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Infographic: Should Your Brand Take A Stand?

  • Rob Patterson

A growing body of evidence reveals that consumer purchase decisions are linked to corporate values. Researchers found that 87% of consumers say they would purchase a product because a company advocated for an issue they care about, and more than three quarters would refuse to purchase a product if they found it supported an issue that was contrary to their beliefs. As brands are increasingly expected to take a position on social or political issues, they must be careful to choose positions and causes that authentically align with their practices, or risk being perceived as inauthentic.

 

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Here are four facts you need to know about the effect of corporate values on purchase behavior:

 

Business Leaders

64% of consumers say CEOs should take the lead on change rather than waiting for government to impose it

 

 

Reputation Matters

Consumers expect corporations to lead by engaging in responsible business practices and say businesses should:

  1. Be a good employer
  2. Operate in a way that protects and benefits society
  3. Invest in causes and local communities
  4. Stand up for important social justice issues

 

 

Hot Button Topics

Topics consumers say companies need to address or take a stand on

94% job/economic development

87% racial equality

84% women’s rights

81% cost of higher education

78% immigration

76% climate change

65% gun control

64% LGBTQ rights

 

 

Belief-Driven Buyers

Consumers are increasingly buying based on aligned values

67% bought a brand for the first time based on its position on a controversial issue

65% will not buy a brand because it stayed silent on an issue it had an obligation to address

60% say brands should make it easier for me to see what their values are when I am about to purchase

53% believe brands can do more to solve social ills than the government

46% think brands have better ideas for solving our country’s problems than government

 

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