With increasing societal challenges, people are demanding decisive social action from brands now, more than ever – but this could come at a cost. Canvas8 spoke to Dr. Sourjo Mukherjee, a marketing professor at Audencia Business School, to find out how brands can court controversy without contention.
Sourjo Mukherjee's teaching and research focus on understanding consumer behaviour in the marketplace. His primary areas of expertise are brand activism, consumer morality, and the effect of new media and technologies on consumer behaviour. His article on brand activism is on the list of the most downloaded and most cited work published in the International Journal of Research in Marketing. Dr Mukherjee has worked in France and India and is currently collaborating on projects with experts from the UK, US, and Singapore. He is passionate about making evidence-based insights from academic research accessible to a broader audience.
Makua Adimora is a behavioural analyst at Canvas8. After completing a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering, she shifted her focus to culture journalism. With a keen interest in music and culture, she has written for the likes of Vogue, Dazed, The Washington Post, and Al Jazeera, among others. In her spare time, she can be found overspending at Superdrug or writing about the new-school hip hop scene in Nigeria.
With people demanding their voices be heard more than ever before, taking a moral stance on all sorts of things is the new normal. Canvas8 spoke to Dr. Jillian Jordan, postdoctoral fellow at the Kellogg School of Management, to find out how brands can appeal to our desire to be morally good.
We all have our favourite brand, the one we support unswervingly or whose products we buy no matter the price. So what do you do when they slip up – whether it’s a campaign or a corporate move that goes against what you believe? What will it take for you to forgive them?
People have high expectations of brands, with one bad experience enough for some to make a switch. But research suggests that a tactful apology can win back business. Canvas8 spoke to Dr. Subimal Chatterjee about how different ways of saying ‘sorry’ can inspire forgiveness in particular mindsets.
In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement being reignited by the death of George Floyd, brands are taking to social media to express solidarity and support. But as people expect increased transparency and accountability from companies, they are being asked to ‘pull up or shut up’.