Aviation Marketing: How to achieve brand leadership through content creation

Brand leadership requires that everyone contribute to content creation

Brand leadership requires that everyone contribute to content creation

Brand leadership is about showing and telling the world what the brand stands for.

Brand leadership is achieved by communicating brand values, thoughts and deeds. In the digital world this can be achieved by publishing content via blogs, videos and microsites that are interesting and demonstrate the brands values and commitments to both customers and industry. Continue reading

Aviation Marketing: How to gain influence through understanding

People-to-people marketing starts by understanding the customer’s point of view

People-to-people marketing starts by understanding the customer’s point of view

The goal of aviation marketing is to influence a particular group of people to take a desired action. If you’re an airline, it’s about building brand loyalty and selling seats. For a component manufacturer, it’s about having your product specified as part of an avionics system or airframe. Continue reading

What can aviation marketers learn from a body scanner for women’s jeans?

What can aviation marketers learn from a body scanner for women’s jeans?

Empowering customers via technology builds brand loyalty

MeAlity is a “digital sizing station” installed in 30 malls nationwide. The stations take 10- to 15-second body scans of shoppers, matching their measurements against those of  in-store and online merchandise to recommend brands, styles and sizes likely to fit and flatter them best.

Airlines looking to boost brand loyalty and net promoter scores could learn a thing or two from the lead of Me-Ality. Continue reading

Aviation Marketing: The difference between strategy and tactics

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Strategy and tactics must work together to achieve business goals

Jeriah Owyang, Industry analyst with the Altimeter Group, posted an article defining strategy and tactics by their associated actions. Below is my interpretation for aviation marketers:

Aviation manufacturers need strategic thinking and tactical execution to move the business forward. If you have strategy without tactics, then the big idea is never implemented. If you implement tactics without a strategy, you end up herding cats. Continue reading

Aviation Marketing: Defining your brand’s personality

Virgin America exemplifies their brand by portraying their customers as young, hip, and digitally connected.

Virgin America exemplifies their brand by portraying their customers as young, hip, and digitally connected.

Without a clear brand identity, you may have visibility but no personality.

“Commerce is about selling more products and services, but people are about desires and aspirations.”

Marc Gobe, Emotional Branding, Revised Edition

What do Victoria’s Secret and Virgin America share in common? Both understand the power of a brand culture and are able to translate that into a memorable brand experience. Aviation marketers that are seeking to define their brand need to consider a people-to-people marketing approach and understand that relevant brands are not based on messaging or logo design but on the experience associated with the brand. Continue reading

Aviation Marketing: Digital’s impact on the 4 marketing P’s

Extending brand engagement through digital services

Technology can enhance and solidify the emotional connection to the brand.

Digital technology is affecting the 4 marketing P’s – Product, Price, Placement, and Promotion – by extending brand engagement. Adept aviation marketers are adding value to their brand by providing digital services that complement the user’s life style and the core product offering. Continue reading