By positioning your brand as eco-friendly, you’re accomplishing two goals. First, you’re getting on board with a popular trend, and second, you’re helping to save the planet. That’s a good combination! But what steps can a company take to position a brand as being green? Take a look at the suggestions below to get started. It’s easier than you might think to be able to tell consumers your brand is green.
1. Your Company has to be Green Internally First
The first step to repositioning your brand as eco-friendly is to make changes inside. Your customers aren’t going to believe messages claiming your brand is green if your employees don’t even recycle. Instead, make sure that your employees are with you in your efforts.
- Encourage recycling.
- Use recycled products.
- Encourage telecommuting.
- Reduce travel by using more video conferencing and webinars.
- Choose to work with suppliers, distributors, and business partners who are eco-friendly.
- Initiate internal programs to encourage and reward eco-friendly living.
- Appoint employee advocates to lead the effort.
- Pursue ways to reduce electricity consumption in your office.
- And so on.
2. Make Your Marketing Eco-Friendly
Your marketing materials are one of the first ways consumers will see your green messages. Make sure those materials eco-friendly.
- Print marketing materials on recycled paper and materials.
- Use eco-friendly trade show booth materials, giveaways, etc.
- Choose eco-friendly promotional items that further the green message.
- Reduce direct mail and use email instead.
- Create marketing promotions that reward green living or are tied to green events, organizations, charities, etc.
3. Get Involved Externally
In order to position your brand as eco-friendly, it’s important to participate in community out-reach. Volunteer at local eco-friendly events. Encourage employees to participate in events (even during work time). Donate to environmental charities or sponsor events. Attend trade shows, conferences, and so on.
4. Be a Leader
Once your brand is actually living its eco-friendly promise, you can position it as a leader in the green movement. Rather than just participating in the events listed in #3, lead them through executive appearances and speeches at eco-friendly conferences, trade shows, and so on. Have your brand managers participate in panel discussions, interviews, and more. Host eco-friendly speakers, training sessions, educational seminars, etc. The key is for your brand representatives to not just be joiners but experts in eco-friendly business based on actual experience. Eventually, your brand will gain a reputation as being green and become the benchmark for other brands to emulate.
5. Create a Competitive Advantage
Once you’ve successfully positioned your brand as green from the inside out, it’s time to take that eco-friendly message to consumers. Craft marketing messages that point to your brand’s position as a leader in the green movement. The messages will resonate with a wide variety of consumers from all over the world who equate eco-friendly with integrity, morality, responsibility and trust. It’s just one more way you can build a connection with consumers while differentiating your brand from the competition. And it’s also the right thing to do.
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