How does your brand reach out and relate to people? In a calibrated and confident way? Or does it just ‘sell’, hard?
Ueber-Brands don’t sell, they seduce. They communicate and connect with their targets without seeming too eager or needy. They ‘Un-Sell’, pulling us in as they push the envelope out beyond the expected. Creating proximity while keeping a distance. It’s a fine balance.
Here are a few of the questions you should ask yourself as you seek to elevate your brand by seducing its audience rather than selling to it:
- Does your brand exude pride and strength in its social interactions, ads, stores, events, etc.?
- Have you ever taken a clear, if controversial stance on anything?
- Do you leverage inaccessibility or intransigence, at times? Maybe a dose of arrogance?
- Are the celebrities around your brand understood as users and admirers rather than paid endorsers?
- Is your brand considered part of culture or – even better – a muse or source of art?
- Does your brand stand for an ideal people buy into rather than an idea they need to be sold on?
- Do you leverage silence and space? It’s communication and experience gold!
- Rather than paying the media, can you be the medium?
- Are there customers that admire you because they do not fully understanding you but want to?
Take some inspiration from our collection of case studies that illustrate how Ueber-Brands un-sell: There are no sales pitches at Freitag it will rather tell you about how its bags are made and at Patagonia they outright tell you NOT to buy their jackets.
Ramdane Touhame is a master when it comes to art of creating products, experiences and a myth surrounding them that requires no selling, even though he calls it such. Listen to him talking about L’Officine Universelle de Buly. But it does not need to get as hyper-real as Buly. Even humble but fine sheets of paper supplied business to business can be un-sold, as we learned from Mohawk Paper in upstate New York. And Tesla’s Elon Musk hates car dealerships so much, he didn’t even consider them… and sold us on his concept.
For even more ‘Questions to Answer‘, deeper insights and answers on what drives the success of modern Prestige brands and more detailed questions to guide you there, you can read our book “Rethinking Prestige Branding – Secrets of the Ueberbrands” and look at the Ueber-Branding model and method of application.
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