- S – Simple
- U – Unexpected
- C – Concrete
- C – Credible
- E – Emotional
- S – Stories
In this new series of posts, we’ll be providing you with real-life examples for each principle.
Let’s start things off with the principle of Simplicity in marketing.
According to Dan and Chip Heath in Made to Stick, some stories are memorable because they only contain one or two core messages. This prevents us from getting confused by unnecessary details.
Making your message simple means prioritizing a single core message; not dumbing things down. You can then utilize general analogies (every Disney employee is a Cast Member) or familiar schemas (Alien is like Jaws in Space) to make your message easier to understand.
The examples listed below communicate their brand/product idea so well that no explanations are required:
“Atlas is like a Brita Filter for your feet: made of Coffee it filters and absorbs sweat and odor.”
Going on a trip? Clever Travel Companion’s anti-theft products are all you need to keep your belongings safe.
Many women waste a lot of time looking for a little black dress when they need one. At My-little-black-dress.com, simply buy, receive it, and look fabulous.
Cheap sunglasses don’t always offer proper UV protection. At ZeroUV, you know what you’re paying for- zero UV.
Watches made from scrap wood and sustainable forests? We wood, too.
Every sneakerhead wants to protect his brand-new shoes. Sole Protector helps preserve your shoe sole for as long as possible.
Heat Holders keeps the heat in, so you can stay outdoors longer during the chilly winter seasons.
You might not always have a bottle opener on you, but you’ll always have your phone. With Opena cases, you can kick back and enjoy a beer anytime.
Beardbrand isn’t just a store selling scissors and beard oil; it’s a platform made by beardsmen, for beardsmen. Got a beard? Go to Beardbrand.
Alternatively- need to shave, but only got a dollar? Welcome to the Dollar Shave Club.
The Period Store – your one-stop shop for feeling better during your period.
Buying get-well gifts for someone, but don’t want to give impractical stuff like flowers? Not Another Bunch Of Flowers is here to help you pick something that patients can actually use during recovery.
Ever wanted a temporary tattoo of a moustache? Well, if you ever do…
“I want to buy a gift for my nephew, but I’m looking for something a little different.”
There you go.
Sports & Fitness
For brides-to-be who want to get in shape before their big day.
Do you need some gear that will withstand some gruelling obstacles in the mud?
Thirsty after your workout? Don’t drink energy drinks; drink water instead.
Because your dogs look more awesome in sunglasses as well.
You having a busy schedule shouldn’t be a reason why your pets don’t get fed on time.
With Kurgo, your pets can now go everywhere with you, instead of being stuck at home. (The logo tells you everything you need to know about the product!)
Food & Beverages
Old Smokey Grills – providing you with smokey and powerful grills since 1923.
Personal trainers teach you how to exercise; Personal Trainer Food teaches you how to eat.
Is preparing paleo meals too much of a hassle? Lazy to go out and eat? Then Paleo to Me is your answer.
Simplicity = Core + Compact
To utilize this principle, focus on those two points:
- Core – What’s the single, central idea that you want to tell?
- Compact – How do we make the idea succinct?
The examples above have managed to use their brand names and taglines to communicate the core premise of their brand/products.
Customers are able to infer what is it that they sell simply from their brand names. This becomes incredibly useful when we are constantly experiencing information overload.
Always focus on the core message you’re trying to communicate, and use different means, e.g. analogies/ schemas to help your audience understand easily.