Since the launch of Engaging Brands in summer 2016, we have been busy working with ambitious brands all around the world, addressing the big themes, ideas and trends in customer engagement. From this series, one burning question was clear…
In answering this question, we have seen our clients’ ambitions – and our own thinking – evolve into some very bold concepts, fuelled by insights and inspired by creative strategy. This evolution is down to being more connected to a changing retail landscape and shifts in customer mindsets, and fundamentally having a more ambitious attitude towards what the brand could be and what its business needs to do to thrive.
A common trend that inspired our thinking was essentially how brands are focusing less on the USP (Unique Selling Proposition) in favour of the well-documented UExP – The Unique Experience Proposition. We have since developed something of our own – the Unique Engagement Proposition.
This idea focuses on experiences that do more than merely exist and serve, but engage and influence behaviour to ultimately motivate sales and build brand advocacy. Defining the Unique Engagement Proposition in today’s ever-competitive brand and retail landscape is essential, and it needs to translate across all aspects of the customer experience – but…
Firstly, every brand is different; each has varying motivations and ambitions, as well as different benefits and barriers to customers.
With this in mind, we have identified six useful ‘Pillars’ to consider when creating a Unique Engagement Proposition.We start by defining the brand Purpose, we express this with a brand Personality, we create Places, we motivate the People of the brand (staff, ambassadors and customers), we refine or reinvent the Process (ways to shop, serve, educate and facilitate), and finally we advise on Product offerings and identify areas for ‘brand stretch’.
They also help to decode the success of some of the world’s most successful experience brands, such as Apple, Nike, Virgin and more recently Amazon, alongside some new entries including our work for Rockar, Lululemon, and Missguided.
At D&P, we’re increasingly collaborating with a diverse mix of clients to define a more engaging future, workshopping the Pillars and identifying opportunities for customer engagement, commercial growth and a lasting, loyal connection.
Through 2017, we’ll be sharing new ideas and thoughts that illustrate how brands are captivating a new era of customers through the lens of these six Pillars. They’re going to be highly reactive to customer and sector shifts. They’ll be easy to understand and act upon. And they’ll be relevant – just like the brands of tomorrow need to be.
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If these ideas have interested you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can go through our thoughts in more detail.
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