Annual ‘Trailblazing Companies’ Rankings Shows Diverse Brands Increasing LGBT-Inclusive Marketing, PR, Advertising
Despite our changing times, America’s leading companies and brands are proudly remaining out and proud, with more companies including LGBTQ people and families in mainstream advertising and marketing than ever before.
Logo, the leading entertainment brand for the LGBTQ community, today released the second annual ‘Trailblazing Companies’ list, a ranking of companies and brands that have demonstrated a public commitment to LGBTQ people & issues through advertising, communications, and other public initiatives. The campaigns and marketing endeavors on the list showcase a range of personalities, stories and experiences within the LGBTQ community.
Hilton, Anheuser-Busch, Marriott, Google, and Apple were found to have the highest scores in categories that counted LGBTQ initiatives in the following objective, public-facing categories: LGBTQ-Inclusive Advertising, Digital Video & Social Media, Policy Support, Spokespersons & C-Suite Executives, Donations & Sponsorships, and Website Engagement. This year, examples of corporate support for the survivors, families and victims of the Orlando Pulse nightclub tragedy were also calculated in scoring.
According to Bob Witeck, President of Witeck Communications, LGBTQ consumers represent an estimated buying power of $971 billion. Previous Logo research also has found that 71 percent of LGBTQ consumers are more likely to support a brand after seeing an equality-themed ad, while 71 percent were more likely to purchase from a company that actively supports and contributes to LGBTQ charities/causes.
Logo’s ‘Trailblazing Companies’ list was created through extensive research conducted in partnership with Witeck Communications, a strategic communications firm with special expertise in LGBTQ communications. Logo started with a pool of close to 200 consumer-facing companies that earned 100% scores for their internal LGBTQ policies on the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index. Each company was then evaluated based on the seven objective categories that demonstrate each company’s support of the LGBT community in the public sphere. Companies were awarded points based on their performance in each of these areas.
“Each of these companies is delivering a message of inclusion, diversity and equality that is needed now more than ever,” said Pamela Post, SVP of Programming for Logo. “While we are incredibly proud to recognize these 25 trailblazing companies who are raising the bar higher than just their bottom line, the ultimate goal is to one day reach a time when a list like this is no longer necessary.”
Bob Witeck also adds that, “the resonance of LGBTQ attitudes in the marketplace has made a sea of change in how brands express their values, connect innovatively with diverse households, and grow market share. This new study is an encouraging roadmap of trends and opportunities for all brands aiming to step up their competition.”
Logo’s Top 25 Trailblazing Companies (in ranking order):
2. Anheuser Busch
3. Marriott International
8. American Express Co.
11. AT&T Inc.
11. Wells Fargo
14. Nissan North America
16. PNC Financial
16. Bank of America Corp.
18. Diageo North America
18. E&J Gallo Winery
20. American Airlines
23. Intel Corp.
23. Toyota Motor
25. Alaska Air Group
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