Barron’s reports that financial firms could gain by initiating green branding efforts. The report, “Green Marketing in Finance 2011,” included research from Mintel that showed 72 percent of respondents said they feel good about working with a financial services firm that invests in companies focused on eco-solutions. Conversely, almost 50 percent of respondents questioned whether a company that claims to be green is just trying to improve its image.
“Overcoming this cynicism is the key to a successful green advertising campaign that really stands out,” says Susan Menke, vice president and behavioral economist at Mintel. “In order for a green campaign to be effective, the consumer must feel like the company is truly sincere.”
The study indicated that more than two-thirds of respondents feel that promoting internal green initiatives is the best way for financial institutions to prove their sincerity regarding environmental responsibility. About half of respondents would like to see some personal economic benefit, such as financial firms offering eco-friendly products to new customers, while 45 percent want these firms to provide monetary incentives to businesses that develop environmentally friendly technologies and processes.
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