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Should Marketers Care About Earth Day Any Longer?

March 8th, 2013 No comments

Is Your Organization Still Participating in Earth Day Events?

Do organizations still need to celebrate Earth Day?Austin, Texas: Earth Day has been considered a great marketing event over the past 8-10 years, as more and more consumers have become interested in environmental causes and have become more attuned to corporate social responsibility.

But will Earth Day 2013 even matter?

Do people still care about Earth Day — and should marketers still get involved with this annual event?

Like many great movements of social change, such as Women’s Suffrage and Civil Rights, attention to the cause greatly diminishes once the goal has been met. We no longer need to get on the soapbox and argue for a woman’s right to vote in this country–so the point is moot and the law is on the books.

However with Earth Day, these same facts do not hold up.

Although the EPA has been more aggressive in implementing legislation against greenhouse gases, enforcement is lax and counter-lawsuits are chipping away at these laws effectiveness.

Many people are still unsure about Climate Change and many still believe that Global Warming is a hoax.

So, there is still a great deal of work that needs to be done on the education side of the environmental movement.

This is why Earth Day still matters.

Earth Day should be about education – teaching and discussing how carbon emissions harm the atmosphere and talking about ways to reduce one’s carbon footprint.

Earth Day is also a great time to preach the 3R’s: Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.

Earth Day is a one-day annual event where corporations, schools, cities and other civic organizations can all come together for a common cause– a greener planet today.

There may be some disagreement about causes of climate change–but there is no disagreement into the fact that we can all make a difference.

Earth Day really does still matter if you still have the hope of a cleaner tomorrow.

Don’t let your school or city fail to commemorate this important date.

Celebrate and cherish Earth Day this April 22nd – and every April 22nd.

Here’s to a greener tomorrow, today!
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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 28 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of recycled and reusable water bottles and imprinted coffee mugs, reusable and organic tote bags, recycled pens and pencils in the country. In addition to being a noted writer on issues of social and safety compliance, Robert Piller recently completed his CAS degree — one of the highest honors in the promotional products industry for his years of continuous education and certification. His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

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Is Earth Day a Dying Event?

April 16th, 2012 No comments

Is Earth Day DyingIdeas to Save Earth Day for Future Generations

Austin, Texas: For the past twenty or so years, Earth Day has been an important  day to our company–like Christmas is to retailers.

For the months leading up to it, we sell millions of live tree seedlings with company logos, imprinted reusable tote bags, recycled pens, pencils, coloring books, water bottles, and other eco-friendly promotional items— all with an Earth Day theme or recycling message to corporations large and small, as well as to government institutions who believe in the need for eco marketing.

This year seems a little different.  As of today, sales are up only 8% over last year — and that is down from our 18-25% average sales increases that have been more typical over the past decade.

More importantly I am wondering  why am I not hearing about Earth Day too much this year?

Some of my major corporate account shave scaled back from Earth Day events and marketing efforts, as have many city governments.  Luckily, many smaller companies have been picking up the slack – but not making the same impact.

“A cause not promoted is a cause soon forgotten”, I always say.

Earth Day is a accumulation of branded and educational messages that reach the mass audience over a period of time.

Kids learn about Earth Day from their schools. Parents are reminded of it on their national or local news shows, in the newspapers and, hopefully at work.

But if the number of organizations promoting Earth Day are leveling off – or falling – then the message of Earth Day will soon die.

Religious institutions know this very well, which is why the major stories of the Bible are inculcated at a young age, and re-told year after year. It is not told once and hoped that it sinks in.

People like stories — and the message of Earth Day needs to be filled with memorable tales of recycling efforts, energy reduction and global warming evidence.

Perhaps it should focus on local or national heroes.

We cannot hide from global warming or pacify non-believers because “they are entitled to their opinion”. Just because someone doesn’t believe in something doesn’t mean they are right.  I had dinner with a neighbor the other day that said they do not believe in the Internet–that it was a fad.

That doesn’t mean they are right.  I’ll continue to use the internet and promote my business through it, while they do things the old way.

Earth Day needs stories.

Earth Day needs legends and heroes.

Earth Day needs songs.

Earth Day needs characters –like the Easter Bunny.

Earth Day needs a universal symbol, like Breast Cancer Awareness has the pink ribbon.

Most of all, Earth Day needs to be the focus of educational institutions, businesses, and dare I say, religious institutions.  A greener planet should be something we all believe in and something we all strive for — without wedge issues of whether climate change is hoax or not.

Whatever your belief is on climate change, a world with less pollution and with more of a focus on reusability, reduction of resources and recycling efforts is a win-win for all.

Let’s put the focus back on Green for Earth Day.  Let’s leave the name calling and finger pointing out of this event and make it one of the biggest holidays and events on an annual basis.

I’d love to hear your comments about ways to bring back the impact of Earth Day.

Here’s to a green tomorrow today!

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 25 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of reusable and organic tote bags, recycled and biodegradable water bottles, recycled pens and pencils in the country.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

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Is Your Company Considering Cutting Back on Earth Day Marketing?

February 20th, 2012 No comments

How will you promote Earth Day this year?What is the true meaning of Earth Day?

Austin, Texas: I have had several of my larger clients call me to tell me that they are cutting back on Earth Day marketing this year for a variety of reasons.

Some feel they have done the yearly holiday enough times.

Others think their marketing budget can be spent in other ways

Others never measured their ROI, and cannot justify its expense

Earth Day only comes once a year and if you are  a green company, or one that is aspiring to become greener, and you want to get your story and message out, this is the ONE event you cannot afford to miss. PERIOD.

It is like a jeweler missing Valentine’s Day or a toy company skipping Christmas.

Earth Day is your opportunity to tell your story.

  • To explain why you decided to finally go green.
  • To discuss with your audience why they should go green.
  • Tips on how to be greener.
  • Ideas on how to reduce their carbon footprint.
  • Reasons why is it important to support green legislation.

Earth Day is not just about YOU or your company.

Earth Day is about promoting a green lifestyle for generations.

That is the meaning of Earth Day.

Promote the event and the message of Earth Day first.  Your company message will follow.

What are you going to do to promote the event?

Let’s Make Earth Day Every Day

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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 25 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of reusable and organic tote bags, recycled and biodegradable water bottles, recycled pens and pencils in the country.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

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How Committed Is Your Company to Earth Day Outreach Rather Than Just Earth Day Branding?

February 6th, 2012 No comments

How to get behind Earth Day celebrationsEarth Day Marketing and Education- Do They Have to Be Mutually Exclusive?

Austin, Texas: With Earth Day only a few months away (April 22), we are getting our yearly calls and online orders for eco-friendly promotional products–mostly used for outreach programs.

Many of my clients are participating in Earth Day celebrations as a way of promoting their brand. Nothing  wrong with that, as Earth Day helps businesses to reach a green-friendly audience.

However, many of my best clients view Earth Day as an opportunity to try to educate the public on improved recycling and conservation techniques and strategies.   This provides for a robust interchange of ideas that can improve both short-term and long-term reduction in one’s carbon footprint.

I like to think of Earth Day as a way to combine both aspects–outreach and branding for businesses of all sizes. If you show that your company is truly committed to green causes, then you will want to educate.

Make Earth Day a part of your brand  strategy–not an afterthought.

An educated customer is a life-long customer–so spend time educating your customers on why they should go green and how they can go green.

Don’t tout your company.  Promote the cause and your branding will follow.

Speak at schools and community events.

Leave the audience with action steps that they can take to reduce energy consumption immediately.

Explain the whys and hows of recycling.

Discuss the need for reusable tote bags instead of plastic single-use bags.

Be a valued resource on issues of the environment.

Here are some ideas of educating the public and branding that you might find helpful:

If you are trying to reach students, some of our most popular promotional out-reach items are imprinted coloring books that make it fun to learn about recycling or energy conservation. Another low-cost item are recycling temporary tattoos that promote recycling and other green causes. These can be stock or have your logo added to them.

If you are reaching a more mature population, than recycling information guides have been a very useful way of education consumers on ways to reduce energy consumption, improve recycling and cut their carbon footprint.

Another popular items for Earth Day include jar openers made from recycled car tires, each with tips on improving the planet.

You can also use flower seed packets with tips on them, live tree seedlings with tips, and recycled journal books–again with helpful Earth Day tips.

Don’t give away items that will end up in a landfill.  Make Earth Day a time for education and out-reach–and the branding will take care of itself.

Believe in Earth Day..and make it a daily cause–not a yearly event.

Here’s to a greener tomorrow, today.


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Robert Piller, President of Eco Marketing Solutions, has over 25 years of experience in running and implementing green marketing campaigns and is a leader in the recycled promotional products industry, including offering one of the largest selections of reusable and organic tote bags, recycled and biodegradable water bottles, recycled pens and pencils in the country.

His company’s website, EcoMarketingSolutions.com, features over 25,000 eco-friendly promotional items in all price ranges, for any business or organization interested in going green. The site’s handy search tool helps you easily find biodegradable, organic and recycled imprinted promotional items in your price range and time frame.

You can also reach him by email (robert (at) ecomarketingsolutions.com) or comment on his blog postings at GreenSpotBlog.com or below at his Twitter link.

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