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Why do some people drive an extra mile for a cup of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee, fly only on JetBlue, or use Dial soap year after year? According to author William J. McEwen, it’s because they are “married to the brand.” They feel an emotional connection that goes far beyond simply liking the product. These “brand marriages” can translate into a substantial increase in profits for your company. However, in spite of a plethora of customer loyalty and customer satisfaction programs, most hard-working brand managers fall short of tying the knot. In other words, they’re flirting with customers and may even go on several dates, but they’re not leading them to the brand altar to get hitched in permanent commercial bliss. In this work, McEwen explores the emotional link between customers and brands, and offers a variety of recommendations based on research conducted by his employer, the Gallup Organization. getAbstract suggests this book to brand managers or marketers who are ready to make a meaningful and emotional commitment – to your customers, that is – and who don’t mind tracking the marital metaphor all the way to market.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why some brands evoke passion and loyalty in their customers;
  • Why most brands are unsuccessful in connecting with their customers on an emotional level; and
  • What strategies you can use to build strong, long-lasting bonds with your customers.

About the Author

William J. McEwen was an account manager for leading advertising agencies for more than two decades. Currently, he is a global practice leader and consultant for the Gallup Organization.



The “Brand Marriage”
Every workday afternoon, Marty walks from his office to a Starbucks a few blocks away for a cup of coffee. Jayson, the barista, knows how Marty likes his brew and hands it to him with a smile. Marty looks forward to the interlude during his busy day and his Starbucks...

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