The 4th European Social Marketing Conference will be taking place in Antwerp, Belgium on 6th and 7th of September 2018, with pre-workshops taking place on the 5th. We're extremely excited to host the conference at such vibrant and diverse European city. The City of Antwerp authority have kindly given their support to the conference, and below Milan Rutten head of Marketing Strategy extends his welcome to the upcoming conference delegation. "As the second largest city in Belgium, Antwerp tackles huge challenges. With more than half a million inhabitants, the second largest port in Europe and 174 nationalities Antwerp is a dynamic [...]
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From founding social marketing as a focus area at USF to spearheading a seminal program promoting breastfeeding among the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clients, Dr. Carol Bryant has dedicated more than 30 years to a career focused on improving lives. Carol Bryant, Distinguished University Health Professor in the USF College of Public Health’s Department of Community and Family Health and former director of the Florida Prevention Research Center—a centre she played a vital role in establishing—retired in August with emeritus professor status. "It’s a little scary after working so hard for so long and being [...]
Suzanne Suggs, Doug Evans and Clarissa Hsu held a session on “Social marketing and vaccination acceptance: Understanding and addressing determinants of behaviours and mechanisms of change in context” at the annual Vaccination behaviour meeting in Annecy, France 25-27 September 2017. This year’s theme was “Vaccine Acceptance Science, Policy, and Practice in a “Post-Fact” World” and was attended by participants from across the world and sectors (industry, government, NGOs, and academia). The WHO Sage Working group on Vaccination Hesitancy suggested that social marketing be used to address vaccination hesitancy. This recommendation, combined with various policies, practices and research evidence on the outcomes [...]
The latest special Issue of Journal of Social Marketing is dedicated to a critique of social marketing's approaches to address social change agendas. The articles published in this issue provoke us to explore the role and power of social marketing in addressing complex social problems and the multiplicity of stakeholders. Hoek (2017) provides a timely reflection on the role that corporations can play in public health and some of the dilemmas of corporate involvement in pursuing social good. Polonsky (2017) joins this conversation with a commentary on the power of corporations to drive social change. Wymer (2017) presents a theoretical model for [...]
Please help us understand more about the ethical dilemmas and challenges facing social marketers. This project is a response to concerns regarding the lack of Codes of Ethics for social marketing and related fields such as health promotion. While several organisations have developed codes and ethical standards, they have yet to be endorsed by global social marketing and health promotion communities. Research is needed to determine the nature of ethical dilemmas faced by practitioners, and their preferences for additional resources and formal or informal support systems. Please help to move this issue forward by taking part in this short 5 minutes [...]
ESMA is pleased to announce that the Social Marketing Concepts and Principle paper that we have contributed to alongside other global social marketing associations has now been endorsed by all existing professional associations. This paper is a significant mile-stone in the development of consensus around the nature, form and purpose of social marketing. A working group made up of several ESMA members and members of other associations chaired by Professor Jeff French spent two and a half years developing this new consensus paper on what constitute the core concepts of social marketing and its central principle. The paper was commissioned to [...]
World Health Organisation: Development of a draft global action plan to promote physical activity Aiming to develop a draft global action plan to promote physical activity, the WHO Secretariat is hosting an open web-based consultation on a first draft from 1 August 2017 to 22 September 2017. Member States, UN organizations and non-State actors are invited to submit their comments. This is a great opportunity for reflection on how social marketing can help to promote physical activity. Social marketers working in this area are invited to share their lessons and suggest ways forward for a global action plan to promote physical [...]
The 5th World Social Marketing Conference assembled 500 scholars, practitioners and policy makers in Washington to explore, discuss and debate social marketing challenges and solutions to the world’s most complex dilemmas, including, but not limited to, sustainability, health and well-being, poverty, violence against women, injustice, and other societal concerns. Participants were invited to submit competitive papers, working papers, or proposals for workshops and special sessions. The Conference was intense showcasing fascinating applications of social marketing and multiple perspectives on behaviour and social change. The programme included 6 keynote sessions, 12 panels, 10 workshops/interactive sessions, 106 papers presentations and 39 posters displayed. [...]
The International Social Marketing Conference (ISMC) aims to bring together social change agents from across Australia to share the latest tools & approaches to changing behaviours for societal wellbeing. Learn new insights from industry experts, grow your network & explore emerging technologies. The theme for the conference in 2018 is "Broadening Cultural Horizons in Social Marketing" and the conference will be held from the 15-16 July 2018 in Singapore, with a Doctoral Colloquium on the 17th of July. ISMC 2018 will have a specific emphasis on cross cultural perspectives and delegates will be encouraged to present case studies that highlight the [...]
The Agents of Change Summit unifies and expands the community of professionals using marketing and technology to change people’s health behaviours for social good. In 2018, the Agents of Change Summit returns to San Diego with new research, case studies, technologies, and insights to help you change health behaviors in your community. #AOCS18 aims to equip professionals with evidence-based strategies proven to cause change and the technological tools to effectively drive health behaviours. Find out more on the event's website