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Inclusive marketing – Standing together for tolerance, diversity and freedom


In today’s world of diversity and inclusion, inclusive marketing plays a crucial role in making brands and companies authentic and relevant. It’s not just about selling products, but also about connecting with a broader target audience that has different backgrounds, identities and needs. Inclusive marketing relies on the power of diversity and creates a stage where everyone has a voice. Diversity has many aspects beyond gender and skin color, which is why the right use of inclusive marketing can have a huge impact!

The importance of inclusive marketing

Inclusive marketing means making a conscious effort to represent all people, regardless of gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, or physical ability. It goes beyond the simple inclusion of diversity and is committed to ensuring that people can see themselves reflected in a company’s marketing campaigns, for example. Through authentic representations, inclusive marketing creates a bond between the brand and its target group, as it helps people feel understood and respected.

Authenticity is the key

Authenticity is key to the success of inclusive marketing. It’s not just about representing different groups, but also about doing so in a meaningful way. Consumers today are very sensitive to staging, and they easily recognize when a brand is trying to profit from a trend without any real conviction behind it.

Companies should therefore aim to tell real stories and feature authentic people. One example of this is to include influencers or thought leaders to represent the diversity of the company. Authenticity creates trust, and trust strengthens brand loyalty.

Accessibility as a basic principle

Inclusive marketing goes beyond visual representation and considers the accessibility of content. Accessibility is a fundamental principle that ensures that people with different abilities and needs can understand and use marketing content. This includes aspects such as the use of accessible fonts, image descriptions for visual content and the provision of subtitles in videos.

The way forward

To be successful in inclusive marketing, companies need to continuously develop and learn. This means keeping up a dialog with the target group, taking feedback seriously and constantly looking for ways to improve inclusion. The way forward also involves an internal commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in the corporate culture to ensure that these values are practiced in all areas of the brand.

Inclusive marketing is not just a short-term strategy, but a long-term process that requires change both inside and outside the company. If brands follow this path consistently, they can not only expand their reach, but also promote positive change in society. Inclusive marketing is not only good for business and aimed at profit but should and must focus on the desire for a better world for ALL!

We at HBI are also making a clear statement for ALL with our campaign “Tolerance, diversity, freedom – we stand for an open society!”. Through strong statements with clear messages, our employees are currently expressing the values that our agency stands for and will always stand for – because it’s important in turbulent times to stand up and take a stand for important values! We stand for an open society.


About the author

Elena Sauter

Junior Communication Consultant at HBI Communication Helga Bailey GmbH

Elena Sauter has been supporting HBI in the areas of PR and marketing since 2022. As a Junior Communication Consultant, her responsibilities include the creation of professional articles & the conceptualization of social media postings. Furthermore, Elena is involved in directly assisting our client work.



Image source: own illustration.

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