Intersectional Environmentalism: What it is and Why it Matters

Posted by Jackie Demers and Abby Goudey on August 27, 2020 at 1:29 PM

The fight for a more sustainable future in the age of the coronavirus and Black Lives Matter has uncovered an important truth: protecting vulnerable communities is critical to taking action against climate change. It's long overdue, but going forward, brands looking to fight for climate change will need to ensure social justice is a component of their climate action plan. 

Read More

Topics: B Corporation, climate change, inspiration, brand value, sustainability, EnergyWire, brand building, coronavirus, Black Lives Matter, intersectional environmentalism, Gen Z

The “It” Factor: What Successful D2C Companies Can Teach Brands in 2020

Posted by Shaina Kaye on August 20, 2020 at 11:38 AM

In the early 2010s, companies like Everlane and Warby Parker paved the way for the first generation of Direct to Consumer (D2C) brands, offering consumers a fully digital brand experience and new companies a relatively easy, innovative and scalable way to sell products and services. A storefront was not necessary, but a strong brand story was. A brick and mortar storefront was no longer an operational requirement for brands - all you needed was an online shop and a creative social media presence.

Read More

Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Customer Engagement, customer experience, innovation, customer centric, B Corporation, Shopping Experience, climate change, brand value, sustainability, EnergyWire, D2C, customer trends, brand building, coronavirus

5 Ways Clean Energy Will Help Define the New Normal

Posted by Shaina Kaye on May 8, 2020 at 11:39 AM

As we mentioned last week, re-imagining a life and a world in the age of coronavirus presents a lot of unanswerable questions, yes, but also several opportunities. One those opportunities is the critical role clean energy and sustainability will play in reviving the economy and helping consumers adjust their behaviors and habits. 

Read More

Topics: customer motivations, future of energy, innovation, customer centric, B Corporation, renewable energy, climate change, utility of the future, energy revolution, inspiration, brand value, energy storage, sustainability, social responsibility, sustainability marketing, solar, Creative, wind power, environment, thought leadership, storytelling, leadership, authenticity, brand building, coronavirus

Industry Expert Interview: Patti Doyle, CEO of Rumi Spice

Posted by Shaina Kaye on May 1, 2020 at 11:28 AM
This month we’re back with the next installment of our Industry Expert Interviews, a content series that keeps the community spirit alive and well and selfishly, gives us the opportunity to talk to some truly incredible people. These will be longer installments, so we encourage you to grab a cup of coffee, sit back and enjoy “meeting” someone new.
Read More

Topics: customer motivations, future of energy, innovation, customer centric, B Corporation, inspiration, brand value, social responsibility, Creative, environment, thought leadership, storytelling, leadership, authenticity, brand building, coronavirus

Permission to Lead

Posted by Shaina Kaye on April 28, 2020 at 8:45 AM

Consumers and communities are giving brands permission to lead in thinking about the new normal of a world with coronavirus. The burden of re-imagining a future, and offering solutions for a problem about which so much is still unknown, can be scary and overwhelming to navigate, especially for consumers that are already navigating so many unprecedented challenges. A new world that entails, among other things, working from home, staying healthy, parenting and schooling, new budgets, limited income sources, previous support lines cut and a new perspective about what is actually important in life.

Read More

Topics: customer motivations, future of energy, innovation, customer centric, B Corporation, inspiration, brand value, social responsibility, Creative, environment, thought leadership, storytelling, leadership, authenticity, brand building, coronavirus

Together. Alone at the Office.

Posted by Kevin Willard on April 17, 2020 at 3:11 PM

I’m writing this from our empty office. Sitting on a couch next to no one. It’s so quiet I can hear the fan turn 20 feet above my head. I didn’t even know we had fans. I spend most of the day looking at my computer screen. And when I’m not looking at that, I’m looking at the empty desks of my friends and colleagues. And I wonder. I wonder when we will all get to share this space together again. I wonder how different all of it will feel. I miss the sound of Shaina’s laugh. I miss what Erin’s smile looks like when it’s not through a zoom call. I miss the sound of Tucker walking around the office on speaker phone. And I miss how loud Rachel types. Real-life, in-person stuff.

Read More

Topics: innovation, creativity, inspiration, brand value, Creative, thought leadership, storytelling

The Power of Music: Striking the Right Chord With Your Audience

Posted by Tony Peck on April 9, 2020 at 9:31 AM

Growing up in the remote cornfields of the Midwest can feel pretty isolating. Fortunately, I had a vast library of vinyl. Yep. I’m old. For me, the sound of that needle slipping across the surface of the record can be one of the most comforting sounds on this planet. Those few seconds before the music starts and the real escape begins.

To this day, when certain songs come on, I can remember what my room smelled like. The ratty old t-shirt I was wearing. Where I was sitting. The mood I was in.

Music plays such an important role in our day-to-day lives. Workout playlists. Go-to karaoke jam. Your wedding.

Read More

Topics: innovation, creativity, inspiration, brand value, Creative, thought leadership, music, advertising, storytelling

Making the Most of Social Media in the Age of the Coronavirus

Posted by Shaina Kaye on April 3, 2020 at 12:57 PM

Back in January, we dove deep into two of the biggest social media trends of 2020: TikTok and the continued rise in popularity of video content. Although it was only two months ago, it feels like a completely different era.

A lot has happened in the past two months, and for many businesses, the focus has shifted significantly toward aiding and supporting community members in the uncertain time and future of the coronavirus.

Read More

Topics: community marketing, innovation, customer centric, social media, social media best practices, content marketing, social media strategy, brand value, sustainability marketing, customer trends

Industry Expert Interview: Rebecca Gildiner, Director of Impact Strategy at Sir Kensington’s

Posted by Shaina Kaye on March 26, 2020 at 9:02 AM

Community and collaboration has been a vital part of KSV’s DNA, but in times like these, community means that much more. We are fortunate enough be a part of several communities, allowing opportunities for connection, brainstorming and collaboration to help inspire great work and constant conversation.

Read More

Topics: community marketing, innovation, customer centric, industry expert, content marketing, brand value, sustainability, sustainability marketing, customer trends, BCorp

Business as a Force for Good: B Corp Month Round Up

Posted by Shaina Kaye on March 12, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Between the coronavirus, election season chaos and the ongoing climate crisis, there’s a lot to worry about in the news. In spite of this we find ourselves feeling sobered, yes, but also still cautiously optimistic. A huge part of that feeling is the fact that as a certified B Corporation, we are surrounded every day by businesses fighting back against impending doom and gloom, choosing to make a positive difference in the world and in local communities.

Read More

Topics: customer motivations, B Corporation, round up, climate change, brand value, sustainability, corporate responsibility, social responsibility, sustainability marketing, good energy, company culture, environment, customer trends, BCorp

Subscribe to EnergyWire

Recent Posts