Have you ever heard experts suggest you market authentically? Or use your authentic voice? Or perhaps show your Authentic Self?
What the hell does all of this even mean?
The word “authenticity” gets thrown around like some kind of marketing buzz word, which always bothered me because being authentic is not a trend that will flitter away in a few months. Furthermore, we (as marketing experts) need to do a better job explaining the connection between marketing and authenticity. I’ll be honest, though: I wasn’t really sure how to explain the connection between authenticity and marketing – at least not in terms that show the brevity of this connection.
Then I read a book by Brene’ Brown.
In her book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You are, Brene’ (yes, we are on a first-name basis) devotes a whole chapter to authenticity. Continue reading