Cause Marketing

Today, all businesses must express their humanity and values in authentic and emotionally compelling ways to reach their guests, employees, partners, communities and other stakeholders.

SHG is recognized for its work on behalf of clients in creating and implementing substantive cause initiatives.

We work extensively with corporations and leading nonprofit organizations on the national, regional or local levels to develop transformational business and social impact.

We are leaders in establishing such relationships and expertise.

Relationships SHG has helped clients establish include:

  • The Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • The North Carolina Children’s Home Society
  • The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation
  • The Children’s Miracle Network
  • Dozens of other local, regional and national charities.

SHG defines Cause Branding as a business strategy that helps an organization stand for a focused social issue(s) aligned with its business to gain significant bottom-line and social impacts while making an emotional and relevant connection with stakeholders. Effective cause branding improves your reputation, enhances guest loyalty, builds employee morale and solidifies relationships with key stakeholders. Businesses today are embracing a new set of issues to support based upon where they can have the greatest and most sustainable impact. We believe more and more businesss will embrace socially-aligned business initiatives. These are long-term, multidimensional strategies in which a business commits to a key issue not only to drive social change, but also because the issue they stand for aligns with their business objectives and values.

So, what do you stand for?

More than two-thirds of Americans say they consider a company’s business practices when deciding what to buy, according to the 2007 Cone Cause Evolution Survey. The latest study in Cone’s 14 years of Cause Branding and corporate responsibility research indicates an evolution in consumer thinking about the ways businesses interact with society.

Operators who want to connect their values with community efforts can look at the latest findings of an 11-year research poll for a solution. The 2004 Cone Corporate Citizenship Study shows that eight in 10 Americans say that corporate support of causes wins their trust in that company, a 21 percent increase since 1997.

How We Can Helphelp

At its heart, business development is all about figuring out how fundamental forces can be combined together to create opportunities for growth.

I’ve spent the best part of 33+ years building successful hospitality businesses. But I’m never surprised at the failure rates for our industries: 24% of you will go out of business in your first year – 76% by year three.

Why? It all boils down to this: The operator did not know what he didn’t know. And it killed his business.

We have spent decades successfully honing our abilities and experience to understand how to create/build/manage/lead great hospitality businesses. We can help you design, finance, build, staff, train, create, market, and duplicate a successful hospitality business.

Our intense, professional programs can make a tremendous impact on your business by focusing on the fundamentals:

  • Perspective – Build your vision into a long-term success from the beginning.
  • People – Attract, hire, grow and retain world-class talent.
  • Performance –  Systems and process design and implementation.
  • Products  – Create the best tactics to use in rounding out your businesses sales potential.
  • Profits – Build sales and profits through a focus on creating steady long-term success. Create a more profitable and effective brand presence in the eyes, minds and hearts (and wallets) of your community.

Where does your opportunity lie?