Marketing Tips from American Express
Posted by Norman Birnbach on August 3, 2009 in Business Management, Business Start Up Advice, Marketing, Public Relations [ 0 Comments ]
In an interview in BtoBObline, Marcy Shinder, VP of Brand Strategy and Marketing at American Express OPEN, offered up these tips (in a different format):
- A downturn is a good time to identify ways to transform a company.
- A lot of companies look at delivering better customer service as a differentiator. (For service organizations, this can be a challenge since your competitors are likely to be trying the same things. Instead, think about what improvements would deliver the most value.)
- Companies need to stay relevant. (In other words, think about the problems customers buy from you, and make sure that what you provide truly solves their problems.)
- Provide tangible value. (We have a client with a fascinating vision of the future of technology in their sector, but we’ve advised them to make that game-changing vision a secondary message because their first goal is to sell product. So they need to focus on ways they provide real value to their customers. A compelling vision of what’s to come is good, but that doesn’t always help customers when deciding to buy now instead of putting off the purchase for later.)
- Companies need to market differently from the day of the 30-second spot. They need to provide insight, inspiration and advice during every customer interaction.
- Companies need to answer what they can do for their customers.
Some good common sense advice, yet I’d bet a lot of companies don’t follow up on this. Check out the complete article, “American Express’ Shinder on marketing to small businesses.”