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The Greatest Potential for Improvement

At this year’s PXUX I lead about 75 people in a paper airplane making experiment. With simple instructions, “just make a paper airplane that can fly the furthest – no balls of paper” the crowd stepped up to the line one by one to see their work take flight. They were highly competitive.

The shortest distance was actually minus about two feet as the craft took a quick turn in the opposite direction, if you can believe it. The longest distance was about thirty feet. Nearly twenty percent of the aeronautical wonders made it at least twenty feet, while the lion’s share of them made it between one foot and twenty feet. Check out the picture to the left.

I then posed the question, “if you had 15 seconds to choose a paper airplane that was not yours, modify it and launch it, and then measure how much further (or less far) it flew than last time, which would you pick? What if I paid you $10 for every foot further that it goes than last time? And, you have to pay $5 per foot if it doesn’t go as far as last time. Which piece of folded paper would you pick to improve?”  […]

Why Customer Experience is Always an Uphill Battle: 5 Marketing Lessons from Miley Cyrus

If you have a teenage daughter or follow Liam Hemsworth’s life, then you probably recognize the title of this blog, which was inspired by “The Climb,” one of the many Miley Cyrus hit songs. I’m going to let you in on a little secret: Miley Cyrus is a marketing genius. But you don’t have to take my word for it – Business Insider, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur Magazine all know that Miley Cyrus has some serious marketing chops.

 

Below are five lessons any marketer can take from Miley and apply to their own brand.

 

78% of millennials prefer experiences over things

"There's always gonna be another mountain,
I'm always gonna wanna make it move,
Always gonna be an uphill battle,
Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose."

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1. Create an Experience for Your Guests - Miley Cyrus doesn’t just sing in front of a microphone on stage. In true pop culture fashion, her concertgoers are immersed in an overstimulating, audio-visual experience that includes synchronized dancing, elaborate props, costume changes, and much more. This is because Miley understands that 78% of millennials prefer experiences over things.* She leverages the tools at her disposal to create the best experience for her fans. *Source: Eventbrite
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Fuel, Buy, Love. Building Lasting Customer Journeys

I love a compelling story. So much so, I majored in English as an undergraduate…and I’m also a member of two book clubs.

When I went back to school for my master’s in business, I realized that these professors cared about stories just as much as my English professors did – they just called it by another name: the customer journey. Traditionally, marketing experts depicted the customer journey in a linear framework, from awareness to advocacy.

In the early 2000s, McKinsey & Co. revolutionized the notion of customer journeys, unveiling a new non-linear shape. Customers, they said, inhabit a journey “loop,” with four discrete stages: […]

Brand Insights and Paytronix Highlights from PXUX 2017

With a focus on achieving “Peak Performance,” the two-day, interactive conference was largely driven by Paytronix users who shared the design, execution, and results of their high-impact marketing programs. Here are the highlights:

Emily Mallory of Forward Corporation described the ridiculous results her employee incentive program achieved for the convenience store brand’s loyalty launch. A fifth-generation owner of Forward Corporation, Emily shared how her team sparked engagement among store clerks to drive program enrollment. Contests and incentives gave the cashiers the motivation and focus needed to hit high enrollment numbers – contributing to the program’s impact on the convenience-restaurant-hotel chain.

Keith Conseco of Captain D’s explained how the seafood restaurant revitalized its brand, using loyalty data to connect with customers. The director of marketing strategy and insights at Captain D’s, Keith shared the brand’s evolution story and how it’s navigated the rollout of its loyalty program during his presentation.  “Many of the issues at Captain D’s are very similar at my company so it was relatable and helpful!” shared one attendee during the event.  […]