I find it fascinating that all the marketing skills we have today were used by people thousands of years ago. At the simpler end of the market, products dona€™t need a brand a€“ they just need to work. Religions, spiritual movements, political ideologies, self-help theories and therapies are all examples of services which can't succeed without effective branding.
Having taken over story from early religion, the a€?majora€™ religions introduced a high-profile brand feature: the symbolic individual.
It has been recently recognised that when people make a buying decision, they are not really buying a product but what they believe it will do for them. Brands have to change to suit circumstance, but the strategy has to be properly thought through. Deliberate attempts at rebranding in order to reverse a perceived decline often dona€™t work or have unforeseen adverse effects. Only religion has succeeded in using the carrot-and-stick technique in which negative reinforcers such as guilt, fear and hatred work alongside positive reinforcers such as inclusion, security and reward. From positive and negative reinforcement, the invention of the bad guy as antithesis of the mascot follows easily.
The major religions use one tool that commercial products and services can't use: punishment for failing to buy or for ceasing to buy. Products are often rebranded to match changes in perception, in order to retain customer loyalty. Subud's problem at present is that its brand is inauthentic, whereas the product itself is quite a good one. The success of a brand depends less on what it actually does than what it promises to do, though it should not mislead. The latihan exercise is practised two or three times a week for half an hour, either alone or in a group, where men and women do the exercise separately (in line with Muslim religious tradition).
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It means that if you spend an hour a day on social media over a cellular network, you could be using 2.7 GB of data a month.
A lot of that usage is likely due to the auto-play video Facebook recently added to its app. You can disable the auto-play option for newsfeed videos when you’re on a cellular network by going in to the Facebook app and tapping the options button (the three horizontal lines on top of each other) found on the bottom right for the iOS version, and towards the top right for the Android version. Streaming music at the normal, average stream quality for an hour will use up 43 megabytes of your data plan per hour.
If today were the last day of your life, would you want to do what you are about to do today? But you may not realize that browsing Facebook could be a big hit against your data plan too.
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While some healthcare professionals are effectively leveraging the Web to connect with time-strapped patients, many providers still have significant work to do on mobile if they are to meet consumers‘ needs, according to a report from Kentico. The post Healthcare marketers miss the mark on mobile, leading to frustration appeared first on DreamStateDigital. Kentico’s digital experience research showed that consumers are becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of mobile options when it comes to communicating with healthcare experts or navigating wellness sites on smartphones.
The post Important Alert: Payments scam targeting web designers and other small business owners appeared first on DreamStateDigital. The scam: An inquiry asking if you accept credit cards before discussing any project details. The customer often suggests a large deposit on the project, but insists on a rushed timeline.
The prospective customer will claim they are ready to make payment with a credit card so that work can begin immediately.
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The post This CEO is taking on the biggest banks on Wall Street — and winning appeared first on DreamStateDigital. The post Google employee dies in an accident at the Cannes Lions advertising festival appeared first on DreamStateDigital. The post How a tweet turned Uber's first hire into a billionaire appeared first on DreamStateDigital. The post How To Rock Brand Journalism Like a Celebrity appeared first on DreamStateDigital. Goop ’s pages that are labeled “Go,” “Be,” “Do,” “See,” “Make,” “Get” and “Shop” represent the site’s wide variety of content. With light and fun articles on topics such as fashion, beauty and fitness, Conrad’s site appeals to every need of her high-maintenance audience. Hollywood A-listers are now adopting this tactic to promote their personal brands and offer insights into their interests and passions. As you plan for a new year, quarter, or month, it’s time to determine your SMART marketing goals. The post A Visual Guide to Creating the Perfect Linkedin Company Page appeared first on DreamStateDigital.
A LinkedIn Company Page gives a business a tremendous opportunity to advertise its products and services, recruit top talent, & share important, interesting, and useful updates.
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Crafting a clear, relevant, and click-worthy title is the most important thing you can do to ensure that the article you spent hours and hours researching and writing performs well. A great headline ensures that your post is found in search results and shared on social media, meaning more people will read and benefit from your article.
There are handy formulas for writing headlines, but it can also be helpful to know what words and topics perform well.
Uprise.io, a content marketing tool that allows you to research and analyze top performing content in different industries, gathered data on nearly 500,000 articles published from January 1 to April 30, 2015.
To help marketers and consultants through the process of quickly creating a campaign we have created a email sequence planning template. The post How to plan event-triggered automated email campaigns appeared first on DreamStateDigital. I think that the reason event-triggered emails are underused is that maybe many companies are still in a campaign mindset. The great benefits of event-triggered e-mails is that once set up and tested for effectiveness, they are a low cost method of boosting response. Research shows that behavioural email marketing is a powerful technique to automatically follow-up online customer actions to help increase conversion to sale at a low cost. The post A Guide to Email Marketing and Marketing Automation Tools appeared first on DreamStateDigital. Companies have long used email marketing to reach out to people to keep them informed and to remain connected with them. The post 5 ways for brands to build relevance and trust appeared first on DreamStateDigital. LeadSift, a provider of #social media intelligence solutions, announced that OMERS Ventures and Salesforce Ventures have invested in the company. LeadSift also officially launched its Consumer Insights API to allow for easy integration of real-time social insights directly into other business applications to enrich contact and profile data. The Apple Watch is here to stay, and depending on how you feel about smartwatches, that may be a good or bad thing. The second annual EContent Sourcebook: A Guide to Content and the Digital Experience brings together everything digital content professionals need to know in 2015. About three out of four new firms that take venture capital fail to deliver projected returns, Ghosh told the WSJ. Most start-ups have a good idea of what they want to accomplish, yet surprisingly few have a clear idea of how to actually get there. The graphic above shows the 4 main phases of the Business Life Cycle, from ideas and creation to the wind up or exit strategy for a going business. Even if you have already started your business, or you are working for an already established business, it’s still a good idea to go back to the creation stage when the ideas for the business were being batted around.
The answers to these questions will give a clear starting direction to write the strategy, as well as identify areas where the direction is not agreed upon by all of the senior leaders. Know where you want to go and track the data that tells you if you are achieving or drifting. This is the phase that most business people associate with a strategy- the well-known Strategic Plan and Business Plan.
However, a Business Plan to set up and run a business is not the same as a strategy for staying in business, although many people will treat them as if they are. In looking closely at the SBA Essentials list, you’ll notice that each of the sections except the Financial Projections looks at the present or past (Market Analysis takes in historical performance for your niche market).
Creating a Strategic Plan to go along with your initial Business Plan is smart business and is helpful to your case for funding. Getting your business off to a strong (and SMART) start makes the job much more productive, and successful, and moves you into the middle years smoothly. Metrics are necessary to measure each month (or quarter) how closely the business is tracking with benchmarks agreed upon by senior leadership. Notice that each of these examples is Specific, Measurable, Action Oriented, Results Driven, and Time Sensitive… SMART. Your Innovation phase Strategic Plan needs to have measurements to keep current activities on track, ideas to explore within certain time-frames, and incentives to keep moving forward. Each department or division contributes in unique ways and needs to develop measurements (metrics) to understand whether it is successful or not. It would be unwise to have all data lumped together to the point that one department or division supported the entire company. Though the benchmark overall was exceeded by 10% when combined, and which may be cause for congratulation, it masks the underlying instability in Service. In this phase, we see the opportunity to diversify away from the core or initial product or service, and begin the cycle again with new ideas or exit the market altogether and cease doing business. In the innovation phase, or the period of established daily operation, each typewriter repair shop has the opportunity to scan the market place and see the signs. Shop A manager studies the decline and decides to branch out into computers and automated business systems, invests in training its staff in new technologies and gradually tips the scales toward the future.


Shop B, however, cuts staff to reduce overhead, implements more ad campaigns and uses social media to reach new customers which helps for a couple of months, but repeat business is becoming slower and slower. The SBA website we linked above also has resources for planning your business Exit Strategy for Getting Out.
The 4 phases of business life all require continuous planning to account for changes and unexpected occurrences in the market. A good Strategic Plan should be revised as often as needed- usually not more than once each year, nor less than every three years- in order to keep the business in touch with market changes. Your business strategy should grow and develop and change with the business, but always remain grounded in the stable mission and vision that created it.
They may have believed iron age superstitions but they could learn nothing from us about marketing because they knew the secrets of branding: the creation and projection into the market of a generic identity and buying incentive for a product or service thata€™s otherwise difficult to sell. No-one ever bothered to create a brand for spoons or wheelbarrows - but to market a vacuum cleaner, a car or a broadband provider, you need a brand.
Christianity makes full use of the two most powerful marketing words known to man: a€?newa€™ and a€?freea€™. Logo, corporate identity, endorsements, free offers, unique selling proposition (USP) and perhaps most important of all: story. Moses, Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha are the religious equivalent of brand mascots such as the Jolly Green Giant, the Pillsbury Dough Boy, Sunny Jim, Ronald McDonald and Colonel Sanders. In the 1990s Wranglers decided to expand from its core product, jeans, into the general clothing market; the attempt was a costly failure a€“ no-one believed Wranglers could make fashionable suits and jackets.
Christianitya€™s claim on universality led to its adopting many of the rites and festivals of paganism on the basis that these were all better expressed in Christian terms. Successful rebrands are the ones we hardly notice as they either dona€™t concern us or offer us more of what we believe we want.
In commercial marketing, only positive emotions such as well-being, rewards, security and inclusiveness are addressed.
The rewards and punishments are big: eternal bliss in a world after death, contrasted with eternal torture or countless lifetimes of suffering. In commercial marketing the bad guy would take the form of an anti-mascot whose purpose is to stop you gaining the benefit symbolized by the mascot. Microsoft can't claim, although it might want to, that Mac users will have a terrible life, because there are plenty of Mac users who can easily refute the claim.
If the product can be shown not to deliver on its promises, the customer will be disillusioned and look elsewhere. Christianity today places much less emphasis on hell than it did in the middle ages, and accuses no-one of being a witch or a heretic. The claims a€“ spiritual development without doctrine or hierarchy a€“ are at variance with the facts. At the time of writing there is a furore over Subud's perceived anti-gay stance based on statements such as 'Homosexuality is not allowed by religion and it is not allowed by God. Their use of 'loss leaders' is a manipulative ploy that exploits people's willingness to believe what they are told as long as it comes from a trusted authority.
His talks contain a wealth of material from Javanese, HIndu, Muslim and Naqshbandi Sufi sources. The videos appear at different rates for each user based on a variety of factors in Facebook’s newsfeed algorithm. Although several marketers, such as Web MD, have made a strong push for applications centering on healthcare, doctors and providers must roll out a greater presence on mobile and SMS to connect with consumers. That’s why we wanted to let you know about a new scam targeting web designers and other online merchants. They do this because they’ll be paying you with a stolen credit card, and want to complete the scam before the card is reported as stolen or the true owner of the credit card detects the unauthorized transaction.
This could range from them not being set up to accept credit cards to them being tied up with a family emergency. Unfortunately you will now likely be looking at a loss as the true holder of the credit card will dispute the charge and you will receive a chargeback. The site—featuring her handpicked team of experts—provides a goldmine for guidance on food, fashion and mindfulness, among other topics.
Articles feature multiple graphics and rich visuals produced with a feminine flair that resonates with readers.
It’s the leading social networking site for professionals, it is a truly unique space on the web, one that blurs the lines between knowledge- sharing platform and relationship-building tool. The guide also includes several inspirational visual examples garnered from top-performing company pages to assist you in crafting your own perfect linkedin company page.
This way, you not only know how to optimize your headline but also can come up with article ideas that will attract and intrigue your target audience.
To setup event-triggered email does need investment in a project to work through the relevant creative treatment and targeting for different customer actions and position in the lifecycle.
You can let the technology take the strain since there are too many triggers and layers of segmentation to manage manually.
One barrier to setting up these event-triggered email sequences is the time it takes to specify the sequences if it’s a new approach to the company or agency. In fact, there is a high probability your company is already using some form of it, even though you might not be aware of it. Traditionally, you would buy an email database and have an email server with the capability of high-volume email blasts to send out mailers to people in that database.
He says in a press release, ““Companies need to move beyond collecting likes and retweets with meaningless content. The company says the investment will further product development efforts and fuel sales and #marketing. As we learn more about how people are actually using their smartwatches, manufacturers have the opportunity to create devices and operating systems that better address the needs and wants of users. Metrics: How will we know if we are on target to achieve the forecasts or badly missing the marks? Banks and Venture Capitalists will require a sound Business Plan before making a decision to fund a start-up. This may be the same or similar Goal(s) each year, or you may create stretch goals that are vastly different each year. Market analysis will tell when the time is right to launch new offerings to existing clients and to gain new clients to move the business to the next level of growth. You may find that, as the business grows, you need to create cascading plans for each department or division.
For example, if Sales achieved 150% of its quota, or benchmark, but Service was not having much repeat business, and therefore barely getting by with 60% of its quota, this would signal a problem area.
Departmental Strategic Plans allow each to focus on growing or identifying end of life issues early enough to take appropriate actions. By tracking sales and repair data, both should see the vigor of the business declining despite increased advertising and marketing efforts. Within the year, unable to cut staff any further, the shop goes to half days, and closes on the weekends.
In much early religion story is the only clearly identifiable factor a€“ creation myth, disaster myth and divine intervention, making religion indistinguishable from story at the ordinary level. Early religions certainly had heroes, but Heracles, Perseus, Theseus, Osiris, Apollo, Thor, Krishna and others were not the sole focus figure of their respective religious frameworks. Think of the famous campaign for margarine based on the slogan a€?I cana€™t believe ita€™s not butter.a€™ People bought the margarine in the belief that it tasted as good as butter.
You may believe that a sports shoe with a flash on it will make you run faster than one without. To survive in the market a business must grow, and for that it needs an effective strategy. User endorsements are the most reliable way of creating confidence in a product or service whose claim is unverifiable in advance. More recently Pepsi-Cola tried one last effort to reverse its decline against Coca-Cola by rebranding itself with the colour blue, thereby shrinking its market share still further. There is no evidence that Christians originally believed Jesus to have been born (of a virgin) around the time of the winter solstice or to have been crucified and resurrected around the time of the spring celebration; but as these were major pagan festivals it was expedient to rebrand Christianity according to the pagan calendar. The commercial marketing industry has learned that whenever a negative reinforcer has been tried it has always failed, sometimes spectacularly, as in the 'You're Never Alone with a Strand' cigarette campaign. To get people to believe these claims required, and still requires, a massive marketing effort. Religion can claim what it likes about eternal punishment because its claims can't be proved false. They aim to expand their membership, and in order to do that they must have an effective marketing programme based on a strong brand.
Like many other spiritual movements Subud also plays the 'tradition' card: offering a connection that goes right back to the beginning.
In order to get round this difficulty and retain customer loyalty the promise of all 'major' religions is that the reward lies in another domain, i.e.
Current Pope Francis says things like a€?When God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person? Supermarkets, like politicians and spiritual leaders, use various strategies to project themselves as trustworthy, friendly and 'on the customer's side'. Much of the material deals with the correct conditions for doing the latihan exercise, the 'lower forces' contained in the nafsu (passions), the organisation of the Subud movement and the setting up of businesses. This consists of asking a question, putting oneself into the surrendered latihan state, and seeing what comes through.
Be sure to keep an eye out and look for these telltale signs that you may be dealing with a fraudster. Originally started as a weekly email newsletter, Goop quickly transformed into a repository for consumers who crave lifestyle content. Paltrow follows the principles of brand journalism by providing the type of lifestyle content that focuses squarely on her target audience. Mark Brownlow has more on the whys and wherefores of event triggered campaigns in this post on Email Marketing Reports.
With that in mind, Battery Ventures decided to find out exactly how smartwatches are being used.
If all data were viewed together, the resulting revenue total could obscure problems in Service to go undetected.
Think about how difficult it would be for that typewriter repair shop in our example to stay in business if it only focused on that one product and service. This unfortunately has the unanticipated effect of cutting off walk-in traffic by customers who can’t get into the shop during the half-day schedule. THE BIG IDEA: A select few businesses have uncovered a proven strategy for achieving long-term profitability and higher degrees of customer loyalty. Imagine the impact on your professional life if you knew what aspects of your expertise to highlight, who you should be networking with, and which of these classic, powerful (yet super-simple!) activities would convey your branding edge in the most authentic way?Increase Your Credibility and Expand Your InfluenceLearn how to expand your reach.
Because the more complex or rarefied the product or service, the harder it is to establish a perceived benefit in advance of purchase.


Later religions owe much to their use of story to address psychological problems such as insecurity and guilt. In the Middle East the cults of Tammuz, Adonis, Zardush (Zoroaster) or Mithras lost a€?market sharea€™ to the monotheistic religions, despite sharing many of their features, because the latter had stronger brands. In the consumer market, the incentive is money, and people with proven marketing skills are very highly paid.
There are such things as stable, non-market-driven economies operating without the assumption that more is better and that security comes from having the most stuff.
More successful have been McDonalda€™s attempt to claw back public goodwill lost in the junk food furore by projecting itself as sustainable and energy-efficient; tourist destinations such as Ireland, Tunisia and Egypt use seductive advertising to overcome the fear of terrorist attacks.
Islama€™s pioneering and disinterested pursuit of science and philosophy increased the acceptability of its brand in medieval Europe. People always associate the brand with the dominant emotion, even if the product is portrayed as conquering it.
The Hamburglar tries to steal hamburgers away from children, and Ronald McDonald gets them back. This, however, undermines its case to be stating the truth (see Karl Popper, falsifiability theory).
It should come as no surprise to any Subud member who has read this far that Subud has such a programme. It is also universalist: the 'one stop shop' - you can get everything you need here, why bother looking elsewhere? It must either endorse the statements and practices of Pak Subuh and his followers, in which case it officially becomes a popularised Javanese cult (nothing inherently wrong in that), or revert to its original form in which such things are of peripheral interest compared to the 'product' (the spiritual exercise), the USP (no teaching, no hierarchy) and the story (how Pak Subuh received the latihan) which, again, is quite a good one.
Having acquired the trust and confidence of their customers they are then in a position to make statements and carry out actions which are not questioned.
It claims to have no hierarchy, no teachings and no other set practice than the surrender exercise. They’ll offer to place a large deposit and then ask if they can transfer funds to you that are destined for a third party. Paltrow and her team provide such compelling information that it wasn’t hard to get sucked into a few articles while researching this story.
Goop features many industry experts, which enhance the credibility of the site even beyond Paltrow’s celebrity status. Though the site may tout Conrad’s celebrity name, the information is laser focused on her target audience, the typical girly girl who views primping as a necessity. To help you align your marketing efforts with SMART goals, our Partner HubSpot built this marketing planning template that you can download for free.
Would you like to be known as a thought leader, build strong relationships with the titans in your industry and be seen as an expert in your field? An effective brand will not only persuade a customer to buy, but also ensure continued purchase (a€?brand loyaltya€™). Convince people they are getting something for nothing and theya€™ll not only flock to buy your product, theya€™ll be grateful! To solve these problems they first had to establish ownership of their solutions, in exactly the same way as a marketing campaign for GM food claims to solve third world hunger, or a supermarket a€?beats the recessiona€™ by claiming to create jobs and slash prices. Not surprisingly, societies with non-expansionist economies tend to have non-expansionist religions, if they have religions at all. Islamic religious tracts are full of a€?so-and-so saida€™ or a€?so-and-so heard such-and-such saya€™. The dogmatist Al-Ghazali single-handedly reversed that trend by introducing the idea that God was directly involved in every natural phenomenon, therefore nothing could be studied in the absence of theology.
This particular campaign was predictably short-lived, since it followed the rule that advertising which focuses on a negative attaches the negative to the brand. There World Subud Association (WSA) hosts regular discussions about promoting the message of Subud and protecting its reputation. The appeal of a single product 'specially formulated' for all types of application - engine oil, shampoo, plant feed etc. Pak Subuh said, 'you will only know the benefit of the latihan after you die' (1985, S Widjojo Centre, Jakarta). There are customer endorsements aplenty, the logo is strong, the free offer is there ('no charge, contributions welcome') a€“ everything is in place but one: a clear and accurate brand. Powerful marketing tools such as logo, endorsement, free offer, unique selling proposition and story access the emotional, not the logical part of the brain.
The key element is belief in God (the latihan exercise is believed to be guidance and direction from the power of God).
Once you agree to the project, this new customer will want to pay you with a credit card very quickly.
The story of the specially-engineered solution to the perceived problem becomes part of the brand.
In the established a€?brandsa€™ there is a payment for services rendered: the notion that if one a€?buys ina€™ to certain ideas, one gets something in return - heavenly rewards, increased merit, good fortune, nirvana or some such thing, desire for which has been created and developed by the marketing department concerned.
The religions with the most aggressive strategies arise out of market economies, and offer bonuses for spreading the word. Christian scriptures and hagiographies consist largely of deeds, sayings and observations recorded by witnesses. This led directly to the loss of Islama€™s lead in technology and the decline of its global influence a€“ something that Al-Ghazali could not have intended.
This resulted in people associating the product with the negative emotion and abandoning it in droves. Once you transfer funds to the third party the original credit card payment will be charged back to you and all contact will be lost with the scammer.
More specifically, your goal is to build relationships with customers that translate to repeat business and positive word of mouth.This challenging feat is, in large part, accomplished through a process called branding.
It is possible to influence people radically, but one must first know what they believe, or are willing to believe. This concept of divine remuneration is central to all the a€?greata€™ religions, whose designers established such promised rewards as physical resurrection from the dead, eternal life in paradise, or freedom from reincarnation and attainment of eternal bliss; a benefit that they not only expected to receive themselves but offered as an incentive to others. Some of them eulogise martyrdom a€“ what could be a better customer endorsement than the willingness to defend a product to the death?
Brand loyalty is built on the fact that the more opinions you hear reinforcing a certain sales message, the more likely you are to believe it yourself. Judaism a€?rebrandeda€™ itself successfully after the sack of Jerusalem and the destruction of the Temple, by removing the requirement for sacrifice and instituting the synagogue and the rabbinate.
The initial spread of Subud a€“ a God-centred organisation a€“ was solely due to the efforts of a man displeasing to God. Branding is a set of practices designed to get customers to associate specific emotions and images to a company. Earlier religions had less well-developed incentive schemes; as a Viking warrior who died in battle you might go to Valhalla and drink mead, but only in order to fight again with Odin at the last battle of Ragnarok! The ultimate customer endorsement, dying for the brand, seems excessive to most people today but nevertheless fits the category. This fundamental reconfiguration enabled it to survive without the core elements by which it had previously defined itself, but limited the brand's appeal. This if nothing else places Subud in a ludicrous position and I find it most odd that no Subud leader has ever publicly remarked on the fact, certainly not Pak Subuh himself nor his daughter Ibu Rahayu (currently the main Subud opinion-former).
When a group of customers associates desired emotions and images to a brand, that brand has “equity” it can leverage in order to grow. As an ancient Greek or Egyptian you would expect your behaviour in life to determine your fate after death, but you would have no concept of special bonuses for promulgating the faith, or dying for it. A customer has bought the product and is so satisfied with it that he makes his satisfaction public in the most irrefutable way possible. I don't know any anti-gay Subud members and the ones I know share my personal view that Pak Subuh's doctrines are at best quaint, at worst inaccurate and ignorant. Southwest Airlines, for example, offers warm, friendly service to its passengers in an industry notorious for subpar customer experience. But remember that brands do not appeal to common sense, but to the emotions, first of all building desire and then positioning a product or service so as to appear to fulfil that desire. It might be thought a bit odd that in Christianity the mascot (Jesus) endorses the brand (dies for his belief) in order first of all to create it. It underwent various tranformations on its journey, most noticeable of which is the alteration of the Buddhaa€™s image from Indian thin to Chinese fat, representing the change from the original Indian ideal of balance and discipline to the Chinese one of happiness and prosperity. Customer loyalty has to be very strong to overcome this problem, and latihan experience itself is often the overrider.
Their brand has become the “heart of the sky,” symbolized by a heart on the belly of its airplanes. It would be as if the Jolly Green Giant advertised tinned peas by writing his own testimonial on the tin a€“ it wouldna€™t work, because we know the Jolly Green Giant is not real. Which explains why the early struggle of Christianity centred on proving the historicity of Jesus. If the brand mascot is a real person, not just a symbol, it can do all kinds of things a mere icon cana€™t do.
Their connection with your brand is so strong that they often don’t consider doing business with anyone else. To them, there is no alternative to Mac.Your Brand Lovers choose you more often than your competitors.
Some customers might even blog about your products or services, or create videos and post them on YouTube.
But listen carefully.Conducting online surveys can be helpful, but if you have a physical storefront, meet your customers face to face. Sam Walton would often tell his executives: “If you don’t know what to do, go ask the customer.
Uncover the emotional effect you have on them.General market research doesn’t uncover the true drivers of choice for your best customers.
The answers don’t have to be complex.How can you show them that you genuinely care about them?
For World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), offering free meatball subs before their shows increased the love among early participants.
Skaters were ostracized by most businesses, but Vans listened to its customers and developed products aligned with the skater lifestyle.What are meaningful ways to celebrate their loyalty?
The only way to anticipate the future needs of your customers is to understand who they are.



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