There are many conventions or models that businesses follow to appeal to consumers. Some choose to highlight how efficient they are, while other emphasize the time and care that goes into their interactions with clients. However, what might be the most appealing identity to assume is that of the ecologically minded organization. Besides making a company very attractive, it also doesn’t hurt that the planet is being helped.
There are many ways to engage in green marketing, and most of them aren’t as expensive as most managers might worry they are. Here are some ways for any small business to highlight their affection for Earth while reaching out to a customer base that is increasingly aware of the ways that companies can hurt the planet.
Commit to environmental products
There was a time when producing goods that were strictly eco-friendly was an expensive niche activity that was economically unsustainable. However, there are more and more ways to make things without harming the environment. Many sustainable materials are actually less expensive than traditional substances when one considers the fact the many more production facilities are going green and that there may be government subsidies available.
Use green office practices
While it may not offer a direct or palpable benefit to customers, there is nonetheless a great deal of power in simply practicing what one preaches. Offices are notorious consumers of energy and resources. Besides the electricity that is needed to light them and run their computers, offices consume paper, a resource that should be used frugally.
Consequently, companies should publish their efforts to use energy-saving tools such as light bulbs, printers and monitors. It is also helpful to point out that paper conservation and recycling strategies are in place that reduce the carbon footprint and deforestation responsibility of a business. Don’t overemphasize these actions in marketing materials, but causal mentions and online documentation will prove that an organization has the green chops to back up their claims.
Work with other organizations
While a private company can only do so much to help the environment, it can work closely with groups that are better equipped to deal with consumption and waste. Find a charity or nonprofit organization in the area that has a good track record of habitat cleanups, environmental awareness or ecological education and offer to help. Even minimal donations or a minor sponsorship can spell the difference between a consumer choosing one business over another.
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