Archive for the Corporate Social Responsibility Category

We’re Not Here to Do “PR”

May 16

If you visit our office at Ogilvy Washington, you’ll encounter a group of professionals who aren’t here to “do PR.” You’ll find people who are passionate. Some are passionate about preventing cancer, some about creating a healthier America for our youth, some about protecting the environment or preparing people to deal with disaster. But the […]

Brand Activism: Fumble or Touchdown?

Feb 10

There’s been a lot of discussion in the past few days about this year’s Super Bowl ads. Many have been cheering on the brands that are taking a stand on issues, while others have criticized companies for their points of view or for not being authentic. From the emotional, riveting story told by 84 Lumber, […]

ColorComm 2016 – Inspiring and Enlightening Time with Women of Color in Communications

Aug 05

Public relations agencies have increasingly been under scrutiny for their lack of racial, ethnic, and gender diversity at senior management levels. Women of color grapple with these issues on a daily basis—highlighting the reality that all communications professionals must play a role in addressing this problem. To better understand these dynamics, several members of the […]

Authenticity: An Imperative of Successful CSR

May 21

Authenticity is such a buzz word in PR. We use it all the time: our channels must be authentic — i.e. use earned media and integrated content, vs. paid placements – so our audiences are less skeptical of the content being communicated; we must use authentic voice when talking with our audiences, so they trust […]

Re-fashioning how we shop

Apr 03

On March 25, 2015 The Atlantic published “The Neurological Pleasures of Fast Fashion,” which illustrated how clothes shopping has transformed into a “widespread pastime, a powerfully pleasurable and sometimes addictive activity.” Not only has shopping become a recreational activity (one that I, too, enjoy), research now shows that the brain literally lights up when it […]

(Re) Introducing Social Change

Mar 27

For many years, Ogilvy Public Relations has used the term “social marketing practice” to refer to our team of experts in human behavior who are dedicated to helping people live healthier, safer, more secure, and happier lives. Now, we are Ogilvy Social Change. Why? In all honestly, it’s partly because I became exhausted by the […]

2015: Our Year of Responsibility

Feb 24

As we move into 2015, I can’t help but reflect on the complexity and enormity of the issues we bring with us from 2014. More than 210,000 have now died in the ongoing conflict in Syria, more than 9,000 have died from Ebola in West Africa, and climate change continues to bring unpredictable damaging weather […]

Private Sector Engagement in Social Marketing – The Courageous Path Forward

Apr 26

One of the debates this week during the World Social Marketing Conference in Toronto, Canada that stood out the most to me was the conversation around the need for the private sector to play a role in social change and the challenge presented to scientists, advocates, and the business community to work together to successfully […]

OgilvyConnect – Session 2: Developing a Communications Plan

Oct 12

On Thursday, October 11, Ogilvy Washington held the second session of this year’s OgilvyConnect, a four session communications training program for nonprofits that serve the National Capital Region. Building from the previous session, the group learned how to develop a communications plan using Ogilvy’s Blueprint Strategy framework based on their organization’s communications goals and objectives. Presentations […]

Ogilvy Washington Welcomes OgilvyConnect 2012 Participants

Sep 11

On Thursday, September 13, Ogilvy Washington will launch its second year of OgilvyConnect, a four session communications training program for nonprofits that serve the National Capital Region.  We are delighted to announce and welcome the following organizations as participants: ACT for Alexandria, a community foundation that seeks to raise the level and effectiveness of community […]