After a recent trip to Jamaica, my 7 year old daughter said to me, “Mom, I miss hotel life…” Me too, Honey, me too. One thing I miss is having a lovely waiter bring me some delicious, frothy concoction to my pool side chair. On the plane ride home I was already thinking about how I could recreate some of the wonderful treats from vacation, but it won’t be the same. I’ve decided everything tastes better when you are wearing flip-flops.
There is something special about the poolside frozen drink. Sure you could order an ice-cold Coke or even a wine spritzer to quench your thirst, but where’s the thrill in that? When was the last time your Chardonnay came with a maraschino cherry and an umbrella? A good mixed-drink experience is a performance, a spectacle. It is a wild, fun ride that ends with a very happy customer. Hmmm, sounds like a recipe for good branding…
Here is my recipe for a crowd-pleasing Brand Cocktail:
1 Part Clarification–Make sure you are clear about your niche, target audience and message. No muddled flavors here!
1 Part Distillation–Try to narrow your focus to your most excellent attributes and offerings. You want your brand to pack a punch!
1 Part Communication–Paint an enticing picture of your juicy offering to your audience. You want potentail customers salivating over your services and products!
1 Part Presentation–How you package and present your brand is a huge part of the customer experience. Make it pretty!
100% Satisfaction–Happy Customers, Happy YOU!!
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