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Sustainability 2017, 9(4), 512; doi:10.3390/su9040512

Improving Transfer in the Food Sector by Applying a Target Audience-Centered Approach—The Development of a Nonprofit Marketing Campaign Guide Based on a Case Study of the LAV Platform

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Institute of Sustainable Nutrition (iSuN), Münster University of Applied Sciences, Corrensstr. 25, 48149 Münster, Germany
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Institute of Nutritional and Food Sciences, Cold Chain Management Working Group, University of Bonn, Katzenburgweg 7-9, 53115 Bonn, Germany
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Academic Editor: Ingo Eilks
Received: 14 November 2016 / Revised: 16 March 2017 / Accepted: 21 March 2017 / Published: 28 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Education and Approaches)
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This article presents a marketing campaign guide to support nonprofit and governmental organizations, such as academic research institutes or governmental agencies, that wish to develop support tools for the food industry. It offers a systematic and target audience-centered approach which guides nonprofits through the various steps of a marketing campaign, from defining the required values of a new product or service to ultimately launching it. The text also explains how a target audience-centered marketing approach was applied in a case study of developing and transferring the LAV platform (LAV—Avoiding Food Waste, from the German “Lebensmittel Abfall Vermeiden”), a website that has been specifically set up and targeted to small- and medium-sized companies (SMEs) in the German food sector that wish to reduce food waste in their operations. Currently, there are more than 500 tools available in the English or German language which attempt to support companies in the food sector in their food waste reduction efforts. However, so far there has been no platform that could gather all these tools to facilitate SMEs’ access to them. The LAV platform compiles various relevant tools from academia as well as from industry and makes the most suitable tools available in a toolbox published on the Internet platform. Here, the tools are structured by topic and market segment; its user-friendliness was tested applying participatory methods which involved SMEs and industry organizations. The LAV platform, as well as target audience-centered marketing approaches more generally, could act as role models for other international projects that also have the goal of setting up and promoting tool-gathering systems. View Full-Text
Keywords: marketing campaign; nonprofit marketing; food waste reduction; resource efficiency; participation; sustainability marketing campaign; nonprofit marketing; food waste reduction; resource efficiency; participation; sustainability
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Strotmann, C.; Niepagenkemper, L.; Göbel, C.; Flügge, F.; Friedrich, S.; Kreyenschmidt, J.; Ritter, G. Improving Transfer in the Food Sector by Applying a Target Audience-Centered Approach—The Development of a Nonprofit Marketing Campaign Guide Based on a Case Study of the LAV Platform. Sustainability 2017, 9, 512.

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