The Chinese word for crisis is composed of two characters — 危机 — one signifying ‘danger’ and one signifying ‘opportunity.’ We have begun to see this duality play out in the way that brands are being judged, and their reputations and images changed, by how they have been behaving and communicating not just in response to the pandemic, but also in response to the recent wave of protests for racial justice. Insights from our newly launched WhatsApp Community of consumers and small business owners, show that people are displaying a heightened sensitivity to how ‘corporate America’ is behaving and which ‘side’ companies are on – with a new landscape of heroes and villains emerging. Understanding how people are assessing brands in this climate of heightened moral judgement could give companies a crucial advantage in terms of driving their responses and framing their messaging.
Due to cognitive biases, a frictionless user experience might have less impact on brand perceptions than we want to admit. The teachings of Nobel prize winner and founder of behavioral economics, Daniel Kahneman, tell us that designing for brand memories is very different than designing for user experience. This talk is about how to be delightfully indelible even with the ever-present risk of being frictionlessly forgettable. See how Microsoft tested these assumptions with telemetry and data science, showing that there is a 14X greater ROI for creating peak moments than eliminating pit moments from brand memories.