Green products have been around since the 1970s, but it's only in recent years that they've become ubiquitous. That's because savvy green marketers are no longer targeting "deep green" consumers with a "save the planet" pitch. Instead, they're promoting the added value their products provide: better health, superior performance, good taste, or cost-effectiveness. In this innovative book Ottman argues that emphasizing primary benefits -- the New Rules -- is critical to winning over the mainstream consumer.
Drawing on the latest poll data and incorporating lessons learned from her clients and other leading sustainable brands -- 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 such topics as spurring innovation through a proactive approach to sustainability, 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.
The New Rules of Green Marketing captures the best of Ottman's two previous groundbreaking books on green marketing and places it within a 21st Century context. Focusing on a new generation of marketers who likely grew up with an appreciation for sustainability, it provides in one place essential strategies, tools, and inspiration for connecting effectively with mainstream consumers.
About the Author
Jacquelyn A. Ottman, founder and principal of J. Ottman Consulting, has been working with green businesses since 1989. Ottman counts among her clients over sixty of the Fortune 500, several U.S. Government labels programs including the EPA’s Energy Star and the USDA’s BioPreferred labels. She is the author of the bestselling Green Marketing.
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