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May 2010

Print in the Mix

Marketers Find 'Green Marketing' More Effective

A newly released report, "Green Marketing: What Works & What Doesn't—A Marketing Study of Practitioners," says that marketers who have experimented with green marketing messages generally found them more effective than standard marketing messages.

The study is based on a series of surveys conducted by the trade publication Environmental Leader, along with trade publications MarketingCharts, MarketingVOX and MediaBuyerPlanner. Here are some of the key findings:

• More than 80 percent of the 370+ respondents indicated they expect their companies to spend more on green marketing in the future. Among manufacturers, that number is significantly higher.

• Close to 30 percent of marketers surveyed think green marketing is more effective than other marketing messages, compared to 6 percent of marketers who think it is less effective. According to the study, management is even more optimistic, with 46 percent indicating a belief that green marketing is more efficacious.

• Companies with smaller marketing budgets tend to spend more on green marketing. Firms with a marketing budget of less than $250,000 spend just greater than 26 percent on green marketing, while those with budgets of more than $50 million spend 6 percent on green marketing.

• The most popular mediums for green marketing, as reported by respondents who have spent money on this technique, are the Internet (75 percent), followed by print (50 percent) and direct mail (40 percent).

• Marketers that track marketing spend and its relation to sales believe consumers will pay more for green products. When asked if customers would pay more for green products or to a green company, it was the direct-oriented media that showed the more positive results. Of the people who used the two least trackable media, TV and outdoor, only 29 percent and 25 percent, respectively, indicated that customers would pay more. That compares to 44 percent, 42 percent and 46 percent for Internet, print and direct mail, respectively.

• Companies with decision makers who have a low regard for green marketing tend to be those with the larger marketing budgets, especially in the budgets between $10 million and $50 million per year, where more than a quarter indicated that their decision makers held green marketing in low regard. This indicates that smaller companies may believe green marketing to be more effective than larger companies do.

To read this Print in the Mix Fast Fact and other print market research studies, go to Print in the Mix is a free and easily accessible clearinghouse of research on print media effectiveness, published by the Printing Industry Center at RIT and made possible by a grant from The Print Council (
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