How they do it: Products displayed on Pinterest (e.g. organic posts by users or ”Promoted Pins”, paid for by brand advertisers) are a form of experience selling. The popularity of a product (often based on its visual appeal) is voted on by the community, and feedback on the product’s experience is provided below the user. A sponsored post is often surrounded by similar posts of the same category or brand, which fosters the unique discovery appeal of Pinterest.
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How they do it: Starbucks’ thousands of stores worldwide provide a range of food and beverages, including coffee, pastries, snacks, teas, sandwiches and pre-packaged food items. In addition, Starbucks offers a range of features, products and services that together make for the unique Starbucks experience (e.g. WiFi, relaxing music, a cozy atmosphere and comfortable furniture).
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How they do it: Dollar Shave Club has a distinct brand image focusing on the bearded man. By focusing on the manliness also in its advertising campaigns it allows the customers to identify themselves with the brand.
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How they do it: IKEA’s stores and products are all designed around the theme ”Nordic living”. Products are named with Swedish words and the food offered in the IKEA restaurants and grocery stores is mainly Swedish as well. Hence IKEA products and product names have a high recognition value.
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How they do it: Associations with extreme sports (e.g. Formula One, motocross, windsurfing, BMX and snowboarding) combined with the distinctive RedBull branding enables the company to charge higher prices for its products. Customers, predominantely young males, desire the whole ”experience” associated with the RedBull lifestyle, and not simply the product or its functional value.
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