This blog originally posted to the SAP Business Innovations for Sustainability Blog, cross-posted with permission. Common Wealth Contributions By Business Much to the annoyance of some past bosses, I have a habit of asking in meetings, “Why are we doing this, and what are we hoping to achieve?” The economic turbulence of the last dozen years has led to […]
It’s the hot new buzz word and seems simple at a glance. But how does a green brand…or any brand for that matter put together a strong content marketing program that drives consumers to purchase.
Note that I said, “drive consumers to purchase”, not “drive traffic to the website”. Because website traffic is not the end goal and much of content marketing can be done outside of company properties.
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How are large private sector companies supporting social enterprises? Are there enough collaborations where well-meaning corporations can form strategic partnerships with social enterprises to further a good cause.
Plant proteins are an exceptional source of protein. Too often, we feel like it can be challenging or difficult to go meatless due to the protein replacement issue. Now, there is an option which aims to perfectly replace animal protein with plant protein. It’s a way of enhancing nutritional value and lowering the cost at […]
As the booths get unpacked, stations get prepared and materials unloaded the last thing on your mind at Expo West might be your social media strategy for the show. But with top brands, buyers and consumers in the natural foods industry all converging on Anaheim this week, there is no better time to reach this large audience of potential partners.
Developing an environmentally focused product or service can sometimes lead to companies restricting their potential customer base. While it is vital to get an initial foothold in the green and ethical sphere where consumers and businesses are actively looking for the solutions you offer, to reach more people and make more of a difference, the mass market has to be pursued.
Deep green, light green, pistachio – the more being green becomes mainstream the harder it can be to exactly define the green consumer.Taking the time to define those consumers- how they live, where they get information, what drives them can provide insight and a much better idea of how to target your brand. No longer does the green consumer rule for green brands…unless you consider all of the different shades.
I recently came across the syllabus I put together for a graduate-level course in green marketing and communications and looking it over, it occurred to me that the materials included in the required reading list would outfit a nice library for anyone interested in learning about the topic.
One of the best parts about operating an eco-friendly business, aside from doing your part to create a beautiful, healthy planet for future generations, is that you get to use your efforts to help promote your brand. With the public clamoring for green alternatives for everyday products and services, from energy and transportation to the containers used to store their food and the textiles cut to make clothing, any company that can play the environmental friendliness card stands to make an impression on consumers, as well as a fair chunk of change.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently released new guidelines on what it means to be “green”. As more and more businesses offer green products and services, it’s getting confusing for consumers to know what that means and how to compare one green product with another.
Close your eyes. Imagine you’re back in grade school learning the alphabet, introductory math, and that the opposite sex has cooties. I’m sure your memory includes classrooms full of school supplies, but most importantly, classroom desks.
In sub-Saharan Africa, there are over 95 million children in school who do not have desks. This simple piece of furniture is something we often take for granted, but can drastically change a child’s educational experience. Now, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu is the patron of this campaign to ensure all students in Africa have a desk.
Business owners want their business cards to reflect their business ideology and branding theme. So it comes as no surprise that when designing a business card, eco and social entrepreneurs want something that reflects their mindset – low-impact, eco-friendly and effective.
In many industries and demographic regions, companies find themselves in the less than desirable situation of competing on price because their product or service has become so common place and customers are so focused on it. When this occurs, it can be tough for a business to expand and gain market share without squeezing their margins to the point where it becomes unsustainable.
There is another option, however, and it is one that more and more business owners and managers are becoming aware of: product and service bundles. Bundling essentially means putting more than one product or service together into a single offering and it has the effect of removing you from the price arena where all your competitors are.
If you have a start-up business, or you’re trying to grow your existing venture, you probably already know how important marketing is to your success. You may not know that you don’t have to sink bazillions of dollars into your marketing efforts to gain followers, fans, and customers. Marketing in an environmentally friendly way, regardless of the product you sell, will help give you an added boost over competition.
Now in its fourth year at the SB conference, the Innovation Open showcased highly innovative, socially conscious entrepreneurs that focused on helping companies create more sustainable brands. This year one finalist for the SB Innovation Open (SBIO) ‘ 12 was chosen through GOODMaker. We interviewed Rei Wang, Strategic Partnerships Manager, GOODMaker and GOODMaker winners Adam Wangler and David Singer of Sea Level.
In our increasingly paperless world, disbursing information is becoming both easier and more difficult at the same time. It’s easier because email newsletter templates are becoming more and more user friendly and easy to distribute, but it’s also harder because of this ease-of-use; that is, because just about anyone can do it, just about everyone is. So the question is how do you make your company stand out in your potential clients’ inbox and avoid the dreaded “delete” button?