04. 09. 2021
Are you running a business that you're trying to change into more than just a business, but rather into a brand that puts the community first? The solution is CSI marketing efforts. This won't only make you stand out amongst your competitors, but will also show your consumers that you care. Here's more.
Are you looking to build more than just a brand? Would you like to build a recognisable big name brand thats committed to putting people and communities first? If youd like to build a brand with a difference, a brand that cares, does good and gives back, then CSI marketing efforts is the answer for you.
In this guide, we break down what CSI marketing is, how its valuable to you and most importantly, how you can grow your brand to be bigger and better than your competitors while showing that you care.
What is CSI marketing?
Corporate Social Investment originated from philanthropy when the value it added to the reputation of the organisation was recognised and somewhat admired. CSI is the initiative undertaken by your company that is not profit driven and usually external to your usual business activities. It utilises your companys resources, your staffs time and skillsets to help uplift communities. Its aim is to provide communities in need with what they require for the greater good.
For example, a company may decide to donate food to a charity that provides shelter to abused women or rally up their staff to paint the walls of an orphanage home. Too often, we see brands partake in these CSI initiatives specifically around Mandela Day as a once off effort to tick the box and utilise social media to showcase their efforts, but we are here to show you how you can capitalise off social efforts, not only once a year, but also how you can tie this into your business and marketing efforts as an ongoing strategy.
Youre probably wondering, Why? Whats in it for me and my brand?
So, heres whats in it for you:
Well, essentially the core value for your business to get involved in CSI efforts is part of your brand building and positioning efforts. By positioning yourself as a mega brand that cares and does good for society, youre creating a brand thats more than just who you are and what you do, its a brand your consumers want to be associated with. Here are some more key benefits:
Who is doing it well?
Doing good through cause marketing efforts that align with your business can certainly be part of your brand positioning, making you different. Here are some prime examples of big brands doing their part and doing it well:
CellC- Take A Girl Child To Work Day
CellC is invested in and involved with a variety of different CSI initiatives specifically within the education space. Their efforts in rectifying the gender divide gap has brought about the CellC Take A Girl Child To Work Day and further resulted in the #MoreThanADay initiative- an initiative that has made CellCgirl possible. CellCgirl is a digital platform created specifically for young women and girls, to give them tips and resources that make different stages of their lives - like high school, varsity, the working world and entrepreneurship - a little bit easier.
KFC- Add Hope food for hunger
Through Add Hope, KFC brings together big businesses, ordinary citizens and civil society to address one of the most pressing challenges of our time - childhood hunger. Through Add Hope, KFC donations and the R2s collected from their customers through their restaurants, people have the power to make all the difference. All proceeds raised through Add Hope go directly to non-profit organisations (NPOs), who use this money to provide children in need with the vital nutrition they need to break this cycle. By directly getting customers involved in this initiative, they feel like theyre making a difference and giving back to the community.
At Arc Interactive, were passionate about helping businesses and big brands develop their brands through a greater cause and aiding them to position themselves well in the minds of their consumers and employees. To find out more, visit our website or e-mail us on firstname.lastname@example.org . Weve been in the business of making a difference and #MakingBrandsMeaningful for years. To take advantage of our expertise in this field, get in touch with us.
Keep a lookout for the second guide that puts the practice of CSI efforts into place, specifically from a digital perspective and how to ensure that you meet your business and marketing objectives while choosing a cause thats aligned with your brand. Be on the lookout for the second guide on our social media channels on Facebook, Twitter or on Instagram.