Synopses & Reviews
Greener products are now available within every industry and are a part of our everyday lives. But they didn't get to be so ubiquitous just because they are better for the planet. Whether they were promoted as such or not, sales of green products grew because they were appreciated by a growing chorus of consumers for the value they provide—expressed as safety, comfort, good taste, safety or simply convenience.
This central emphasis on primary benefits is critical to winning over the mainstream consumer--and to driving overall organizational growth. The New Rules of Green Marketing helps readers understand why value-based sustainability marketing has become a critical organizational capacity, and how readers can adopt these practices in their own organizations. Illustrated by examples from both leading mainstream brands and the more niche-y "deep green" brands who are showing everyone else the way, the book provides practical strategies for building every aspect of a credible value-based green marketing strategy, including:
+ How to communicate principles with credibility and impact
+ How to avoid "greenwashing"
+ How to team up with stakeholders to maximize outreach to consumers
+ How to best take advantage of recent technological advances to further the impact
The New Rules of Green Marketing captures the best of the author's previous titles on green marketing and takes the content into the 21st Century. Whereas earlier works focused on readers who were less familiar with green initiatives, this work squarely focuses on a new generation of marketers who likely themselves grew up with an appreciation of environmental stewardship and who want and need to know how to connect effectively with mainstream customers.
Green products have been around since the 1970s, but its only in recent years that theyve become ubiquitous. Its not because consumers suddenly prize sustainability above all. Its because savvy green marketers are no longer trying to “sell the earth”—instead theyre promoting the value their products provide: better health, superior performance, good taste, cost-effectiveness, or simply convenience. This central emphasis on primary benefits—the new rules—is critical to winning over the mainstream consumer.
The New Rules of Green Marketing helps readers understand why value-based sustainability marketing has become a critical organizational capacity and how they themselves can adopt this approach. Drawing on the latest data from leading researchers and reflecting on learnings from her corporate clients and other pioneers—including GE, Nike, Method, Starbucks, Timberland, HP, NatureWorks, Procter & Gamble, Stonyfield Farm, and Wal-Mart—Ottman provides practical strategies, tools, and inspiration for building every aspect of a credible value-based green marketing strategy. She covers using a proactive approach to sustainability to spur innovation, developing products that are green throughout their life cycle, communicating credibly to avoid accusations of “greenwashing,” teaming up with stakeholders to maximize outreach to consumers, taking advantage of social media, and much more.
This book takes the best of Ottmans previous groundbreaking work it into the 21st century. Her new rules relegate traditional “green guilt” approaches to the recycling bin of history, break green products out of their niche and, ultimately do a far better job of advancing the triple bottom line of people, profits, and planet.
About the Author
Ottman's done it again. Jacquelyn doesn't just have her finger on the pulse of green marketing, she is the pulse. She cuts the ubiquity of green marketing with the unique perspective of experience in this marketplace. Read this book and you're up to speed.
-John Rooks, Author of More Than Promote - A Monkeywrencher's Guide to Authentic Marketing.
Jacquelyn Ottman has yet again written an indispensable book about green marketing. The New Rules of Green Marketing not only provides valuable insights to the current and shifting marketing landscape, but also provides a blueprint of how to use these new rules to achieve business success...a must read for every marketer.
-Jennifer Kaplan, author of Greening Your Small Business.
The New Rules of Green Marketing should serve as the definitive text for any organization that is looking to brand itself or its products as green or sustainable. Jacquie’s innovation driven insights will help organizations derive real and genuine strategic advantage from their green marketing initiatives.
-David Rinard, Director Global Environmental Performance, Steelcase Inc.
Jacquie Ottman takes her 25 years of experience in Green Marketing and gives insightful data and helpful checklists for practitioners in the field. The demand for green products is mainstream…and companies better be paying attention!
-Shelley Zimmer, Environmental Initiatives Manager, HP.
“Jacquie Ottman was one of the first to open up our consciousness for going green in her earlier book. Now she can demonstrate the strong payoffs to all of us—consumers, producers, retailers—by going green. Hurrah for this book showing how going green pays off in delivering a triple bottom line -- profits, people, and planet.”
-Philip Kotler, S. C. Johnson Distinguished Professor of International Marketing, Kellogg School of Management/Northwestern University