Category: Inclusivity

August 20, 2018

Neka Creative believes the world needs a cookie company with a taste for hope

Topics: Brand Development, Clients, Inclusivity, News, Press Release
Every year, Neka Creative chooses a client for their “Why the world needs your brand” pro bono program. This year, the recipient was Junita Flowers, a social entrepreneur with a desire to end relationship violence. Flowers, herself, is a survivor. She found strength baking the cookie recipes of her childhood and turned that strength into a thriving social enterprise company. Neka Creative was inspired by her story and excited to take on the task of recreating the brand to better reflect its aspiration. Read More
Six bottles of wine in a cardboard holdster, with the brown and orange wine club logo
December 19, 2015

Wild About Giving

Topics: Inclusivity, Shenanigans
At Neka Creative, we believe in the power of inclusivity. We also believe in the heart-felt spirit of giving to those in need. This holiday season, the Neka team volunteered at a local Arc Value Village Store unpacking, sorting, stocking, displaying holiday items for the organization’s “Thriftmas” department. For more than 30 years, thanks to shoppers, donors and volunteers, Arc’s Value Village has helped make life better for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their stores provide over a million dollars every year for The Arc Greater Twin Cities’ programs. To learn more about the organization or to make a donation, please visit [caption id="attachment_445" align="alignleft" width="498"]Eri sorting donations. Eri and Rosemary sorting donations.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_443" align="alignleft" width="423" class=" "]Alan hard at work shelving holiday decorations. Alan hard at work shelving holiday decorations.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_442" align="alignleft" width="448" class=" "]Sheri meticulously arranges holiday gigts and decorations. Sheri meticulously arranges holiday gifts and decorations.[/caption] 12399053_10208155717361706_279709903_n [caption id="attachment_437" align="aligncenter" width="960"]Nina Phouthasack and Michelle Metcalf Nina Phouthasack and Michelle Metcalf[/caption] [caption id="attachment_436" align="aligncenter" width="720"]The holiday spirit is strong with this one... The holiday spirit is strong with this one...[/caption] [caption id="attachment_435" align="aligncenter" width="720"]Those boxes filled up pretty quickly with holiday decorations, toys, kitchen accessories and more. Those boxes filled up pretty quickly with holiday decorations, toys, kitchen accessories and more.[/caption] 12386486_10208155717481709_1733527876_n
October 30, 2015

One Size Does Not Fit All

Topics: Client Spotlight, Clients, Inclusivity
200220063-001In 2013, Governor Mark Dayton issued an executive order establishing the Minnesota Olmstead Plan. It is a transformative initiative with a mission to make Minnesota a place where people with disabilities can live, learn, work and enjoy life in the most integrated settings possible. This progressive Plan helps people with a wide range of seen and unseen disabilities live more independently, while supporting greater opportunities for them to contribute their unique gifts and talents. Because the very essence of the Olmstead Plan respects the fact that one size does not fit all, it details customized solutions in seven critical areas: employment, housing, health care and healthy living, community engagement, transportation, lifelong learning and education, support services. The Olmstead Plan is a law. It’s a necessity. It is an important civil rights movement. As a passionate proponent of inclusion through the process of Inclusivity Marketing,™ Neka Creative is honored to be involved in this important effort by creating their initial marketing/communications materials.
October 22, 2015

Marketing Inclusivity–Afterthought Or Aspirational Thinking?

Topics: Inclusivity
National Disability Employment Awareness MonthWe all want to be seen and heard. We all have a strong need for acceptance. That’s true in life and it sure is true in business. Genuine recognition goes a long way to make people feel involved. Conversely, treating inclusivity as a marketing afterthought not only makes people feel excluded, it’s just not smart business. Take people living with disabilities as an example of the importance of incorporating the practice of inclusivity in the planning process. People living with disabilities make up 20% of the U.S. population. They’re voracious users of the internet because…well, it makes their lives easier. They’re recognized as the largest minority group in our nation and account for about $220 billion in buying power. Think of the money left on the table if people with disabilities are not included in marketing plans. If that doesn’t make someone stand up and take notice, consider the fact that not every disability is visible. Unseen disabilities refers to hundreds of conditions including mental illness, learning disabilities, medical issues and much more. That’s a lot of untapped inclusion. We salute the brands who have made extraordinary strides to incorporate inclusivity at the very beginning of their marketing process. The Wells Fargo Commercial: Learning Sign Language is a goose bump-worthy spot featuring two gay women learning sign language before they adopted their beautiful new (deaf) daughter. The premise didn’t gratuitously add minorities and people with disabilities as an afterthought. The entire premise, helping people “prepare financially for life’s biggest moments,” revolved around real-life situations in today’s real-life world. It is aspirational, authentic and awesome.
November 17, 2014

Client Spotlight: Speaking of Inclusivity

Topics: Clients, Inclusivity

Client Spotlight: Speaking of Inclusivity

Anyone who's traveled to a foreign country understands the perspiration-producing vulnerability of language barriers. Am I being understood? Do I get what they're trying to say? Is my lack of clarity taking us down the proverbial rabbit hole?  Read More
October 13, 2014

A Brave New Brand World

Topics: Inclusivity, Inspiration
A Brave New Brand World

The world is connecting in ways we once only imagined. The cultural landscape of the marketplace continues to evolve in quantum leap proportions. A deeper level of communications is needed now more than ever. What hasn’t changed is the human desire for acknowledgement and respect. People want to be seen for who they really are instead of being relegated to lazy, sometimes damaging, stereotypes. Neka Creative saw a missed opportunity in marketing; an opportunity to grow market share by taking an authentically progressive approach to reaching the hearts, minds and pocket books of all audiences.

Introducing Inclusivity Marketing

Inclusivity Marketing is the holistic process of bringing different perspectives, histories, experiences, needs and motivations together in one cohesive brand development process. Neka Creative built their firm on the vision to “be the role model for inclusivity.” That translates to aligning internal cultures with powerful strategic directions. It means bringing brands to life for external customers in a way that intrigues, inspires and motivates. And above all, it’s about understanding the need for all voices, cultures and people to be taken into deep consideration. Given Neka Creative’s vast experience in marketing/communications, they saw this missed business opportunity in countless strategic and creative situations. But beyond simply recognizing an

Inclusivity Marketing – the holistic process of bringing different perspectives, histories, experiences, needs and motivations together in one cohesive brand development process.

opportunity to help organizations authentically engage with all audiences, their passion for inclusivity comes naturally.

Building Brands in a Great Global World

While everyone is a proud Minnesotan, each one of the core team has the unique gift of perspective. President and owner, Rosemary Ugboajah, born to Nigerian parents, was born, raised and trained in London. Designer and creative director, Alan Tse is originally from Hong Kong with family living on the west coast of Canada. Strategic and creative writer, Sheri Ellis grew up in heartland of the Canadian prairies, Winnipeg to be exact. Strategic writer, Larry Splett is all-American but speaks the fluent dialect of “industrial. “There are many more members of the Neka Creative team and while it’s not a prerequisite to be from another country, it is absolutely critical for every person to be exceptional at what they do and to have a genuine respect for different cultures and perspectives,” says President Rosemary Ugboajah. She goes on to say, “Inclusivity is a major movement that continues to impact the way we approach marketing and brand building. We’re at the right place, at the right time.”

Money Talks Inclusivity

While this is a heart-felt calling for Neka Creative, there is a strong economic argument for Inclusivity Marketing. People of color in the U.S. continue to grow at staggering rates and so does their buying power. That means business. To be successful, companies and organizations need to understand the nuances of appealing to the ever-changing cultural marketplace. To keep the argument closer to home, by 2040 people of color will comprise 40 percent of the seven-county Minneapolis-St. Paul region according to the Metropolitan Councilʼs February 2014 issue of “Metro Stats.” Additionally, 74.9% of women identified themselves as the primary shoppers for their households, according to the MRI’s Survey of the American Consumer. Women, in fact, control $12 trillion of the overall $18.4 trillion in global spending. In the spirit of inclusivity, we also need to understand the growth of the LGBT market. The total buying power of adult LGBT individuals is projected to be $790 million by 2012 with 23% switching products or services in the past year because a different company was supportive of their community*. * source: Harris Interactive and Witeck-Combs Communications Clearly, the marketing world is changing with no signs of turning back. The good news is there’s room for everyone with opportunities to be much more inclusive in our brand building efforts. That’s marketing gold. projected_buying_power We're interested in what you think. Leave a comment or email us at

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