I am caught up in a LinkedIn conversation that started with the question, ” How do we convince average homeowners of the value of sustainability when all they are concerned about is ROI?”
I jumped in mostly because questions like this make my blood boil. I find it presumptuous that, as a business, you should be trying to convince your customer to think something they don’t think. My reaction is, “Who the hell do you think you are?”
As a customer who has worked hard to earn my money, the last thing I want is someone who thinks they know better than me how I should spend that money. I certainly want my supplier to let me know all the options that are available to me, but I will make up my own mind, thanks very much, about where the money ultimately goes.
My second reaction is, “How about you start by convincing yourself that ROI is less important than the environment?” How about you tell your kids that playing hockey is out this year because you have decided that the planet needs your money more.
ROI is what has given us our wealth, and the ability to even ask these questions. To reduce ROI to an option is just flat out stupid. When you start thinking this way, you are flying in the face of everything that has allowed our society to care about the environment and make the tremendous advances in environmental protection that we have.
My solution is within the comments I made in the discussion. Check it out, and comment yourself by clicking here.