Energy Wire

Market Transformation: Three Lessons on Sustainability, Brand Building, and The Power of Communities

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on September 23, 2016 at 9:30 AM
We spend a lot of time writing, and talking, and thinking about energy, demand response, C&I audiences, and helping energy companies and utilities get customer-centric and undergo digital transformation.
But today, we're not going to talk about energy. 
Today we're going to talk about eggs.
And kindness.
And new moms. 
And condoms. 
Yes, I said condoms.
Buckle up.

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New Customer Video: Renewables, the Environment, and Aspiration

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on September 16, 2016 at 9:30 AM

All decision making is emotional. 

As marketers, we know that to get someone to act, you must inspire a feeling.

Even for B2B marketing.

And yet, so often we see marketing, particularly in the energy category, that is hyper-rational, fact-focused, and often loaded down with product or program details.

Does 0% financing inspire a feeling in you?

We didn't think so.

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How a leading energy company used hyper-targeted marketing to drive business results: A Q&A Session with National Grid

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on September 9, 2016 at 9:30 AM
 How do you drive awareness and engagement of a complex product in one of the worlds most expensive and crowded media markets?
National Grid, an electricity and natural gas delivery company that connects nearly 7 million customers to vital energy sources through its networks in NY, MA and RI, has long known that segmentation in marketing can help to create relevancy for customers.
But in 2015, there was an opportunity to take segmentation much deeper.

And yesterday, we co-presented on this topic with our partner from National Grid at AESPs Brown Bag webinar "Learn How Hyper-Targeting Drives Business Results". We specifically presented on a test we did in Brooklyn and Staten Island, the lessons we learned, and how we are deploying those insights into a new demonstration project in MA: demand response.

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De-Mystifying Digital Transformation: 3 Big Questions Answered

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on September 1, 2016 at 4:55 PM
 So what is digital transformation, exactly, anyway?
And how can it help me reach my KPIs, improve sales, and get better data?

Last week we launched our newest KSV Brief on Digital Transformation. And the response was huge. 
Turns out, a lot of companies in the energy and sustainability space are challenged by the digital experience they are offering to their customers and the data they are able to get back out of them. 
Even some that you might expect would really know what to do with data, companies that specialize in helping other businesses use data to drive efficiency and business decisions, even they are struggling with gaps, holes in data, redundant and black box systems that don't speak to each other, and digital user experiences that don't reflect the best parts of their brand.
So we thought we'd revisit the topic again this week and answer the three biggest questions that we got about digital transformation work.
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Is Digital Transformation the biggest challenge companies are facing today?

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on August 25, 2016 at 10:19 PM
Today we met with an energy company who is undergoing a digital transformation, and they wanted to talk to us about the intersection of customer experience and user experience. 
We presented our 2016 annual proprietary research, and some opportunities that we had identified for them, and the conversation and prep got us thinking: is digital transformation the biggest challenge that companies are facing today?
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The Future of Energy: 3 Lessons from 2 Companies

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on August 17, 2016 at 10:30 PM

This week we had the privilege of meeting with a couple of great companies to talk about the future of energy.


(This image is from @gapingvoid. We love Hugh.)

The first company we met with is an international consultancy focused on innovation and redefining what it means to be an energy company.
The second: a smart and innovative large company whose primary product is insurance (well, they have a lot of products and services, but you get the idea), and guess what they wanted to talk about?
Energy and Innovation. The Connected Customer.
Big Data and Customer Experience.
Digital Transformation.
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Communities, Pizza & Energy: 3 Lessons on grassroots marketing and the power of community

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on August 11, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Communities are the very foundation of a society.

Interesting to think about, right?

Communities are the places we live, work and play. The places we shop for groceries. The schools our children go to. And within those communities are micro-communities. Networks of people. People who all share the same favorite lunch spot. Who all use the same dentist. Networks of new moms. Of retirees. And, over the past decade, networks of folks with ever more niche tastes.

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Hyper-Targeting and the C&I Customer

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on August 4, 2016 at 11:30 AM

A couple of weeks ago we had the chance to present at the AESP Digital Conference on customer engagement. 

It was a great day with some awesome presentations and presenters.

KSV actually had the chance to present during two sessions, one on millennials (you can download our millennial brief here and hear more about millennials when we speak at the BECC conference in October). The second was about targeting large C&I customers with native advertising and we co-presented with our client, Erin Motta from National Grid. 
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Two Examples of Search Intent Marketing: Plumbers + Marriage.

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on August 3, 2016 at 4:08 PM

On a daily basis, consumers are giving you insight into exactly what is going on in their lives. They’re telling you what they need, what they’re interested in, and the information they’re seeking to make a potentially bigger decision or investment down the road. 

But are you listening? And better yet, are you responding?  

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How Millennials are changing not just politics… but your business.

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on July 21, 2016 at 8:00 AM

With the conventions halfway over, shall we talk politics?

(Just kidding, that sounds awful. We know you get enough of that on your Facebook newsfeed.)

But in seriousness, this year marks an election that is largely based on the voters of the Rising American Electorate – the new American majority of voting-eligible citizens. They will make up a majority of voters for the first time this year.

Who makes up this R.A.E?

  • Millennials
  • Unmarried women
  • Latinos, African Americans, Asian Americans
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