Written by: Kushal Dev | Co-founder, Customer Guru
In this modern day and age when the beer guzzlers take that pint as granted, there is a history of evolution, triumph and world changing events behind beer.
Scientists and historians support a philosophy that beer helped create maths, poetry, Pyramids, modern medicine, labor laws and America!
Beer and everything around it is a huge market and worth $101.5 billion in 2014 in US alone. This market dominated by large corporations is also brewing a cult of craft beer lovers who operate mini breweries producing their own line of craft beer.
Don’t get me wrong with the mini tag, it’s a $19.6 billion market.
Along with creative innovation, the backbone of this phenomenon is the personal touch that the brewery owners provide their fans and promoters.
How about some takeaways for Customer Experience professionals from this cult of beer lovers?
Create you brand ambassadors
Companies like “Philly home brew” actively engage with their fans. They start from identifying and educating their customers to making them active members of the community. It’s like the customers are equally vested in your company and hence advice and promote it like owners.
Be where your customers are
Brewery owners are active participants in online and offline communities. They participate in social networking forums, music shows, book fairs, cycling events and what not! The engagement brings them customers not just from the neighbourhood but even from across the town.
Freebees and engagement
Make it easy for your promoters to onboard friends and family. Provide recommendation discounts maybe? The brewery owners offer free beer for tasting sessions, to get a feedback and to also promote their new flavours.
Show the way
It’s important for you to be an industry evangelist. Customers feel more comfortable with folks who they interact with frequently and trust them with their advise. Successful brewery owners are prompt in offering help and advice on beer making processes, ingredients etc. Their customers keep coming back for the experience and connectedness they feel with the brand. Its like being part of an exclusive club.
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