There are at least two big ways to get laughs .... - tell a joke or do improv....
A comedian who simply tells jokes is trying to sell the audience a clever story and a punch line. Their compensation: laughter. On a good night their warehouse of punch lines "sells" like hotcakes. On a bad night, they're left with an inventory of jokes no one wants.
Some brands are punchlines. Their sales process reads like the directions from a shampoo bottle: Offer a sellable service or product. Announce the offer with as much advertising showmanship as affordable. Hope for the best. Make a few quick sales. Repeat as often as possible.
"Punchline brands" are about:
- The price.
- Quick wins with as little risk as possible.
- Best guesses about product demand.
- Basic transactions - the money.
Improv is different.
Improv is a collaborative endeavor requiring not only a team but participation from the audience. Improv's payoffs include connections with the audience as well as the laughter. There isn't a script so it involves more risk, but the impact is much deeper. These laughs are of the "you had to be there" variety .... - the dialog can be repeated, but the magic of improv is unique to each individual.
"Improv brands" are:
- Delivered by teams.
- Transformational not just transactional.
- Powerful in their ability to form connections and positive expectations.
- Riskier but more sustainable since they create relationships.
Improv brands create unique stories. Be prepared to be surprised. That's part of the power of relationships.
Improv brands value design. People feel emotional and aesthetic patterns even when they can't articulate it. Good design drives successful brands.
Improv brands create meaning - .... in addition to money. Meaning is about life-changing aspirations that get us going in the morning. Making meaning is the most powerful motivator.
So, what kind of brand do you want? One that creates an interactive relationship with your clients? One that is sustainable and continues to give "you had to be there" moments even after the sale? Or just a joke?
Take the first step (it's free).
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