10 Marketing Lessons from Disney

By Amber Hudson and Luke Sklar

I recently went on a Disney Cruise with my husband and 3 year old daughter.  I was a bit skeptical about the whole idea what with Disney being all about…ugh…kids and cruises being all crowded and wavy.  But I thought what the heck, let’s give it a whirl.  One week later and bam! I’m the BIGGEST Disney fan.  What the…how did this happen?  What’s in Disney’s pixie dust that delivers the magic and joy my family and I experienced every moment on that trip?

10 Marketing Lessons from Mickey and his Crew:

Be a great story teller:  create memorable moments that deliver magic

Treat each customer like a VIP (very individual person):  retaining this magic in each customer is the goal

Offer surprise and delights:  what magic is coming next!

Use emotion as the hook:  as Walt himself once put it, Disney speaks “not to children but to the child in each of us.”

Look and listen for brand improvement opportunities:  from customers, employees, anyone.

Be consistent:  Mickey is Mickey is Mickey, no matter where you go.

Be where your customer is:  Disney is in the TV room, on kids’ feet, in the snack cupboard, in school, and as  an aside, now in a monthly subscription magazine.

Sweat the details:  never underestimate the importance of the little things.  Customers WILL comment more on the negative.

Hire the right people:  motivated employees who feel they have a purpose vs. a task will show through your brand.

And lastly, always remember your brand is a promise, live up to it.

I can say that all of the above is true for other brands that deliver magic and joy:  Sephora, Starbucks, Apple.  What other brands make you feel joy?  What about your brand, does it need a little pixie dust?

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