It’s nearly October and soon we’ll be seeing pumpkins, falling leaves, and pink ribbons everywhere. October used to be dedicated to fall and Halloween but has now become the season in which every company tries to “out pink” each other in an effort to capitalize on Breast Cancer Awareness month.
Yes, awareness months are important. No, not every company should plaster pink ribbons on all their marketing pieces. Or have them dangling as necklaces on their company logo.
Please, take the time to Think Before You Pink. There is a website dedicated to this because the practice has become so blatant. It is a project of Breast Cancer Action and was “launched in 2002 in response to the growing concern about the overwhelming number of pink ribbon products and promotions on the market.”
If your company is considering partnering with any charitable organization to build awareness about an important health or community issue, consider the following:
Good, solid community relations programs are an important way to reinforce your brand, keep employees engaged, give back to society, and really help others. If you need help identifying an authentic cause, find a public relations professional who understands your organization and local community to give you advice. And, think before you pink … or gold … or green!