Positive branding comes from positive customer experiences. Most of your brand is built through mundane daily customer experiences rather than polished marketing messages.
The opportunity and danger in this is that there are a LOT of little things that can either be a remarkable delight for customers or a slightly off-key note.
I eat regularly at a place that occasionally offers me a free food incentive on my receipt if I take their online survey. I usually take the survey because … hey … free taco.
At the end of the otherwise well-designed feedback survey, the final screen tells me to write the confirmation number on the line provided on the receipt and bring it in for the free food.
But … there’s no line anywhere on the receipt.
I usually just jot it down in some white space on the receipt and redeem it.
Is the line a big deal? No.
Does the lack of the line offend me so much that I will never set foot in the place again? No.
But here’s the point. If they’re missing such an obvious little thing, what else are they missing in the customer experience?
It’s like a story I enjoy using when I speak to groups about how you never notice your house stinks until you’ve been gone for a few days and return home. Likewise, business owners don’t notice the many things customers do notice because they rarely go through the customer experience for themselves.
They never see the dead plant at the entrance of the building like customers because they enter from a back door.
They never get lost in phone call center option matrix that their customers have to navigate.
And they never notice a line is missing where they say a line should be.