The Unofficial Start of Summer Round Up

Posted by Shaina Kaye on May 23, 2019 at 3:40 PM

Ah yes, the Thursday before a long weekend. Project deadlines are still looming, but for even the most diligent of workers, the lure of a long weekend and the unofficial start to summer may be enough to allow the mind to wander, even if it is just for a little while.

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Topics: future of energy, customer centric, millennials, renewable energy, round up, climate change, utility of the future, energy revolution, inspiration, sustainability, social responsibility, sustainability marketing, EnergyWire, solar

Smart Homes + Voice: How Energy Companies Can Own the Conversation

Posted by Leah Christoffersen on May 16, 2019 at 12:13 PM

We have mentioned a few times that the voice revolution is coming, and today we’d venture a guess to say that it has arrived. For one in five U.S. adults, voice assistants are a regular part of their daily routines, providing solutions, offering advice, and acting as a go-to resource for doing everything from turning off lights to scheduling playdates. Your company needs to embrace voice technology as a customer engagement tool, or risk losing out on countless opportunities to provide key customer touchpoints with your brand.

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, digital transformation, customer centric, utility of the future, voice, EnergyWire, voice assistants, voice technology, voice marketing

Creating the Ultimate Customer Experience

Posted by Lindsay Herod on May 9, 2019 at 11:45 AM

Customer expectations and demands are rapidly changing—customers expect every interaction they have to be as good as if not better than their most recent experience. When an energy or utility customer pays their bill, they expect the same experience and level of personalization that they had purchasing a new product on Amazon or Target. An experience that is often authentic, intuitive, easy-to-use and mobile.  

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, customer experience, digital transformation, customer centric, EnergyWire, UX

Let’s Talk About Content Marketing

Posted by Shaina Kaye on April 25, 2019 at 10:25 AM

Join us in picturing this:

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Topics: utility communications, Utility Marketing, community marketing, customer centric, Energy Wire, energy marketing, social media, social media best practices, content marketing, social media strategy, content marketing strategy, sustainability marketing

Communicating to Customers About Home Batteries: A Lightning Round Blueprint

Posted by Dave Treston on April 11, 2019 at 10:20 AM

You may have heard us mention this once or twice: we know the energy customer. It’s true. We say it with confidence and we say it often because here at KSV, we make it our mission to know how to communicate to the energy customer—through the solutions we provide to our clients and through carefully planned, comprehensive research that spans issues important to brands and customers alike. 

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Topics: customer demands, Customer Insight, utilities, future of energy, innovation, customer centric, energy efficiency, KSV research, market research, energy marketing, utility of the future, strategic electrification, 2019, 80x50, resiliency, battery, energy storage, home batteries, consumer research

Is Demand Management the New Energy Efficiency?

Posted by Harrison Grubbs on April 4, 2019 at 10:37 AM

In the past two months, we have attended the AESP, Distributech, AEEEast and NESEA conferences and kept up with all of our GreenTech Media and Utility Dive readings and podcasts. Having been devotees of these industry staples for years, we have noticed a trend that causes us to ask, “Where did energy efficiency go?”

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Topics: future of energy, innovation, customer centric, energy efficiency, renewable energy, electric vehicles, clean energy, social media best practices, strategic electrification, 2019, sustainability, demand response, #HPC19

Closing Out 2018 and Planning for 2019, with Optimism

Posted by Mary Stewart on December 20, 2018 at 12:00 PM

This is the time of year we get to reflect on the accomplishments and challenges of the prior 12 months and use these lessons in our planning to make the next year even better. At KSV, our goal every day and every year for the entire team is to focus on getting better, getting smarter, providing more to our clients, and, through our efforts, helping to make the world a better place for everyone.

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Topics: customer experience, utilities, utility, future of energy, innovation, customer centric, connected home, energy efficiency, KSV research, market research, Smart Home, smart products, renewable energy, electric vehicles, clean energy, energy revolution, social media best practices, inspiration, strategic electrification

3 Ways Social Media Can Save Utilities

Posted by Shaina Kaye on November 15, 2018 at 9:40 AM

If you’re a utility and you’re not already on social media, you’re late to the table. Three billion active social media users around the world log on to at least one social media platform on a regular – if not daily – basis. That means utility companies have countless opportunities to reach consumers where they are in their day-to-day journeys.  

But just because your utility has a presence on social media, and you’re posting on Facebook every day, doesn’t mean that your job is done. Far from it.

Do you have a strategy that is shifting the way utility customers think about you, or are they only checking your Twitter feed to see how much longer the power will be out on their street? (Which, by the way, is still important. It’s just not the whole picture.)

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Topics: utilities, future of energy, customer centric, energy efficiency, marketing solutions, millennials, renewable energy, utility of the future, social media, social media best practices, content marketing, social media strategy, Facebook, Instagram

Strategic Electrification and More Lessons from Conference Season

Posted by Harrison Grubbs on November 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM

NEEP, NECEC, NESEA, ACE, VTREV… what do all these abbreviations have in common? They are all the energy-related conferences that KSV sponsored or attended in October. It was Energy Awareness Month, and we celebrated it by making the rounds for conference season.

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Topics: Customer Insight, utilities, future of energy, innovation, customer centric, energy efficiency, marketing solutions, millennials, research, energy marketing, renewable energy, utility of the future, energy revolution

Forecasting the Future of EVs, Starting with Consumers

Posted by Tucker Wright on November 1, 2018 at 10:45 AM

To reach the carbon reduction goals outlined in the Paris Agreement, and in targets set by dozens of city and state governments, electrifying the transportation sector is key. But despite huge advancements in technology, electric vehicles (EVs) continue to make up only a small fraction of the U.S. automobile market. In fact, EVs were less than 1 percent of the total vehicle market share in the United States until 2017, when they finally hit the 1 percent milestone.

Growth is now accelerating, largely thanks to the success of Tesla’s Model 3. July was the first month on record that EV sales reached 2 percent of market share, doubling the 2017 annual result. But how can the EV market reach scale?

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Topics: customer experience, Customer Insight, customer motivations, utilities, future of energy, innovation, customer centric, energy efficiency, marketing solutions, millennials, research, energy marketing, renewable energy, electric vehicles, purchasing behavior, energy revolution

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