Consumers Reward Marketing that Employs “Green” Messages

Consumers Reward Marketing that Employs “Green” Messages

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Customers are rewarding companies that use so-called “green marketing” tactics and are willing to pay more for the same product when it is presented with an environmentally friendly message, according to a recent research report from Environmental Leader and Watershed Publishing.

The report, “Green Marketing: What Works & What Doesn’t – A Marketing Study of Practitioners,” also revealed that increased spending on green advertising and marketing is, in many cases, the result of firms finding distinct additional marketing and advertising advantages with green messages.

Plans to Increase Spending

Among survey respondents, 82% of plan to increase their spending on green marketing in the future, the report said.

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When split into groups that do or don’t measure advertising results, media-measuring companies tend to spend more on their green efforts.

‘Greenwashing’ Overblown

Though “most  firms perceived that they were – in reality – greener than their customers initially thought they were,” according to  Jennifer Nastu, a study co-author, the research found that companies that perceive themselves to be greener spend the most on green marketing, suggesting that “greenwashing” may not be as prevalent as some suppose. Respondents see their organizations  as less “green” tend to avoid green marketing messages. Similarly, it appears that management deliberately moves to make greener operational choices first, and only later markets with green messages.

“While green marketing is showing itself particularly competent in selling, most marketers appear to try to use it as a branding device,” said study editor Tig Tillinghast of Watershed Publishing. “We are now starting to understand that it’s under-utilized in its most effective application.”

Additional study findings:

  • The internet proves the most popular medium (75%) for green marketing, followed by print (50%) and direct mail (40%).

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  • 28% of marketers think green marketing is more effective than other marketing messages, compared with 6% of marketers who think it is less effective.
  • Marketers who track marketing spending and its relation to sales tend to believe people will pay more for green products. Marketers using less trackable media remain more skeptical.
  • Companies with smaller marketing budgets tend to spend more on green marketing.
  • Nearly half of respondents say the decision-makers at their companies hold green marketing in high regard vs. just 15% who say decision-makers
    hold it in low regard.
 Consumers Reward Marketing that Employs “Green” Messages


About the author

 Consumers Reward Marketing that Employs “Green” Messages Mike Andrew has been working with the Internet and small business for over 12 years. Mike has been a keynote speaker at conventions and seminars and conducted social media training sessions all over the world. Mike has an extensive media background having worked in electronic media for over 30 years. Mike specialises in social media and Internet marketing strategy, SEO techniques and search engine marketing campaigns. His articles appear on numerous blogs around the web as well as national magazines.

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