How to Schedule Social Media Posts Effectively
By Sandra BuschSep 14
Published August 30th 2022
There have been over 7 million online mentions about sustainability since the start of the year. For context, that’s equal to a mention for every single person living in Bulgaria – an impressive number by any standards.
With climate change conversations peaking, and more consumers concerned about their carbon footprint, sustainability is something all businesses need to consider.
Environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) is among the top mentioned subtopics within the sustainability conversation. Patrons increasingly want to understand how businesses implement sustainability tactics, especially as the conversation around climate change grows.
We looked into how brands can navigate the ESG conversation online to benefit their customers, implement green initiatives, and improve their brand sentiment.
Sustainability ambassadors are an excellent way for brands to showcase their green initiatives. From making TikTok videos about your practices to raising awareness through word-of-mouth, advocates are sure to improve brand sentiment.
Grove Collaborative is a great example of a brand receiving positive publicity for their ambassador initiative. Grove, who sell ethical cleaning products, recently appointed actress Drew Barrymore as their first-ever global sustainability advocate. This was well received online, with many consumers excited to see such positive steps from the company.
Ambassadors don’t need to be celebs either. Micro-influencers — usually defined as influencers with up to 10,000 followers—can receive impressive engagement numbers, especially when using multiple influencers at once. Brands might benefit from a marketing campaign searching for brand ambassadors among the micro-influencer community.
Equally, ambassadors don’t need to be human. Foodpanda, an online food and grocery delivery company operating across Asia, recently implemented a mascot for their sustainability initiatives. This pink panda, called Pau-Pau, was welcomed on social media, with the hashtag #HereComesPauPau receiving hundreds of uses.
Utilizing advocates for your brand is an excellent vehicle for improving awareness about your sustainability initiatives. Whether these ambassadors are celebrities or fictional mascots, this is a proven method for driving positive sentiment in online conversations.
Something every company can do is set sustainability targets. By setting clear goals on how your business plans to improve, your customers can understand the values driving your brand. A good example of this is Club Mahindra. On an announcement of their commitment to sustainability and incorporation of new green practices, they received high engagement on social.
Committed to sustainability since its inception, @clubmahindra has become India’s first hospitality company to have signed both RE100 and EP100. To meet these targets, the brand has successfully incorporated a host of sustainable practices.— Mahindra Group (@MahindraRise) April 15, 2022
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I'm blown away by the impact @TMobile is making in so many areas!— Callie Field (@CallieField) August 22, 2022
🌳⚡️ Leading telco in renewable power. #RE100
👩🎓📖 Bridging much of the Homework Gap. #Project10Million
🚑👩🚒 Saving public agencies big 💵 #ConnectingHeroes
That's a fraction of what we did in a single year!
Water pollution is a rising topic in the sustainability conversation. When looking deeper into online emotions around water pollution, 45% of emotion-categorized mentioned showed disgust. From concerns about animal welfare to complaints about side-effects on residents, these disgusted mentions can indicate how brands might benefit from listening to consumer conversations.
Last year, washing detergent company Tide launched an impressive #TurnToCold marketing campaign. Working with celebrities, including Steve Austin and Ice-T, the initiative aimed to encourage consumers to wash their clothes on cold washes – to encourage less water and energy consumption. The campaign even won Gold at the 2022 Cannes Lions Awards for their sustainability goals.
Will you join the movement to #TurnToCold? Click below and you could even win a limited edition @Tide tub featuring me so my face will remind you turn to cold every single time you do laundry. #TurnToIceCold #sweepstakes No purchase necessary to enter. #TidePartner— ICE T (@FINALLEVEL) April 2, 2021
The #TurnToCold campaign saw thousands of engagements, with customers hoping to win prizes. As a result, Tide saw an impressive increase in positive brand sentiment.
Utilizing strategies to encourage less water consumption and pollution is a great way to show commitment to sustainability. Whether it’s through a dedicated marketing campaign or implementing better business practices, customers are likely to encourage these green initiatives.