enchantment & extraordinary experiences

What do great brands do?  Guy Kawasaki would suggest — and I would agree — that great brands are enchanting brands — they fill people with great delight.  Great brands change people’s hearts, minds, and actions — including inspiring them to buy something, but it’s usually about more than that. […]

say no to Uber

Uber seems to be under fire from all directions.  The ride-sharing service is being blocked by some cities and entire nations, dealing with accusations of a driver having sexually assaulted a passenger, addressing a story by a reporter who felt threatened when a company executive suggested they try to squash negative coverage, receiving criticisms over […]

retail customer experience

Brand Experience Week wrapped up last week, but there are plenty of Brand Experience Briefs for you to learn from.  Check out these 41 videos that audit and analyze new or interesting restaurant and retail brands to learn the do’s and don’ts of customer experience design: 1. AT&T Retail Center:  With a name like “Retail Center […]

This Brand Experience Brief builds on my recent post, “RH Is a Great Brand In the Making,” in which I described the full-scale transformation that Restoration Hardware is undergoing. Their luxury brand marketing strategy is establishing them not simply as an upscale furniture brand, but a luxury lifestyle brand, which I saw for myself when I visited […]

sweat the small stuff

Great brands may think big, but they sweat the small stuff. They know that all the little things they do or fail to do in person shape brand perceptions far more than the big things they claim through mass media. So they design their customer experiences down to last detail, and usually appeal to as many of […]