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Les avis en ligne et la tentation du contrôle

Nous disions, dans un article récent, que les avis en ligne(sur les Trip Advisor et Yelp, de ce monde) sont devenus des sources d’information incontournables dans le processus décisionnel d’achat des milléniaux. Cependant, encore en 2016, les pratiques de certaines entreprises sont douteuses et pourraient, à terme, nuire à la crédibilité que les consommateurs leur attribuent.

La preuve, j’ai récemment reçu un courriel de la part d’une auberge de jeunesse une semaine après avoir réservé un séjour pour mes vacances. Alors que je n’y ai encore jamais mis les pieds, je suis invitée à me rendre sur leur page Trip Advisor et à laisser un commentaire (évidemment positif) afin de courir la chance de gagner un séjour gratuit.

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The Social Media Holy War of Über-Fans

Products and services are increasingly focused in the way they are made and marketed to the potential client. Companies tend to their flock of fans - potential and loyal alike - by learning about all that makes them tick which, in turn, encourages the birth of über-fans. When a niche of über-fans is well tended to, a fascinating phenomenon can happen, where they start behaving like a hive-mind, regrouping like-wise thinkers who actively defend their modern fandom like zealots.

You may have heard of such groups and their accompanying rivalries; you may even be part of one: Mac vs. PC, Playstation vs. Xbox, Honda vs. Volkswagen, and the list goes on and on. The modern marketing war is no longer waged with TV ads saying Pepsi is better than Coke; it is now waged on social media with memes being thrown at each other’s Facebook walls and Twitter accounts. The level of engagement can range from simply liking everything that shines a positive light on a company to literally stalking the posts of rival brands to brag about how much their own side is better.

You may wonder at this point, why is the behaviour of über-fans so important?

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Luxury for all!

I’ll admit it - I have purse envy.  There’s nothing more frustrating than watching a group of 18-year olds strut the latest Louis or Longchamp.  The curious thing is that more and more of them do!  As a market researcher and avid people watcher, I can’t help but ask myself since when has luxury become so accessible?

Luxury has always been associated with beautiful, hand crafted goods produced in limited quantities and accessible only to the elite of society.  Luxury was the promise of history, of tradition, of quality and symbolized status, a status that the mere mortal could only aspire to attain. 

Today’s marketplace is the realization of what Silverstein and Fiske so eloquently described as “masstige” – prestige for the masses – over a decade ago.[i]  And while you and I (and pretty much anyone else), can now acquire that which was once out of reach, what is the downside for the brand?

Brand dilution is the greatest risk that makers of all things luxury take when deciding to jump on the masstige bandwagon. 

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Binging with Frank...

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Binging with Frank...

Last Friday afternoon, my spouse sent me this screenshot of the notifications on his phone:

Just Eat, the online food-ordering service, had sent him a text message urging him to stay home and enjoy a discount on their services.

The message is vague, but to anyone with an (un)healthy addiction to Netflix, the code “FRANK15” is clearly referring to Frank Underwood, the protagonist from House of Cards so expertly played by Kevin Spacey. And as all “binge watchers” know, Netflix released the show’s fourth season that very same day.

 As I mentioned in a previous blog, my spouse is a privacy-conscious man who claims to be impervious to advertising and uses ad-blockers on all his devices… But this one really had him stunned.

Was the ad a bit creepy and invasive? Maybe.

Was it so very relevant and tempting enough that we thought of cancelling our dinner plans? Definitely.

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