New Research Highlights: How COVID-19 Has Shifted Perceptions on Home Energy Use and Behaviors

Posted by Dave Treston on May 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM

There is a lot that we don’t know about coronavirus, but one thing is certain: it has been a disruptor to nearly all industries and ways of life. Our latest research uncovered insights from 1,300 US homeowners, nearly all of whom have spent the past few months sheltering in place at home. The results highlighted just how much the global pandemic has shifted perspectives and behaviors around energy use.

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Topics: customer motivations, future of energy, customer centric, market research, research, utility of the future, energy revolution, energy storage, sustainability, consumer research, sustainability marketing, solar, environment, coronavirus

5 Ways Clean Energy Will Help Define the New Normal

Posted by Shaina Kaye on May 8, 2020 at 11:39 AM

As we mentioned last week, re-imagining a life and a world in the age of coronavirus presents a lot of unanswerable questions, yes, but also several opportunities. One those opportunities is the critical role clean energy and sustainability will play in reviving the economy and helping consumers adjust their behaviors and habits. 

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Topics: customer motivations, future of energy, innovation, customer centric, B Corporation, renewable energy, climate change, utility of the future, energy revolution, inspiration, brand value, energy storage, sustainability, social responsibility, sustainability marketing, solar, Creative, wind power, environment, thought leadership, storytelling, leadership, authenticity, brand building, coronavirus

Industry Expert Interview: Patti Doyle, CEO of Rumi Spice

Posted by Shaina Kaye on May 1, 2020 at 11:28 AM
This month we’re back with the next installment of our Industry Expert Interviews, a content series that keeps the community spirit alive and well and selfishly, gives us the opportunity to talk to some truly incredible people. These will be longer installments, so we encourage you to grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy “meeting” someone new.
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Topics: customer motivations, future of energy, innovation, customer centric, B Corporation, inspiration, brand value, social responsibility, Creative, environment, thought leadership, storytelling, leadership, authenticity, brand building, coronavirus

Permission to Lead

Posted by Shaina Kaye on April 28, 2020 at 8:45 AM

Consumers and communities are giving brands permission to lead in thinking about the new normal of a world with coronavirus. The burden of re-imagining a future, and offering solutions for a problem about which so much is still unknown, can be scary and overwhelming to navigate, especially for consumers that are already navigating so many unprecedented challenges. A new world that entails, among other things, working from home, staying healthy, parenting and schooling, new budgets, limited income sources, previous support lines cut and a new perspective about what is actually important in life.

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Topics: customer motivations, future of energy, innovation, customer centric, B Corporation, inspiration, brand value, social responsibility, Creative, environment, thought leadership, storytelling, leadership, authenticity, brand building, coronavirus

Together. Alone at the Office.

Posted by Kevin Willard on April 17, 2020 at 3:11 PM

I’m writing this from our empty office. Sitting on a couch next to no one. It’s so quiet I can hear the fan turn 20 feet above my head. I didn’t even know we had fans. I spend most of the day looking at my computer screen. And when I’m not looking at that, I’m looking at the empty desks of my friends and colleagues. And I wonder. I wonder when we will all get to share this space together again. I wonder how different all of it will feel. I miss the sound of Shaina’s laugh. I miss what Erin’s smile looks like when it’s not through a zoom call. I miss the sound of Tucker walking around the office on speaker phone. And I miss how loud Rachel types. Real-life, in-person stuff.

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Topics: innovation, creativity, inspiration, brand value, Creative, thought leadership, storytelling

The Power of Music: Striking the Right Chord With Your Audience

Posted by Tony Peck on April 9, 2020 at 9:31 AM

Growing up in the remote cornfields of the Midwest can feel pretty isolating. Fortunately, I had a vast library of vinyl. Yep. I’m old. For me, the sound of that needle slipping across the surface of the record can be one of the most comforting sounds on this planet. Those few seconds before the music starts and the real escape begins.

To this day, when certain songs come on, I can remember what my room smelled like. The ratty old t-shirt I was wearing. Where I was sitting. The mood I was in.

Music plays such an important role in our day-to-day lives. Workout playlists. Go-to karaoke jam. Your wedding.

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Topics: innovation, creativity, inspiration, brand value, Creative, thought leadership, music, advertising, storytelling

Making the Most of Social Media in the Age of the Coronavirus

Posted by Shaina Kaye on April 3, 2020 at 12:57 PM

Back in January, we dove deep into two of the biggest social media trends of 2020: TikTok and the continued rise in popularity of video content. Although it was only two months ago, it feels like a completely different era.

A lot has happened in the past two months, and for many businesses, the focus has shifted significantly toward aiding and supporting community members in the uncertain time and future of the coronavirus.

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Topics: community marketing, innovation, customer centric, social media, social media best practices, content marketing, social media strategy, brand value, sustainability marketing, customer trends

Industry Expert Interview: Rebecca Gildiner, Director of Impact Strategy at Sir Kensington’s

Posted by Shaina Kaye on March 26, 2020 at 9:02 AM

Community and collaboration has been a vital part of KSV’s DNA, but in times like these, community means that much more. We are fortunate enough be a part of several communities, allowing opportunities for connection, brainstorming and collaboration to help inspire great work and constant conversation.

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Topics: community marketing, innovation, customer centric, industry expert, content marketing, brand value, sustainability, sustainability marketing, customer trends, BCorp

Business as a Force for Good: B Corp Month Round Up

Posted by Shaina Kaye on March 12, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Between the coronavirus, election season chaos and the ongoing climate crisis, there’s a lot to worry about in the news. In spite of this we find ourselves feeling sobered, yes, but also still cautiously optimistic. A huge part of that feeling is the fact that as a certified B Corporation, we are surrounded every day by businesses fighting back against impending doom and gloom, choosing to make a positive difference in the world and in local communities.

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Topics: customer motivations, B Corporation, round up, climate change, brand value, sustainability, corporate responsibility, social responsibility, sustainability marketing, good energy, company culture, environment, customer trends, BCorp

All Things Home Batteries: NEW Whitepaper Release and Interview with an Industry Expert

Posted by Dave Treston on March 6, 2020 at 9:00 AM

We’ve done the research, dotted the i’s, crossed the t’s and are delighted to share our latest whitepaper on the homeowner’s perspective on home batteries. The whitepaper includes proprietary research that uncovers average homeowners' thoughts on residential energy storage, opportunities to generate interest in residential battery systems and actionable steps to increase home battery installations. Access it for free here!

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