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discussion 1 and 2

 Discussion 1

As a means of demonstrating their social responsibility, many companies engage in cause or green marketing efforts; however, such efforts can backfire. In recent years, the terms greenwashing and cause washing have emerged to refer to marketing efforts that capitalize on the goodwill associated with environmental or charitable causes but reflect minimal commitment.

Guided Response:
In this interactivity, you’ll read about Diesel company’s “Diesel Global Warming Ready” campaign and also the cause washing phenomena. Then you’re going to decide if you judge this to be green marketing or greenwashing and how it impacts your likelihood to purchase from this brand.

  • Learn about the ‘Diesel Global Warming Ready’ campaign.
    • Diesel (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site., the Italian clothing manufacturer, has been raising the heat with a provocative advertising campaign, “Global Warming Ready”, launched at the end of January. A series of newspaper, magazine and billboard advertisements shows models posing in Diesel clothing in a world affected by raised water levels and temperatures. To learn more, read this article: (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.

  • Was this a corporation putting their environmental principles ahead of their financial goals? Or was this just a brilliant way to grab headlines and sell their brand? Or was it both?
  • Learn more about values-based shopping (and cause washing).
    • Read this Forbes contributor article: “Truthiness and Consequences…” (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.
  • Share your opinion on the Diesel campaign with a forum post that answers the following questions:
    • Do you judge this campaign to be more green marketing or greenwashing? Why?
  • Would this campaign make you more or less likely to buy from Diesel brand. Why?
  • Respond to three of your classmates.
    • Find at least one person who has a different opinion than you on one of the questions and attempt to convince that person of your position.

Discussion 2 


Let’s be honest, the “art” side of marketing gets most of the press. Everybody likes to talk about that cool new ad they recently saw; however, this is not true when it comes to big data and the advanced analytics being used to evaluate marketing effectiveness and drive marketing planning. In other words, nobody is writing TV shows about a couple of quirky marketing data scientists.

So in this interactivity, we’re going to give marketing analytics its fifteen minutes of fame. Then, we want your take on whether marketing is more art or science and which side appeals more to you.

Guided Response:

  • Learn more about big data, marketing analytics, and successful integration
    • Read the Forbes article “Marketing Analytics Cheat Sheet for CEOs (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..”
    • If you want to go deeper on the analytics discussed, peruse the optional Harvard Business Review article “Advertising Analytics 2.0 (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..”
  • Post to the forum below, answering the following questions:
    • Based on everything you’ve learned in this course thus far, do you think marketing is more art than science, or vice versa? Defend your point of view.
    • Does the art or science side of marketing appeal more to you? Why?
  • No peer response required; check out the Forbes School of Business and Technology’s Marketing club and become a member! You will have an opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest topics and trends in marketing with a fellow marketer. Plus, we have quarterly guest speakers from the industry, so you do not want to miss the chance of listening to a marketing expert for free!
    • Spend the extra time working on your Marketing Plan Final Paper.

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