The Experience Effect

Engage Your Customers with a Consistent and Memorable Brand Experience

The Experience Effect

Author: Jim Joseph
Pub Date: May 2010
Print Edition: $21.95
Print ISBN: 9780814437599
Page Count: 240
Format: Paper or Softback
e-Book ISBN: 9780814415559

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In marketing, it may not matter how many advertisements or tweets you crank out. It may not even matter how great your product is. Because the truth is that when customers buy, they’re not just buying your product or service—and they’re not responding to a campaign of random marketing methods. What they’re buying is a carefully crafted experience. And in this book, marketing master Jim Joseph lays out a simple, step-by-step plan for creating the kind of deeply satisfying experience that will drive customers to your brand again and again. Your marketing message, advertising, sales approach, website, Facebook presence, logo, packaging—these are the pieces of the puzzle that fit together as a seamless, compelling whole to create a consistent “experience effect.” (Or, all too often, they just don’t come together.)

Consider the meticulously integrated, easy-to-navigate J.Crew branding experience, which links its catalog, website, and stores to create a strong, consistent branding experience that appeals intensely to its target audience. Then contrast that to the eroding Starbucks experience, which can be unpredictable from store to store, leaving longtime loyal customers doubting the brand.

You’ll learn lessons from giants like these, as well as from smaller companies and neighborhood shops, as the author uncovers the elements of effective branding. There’s nothing gimmicky or jargon filled about The Experience Effect. Instead, it presents all the fundamental skills and processes essential for building or improving your brand, whether it’s a restaurant, laundry detergent, boutique, charity, or any other product or service. You’ll learn how to:

• Define your brand with clarity and accuracy, and compare it to similar brands

• Pinpoint and truly understand your target audience by using simple, grassroots-type research techniques

• Ensure your brand is rooted in the lifestyle of your customers, and satisfies their needs, desires, and behaviors

• Activate brand “touchpoints” that engage your customer both rationally and emotionally to generate unique interactions

• Tap into the power of Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and other low-cost options to market your brand

• Test your touchpoints to make sure they work and guarantee that the experience effect you’ve created belongs to your brand alone

These are practical, powerful business practices that work time and again. When executed well, their simplicity and elegance are striking, and the experience effect they create so immense that, as the author says, “it can ultimately bring calm and stability to an otherwise oversaturated life.” Create the experience effect for your customers and you’ll forge the strongest, most strategically based consumer connections that a brand can have—the essence of great marketing.

Jim Joseph serves as the President of Cohn & Wolfe North America, the agency’s largest region. With over 25 years of integrated marketing, public relations and branding experience, Jim provides strategic oversight, client service and drives new business across all offices in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. He has created seamless brand experiences for clients such as Kellogg’s, Kraft, Ikea, Cadillac, Tylenol, Johnson & Johnson, Clean & Clear, American Express and WalMart.

Prior to joining Cohn & Wolfe, Jim served as President and Partner of Lippe Taylor, where he led the agency in marketing to women for clients like Nestle and David’s Bridal. Jim re-engineered Publicis’ Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness, where he led the transformation of the agency from a traditional pharmaceutical advertising model to an award-winning, full-spectrum health and wellness marketing agency. Jim also established and grew his own marketing services agency (CPPartners), which sold to Publicis in 2002.

Jim is a daily blogger about marketing and teaches two intensive marketing classes at New York University, the first now in its fourth semester. He is a graduate of Cornell University and also received an MBA from Columbia University. In his spare time, when not working with his team, blogging or spending time with his family, you can find Jim running along the Hudson River with Lady Gaga in ear!

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