Every successful business creates a new kind of customer
Every successful business creates a new kind of customer. That customer’s story changes because the business exists. There is a before-the-product story and an after-the-product story.
The change that’s brought about doesn’t have to be as monumental as the changes that companies like Google create; they can be small shifts in attitude and perception, nearly imperceptible changes in habits that become rituals over time.
Enhancing your products or services might signal advancement and feel like progress, but if there is no change in the customer, there is no innovation.
What happens because your product exists? Or as author Michael Schrage would say, ‘Who do you want your customer to become?’ Before your product, people did. After your product, people do.
No matter what your product is, you are ultimately in the education business. Your customers need to be constantly educated about the many advantages of doing business with you, trained to use your products more effectively, and taught how to make never-ending improvement in their lives.
As customers, what we crave more than the commodity we think we are paying for is to be understood.
What we want more than a reliable ride to our destination, a comfortable bed for the night, or even a book we can get our teeth into, is to really be seen.
What we want more than responsive organizations is personal relevance.
The value isn't just in the data that businesses collect. What counts is how they use it to make our lives better.
I have great respect for anyone who can invent a clever name that suggests something about the brand. Some of my favorite coined names are Dreamery, Groupon, Pictionary, Cinnabon, Chillow, Pinterest, Chuggemaut, and San Franpsycho. (…) It's important to make sure your name is meaningful to potential customers, not just to you.
In the 1960s, sociologist William McPhee coined the notion of "double jeopardy", to describe people's sympathy and tendencies toward certain behaviors.
Its application to marketing is due to the statistician Andrew Ehrenberg who made the "double jeopardy" concept an empirical law according to which brands with lower market shares suffer from both low purchases and low brand loyalty.
In other words, less popular brands not only have fewer buyers, but also have fewer loyal customers compared to the dominant popular brands in the market. According to the concept of "double jeopardy", a dominant brand therefore has the highest percentage of purchase and a greater consumer loyalty to its brand. What is for the popular brand a double advantage, has a negative consequence for less popular brands: it is difficult for them to retain their customers and increase their sales because it is not easy to convince buyers that the quality of a product less sold, is of better quality than a brand recognized by all.