask, “what can we do — for our customers and communities?" We must ask ourselves as marketing professionals, “how can we provide the best value?” and “how can we elevate what’s possible?”