As consumers become more conscious of the impact their purchases have on the planet, businesses must recognize the importance of incorporating eco-friendly practices into their operations. This is where sustainable content marketing comes in.
Sustainable content marketing is when a brand creates and shares ‘green’ content that boasts its authentic responsibility to sustain the environment and solve issues such as waste, climate change, pollution, and deforestation.
Creating marketing content that promotes your brand’s environmental values can help you earn the attention and trust of consumers with the same values and increase a consumer’s interest in purchasing from your brand.
For a brand to show they are sustainable, they need to get more thoughtful about what stories to tell with their content, what formats to use, and what messages those stories should communicate to their potential customers.
Here are some examples of sustainable brands:
Here are four simple ways to show consumers that your brand is sustainable and build authenticity with green content:
Corporate profits in the US increased to $2.60 trillion in the second quarter of 2023. So, it’s understandable for consumers to assume that businesses care more about profit than people - but you must prove them wrong.
Use your brand to contribute to the greater good by making donations and getting involved with charitable campaigns, and make sure that your content tells your followers where your profits are going.
For example, Turtle Bags have written in their Instagram bio: “10% of profits to Marine Conservation Society”. This attracts consumers who want their money to go towards the charity’s work on cleaning and protecting oceans.
Here are some more examples of brands that donate to charity:
You can also create content encouraging your followers to get involved with charities that align with their values. This increases positive sentiment, helps your brand stand out from competitors, raises awareness of a good cause, and raises brand awareness.
If you are new to creating sustainable content marketing, you must do your keyword research to avoid greenwashing your potential customers by blinding them with green or eco-friendly language.
Some greenwashing brands will use a lot of buzzwords such as “recycled,” “natural,” or “pure”, but unfortunately aren’t as eco-friendly as they seem. Some consumers will consider it a red flag if a brand uses this generic language, so be careful what your content includes.
Make sure you conduct research into sustainability to use the appropriate language for your products or invest in content marketing services to ensure you aren’t greenwashing your potential customers.
To build trust, you need to use marketing content to publicly show your consumers the steps you are taking to achieve your sustainability mission. You can do this by:
It’s not enough to run just one campaign dedicated to sustainability and then carry on with your usual content. Your content should be used to renew your commitment to sustainability frequently and remind your customers and followers of who you are and what you stand for.
People want to know they can trust your brand and sustainability efforts, so you must continuously work towards your mission and update consumers along the way.
Also, if your brand has recently turned green, it’s not too late to trim parts of your existing content and give yourself a new, utterly sustainable identity.
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