Future Proof: What is authentic marketing?

Larry Weber, author and Chairman and CEO of Racepoint Global, explains what moral purpose means for brands – and why they should embrace it.
19 October 2020
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J Walker Smith
Walker Smith

Knowledge Lead, North America

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“Purpose” is discussed a fair bit in marketing circles, but Larry Weber – founder of Weber Shandwick and more recently communications agency Racepoint Global, and author of six books on marketing – has something new to say. In this episode, and in his latest book Authentic Marketing: How to Capture Hearts and Minds Through the Power of Purpose, Larry covers the connection between corporate and moral purpose, the meaning of ‘authentic marketing’, and the role of technology and innovation in bringing purpose to life.

Larry argues that moral purpose sits at the intersection of corporate mission (which should be a verb, not a noun); customer engagement programmes (a better way to think about ‘marketing’); and the technology you use as a business. Touching on measuring purpose, the responsibilities of social media platforms and advertisers, and the evolution of computing, Larry illustrates a vision of authentic marketing based around action – storydoing not storytelling.

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