Formalizing a customer-driven word-of-mouth network that acts as a credible way to build the business via content creation, conversation, and commendations (referrals) is the kind of long-term thinking that has the potential to deliver consistent, sustainable results. By operationalizing and scaling a process that gives customers a suite of tools to use to share their passion, personal experiences and purchase advice with others, companies put themselves in a position to boost both their top-line revenues and bottom-line profits from the inside out. By maintaining a vigilant obsession with compliance and transparency, brands can partner with their customers—without overstepping their boundaries, compromising integrity, and muddying the drinking waters of disclosure.
It’s a technique that sends out a series of compelling messages to the marketplace:
• We acknowledge the role our customers play in growing our business.
• We don’t take this or them for granted.
• We’re prepared to share our wealth with those customers who continue to support us above and beyond their initial purchase and with their continued loyalty.
• We’re equally prepared to spread this wealth to new customers.
The end result is a transformative program that—using universal currency, community, and empowerment—rewards and recognizes everything good (positive), bad (indifferent), or even ugly (negative) that our customers do for the brand.
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