Businesses that can gain the trust of their customers are poised to have incredible success.. Through my five years of research on fandom, I believe that putting the needs of customers above all else will help businesses build the trust necessary to win over consumers.
I love the Grateful Dead. My daughter loves Harry Potter. So, what does a baby boomer’s love for the Grateful Dead and a millennial’s love for Harry Potter have to do with marketing? Everything, it turns out.
In order to stand out from competitors, your company needs to become a Fanocracy — an organization that inspires extreme passion for a product, brand, or idea by putting customers’ needs and wishes at the center of everything it does.
Creating fandom around your business is something you can do right now. The excitement and energy fans bring serves as rocket fuel for any business. Just look at Trader Joe’s and Southwest Airlines, two companies that have beaten the competition through investing in fandom.