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The Expert Perspective: Rounding Up Our Industry Expert Interview Series, Part Two

Posted by Shaina Kaye on December 16, 2021 at 10:00 AM

In our previous EnergyWire, we revisited a few Industry Expert Interviews that we’ve had over the past two years. As we wind down yet another year of unexpected twists and turns, we find ourselves reflective and looking at the year ahead, gleaning inspiration and gearing up for whatever comes next in 2022. 

There’s no better way to do that than to revisit a few more interviews with some of the best and brightest leaders at purpose-driven companies in the US and Canada. Check out our final round up of Industry Expert Interviews and let us know: as your organization heads into 2022, what are some of the thoughts, ideas and conversations inspiring you the most? We’d love to hear from you!

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Topics: B Corporation, Industry Expert Interviews, Branding and Brand Value, Sustainable Brands

The Expert Perspective: Rounding Up Our Industry Expert Interview Series, Part One

Posted by Shaina Kaye on December 2, 2021 at 11:31 AM

At the start of 2020, KSV kicked off Industry Expert Interviews, a new content marketing series we implemented as a way to hear more from purpose-driven organizations around the country, get inspired and have great conversations with innovative and talented individuals.

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, B Corporation, Industry Expert Interviews, Branding and Brand Value, Sustainable Brands

Strategies for Reaching the Ethical, Eco-Conscious Consumer in 2021 and Beyond

Posted by Shaina Kaye on October 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM

The COVID-19 pandemic catalyzed a marked shift in the average consumer, highlighting health and well-being as a top consideration for consumer purchasing decisions while simultaneously creating a shift in how consumers made those purchases. The growing urgency of the call to act on climate change, coupled with renewed vigor around support for BIPOC businesses, also meant that consumers significantly changed how and where they were spending their money. 

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Topics: B Corporation, Climate Change, Branding and Brand Value, Marketing Strategy and Best Practices, Climate and Social Justice, Sustainable Brands

Rebranding the Role of the CMO

Posted by Shaina Kaye on October 7, 2021 at 10:30 AM

Changing customer needs, shifting client expectations, rapidly evolving technology, unforeseen global circumstances and long overdue social awakenings… plain and simple, marketing is not what it “used to be.” The classic marketing mix of product, price, place and promotion - the 4 P’s seared into the memories of those of us who may have majored in marketing and communications back in the day - has become much more nuanced and a whole lot more complex. 

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Digital Transformation and User Experience, Branding and Brand Value, Marketing Strategy and Best Practices

Organic Roots: Sunsoil Creative Showcase

Posted by Shaina Kaye on September 23, 2021 at 10:45 AM

At very first glance, Sunsoil, a Vermont-based organic CBD company, may seem like “one of many” when it comes to the increasingly saturated CBD supplement market. But a look through their website, their branding and even a cursory second glance at their story will leave you happily surprised.

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Topics: Innovation, Branding and Brand Value, Company Culture, Creative, Vermont, Creative Showcase, Sustainable Brands

Industry Expert Interview with Sascha Mayer, CEO and Co-Founder of Mamava, Inc.

Posted by Shaina Kaye on September 9, 2021 at 10:00 AM

Earlier this year, we sat down with Sascha Mayer, CEO and Co-Founder of Mamava, Inc., a fellow B Corporation and women-owned company dedicated to transforming the culture of breastfeeding. Over the past several years, Sascha and her co-founder Christine Dodson have built a successful, mission-driven company that advocates for and empowers women in society and in the workplace, and we are so honored to have had the opportunity to chat with Sascha as part of this interview series. Check out our conversation below:

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Topics: Innovation, B Corporation, Industry Expert Interviews, Inspiration, Branding and Brand Value, Company Culture, Vermont, Sustainable Brands

The Ultimate Consideration for the Ever-Changing Customer Journey

Posted by Shaina Kaye on July 22, 2021 at 10:57 AM

A quick Google search will tell you that in 2021, customers are different. They have different priorities, different concerns and higher expectations. Those differences significantly affect the customer journey, or the total sum of experiences that customers go through when interacting with your company and brand. 

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Digital Transformation and User Experience, Research, Branding and Brand Value, Sustainability Marketing, Marketing Strategy and Best Practices

Industry Expert Interview: Joe Giallanella, Team Lead, Growth Incubator at Seventh Generation

Posted by Shaina Kaye on July 8, 2021 at 1:00 PM

In the fall of 2020, we were fortunate enough to sit down with Joe Giallanella, the Team Lead of the Growth Incubator at Seventh Generation, a global consumer product goods company and veteran B Corporation. At the time, and amidst the unprecedented circumstances of a global pandemic, Joe’s team had just finished up the successful launch of Zero Plastic Homecare, an innovative new line of products aimed at eliminating plastic entirely from home care product packaging. The successful launch only served to further prove the resilience and humanity that underlies what it truly means to be a B Corp.

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Topics: B Corporation, Industry Expert Interviews, Sustainability Marketing, Vermont, Climate and Social Justice, Sustainable Brands

The Long Weekend Round Up

Posted by Shaina Kaye on May 27, 2021 at 2:00 PM

Like many around the country, here at KSV we are winding down the work week and looking ahead to Memorial Day Weekend, the first long weekend of the year and the unofficial start of summer. 

To pause and reflect for a moment, it is truly incredible to think about where we were about this time last year: we were all home, in lockdown and facing countless unknowns as the pandemic was hitting its first peak and a long overdue social awakening was occurring across the country as a result of several tragic catalysts.

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Topics: Innovation, Inspiration, Branding and Brand Value, In the News, Climate and Social Justice

Industry Expert Interview with Bobby McConnell, Vice President, Head of Sales and Customer Experience at Gaia Herbs

Posted by Shaina Kaye on April 30, 2021 at 10:15 AM

Last fall we had the opportunity to sit down with Bobby McConnell, the Vice President and Head of Sales and Customer Experience at Gaia Herbs, a leading natural herbs and wellness brand and fellow B Corp. At the time of our conversation, Bobby had just recently joined the Gaia team, where he currently leads both the sales function of the organization and customer experience for both the brand’s brick-and-mortar and e-commerce outlets.

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, B Corporation, Industry Expert Interviews, Branding and Brand Value