Icons are signs and symbols that clearly demarcate a consumption experience from any other. They range from design features to familiar logos and product symbols
Icons are extremely efficient heuristics
i.e. Target, Cirque de Soleil
Group affiliation is a massive part of identity determination
Conversational Capital grows when you facilitate the formation of tribes and tribal behavior
i.e. Cirque de Soleil
Endorsement works when credible members of a tribe put their reputations on the line to stand behind an experience
Different than celebrity endorsement which is paid for
Peer endorsement has its roots in the deep satisfaction and relevance that turns consumers into brand advocates
Positive word of mouth is the result of continuity between your experience (who you are), how you communicate that experience (who you say you are) and how consumers feel about the experience (who people say you are)
i.e. Swiffer, Red Bull
Icons 5 Tribalism 6 Endorsement 7 Continuity 8
How do we put the pieces together?
Implementing Conversational Capital
Assemble a multidisciplinary team to enhance creativity and
Carry out a Conversational Capital audit by asking questions.
Generate insight on what needs to be done. Question your brand’s D.N.A., consumer needs and reinvention of the brand.
Exercise creativity by:
Getting your story straight
Using the engines of conversational capital as your guide
Multiply your cultural references
Ask yourself where you can create the most market discontinuity
Challenge the status quo
Borrow from other categories
Spot the unfulfilled need
Implement your solution by packaging your idea, building a prototype, monitoring your progress, roll out your experience and improve your work.
Why Conversational Capital Works
Consumers are presented with more choices than ever before.
In the presence of time constraints, consumers are now more sophisticated and discriminating that they have every been.
As they become more sophisticated, consumers naturally turn to experiences that are richer in meaning.
These rich experience are what get talked about most.
Incorporating the engines of Conversational capital into consumer offerings increases meaning. Positive word-of mouth enables you to reduce marketing and promotional costs while driving growth.
“ We have moved from what we call the “low saliency” experience era to the “high saliency” experience age. By saliency, we mean impact, depth of consumer interaction with the product or message, and meaning. The more an experience is salient, the greater its capacity to reach, involve and move the consumer”
Conversational Capital Review “ People will talk, and they should be talking about you. Let the conversation begin…”
Provides a simplified approach on how to capitalize on the word of mouth generated by consumers – get users to talk about your brand or product
Key learnings demonstrated through examples of successful national brands that have used Conversational Capital to their advantage (i.e. IKEA, Adidas)
Improvements to be made
Could have provided a case study showing Conversational Capital in use to turn around a failing brand
Focused on already successful brands
Do we have a Social Media Revolution on our hands? Let’s see for ourselves…
The Social Media Revolution
The number of people that are a part of a social network is growing exponentially which is allowing a message to reach more people at a faster rate
Buyers now more than ever like to be well informed. They seek out the opinions and feedback from others like themselves.
Social media is shifting the way we communicate as it is a lot more convenient for users and promotes conversation at anytime, anywhere allowing consumers to share their brand and product experiences
Social networks are a new medium for consumers to communicate their message. Companies need to ensure that these messages are positive.
Conversational Capital and the Social Media Revolution
Conversational Capital understands the importance of peer mediated word of mouth and aims to provide marketers with a deeper understanding of what encourages a consumer to talk about their experiences with a product or brand.
It is imperative in today’s time as globally we are experiencing a revolution in the way we all communicate
The book broadens the marketing methods currently used by companies and provides a direction to move away from traditional marketing practices (mass advertising)
Companies need to invest the time to create more valuable experiences for consumers – this will create more loyalty and will encourage a consumer to positively talk about your brand.
Word of Mouth is now transferring into the “World of Mouth”. Your message is now accessible to someone half way across the world. The reach is infinite and content is live forever
By utilizing the eight engines of Conversational Capital, we can have a guided approach to make sure that the communication is positive
Conversational Capital at Work
Conversational Capital exercised through social media channels is bridging the gap between multiple disciplines (i.e., marketing, communications, government relations, stakeholder relations)
Ketchum, a leading public relations agency, recently researched the role of conversations in the 0purchasing power of women
Female consumers are multi-minded and have little time for commercial messages
Women use shortcuts to get the right information for their purchase decisions
“ Before Women go shopping they go CROPing ” – they seek out CR edible OP inions from influencers , opinion leaders in their families or communities for advice
Friends and family top the credible sources list for women across food, consumer electronics and consumer-packaged good categories
To evoke a positive experience for a consumer your brand needs to communicate a salient , resonant message that adds residual value to a user