3 Ways Social Media Can Save Utilities

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

It’s 2018. 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: customer centric, future of energy, marketing solutions, renewable energy, energy efficiency, utilities, utility of the future, millennials, social media, social media strategy, Facebook, Instagram, social media best practices, content marketing

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

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

Are Customers Demanding an Energy Revolution?

Posted by Harrison Grubbs on October 25, 2018 at 12:51 PM

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The “Utility of the Future” is a buzzword that has been dominating our industry’s publications and conference circuits for the past few years. Many industry thought leaders have published their ideas, and many of these smart ideas include elements of strategic electrification, distributed resources, non-centralized generation, and non-wire alternatives.

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

Proven Ways to Talk to the C&I Customer

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on January 19, 2018 at 9:45 AM

AESP’s national conference is around the corner. At KSV, we love seeing people come together to talk, share and learn about sustainable energy. 

For AESP in the past, we’ve focused on customer engagement. We’ve spoken about targeting large C&I customers with native advertising, co-presenting with our client, Erin Motta from National Grid. 

Erin is a senior marketing analyst in the energy product marketing area of National Grid. 

This week, we’re sharing an interview we had with Erin after an AESP gathering that covered some of the questions remaining after the session.

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

Lessons We Can't (and Won't) Forget

Posted by Ashley Nicholls on January 5, 2018 at 9:30 AM

As we enter into the new year, we’ve taken time to reflect on some of the most important lessons we’ve learned about driving sustainable energy. And we wanted to share a few with you. 

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

I’m Dreaming of a Fried Chicken Christmas

Posted by Abby Goudey on December 29, 2017 at 9:30 AM

What do fried chicken, Santa Claus, and sustainable energy all have in common?

The obvious answer would be nothing. But here’s our take: They each fill a void.

In 1970, the manager of Japan’s first KFC woke in the middle of the night with a business idea. Takeshi Okawara wanted to sell a “party barrel” of fried chicken on Christmas.

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

KSV Says Happy Holidays from Adweek

Posted by Noelle Palumbo on December 22, 2017 at 9:30 AM

Kevin Willard, one of our creative directors, wanted KSV’s holiday card to make it onto Adweek’s list of most creative agency farewells of the year.

So, he wrote a letter to the “North Pole.”

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

Trump & Energy Update: Climate Change No Longer Listed as a National Security Threat

Posted by Noelle Palumbo on December 19, 2017 at 10:45 AM

It’s time for another edition of policy, not politics.

Last week we mentioned that Donald Trump signed the NDAA that said, “Climate change is a direct threat to the national security of the United States.”

We talked about how this was a small win for climate change activists because of the fact that the administration didn’t push back on this language being in the act.

Well, another week, another development.

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

An Ad Agency With a Serious Mission

Posted by Ann Hoogenboom on December 15, 2017 at 9:30 AM

KSV is a certified B Corp.

Enter buzzwords: mission-driven, values-led.

We see these words on the ‘about’ pages of businesses in all sectors across the globe.

But B Corp could actually be the next major movement for business—Forbes, Inc., Fortune, and Huffpost have all written about it as a movement to watch.

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

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