Until very recently business followed a specific plan of engagement with consumers. Beginning with print, then radio, television then the Internet, communications were a one way street. Over the last 15 or so years, all of the existing channels were used to drive traffic to a brand’s website.
As web2.0 behavior and technology evolved brand engagement has changed. It is no longer centered around the brand but around the consumer. At this point the consumer is still receiving your brand messages through the traditional PR, TV, print, radio, web channels, but mostly they are interacting with the web and mobile. They are interacting with radio, TV and PR, rather than just receiving messaging. They are also interacting with social networks, text messengers, blogs, media (video, images, audio) all through desktop applications, web browsers and handheld devices.
Smart brands are engaging consumers at each of these points. As everyone knows, there are more channels of engagement as well as more brands, making it a fight for attention.
This makes it as important as every, to not only be EVERYWHERE your customers are, but to not cop out and do what the other guy is doing. I’ve met with dozens of brands and heard the same reply: who else has done it, prove the outcome, that’s too risky for us, it’s just a fad. Sure, you can wait for the other network to do a Facebook app, ou can wait to see if another manufacturer fails or succeeds on Twitter, but where will that get you? The brands that take the risks, that try the new things, that don’t just follow the crowd, are the ones that grab mindshare by the handful and leave you trailing in their wake.
So, be the brand that stands out, or be the one that gets left behind.