Thanksgiving Eve Roundup

Posted by Shaina Kaye on November 21, 2018 at 12:12 PM

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

The team at KSV certainly has a lot to be thankful for – inspiring clients, innovative colleagues and a community dedicated to sustainable energy, just to name a few things on our list.

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Utility Communications, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Inspiration, Creative, In the News, 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: Customer-Centric Marketing, Utility Communications, Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, Social Media Strategy and Best Practices, Content Marketing, Marketing Strategy and Best Practices, Audience Segmentation

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 Marketing, Utility Communications, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Research, Clean Energy, Marketing Strategy and Best Practices, Audience Segmentation

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 Marketing, Utility Communications, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Research, Clean Energy, Electrification, Marketing Strategy and Best Practices, Audience Segmentation

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 Marketing, Utility Communications, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Research, Clean Energy, Marketing Strategy and Best Practices, Audience Segmentation

October Roundup

Posted by Shaina Kaye on October 18, 2018 at 9:45 AM

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released a special report on the state of climate change. The findings were less than pleasant, with the report underscoring that "we only have the slimmest of opportunities remaining to avoid unthinkable damage to the climate system that supports life as we know it."

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Topics: Utility Communications, Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, Climate Change, In the News, Electrification

OOH - The Marketing Multitasker

Posted by Harrison Grubbs on October 4, 2018 at 10:00 AM

More flexible. More dynamic. More effective.

Marketing in advertising has two purposes: sales activation and brand building. Sales activation is targeted at people who are looking to purchase on the spot, or it aims to trigger a purchase decision. Brand building has four key goals:

  • Reputation building
  • Loyalty building
  • Education
  • Brand reinforcement
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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Research, Clean Energy, Creative, Media Strategy and Best Practices, Marketing Strategy and Best Practices

Friday Roundup

Posted by Shaina Kaye on September 21, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Are round-ups the best way to ease into a Friday?
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Topics: Utility Communications, Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy, In the News

One Year Later: Reflecting on Maria, Anticipating Florence

Posted by Shaina Kaye on September 13, 2018 at 11:07 AM

As the first anniversary of Hurricane Maria’s aftermath approaches, the United States is bracing itself for yet another dangerous hurricane season. As we write this, Hurricane Florence is making its way to the Carolina coast.

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Utility Communications, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Research, Clean Energy, Marketing Strategy and Best Practices, Climate and Social Justice

KSV Future of Energy Series: Offshore Wind is Picking Up Speed

Posted by Harrison Grubbs on September 6, 2018 at 10:00 AM

A decade ago, wind energy mostly meant giant investments, ugly legal battles and major public opposition. As recently as 3 years ago, we saw proposals in many states—good proposals by respected companies—being tossed out. Lack of public support combined with weak political legs dragged the highly visible CapeWind project through the dirt from its initial approvals in 2005, to 2017, when it was finally shut down and deemed defunct.

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Topics: Customer-Centric Marketing, Utility Communications, Innovation, Energy Efficiency, Research, Clean Energy, Marketing Strategy and Best Practices