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Keeping luxury luxurious

What is it that makes those Vuitton heels so much better than your average department store pair? The leather? Of course. Hand-stitched soles? Definitely. But there is something else about those heels that makes them rise above the mid-market brands – and that something is perception. Slip those suckers on, and instantly, I feel pretty. A pair of shoes just changed my state of mind.
How is that possible? It’s possible because an emotional response like that is exactly what luxury brands want, and it’s how they differentiate, not just in that moment, but over the course of many years. Luxury brands sell us on that differentiation through a consistent, careful, unwavering commitment to brand messaging. And, it’s the emotional connection they create that positions luxury brands for less of a hit during economic frailty and a quick recovery thereafter. Read more

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Coupons drive mom word of mouth

The producers of TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” might just be on to something. A recent study from lucid marketing found incentives go a long way in motivating moms to refer a brand or website to their friends and families. Read more