Editor’s note: This is a spoiler alert for fans of Game of Thrones (GOT). You may not want to continue reading unless, of course, you want an entertaining way of looking at what drives brand allegiance.
Like 8.9 million other people, I sat riveted to my television when the season finale of GOT aired. If you’ve never seen the show or read the novels, here’s a quick, overly-simplistic synopsis: There exists a large kingdom called Westeros. The king of Westeros dies. Many others vie for the throne, each with a considerably decent claim to it. Not surprisingly, few are open to reasonable, sit-down discussions to determine whose claim is best, and thus, things must be decided the old-fashioned way: war. To win a war, you need an army. And to obtain an army, you need loyal subjects. Thus, one could say the content of five books/six seasons of TV follows each individual’s story as he or she attempts to win over others to his/her side. I’m on Team Dany. Daenerys “Dany” Targaryen’s family ruled Westeros for thousands of years before the now deceased king took over. Although legacy isn’t everything, her lineage gives her a lot of street cred. If I lived in the seven kingdoms, I would certainly declare for Daenerys as Queen of Westeros—and according to the end of the season finale, several thousand others agree.
But it took a while for Daenerys to achieve this support. How did she go from being a frightened girl with a wish to rule in Season One to a confident woman with an impressive legion of backers in Season Six? What is it about her, her decisions or her journey that inspired such loyalty?
“What in the kingdom does this have to do with market research?” I’m glad you asked.
Which brands do you “declare” for? Which have inspired true loyalty? And I don’t mean from which brands you buy often, but for which brands you would be willing to pledge your allegiance. I believe brands that cultivate the most long-lasting relationships with consumers are those that:
Just as no queen should be without a trusted advisor, no brand should be without one either. At Escalent, we understand that a “one and done” study approach won’t cut it. Solid branding is an iterative process that takes careful planning.
To be the best, you need research insights that illuminate and communicate the above to your consumers. After all, a brand might claim to “rule,” but claim means little without others’ support and dedication.
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