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This blog focuses on issues pertaining to the boating, recreation and durables industries and on how to utilize customer data to make important business decisions.

Understanding Emotional Benefits – Part 2

Understanding Emotional Benefits - Part 2 In my previous article, I described the different types of product benefits and how they are connected in what is called the "benefits ladder".  In this article, I will explain how to identify the different types of benefits associated with your brand and when it makes sense to focus on emotional benefits in your marketing communications. Review of the Benefits Ladder When evaluating a product or service, people generally examine the features or attributes of the offering such as "all-welded hull" or "5-Year Warranty".  These attributes, in turn, relate to one or more functional [...]

Understanding Emotional Benefits – Part 1

Understanding Emotional Benefits - Part 1 A lot has been written lately about the need to emphasize emotions, or more accurately, emotional benefits when marketing your product or service.  However, what exactly is an emotional benefit, which emotions should you emphasize and when is it appropriate to do so? In this first of two-part series, I address the first question above and explain why “emotional benefits” can be so powerful.  Later, I will talk about how to identify the various types of benefits associated with your product or service and when it makes most sense to focus on emotional aspects. [...]

Customer Satisfaction Best Practices (Part 2)

Customer Satisfaction Best Practices - Part 2 In my previous article, I described the first four customer satisfaction best practices to help you create a high quality and actionable customer satisfaction system for your business.  This article covers the remaining three items based on over three decades of research experience.  While there are many other factors to consider, these seven items should put you on a path for success. First, let's recap the items from my prior article. Recap of First Four Best Practices Use an appropriate scale - The scale you use should have enough points to be sensitive [...]

Customer Satisfaction Survey Best Practices (Part 1)

2020 saw an influx of new boaters and other outdoor products in response to the pandemic and the desire for safe, family-friendly recreational activities.  But with this surge of participants comes new challenges to help keep them in the fold.  One tool to help with this is a good customer satisfaction system to help you detect and respond to issues in a professional and timely manner and identify opportunities for improvement.  In this article, I talk about the first set of customer satisfaction survey best practices based on my 36 years of research experience and over two decades as a [...]

Research on a Budget – introducing a free new service

Left Brain Marketing, Inc. recently launched four free research tools to enable marine marketers and  similar businesses to gain insights into their customers.  Designed for small to medium sized manufacturers and dealers, these ready-made solutions include: Customer satisfaction with the Product Customer satisfaction with the Dealer Reasons for Brand Selection/Customer Profiling Media Consumption. All are free to use “as is” and include access to real-time results.  Additional customization options are also available.  Please note that these free research tools were designed specifically for boats but could easily be adapted for other durables or outdoor products. Now there is no [...]

The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on Anticipated Boating and Fishing Activity in 2020

The emergence of the COVID-19 crisis has severely impacted nearly every aspect of society. And, while there are more important concerns than going boating or fishing, these activities remain important to the lifestyle of many. In this article, we discuss the findings from a recent survey regarding how boat owners anticipate the current crisis will affect their on-water activity and how dealers and marinas can support them at this time. Background An online survey was conducted with members of the BoaterInput online community (developed by Left Brain Marketing, Inc). The survey was conducted between March 22nd and March 31st, [...]

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