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

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

Uber, Lyft and How Holistic Thinking Can Transform an Industry

Posted by Harrison Grubbs on August 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM

The utility of the future is a hot topic for our clients in the energy space. What will it look like? Who will be steering the ship and who will be struggling to stay afloat? Transportation is a major part of that conversation, and no companies have upended the transportation industry more than Uber and Lyft. The American dream of automotive independence is being challenged in many cities where it is cheaper to use ride sharing than it is to own a car: New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Los Angeles.

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Topics: customer experience, customer motivations, utilities, Utility Marketing, future of energy, innovation, customer centric, energy efficiency, marketing solutions, research, energy marketing, Uber, Lyft

#MT16: You Will Lose Customers At Every Point In The Journey.

Posted by Lauren Bell on March 24, 2016 at 8:38 PM

“The future always is and always was the simple decisions we make today.” -Step up and Power Down California

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Topics: Customer Engagement, customer experience, utility communications, Utility Marketing, ACEEE, energy efficiency, Energy Wire, Intelligent Efficiency, KSV research, marketing, #MT16, program participation

Meeting Customer Expectation Isn't Enough Anymore...

Posted by Lauren Bell on February 11, 2016 at 9:29 AM

What do you do for your customers? What do you provide?

Maybe you develop products people need, like light bulbs, appliances or home technology. Maybe you power the ability for customers to use these products, turning the lights on and heating their homes – living the life they know.

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Customer Engagement, customer experience, Customer Insight, utility communications, Utility Marketing, Association of Energy Services Professionals, energy efficiency, Energy Wire, KSV research, personalization

Key Themes from the AESP Conference: The Customer

Posted by Lauren Bell on February 5, 2016 at 8:46 AM

Well, AESP. You did it again. 4 days. 900 industry professionals. Impressive speakers. New innovations. And Starbuck’s coffee at the ready…

People are leaving Phoenix re-inspired and hyper-focused on one thing: the customer.

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Customer Engagement, customer experience, Customer Insight, utility communications, Utility Marketing, Association of Energy Services Professionals, energy efficiency, Energy Wire, Intelligent Efficiency, KSV research

Four Customer Demands to Watch in 2016.

Posted by Lauren Bell on January 7, 2016 at 4:41 PM

2015 proved to be another big year in the world of energy efficiency… an industry growing so quickly that even Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates want in.

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, customer demands, Customer Engagement, customer experience, utility communications, Utility Marketing, connected home, energy efficiency, Energy Wire, Intelligent Efficiency, KSV research, marketing, personalization

Three Steps for a Customer-Centric Response to JACO’s Closure.

Posted by Lauren Bell on December 3, 2015 at 9:46 AM

"I ought to put it in the back of my truck, take it to [my utility] and dump it in their driveway, since they have no other solution for me," says one customer.

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Topics: Customer Engagement, customer experience, utility communications, Utility Marketing, energy efficiency, Energy Wire, JACO closure, KSV research

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