Social Media's Little Miracles Are Changing Business

12/25/2011

Miracles

While I bake one last batch of cookies and put the finishing touches on the cheesecake, I invite you to enjoy this "classic Diva Marketing post."
Variations of this post have become a holiday tradition on Diva Marketing beginning in 2007.  I believe ..

This Xmas morning after the presents are opened, while the goose is roasting (does anyone really make a goose?) and the sugar surge has just begun .. settle back and enjoy a holiday story of a time long ago. It's about a magical shoppe where there was ..

  • "No high pressuring and forcing the customer to take something he doesn't want. We'll be known as the helpful store. The friendly store. The store with a heart. The store that places public service ahead of profit. The plan sounds idiotic and impossible...consequently, we'll make more profit than ever before."

Miracle on 34th streetNo, it's not a new social media customer service strategy. It was an innovative sales program launched in 1947 by Macy's Department Store. In this Miracle On 34th Street Mr. Macy took chance on a different way to conduct business. Customers would not be coerced into buying what they did not want and if another store had a better, less expensive product Macy's would send them there. 

If we listen closely we learn that to succeed in 2010 or 2011 or 2025 or .. or .. or .. is dependent on what we've always known. It's not all about the brand .. it is all about our customer. As with so many lessons, we seem to keep relearning this one.

Fast forward 64 years. The insights from our customers come wrapped in many ways. From customer interactions to traditional research to digital platforms with funny names like blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Google+, LinkedIn and Flickr. 

However, with social media, when we pull off the pretty red bows, we find that the impact reaches far beyond marketing, customer service or sales. This time the entire enterprise is in the game along with our customers. It's a world where to succeed we have to go beyond a one-off sale to creating opportunities for all involved (enterprise & customer) to create the brand experience .. together.

In the world of conversational marketing there is no room for high-pressure sales techniques. Adding a relationship focused social media strategy to your master marketing plan can be a powerful initiative which demonstrates that you place your customers' needs above a one-off sale.

The digital relationships that the people (not departments) who are the heart of your brand can set off a chain reaction.

  • Continuous listening -> leads to continuous learning -> which leads to understanding -> which leads to trust -> which leads to loyalty -> which leads to the cash register bells ringing. And every time a cash register bell rings a marketer gets a bonus or gets to keep her job (!).. oops wrong film. Sorry.

Corner grocery store digital relationships that are build not only with you and your customers, but among your customers, could never have been imagined when Kris Kringle entered Macy's in 1947. However, even as we approach 2012, for many organizations open conversations still seem like a Miracle on (insert organization name here) or like the ghost of Xmas future (oops wrong movie again. Sorry.)

The plan sounds idiotic and impossible... consequently, we'll make more profit than ever before.

As we begin 2012, technology developments spin even faster taking digital business into areas that were impossible in '47 or '57 or even '2011.

Imagine a digital destination that holds current inventory and pricing, allows for on-line financing and results in better, faster cheaper processing.

Imagine a digital destination that allows for product customization the way you want it.

Imagine a digital destination where you can start a conversation with a real person about what matters to you regarding a product or service.

Imagine a digital destination where you can talk to a real person who doesn't respond with a scripted answer.

Imagine a digital destination where you can actually help change the direction of a product or service before it's even launched.

Imagine a digital destination where you can include your review of the product, service or customer care that influences your friends' buying decisions.

Imagine a digital destination where you can chat with people about their experiences and learn from each other .. in real time during your shopping experience. The result is smarter purchases.

Imagine multiple digital destinations (screens) that are interwoven where you can accomplish all of these crazy ideas whether you are at your local coffee shop, home, office or at the beach. 

Imagine an organization that works in partnership with its customers and employees to create a brand experience that is relevant, innovative and imaginative. 

Imagine an organization that cares not simply about for for its customers. 

The plan sounds idiotic and impossible...consequently, we'll make more profit than ever before.

I believe in the kindness from social media .. 

It's interesting to compare a 1940's film, where finding solutions to customers' problems was perceived as unique, to 2011 where finding solutions to customers' problems is considered ingenious. 

The techniques may have changed. New buzz words may be added to the mix. Bells and whistles may be a little louder. However, after all is said and done, the premise remains the same:

-Listen

-Understand

-Add value

-Do what it takes to go the extra mile to delight your customer

I believe .. in the little miracles from social media that are changing how we conduct business .. leading to a time when people matter.

The plan sounds idiotic and impossible...consequently, we'll make more profit than ever before.

Toby max santa hats And with that Max and I wish you a year of little miracles and joy .. and all things wonderful .. and all that jazz!

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Comments

Great read. Like the saying goes, "The further you look into the past, the more insight you'll have into the future."

Posted by: Robert Samuel on Dec 26, 2011 3:24:56 PM

Thanks for your comment Robert. Love the quote you posted. Yes, especially in the age of technology we move so fast we don't even think that the past provides learnings that are appropriate for today (and tomorrow).

Posted by: Toby @tobydiva on Dec 27, 2011 10:38:25 AM

I particularly liked what you said about being successful in any undertakings. - it is not about the brand that you market, IT IS ABOUT THE CUSTOMERS! This is a classic technique to make a successful business.

Posted by: How to Blog on Dec 28, 2011 3:50:18 AM

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