Takeaways from CO-OP THINK 14

Speakers examined branding and new-media marketing during the event this week in New Orleans.

May 21, 2014
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When planning for the future, CUs have to provide members with what they want, said Ivan Askwith, a producer and consultant who was head of digital for Lucasfilm. The reason the railroad industry collapsed, Askwith said, is because “they thought they were in the business of railroads instead of transportation.” 
 
To avoid a similar fate, CUs need to offer members what they want, tell them what they want to hear, and forge stronger connections with them. Drawing parallels to the world of entertainment and brands such as “Star Wars,” Askwith said members will use your services but fans “will evangelize for you.” 
 
“When fans love something they actually fight for it,” Askwith said. 

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