Brands like Patagonia boycott Facebook

Brands Boycott Facebook

Facebook has been facing a backlash over their apparent money-making activities surrounding fake news garnering high-traffic views based on misinformation and falsehoods, all culminating in a lot of 'news' and posts surrounding George Floyds death and American Police Brutality and Racism.

Brands that Boycott Facebook

But high-profile brands such as Patagonia, Ford, Diageo, Unilever, Starbucks and Adidas boycotting Facebook and its advertising platform to try and push the Social Media giant into doing more to filter and eliminate fake news.

Facebook has been actively trying to use tech to eliminate hate speech on its platform and has been embroiled in many a controversy involving fake news and businesses such as Cambridge Analytica using Facebook to help sway political votes in many countries.

But, this move by some of the worlds largest brands may be the incentive that Facebook needs to really look at this problem in more detail.

Facebook has long swerved the conversation about being a media broadcaster, always dodging that bullet and the responsibilities that come with being a media outlet.

Brands Doing Good

Patagonia are a brand that we have always respected, for its commitment to its people and the planet, as well as their pro-active campaigns around regenerative farming and this move, plays perfectly into their policy of being a good role model – but are some of these other brands using this as a positive PR exercise?

Possibly, but the worlds prominent brands now have the power to take it directly to Facebook (and other Social Media platforms), to ensure that their brands, their value, their message is not tainted by the negative aspects of Facebook.

How will Zuckerberg et al play this one?

blockchain and smart contracts in Marketing

Marketing and the blockchain. Smart Contracts

Hand on heart. Do you trust your marketing or advertising agency? Do you doubt the value? Are they thinking bigger picture when it comes to your brand, your marketing message, your future business development?

In an age of ever-growing mistrust in vast swathes of our interactions with banks, the media, government and the advertising and marketing industries – how can we feel more confident in these institutions and what they offer us? In our personal lives and business.

My money is on the blockchain.


The blockchain is a digital ledger (basically, one large spreadsheet) that records transactions or interactions between two parties. The transactions get recorded and saved on numerous computers on the Blockchain network. Meaning no one central body, individual or organisation ‘owns’ the data.

It has been decentralised.

The data is then open to be viewed publicly by members of the network and can be almost 100% proven to be accurate and unhackable due to the nature of the Blockchain – if someone or something tried to change a single transaction in the chain, it throws all other transactions out of kilter.

Smart contracts allow the performance of credible transactions without third parties. These transactions are trackable and irreversible.[1]  Smart contracts were first proposed by Nick Szabo, who coined the term, in 1994.

How will this translate to more transparency in the advertising and marketing world though?

Imagine a world, where the agency you are working with discloses on the blockchain the subcontractors they used on your project. What they paid them. How many hours it took to create your website. Even, what their mark up is.

A world where the transactions made on your behalf when purchasing such things like AdWords, Facebook Ads, Media buying are all recorded, with a trail that fully discloses the costs, right through the real live data – of what that spend generated for your business.

Blockchain also has the power to protect copyright for agencies and creators – and ensures individuals and businesses are not the victims of plagiarism. There’s nothing worse than buying or paying over the odds for creative or professional consultation that has been copied and pasted from another source.

This data has the power to build real trust with your advertising, marketing or media buying agency – creating deeper business relationships that can scale and become sustainable for both parties. Client and agency.

‘Smart Contracts’ – “A smart contract is a computer protocol intended to digitally facilitate, verify, or enforce the negotiation or performance of a contract. Smart contracts allow the performance of credible transactions without third parties. These transactions are trackable and irreversible.”

These ‘Smart Contracts’ set up between agencies and businesses can create the ability to be paid, only when both parties are happy with the outcome.

Will these industries succumb to this newfound honesty? It will and already is.

Truth is a media buying agency embracing Blockchain technology, giving them the competitive edge over other media buyers who are struggling to keep up. By adopting blockchain technology, this alone has become a prime marketing campaign for them. They are a business with their finger firmly ‘on the pulse’, leading the way with this technology in their field.

Truth Agency

Bounties Network, backed by Venture Capital and Ethereum Development firm Consensys is a platform where individuals or businesses can outsource specific tasks – Programming, design, marketing consultation – and pay the freelance resource directly.

No commission or transaction fees. Possibly the end of UpWork and Fiverr? Too soon to call, but overall the blockchain and smart contracts need more time to mature and grow in overall usage.

The marketing revolution has started. Fuelled by blockchain, it needs time and the bravery of existing and new marketing and advertising agency owners to come around to the idea – but I think its inevitable.

In the meantime, what can you do to command more transparency from your advertising or marketing agency?

Moreover, how could you use blockchain technology in your own business to get ahead and build trust with your customers?

If you like this post, why not subscribe to my newsletter – DAMM, Design and Marketing Matters. A monthly email newsletter with marketing tips, news and discussion.

Photo by Mike Alonzo on Unsplash

Finisterre B Corporation Status

It's good to Be Good. B Corporation status for Finisterre

Finisterre is a UK based Surf clothing brand, based in Cornwall. A brand I have followed and admired for their commitment to quality sourced materials for their well designed and durable garments, commitment to their people and the people creating their products and their appreciation of the natural environment.

So it was good to see that Finisterre has voluntarily committed to the B Corporation certification and passed with flying colours. B Corporation status is like having a shiny badge pinned to your merino jumper, that openly communicates with the world that you’re an all-round good egg.

Finisterre B Corporation Status
Finisterre B Corporation Status

In the words of Tom Kay (Finisterre Founder)

“…committed to using business as a force for good. To become B Corp certified, we have morally and legally committed to prioritising responsibility to the environment and society as well as all stakeholders, from our staff to the people that make our products. Together with a global community of likeminded B Corporations and with the support of our customers, we have the power to make a real difference”.

A force for good

A growing number of brands are striving to set themselves apart from others – by either going through the B Corporation certification process or having credible Social Responsibility Policies that ensure commercial entities can be a real force for good.

Ethically minded buying is also a growing market, with consumers worldwide seeking out those brands that they know are using their money to do good. It helps consumers communicate a message that the clothing they wear, the food they eat has been considered – to reflect their own ethics and morals.

And the B Corporation certification means those that are compliant have to set out a code of conduct that voluntarily holds themselves to higher levels of transparency. This ensures accountability from their customers.

Greater levels of transparency in business are increasingly becoming the norm. Accountability and honesty for brands will be driven by voluntary schemes such as B Corporation, and I would envisage through digital technologies such as Blockchain (specifically Ethereum) that will be a digital ledger of all transactions and contracts a business undertakes – visible in the public domain.

How transparent is your brand? Your values, your social responsibility policy?

What badge are you wearing on your fine Merino sweater?

Finisterre B Corporation Status

Third Industrial Revolution

The Third Industrial Revolution & The Smart Economy

Jeremy Rifkin is an American Economist & Social Theorist.

The Chinese Government and the European Union have taken his advice to help grow their economies through creating a 'Smart Economy', using renewables, technology and internet of things to drastically reduce the cost of creating energy, logistics and communicating.

Vice Impact have put together a documentary, presented by Jeremy himself – where he runs through his vision for the future economy, why non-profits and co-operatives are bucking the trend of a global slow down and why productivity is falling massively around the world on a biblical scale.

It's a gripping documentary based on Jeremys book of the same title, that puts the focus firmly on America woefully lagging behind in this exciting Third Industrial Revolution. And how China and the European Union are placing themselves firmly at the forefront.

Photo by Patrick Hendry on Unsplash

Marketing Transparency

Transparency in Marketing

I often think about how the Marketing industry will be disrupted in the future, and what marketing businesses are potentially ripe to disrupt.

Read more

Tesla Roof Files

Tesla Solar Roof Tiles

This week, Clare and I have been discussing roofing and roofing tiles. Not the most riveting topic I'm sure you will agree.

Read more