In this episode, Paul sits down with Rob Volpe, CEO of Ignite 360 and author of “Tell Me More About That: Solving the Empathy Crisis One Conversation at a Time”.
Paul and Rob discuss the impact of empathy in marketing. Rob demystifies empathy and reminds us of the enormous influence it can have in all aspects of marketing. It is something that we frequently overlook, from marketing teams to campaigns. There have been several disasters in the industry, such as the Kendall Jenner x Pepsi campaign, but also some winners, such as United Airlines’ current empathetic campaign.
If we stop talking about data for a moment, there is huge gap in marketing for empathy. Rob gets Paul to reflect on his own definition of empathy and how this makes him a better leader. Rob discusses why so many leaders struggle with or avoid empathy, as well as how this harms organisations. There are many studies that prove the value of empathy when driving innovation as people feel important and safe. When it comes to brand and team transformations, empathy plays a huge part in success.
Empathy is required for collaboration, communication, decision-making, and negotiation. All of these abilities are required not only to become a better marketer, but also to become a better contributor, partner, employee, and other positions in life.
A great listen for everyone and every marketer!