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Executive Report - By Thomas Baekdal - August 2014

Building Customer Momentum and Lifetime Value

One of the key changes in the world of media today is something that hasn't changed at all. It's just that up until recently, we couldn't do anything about.

It's the concept of building up customer momentum.

We can all agree that the concept of building up momentum is as old as humanity itself. From learning a new skill, reading a book, playing a game, exercising, influencing other people, building a business, to creating sales... momentum has always been the one key element to success.

Everything in life is better when you mix it with momentum. The famous Sherlock Holmes books, for instance, were brilliant exactly because there were so many of them. It wasn't just a story. It was an adventure.

Momentum makes us feel involved, and it makes us feel special. It makes us feel that we have achieved something.

So, it's kind of surprising that it has taken us this long to discover the power of momentum in the world of media.

Think about it - most forms of media are more like a one-night stand than a result of momentum.

A monthly magazine is designed as a separate collection of stories and ads with no overlap or continuation of what that magazine published the month before. We call these 'editions'. For an interior design magazine, for instance, we have the kitchen edition, the garden edition, the bedroom edition, and so forth. Each edition is an island in itself.

There is no momentum.

We often see the same with brands. Most ads are designed for a single exposure in which you assume that people have never heard about you before, and have completely forgotten what it is that you do.

Again, no momentum.

Even most re-marketing ads, which are designed specifically to build momentum, are merely repeating the same old "you probably don't remember us, but here is our logo with a photo of a nice smiling model behind whatever it is that we are selling".

It is as useless as when a guy walks up to a girl saying, "Haven't I seen you somewhere before?" You have to be extraordinarily good looking for that to ever work.

But the funny thing is that people actually know this. We know that this short-term 'let's start everything from scratch' interaction isn't very useful. But people have a hard time connecting the dots.

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