Can Brands Help Us Filter Our Memories?

The holiday season seems to make us all more reflective. We live in a busy world with data coming through our screens at an unprecedented rate, it is good that we take time to reflect on our life, our family and society as a whole.

One aspect of the social web that constantly attracts me is the lack of filtering and the effect of this on society. 

When we moved house as a child, we used the opportunity to 'filter' our memories, of our 'things'. When we went on holiday we chose the photo's we wanted to put into the photo album as a reflection of the experience.


We filtered…or should that be WE filtered – not Google, not Bing, not our friends through likes.

It strikes me that with a seemingly infinite amount of data space it brings us to a new way we create the perception of our experiences. What I can't work out is whether this is good, bad or just different?

My childhood was often spent talking through photo's with Nana, or talking about the importance of the horseshoe that Grandad kept.

Where I believe that the ability to keep all memories must be a good thing so that as far as possible recollections are objective rather than subjective……are we in danger of losing the personal element, that storytelling which brought generations together?

I also think there is an opportunity for brand management and their social marketing initiatives.

  1. Can brands add the emotion by being the social nexus between generations, helping people to share those stories?
  2. Can brands offer that emotional storytelling which acts as substitute…not to replace but to fill in the gaps?
  3. Can brands find ways of inspiring us to tell our stories and to filter our memories?
Anna has spent over 20 years as a Board Director at several global brands. She now runs her own company The Engaging Brand which supports business leaders who want to transition to the new social business model. She is also a speaker, writer and radio show presenter on social business, indeed her podcast The Engaging Brand has been nominated 6 years running as Best Business Podcast at the Podcast Awards. She brings an unusual mix of experience to business - she has a 1st Class Law Degree, MBA in marketing and is a qualified Chartered Accountant. This unusual mix means not just explaining the why of being social but how to turn social into a measurable business tactic to grow your bottom line. Her blog is recognised as one of the leading UK marketing blogs.

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