Adam and Jeannie discuss the core distinctions between a purchase brand and a usage brand, how the latter translates to better customer experiences, and ultimately, greater long-term success.
The advantages of becoming a usage brand
It’s one thing to sell a product or service then call it a success and move on to the next customer… But it’s another thing to continue building a mutually rewarding relationship with that first customer. As it turns out, engaging, educating and celebrating existing customers leads to increased loyalty and positive word-of-mouth.
Simply put, to create a brand that inspires loyalty and advocacy, you need to create an experience that lives beyond sales to inform and encourage how customers use your product or service. Top brands like Sephora and AirBNB create lasting relationships around usage instead of pouring all that money and energy into traditional marketing, and the results have been incredible!
But don’t take my word for it! In this episode, Adam and Jeannie share great examples and comparisons to show you why these two concepts really can’t coexist. You’ll learn about brands that are focused on purchase, brands that focus on usage, then even some brands that have had great success making a switch.
So which kind of brand are you, the kind that focuses on promotion, or the kind that focuses on advocacy? If you’re thinking you can do both, according to the recent article in the Harvard Business Review that inspired this episode (and our hosts,) you must choose! But don’t worry, Adam and Jeannie are here to help you make that distinction and decide if you’re on the right path. Listen in!
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