ESMA was founded with the aim to connect social marketing people, research and practice at the European level.

By creating a community where people practicing and researching social marketing in Europe can connect with other colleagues to share experiences, knowledge, findings, methods, and practices ESMA endeavours to contribute to the development, evidence base and promotion of the social marketing discipline in Europe. ESMA aims:
  • to establish a community of Social Marketers in Europe
  • to enhance and facilitate knowledge and experience exchange in the different fields of social and behaviour change
  • to promote the use of social marketing as an approach to social change in Europe

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    Dr. Carol Bryant’s career of improving lives through social marketing

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    From founding social marketing as a focus area at USF to spearheading a seminal program promoting breastfeeding among the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) clients, Dr. Carol Bryant has dedicated more than 30 years to a career focused on improving lives. Carol Bryant, Distinguished University Health Professor in the USF College of Public Health’s Department of Community and Family Health and former director of the Florida Prevention Research Center—a centre she played a vital role...
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    Social marketing and vaccination acceptance

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    Suzanne Suggs, Doug Evans and Clarissa Hsu held a session on “Social marketing and vaccination acceptance: Understanding and addressing determinants of behaviours and mechanisms of change in context” at the annual Vaccination behaviour meeting in Annecy, France 25-27 September 2017. This year’s theme was “Vaccine Acceptance Science, Policy, and Practice in a “Post-Fact” World” and was attended by participants from across the world and sectors (industry, government, NGOs, and academia). The WHO Sage Working group on Vaccination Hesitancy suggested that...
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    Special Issue of Journal of Social Marketing

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    The latest special Issue of Journal of Social Marketing is dedicated to a critique of social marketing’s approaches to address social change agendas. The articles published in this issue provoke us to explore the role and power of social marketing in addressing complex social problems and the multiplicity of stakeholders. Hoek (2017) provides a timely reflection on the role that corporations can play in public health and some of the dilemmas of corporate involvement in pursuing social good. Polonsky (2017)...
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    Opportunity to share your view on the ethical dilemmas of social marketing

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    Please help us understand more about the ethical dilemmas and challenges facing social marketers. This project is a response to concerns regarding the lack of Codes of Ethics for social marketing and related fields such as health promotion. While several organisations have developed codes and ethical standards, they have yet to be endorsed by global social marketing and health promotion communities. Research is needed to determine the nature of ethical dilemmas faced by practitioners, and their preferences for additional resources...

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