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Old 12th April 2008, 05:02 PM   #1

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Default Copy Or Product? Answer: The Market

People buy things for emotional needs, meaning desires not actual needs.
That emotional void creates the desire to buy and is never fulfilled by just the
purchase of a product itself. The problem with having a good product is that
it isn't really even a factor until after the purchase.

Think about the cola wars, Coke versus Pepsi; in blind taste tests Pepsi
comes out on top. Yet people still buy more Coke. Let's take it even further
Royal Crown Cola (R.C. Cola) a young upstart company beats both Coke &
Pepsi hands down in blind taste tests - just give it more time for the word to
get around, right? After all this fresh company with the amazing tasting cola
has only been around since 1905!

But wait... there's more! Think back to the 80's when Coke released
their "better" product New Coke. Taste tests showed that this new formula
overwhelmingly beat both Original Coke & Pepsi; tasters were even asked if
they would purchase the drink if it were Coke and most said yes although
they admitted it would take some getting used to. Yet - not long after the
new and improved product was released, it bombed! Even with world
class marketing & advertising.

They couldn't even sell a better product - to their own customers!!
Even amazing copy can fail if you are not in tune with what your market
wants, not needs but wants.

I was recently reviewing some of the best copy of all time, one ad read:

Are You Too Thin?
For only 15 minutes a day's practice in your own room upon
special exercises I will give you, you can be round, plump,
wholesome, rested and attractive.

A testimonial from that same ad reads -
"Just think, Miss Crocroft, I have gained 25 pounds."

How well do you think that same copy would pull today?

Copy? Product? I'd rather have a clear understanding of the market any day.

The market is first, foremost and always.

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Old 12th April 2008, 05:19 PM   #2
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It's true. The problem with "New Coke," come to find out, was the legacy of original Coke. It was more than a drink. It was a landmark... an icon... an irreplaceable piece of Americana. When New Coke hit the market, consumers actually reported feeling betrayed even after they said they liked the taste of New Coke better.

Coke admittedly missed the entire emotional connection to their product. It wasn't about the drink. It was about they fierce loyalty consumers had to something they'd grown up with for generations.

In order to write effective copy, you have to understand your target audience. Coke thought they did. Nobody ever had the foresight to ask the question, "Will you have a cow if we discontinue original Coke?"

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Old 14th April 2008, 02:11 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by alexbwurth View Post
Copy? Product? I'd rather have a clear understanding of the market any day.
I agree. First rule of marketing...Know thy audience!

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Old 23rd May 2008, 07:05 PM   #4
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Yes, the market is the master. I tell my clients that the "who" is always more important than the "what" your selling. Coke was more concerned with creating a product that tasted like Pepsi and ignored their core audience.

Read Sergio Zyman's book "The End of Marketing as We Know It", he was the chief marketing officer behind the whole New Coke fiasco. A must read for marketers.

An interesting point about the Pepsi Challenge: I read a report some years back that said a majority of people prefer a sweeter flavor during taste tests of all foods. So it was no surprise that Pepsi won out over Coke.

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Old 18th June 2008, 05:19 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by Dale King View Post
I agree. First rule of marketing...Know thy audience!

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You might want to read "The Art of War" by Lao Tzu. This is a book that most entepreneurs would like to read. The Asian teachings there are very much applicable to all aspects in life actually, not just business.

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Old 29th June 2008, 02:16 PM   #6
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"new and improved product was released, it bombed! Even with world
class marketing & advertising."

It did not bomb -- and the failure was a success because it resharpened the whole campaign for years following -- Coke Classic

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but, I got your point...thanks.

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