Tuesday, June 1, 2010

All that useful fluff

To a marketer, features are "hooks" to help them get customers interested in their product.  The more features, the more ways the product can be sold and the greater the opportunity to get more people to love the product.  

Just look at the iPhone.  It had more features than the average smart phone and engineers love it.  It was those features that made people fall in love with it (and stand in crazy long lines to get the first one....and then again to get the updated version....and then again...) A significant portion of the people standing in line to get the new iPhone were engineers. That is because marketers did an effective job of marketing it.  

But wait!  There's more!  The Droid has plenty of features, but it lacks the "cool factor" of the iPhone.  There is nothing logical about standing in line all night long to get a new phone. This brings up the importance of "emotions" in selling a product. 

More on that in my next post.

James Snider is a Global Marketing professional, responsible for developing the 3.4 billion dollar 1394/FireWire market. James spent 16 years in marketing with 7 years working at "for profit" companies, 8 years as executive director of a non-profit and the past year as an independent global business development consultant.  www.linkedin.com/in/jamessnider

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