Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Lesson in Green

I have written quite a few posts about different ways that environmental initiatives effect business. I will likely continue to write posts on the subject, because consumers are consistently showing us that they are thinking and buying green despite the economy.

A new study published by the Grocery Manufacturers Association and Deloitte delivers a mighty wake-up call to grocery retailers. The study shows that 95% of shoppers are considering buying green products (isn't that great?). Sixty seven percent actively looked for green products in trips to the grocery store. However, only 22% of consumers actually bought green products. Why only 22%? A large part of the reason is because many couldn't find the green products they were looking for.

The morale of the story? Know what your customers want - and give it to them! There is a considerable missed opportunity when half of the consumers thinking about buying green products don't now where to find them. And this rings true for any business in any industry. Know your customer and give them what they want. Then, of course, make sure you let them know where to find it.

June Bisel
Partner, BBG&G Advertising and Public Relations

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