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Sep 7, 2016

Joining this episode is Aria Finger, the CEO of and president of TMI strategies, the in-house, agency and consulting arm of this non-profit.  The organization is aimed at getting young people engaged.  They reach over 5 million members in 130 countries who are interested in social change and tackle volunteer campaigns that impact any cause imaginable.  You can see their latest video campaign and get involved at  Aria chats with CJ about their efforts and why non-profits are often more creative than their competition. 

Aug 24, 2016

Yoobi is based on the simple idea; providing colorful and vibrant supplies to schools and offices while also giving back.  Yoobi means “One for you, one for me.” So for every Yoobi item purchased, the company contributes an item to a classroom in need through the United States.  Their founder and CEO Ido Leffler joins IMMINENT Digital’s CJ Follini to discuss the companies core focus, as well their partnerships with Starlight Children’s Foundation and Kids in Need Foundation, and collaborations with big name talents like Usher, Pharrell Williams, and Jonni Cheatwood. 

Learn more or your school supplies this year at

Follow this year’s campaign at #YoobiXIAmOther

Jun 29, 2016

CJ is excited to be speaking with Gregory Hadden, Executive Creative Director of Motive: A Project Worldwide Agency, about their new documentary web series, ‘Spotlight California.’   The series highlights the drought consequences in California resulting from climate change.  Gregory talks about the origin of this campaign, what they hoped to accomplish, and the true role of documentary filmmakers.  You can learn more about the campaign and see a trailer at

Jun 21, 2016

Rocco Pallatto, Director of Development at the Ad Council, talks about the history and mission of the Ad Council, which dates back to 1942.   Rocco also discusses one of the most engaging social impact campaigns ever, the Ad Council’s ‘Love Has No Label’ video campaign, which is aimed at promoting diversity and inclusion.  It has brought together several big name brands to fund this effort to remind the world that people are just people.

Jun 14, 2016

This week CJ Follini chats with Daniella Campari, Sr. Vice President and Head of Marketing for the American Cancer Society, and Laura McLane, Vice President of Content and Creative Design and User Experience.  They discuss the mission of the American Cancer Society, their history, and their recent Advantage Humans video campaign and the emotional impact it has had.  



Jun 8, 2016

This week a look at some of the brands that have discovered the immense benefits of cause marketing.  Afdhel Aziz and CJ Follini discuss how TOMS, Citi, Dulux, and others experienced tremendous brand awareness through genuine cause marketing campaigns.  But the key is that these were genuine efforts to help a community and not just shallow attempts at free publicity. 

Afdhel Aziz, Brand Director at Absolut Labs and co-author of 'Good is the New Cool: How to Market Like You Give A Damn,'

May 19, 2016

Shot@Life, a campaign of The UN Foundation, aims to ensure that children around the world have access to life-saving vaccines, through education, advocacy the campaign strives to reduce vaccine-preventable death and aims to give children a better shot at life.  Devi Thomas, Senior Director at Shot@Life, tells CJ about the formation of this campaign and some of the logistic challenges that go into marketing to severely underserved populations.

May 5, 2016

Donna Bembenek, VP of Marketing and Communications for YMCA of the USA, talks about the shifts they’ve made in their national marketing and sponsorship strategy.  Specifically, how the Y wants to make sure people know they are more than just a gym and swimming by stressing the critical, social, and impact work they are doing in the community with their ‘For a Better Us’ campaign.  She breaks down all the work that led to these strategy shifts and the positive impacts.  There’s also the ‘Zoe for President’ campaign that highlights the Y’s role in helping anyone achieve their full potential in life.