I was just called a watermelon on Facebook. Mirrors don’t lie. I must admit my bald round head does have a mellon shape. But they were not talking about my looks. Watermelons are people that are green on the outside and red in the middle. Get it? I was just called a communist!
The next question is whether you will be called a watermelon too? Continue reading
Millennials are driving a corporate social responsibility (CSR) revolution that is disrupting every company’s marketing strategy. For millennials, CSR is not an activity or organizational department. They view CSR as the foundational element for product design, function and end of product life repurposing.
This CSR revolution has hit marketing and sales right between the eyes. Brands are now boomer generation dinosaurs.
“Cool with a purpose” is what influences millennial purchases. A product is cool if it offers diverse social experiences, affordable prices and seamless integration into their digital lifestyles. But cool is not enough to keep a millennial customer.
Millennials also want to buy purpose. They are repurposing CSR from a staff function inside a business to an integrated feature incorporated in the products they buy. Continue reading
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Tagged authenticity, Bill Roth, CSR, Earth 2017, green business coach, marketing, millennials, The Boomer Generation, The Secret Green Sauce, Transparency, values
The biggest news from the Natural Product Expo 2016 was that the sale of healthy foods is now mainstream. A record 43% of Americans now say they make their food and beverage purchases using the criteria of human and environmental health. Healthier food is on the threshold of being what the majority of Americans eat. Continue reading
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Tagged Bill Roth, CSR, Earth 2017, green business coach, health crisis, healthy food sales, Natural Food Expo, non-GMO, organic, purposeful foods, Sustainability, The Boomer Generation Diet, weight loss
Life is getting complicated for numbers guys like me trying to place people in category buckets for analysis. For example, in today’s political environment how do you define a Republican or a Democrat? The fact that the answer to this question is no longer obvious, or attractive, is why a record 43% of us now describe ourselves as political independents. Independent or “none of the above” is now America’s largest political demographic group.
Political parties and business marketing organizations are in a crisis as consumers/voters abandon brands, whether it is the brand of a political party or of a product. Market research finds consumers and voters are moving past brand messaging to evaluate individuals, and individual products, based on their authenticity and transparency. Arising from the ashes of brand dissatisfaction and mistrust is a new demographic called the consumer/voter. One such example is the food voter. Food voters use their pocket books, and increasingly their vote, to select foods, food suppliers and politicians based on their support of values like sustainable sourcing of food, food label transparency and health claim authenticity. Continue reading
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Tagged Bill Roth, climate change, CSR, Earth 2017, Food voter, GMO, GMO food labels, green business coach, Grocery Manufacturer Association, Natural Food Expo, organic food, weight loss
How Cities Can Achieve Sustained Economic Development
Tulsa, Oklahoma, is a great town with friendly, talented people. It has a downtown that urban millennials love with an attractive mix of loft-style housing, fun restaurants and entertainment.
But Tulsa is also a town built on the success of the oil and natural gas industry. When fossil fuel prices are high, Tulsa’s economy significantly benefits. With today’s low oil and natural gas prices, the town — and the state of Oklahoma — confront job loss, painful tax revenue declines and real threats to economic growth.
In many ways, Tulsa’s economic development situation defines U.S. towns located in America’s heartland. They are towns anchored in what made America successful in the 20th century. Some towns like Tulsa are heavily aligned with fossil fuels. Many are agriculturally-oriented with a strong link between economic success and the heavy use of chemical fertilizers, water and pesticides. Still others are regional industrial or service centers that are increasingly being challenged by a global economy and digital innovations. All of these towns share this question: How do we achieve sustained economic development in the 21st century? Continue reading