3 Lessons Utilities and Solar Providers Can Learn from Their Local Farmers Market

Posted by Dave Treston on September 5, 2019 at 9:47 AM

According to the USDA, the number of farmers markets in the country has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. And the number of U.S. households growing food at home or in a community garden has increased 200 percent from 2008 levels, according to the National Gardening Association.

Why? 

Consumers’ purchasing decisions are being driven by their key values. 

Independence. Resilience. Self-reliance. Local. Sustainable. These values are shifting consumer behavior and increasing demand for specific types of goods.  

Why should utilities or solar providers care? Because we see these very same values come into play when we talk to consumers about solar.

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Topics: utility communications, intent marketing, data science, hyper-targeting, grassroots marketing, digital transformation, community marketing, innovation, customer centric, IoT, millennials

Plastic is Awesome

Posted by Tony Peck and Kevin Willard on August 22, 2019 at 11:23 AM

You get to use it once and throw it away.

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Topics: innovation, customer centric, renewable energy, climate change, inspiration, 80x50, sustainability, corporate responsibility, social responsibility, sustainability marketing, EnergyWire, environment, plastic

Once Upon a Brand: Going Beyond "Utility"

Posted by The KSV Creative Team on August 1, 2019 at 11:39 AM

Become more than just your "customer's utility." It starts with a story that resonates.

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Customer Engagement, customer motivations, utilities, utility communications, Utility Marketing, innovation, customer centric, utility of the future, creativity, EnergyWire, Creative

Understanding Customers' Digital Experience: Four Tools We Love

Posted by Lindsay Herod on July 25, 2019 at 12:00 PM

We’ve talked previously about how customer expectations and demands are rapidly changing—customers expect a modern and easy-to-use experience when they interact with energy providers’ digital products and services. We know that keeping up with evolving customer expectations and technology trends can be difficult and overwhelming. Oftentimes, it’s hard to know where to start.

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Customer Engagement, customer experience, customer motivations, utilities, utility communications, customer centric, marketing solutions, EnergyWire, UX

Millennial Homeowners + Energy Costs = EE Solutions

Posted by Abby Goudey on July 19, 2019 at 10:14 AM

This year, millennials will overtake baby boomers as the largest living adult generation in the United States, growing to 73 million people. We’ve discussed what this means for new technologies and customer experience in the energy space, but what does it mean for homeownership? Furthermore, what does it mean for energy companies?

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Customer Engagement, customer motivations, utilities, utility communications, innovation, customer centric, energy efficiency, marketing solutions, millennials, clean energy, utility of the future, social media, social media best practices, voice, EnergyWire, voice assistants, voice technology

0-60: Accelerating EV Adoption

Posted by Shaina Kaye on July 11, 2019 at 2:40 PM
Here's a prediction you may be interested in hearing: By 2050, there is expected to be a 20-38 percent increase in US electricity consumption, according to the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Customer Engagement, customer motivations, utilities, utility communications, Utility Marketing, innovation, customer centric, KSV research, market research, marketing solutions, research, grid infrastructure, out of home, utility of the future, strategic electrification, consumer research, EnergyWire, EV

The Most Touching Campaign, Ever.

Posted by Kevin Willard and Heather Baldock on June 27, 2019 at 10:45 AM

Every second of every day, millions of homes across the Northeast are losing energy, and their homeowners don’t even know it. That’s $300 more in energy costs each year and 1,400 pounds in unnecessary carbon emissions per household. And while customers care about their wallets and the environment, the topic of energy loss isn’t top of mind: it’s tedious, dull, and confusing. But it doesn’t have to be. 

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Customer Engagement, customer motivations, utilities, utility communications, Utility Marketing, innovation, customer centric, energy efficiency, marketing solutions, program participation, energy marketing, out of home, OOH, creativity, inspiration, sustainability, sustainability marketing, EnergyWire, National Grid

Business as a Force for Good: Our B Corp-Inspired Round Up

Posted by Shaina Kaye on June 21, 2019 at 9:30 AM

Earlier this week, a few KSV staffers were fortunate enough to attend BLD New England, a day-long conference that brought together B Corps from all over the New England region to connect, collaborate and inspire one another to expand the practice of using business as a force for good. In the lead up to this year’s event, we were honored to be able to put together BLD New England’s promotional video.

B Corp BLD
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Topics: customer experience, future of energy, customer centric, B Corporation, round up, climate change, inspiration, brand value, sustainability, corporate responsibility, social responsibility, sustainability marketing, good energy, company culture, EnergyWire

What Will You Stand For? Part Two

Posted by Alexa Beal on June 13, 2019 at 8:30 AM

It’s been two years since President Trump announced plans for the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. And while Congress continues to battle it out on how to proceed, utilities across the nation continue to step up and strengthen their commitment to a clean energy future, announcing ambitious goals for carbon reduction. Just last year, Xcel Energy became the first to announce plans to go carbon free by 2050. And the climate commitments keep coming.

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Topics: Customer Engagement, customer experience, customer centric, climate change, inspiration, brand value, EnergyWire, Gillette, Disney, National Grid

What Will You Stand For? The Marketing Takeaway from Disney, Gillette and National Grid

Posted by Energy Wire on June 6, 2019 at 4:30 PM

Gillette standing alongside the transgender community. Disney standing up to the State of Georgia for its position on abortion. National Grid standing behind our planet, stating clearly, as a utility, its position on global warming.

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Topics: Customer Engagement, customer experience, customer centric, climate change, inspiration, brand value, EnergyWire, Gillette, Disney, National Grid

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