Brands that implement the voice of your customer into their marketing strategies aren’t just seeing business results; they’re making a difference in the lives of their customers. One such brand has customers who trend a little shorter than most: LEGO.
How exactly does LEGO harness the voice of the customer and channel it into customer-first marketing? Well that’s a story in two parts.
Identifying the Voice of the Customer
LEGO began their journey by asking themselves a simple question: What engages our audience?
Questions like this are at the heart of customer-first marketing – and answering them is the first step in identifying the voice of the customer.
To find their answer, LEGO researched what topics, themes, and ideas interested their customers and came to a not-entirely surprising conclusion: kids really like outer space! But the way LEGO put this knowledge to use was anything but expected.
In connection with NASA’s Juno mission to Jupiter, LEGO set up a partnership to help educate kids about space. They began creating educational and interactive content about science and space exploration that was engaging, informative, and fun.
At the same time, they took a step back from their products. They didn’t push any special deals on their customers or expect anything in return. They simply created valuable, relevant, and engaging content.
Universal truth: Kids love space.
LEGO created a “Mission to Space” project with NASA, as well as a place for kids to upload images or ideas they had after interacting with their educational content. From that point on, kids became the content creators – spreading new ideas and creating new communities of customers all engaging with user-generated content.
Let the Voice of the Customer Speak
Looking to replicate their customer-first success, LEGO partnered with Facebook to create a series of videos where kids were asked to build a “Kronkiwongi” from LEGO blocks. If you’re wondering what a “Kronkiwongi” looks like, you’re not alone – no one knew.
The kids had to use LEGO blocks and their imaginations to conjure up what a “Kronkiwongi” might look like.
Pushing the campaign one step further, LEGO reached out to their audience encouraging them to build their own Kronkiwongis and submit them to a webpage where others could see them. Again, the marketers at LEGO drove engagement by enabling their customers to create content in concert with each other.
LEGO only had to create seed content and a way for children to share their creations — what followed was customer-generated content that was perfectly relevant to their customers’ interests.
And while LEGO built brand affinity, children built fun memories.
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So how can we implement similar strategies into our own marketing?
At first glance the strategy LEGO used, to partner with internationally-recognizable brands like Facebook and NASA, doesn’t seem replicable for every team. So what’s a three-person digital marketing team for a B2C widget manufacturer to do?
Get Creative with Customer Voice
The answer to this — as with many other marketing queries — is to get creative. After all, when you look closely at the strategy LEGO used, the pillars of their approach are four fundamental steps any customer-first marketer can implement:
- Research your customers’ interests.
- Create content that piques those interests.
- Provide avenues for customers to respond with their own content centered around those interests.
If these examples from LEGO still seem unattainable, don’t be afraid to start small.
Customer-First Marketing: Go Big — Or Small
This content comes straight from Conductor’s C3 marketing conference, where Luis Navarette Gómez, Head of Global Search Marketing at LEGO, described how LEGO stays relevant by letting their customers — and the customer voice — drive their global strategy.
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You can do customer-first marketing on a smaller scale, too. Here’s an example: as attendees left registration at the NYC conference and walked into the central part of the venue, they were encouraged to write down their biggest marketing challenge on a sticky note and paste it on a wall.
A mosaic of pain points emerged, and as marketers walked by they could read the notes, sympathize, and converse. It was simple, and cost only the price of the sticky notes and a couple sharpies.
Sharing challenges by generating content.
So get creative with your customer-first strategy. Remember the example of LEGO, and work tirelessly to provide valuable content for your customers that engages them in the conversation. What follows? Success.