Many eco-entrepreneurs start their advertising spending in the P.R. arena. Typical P.R. which focuses sending press releases to and eliciting media coverage from mainstream media, established newspapers, magazines and broadcast stations (radio and TV) is not necessarily a good choice for eco-entrepreneurs. With major companies submitting their own green stories with their big P.R. agencies, your smaller story can get lost in the shuffle.
Instead, eco-entrepreneurs might consider focusing on new media.
The interesting stuff for green PR … is happening in the social media and community realm where companies can engage in conversation directly with consumers concerning their green business plans.
To get started:
1. Join your local green business groups and national ones like LOHAS or one that is appropriate for your business.
2. Send your e-mail blasts and press releases to green Web sites like, of course, Green Options Media but, also Treehugger, and The Green Guide.
3. Start a blog on your site. Engage with your customers on your site. Write compelling posts that answer their questions about your product.
4. Submit your blog posts to popular social bookmarking sites with a green slant: Mind Body Green, Hugg and Care2. Some of the larger social media sites too have begun to focus on green innovations too—which to join depends on your field and product.
5. Get involved on these sites. Read and submit posts from other blogs. When you find one that seems to fit your customer base, check their reach. If they have significant numbers consider asking to send a sample of your product for review.
6. Read the top Green Blogs . Comment on them, refer to posts you’ve made on your company blog.
7. Write for a green publication. Many green blogs welcome guest contributors. Many are looking for writers with specific green expertise.
8. Become an active member of the green community online. Don’t use it only to promote your product…you’ll experience backlash pretty quickly if the community feels it is being used. Instead write not only about your companies products but also about those things in which you have expertise.
The green movement is growing and major corporations, focused on traditional P.R. tactics are often not present in the social media/community building sphere. That’s where eco-entrepreneurs have an edge. Grassroots tactics, at which entrepreneurs excel work best in this space. Get involved and see exposure for your business grow.
These tips were written by Maryanne Conlin Milker, a social media and eco-marketing consultant with expertise in targeting female consumers. This article originally appeared on http://ecopreneurist.com.