Clorox Green Works: What were they thinking?

Are corporations people? I’ll leave that for legal scholars to decide.

Are corporations funny? Uh, almost never.

Today’s evidence comes in a breathtakingly dumb digital ad campaign from Clorox Green Works. It runs the risk of  insulting the consumers of its environmentally-friendly cleaning products while managing to ridicule millions of people who are trying to be more conscious about the social and environmental impacts of the things they buy.

Worse, it’s not even funny.

See for yourself, if you can bear it.

Now, I’ll admit that deep green consumers can be extreme. I’m recalling, right about now, the menu of a 100% organic vegan restaurant called Cafe Gratitude in Santa Cruz where dishes had silly names like “I am Fulfilled” and “I am Open Hearted.” The food turned out to be fantastic.

But Clorox, instead of guiding people through a confusing landscape of sustainability claims, here chooses to caricatures conscious consumers as people who reuse dental floss, who say things like “I can’t believe you’re wearing leather,” who ask irritating questions about the provenance of their fish and who go ga-ga over “local, gluten-free, bio-dynamic, Fair Trade, dolphin-safe, edible” hair conditioner.

I honestly don’t understand what Green Works is trying to do, and reading the press release accompanying this marketing campaign only confused me further. [click to continue…]

America’s top 10 green brands: Really?

Today’s quiz: How well do consumers understand “green” brands?

(1)          They are savvy.
(2)         They don’t have a clue.
(3)         They don’t care all that much.
(4)         All of the above.

The answer, judging from the results of this year’s ImagePower® Global Green Brands Study,  is (4) all of the above.

Hey, who ever said communicating about “green” is simple?

The survey, which comes from advertising and marketing giant WPP, is based on interviews with about 9,000 people in eight countries.

In the U.S., where researchers conducted 1,200 interviews, consumers identified these Top 10 green brands: [click to continue…]