With all this oversaturation and overoptimization, we seem to have lost the art of storytelling in the process. The Internet offers more how-to's than we know what to do with. But it's the human part of the stories that seems to be brushed aside. Indeed, humanity has been stripped off of web writing and all that remains is barebones information that replicates itself ad infinitum like a primordial single-cell organism.
If you want to boost your employees' level of job satisfaction and loyalty, then a clearly communicated brand vision is the place to start. This will give them a greater sense of purpose. It will empower them to make a difference in the world and allow them to become a part of something greater than themselves without losing themselves in the process.
One of the best ads ever made doesn't show the product. There's not a computer in sight. No mention of megahertz and features. Not even benefits of owning an Apple computer. And yet, nearly 40 years later, we're still talking about it. That's the power of communicating a brand vision.
Henry Ford's vision catapulted the Ford Motor Company to the top of the automobile industry in the early 20th century. Because of his vision of a car in every garage, he adapted the moving assembly line process to car manufacturing. This enabled his company to make, market, and sell their crown jewel - the Model T at a significantly lower price than any of their competitors. For a while, Ford was the face of innovation.
A productocracy is "a product or a service that has a distinctive value skew in the marketplace which incites unsolicited recommendations from its current customers, creating new customers."
People often ask me what's the difference between e-commerce and digital marketing. I'm always stunned by this question. To me, the answer has always seemed obvious and intuitive. Until I actually thought about it.
It's 3 AM. The hour of poets, artists, writers, and passionate lovers. No people bustling around, talking on the phone or shouting at their kids. No cars speeding through the busy streets like workers in an ant farm. It's quiet. Only a powerful thunder occasionally breaks the silence with a loud roar, as if to remind me the outside world still exists.
Even someone brought up in the concrete jungle, such as myself knows there's a fundamental principle in fishing. You catch fish with what fish likes, not what you like. This concept is equally important to both fishermen and business owners.
Less is sometimes more. This is one concept new business owners have a hard time accepting. Oftentimes when I consult a new client, it turns out they try to be all things for all people. Then I start to explain why that's a bad idea. But even then, there's some doubt lingering in the air.
I shut down my browser and left the room. After looking at bad websites for over an hour, I needed a nice hot cup of jasmine tea to calm me down. While I was waiting for the water to boil, I had an epiphany. Many of the reasons why over 80% of e-commerce businesses fail have to do with financial and business management (d’uh). But I’ve also seen my fair share of horrible marketing practices. Which inspired me to write this article. Here are 5 reasons why your e-commerce marketing is failing and how to improve.