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31. Brand Legacy Is a Human Thing (Not a Corporate Thing) w/ Kristy Krueger


Marketing is a human driven mission, not a money-making endeavor. When you start by treating customers like humans, you will get better results not only for your company, but more importantly, for your customers as well. 

Kristy Krueger is the lead marketer for Revel, a healthcare technology company that helps people to take better care of themselves using technology.

She sits down with me to share what she’s learned about customer experience dealing with customers who rely on her company’s mission to help them through their most difficult struggles. 

Here are Kristy’s three marketing truths that can make you a better marketer today!

Truth # 1: Live and breathe your brand promise.

Truth 2: Treat Your customers like humans.

Truth 3: Everyone in the company creates the customer experience.

We all want to be inspired, we are all curious and even in business, you're always a person first. So when you're writing or talking to your clients, or talking to a person, so show that you're human. The single most important thing you can do today is to create and deliver a better experience for your customers. Learn how sales, marketing and customer success experts create internal alignment, achieved desired outcomes and exceed customer expectations in a personal and human way. This is the customer experience podcast. Here's your host, Ethan Butte. Okay, welcome back to the customer experience podcast. Today we're going to be talking branding, rebranding in a variety of other topics with today's guests, who brings twenty years of experience in Marketing Development, marketing strategy and marketing communication to this conversation. She currently serves as the vice president of marketing at Revel, a healthcare technology company that uses data to move people to take action for better health. They focus on technology, teamwork and creativity to get that done. Christy Krueger, welcome to the customer experience podcast. Thank you even it's a pleasure to be on. Yeah, I really appreciate your time and I'm really looking for to this conversation, especially because of your branding background. But will start with your thoughts, to your or observations or lessons about customer experience at a high level. Yeah, this has been on my mind a lot, so I've been, you know, kind of picking up on different things and I was listening to a podcast interview between Oprah and Bradley Cooper after he produced and directed a stars born, and if you haven't seen that movie, it's phenomenal, and he was in this interview saying that, you know, his movie or his art was so important to him because of every life it had the opportunity to touch, and I just I just thought that was so cool that people were reaching out to him and saying, you know, this really made a difference in my life and thank you for making this movie. It wasn't just a movie, it was truly art and it had a message behind it. And I think when it comes down to a customer experience, it's really it's the opportunity to touch people's lives and you know, when you have that opportunity, did you inspire them in those connections like that's really going above and beyond. But if you really want a great customer experience, you have to look at it as it's the customers experience. It's their experience that becomes a part of your brand legacy. It's not the brand alone, and really, in the end, that's what's the most important thing to center around. That, I think, is true customer experience. I love it. It's treating all of these moments, these touch points has opportunities in there, either opportunities you take advantage of to make the world a better place in to Improve Your Business, or missed opportunities where you know you just maybe took the easy route and let the moment go. You have a really strong brand background in an emerging theme here in these conversations is the relationship between brand and brand experience and the customer experience. How do you some people have said their synonymous,...

...other people say differently. What are your thoughts or feelings about the relationship between brand experience and customer experience? Are they are the synonymous to you? I guess yeah, I think it starts with the brand because you know, when you build a brand, your aspirational you're thinking, you know, what kind of experience are they going to have and it's really the soul of the company is figuring out the why? Why are you doing this? Why are you asking people to come to work and and work this hard? What? What is the purpose that we're all connected to? And that really then leads to what is your brand promise? Your brand promise is your promise to your customers and how do you live that every day? So I think they're absolutely connected. The one feeds out the other. It's just when one starts and the other one takes off. So truth number one that I have on here is live and breathe your brand promise internally and your brand promise again, is that you know your promise to your customers. What could matter more than that? And I was really inspired by a Ted talk by Simon Senek and he talked about how great leaders inspire action and just really understanding the purpose of your company and then you build off of that and figure out what your promise could be to make that happen. And that's and your customers are truly connected to when they believe in the promise that you're making. And he gives the example of Apple, which we all know great, great company, gives a great customer experience because they're in a community with their customers. They believe in this mantra of think differently, and so they're connected to their customers in that way and that's their promise to them and they continually deliver on that. And so I really do think brand and customer experience are tied together and they have to be to be successful. I love it and you and just going back to where you started to I mean doing it internally not only means that employees need to have that buy in and live it out so that the customer can experience it, but it gives a sense of purpose and meaning to day to day work as well, which is awesome. We need that as humans. You know, our brand promise that at revel as we get people to do things that are good for them, and we made that really simple on purpose, because we wanted it to be for our internal team to really hold on to that and know that the work that they do really really does matter. We have it up at every company meeting. We have our mission, which is to make the world a healthier place, and then our brand promise and our promise to our customers of how we're going to do that through health actions and get people to do things that are, you know, good for them, and we have that integrated into our culture and it makes all the difference. And every team meeting we talked about client experiences and any member stories that are new and it's the best part of the meeting and it makes us just feel really good about what we do. Yeah, so important and and it's I found in my own work that that's when I then that's what I'm reminded of why I sometimes show up early and stay late and work on the weekends and do all these other things that are, you know, they feel sacrificial at...

...times, you know, when I want to be in kind of a martyr state, but then when you when you can really be reminded of the outcomes, that your mission is actually coming to life and you're doing the things you aspire to do, it's just so satisfying it wropes you right back in. So that was your truth number one, where we're doing a little too truths in a lie here. I'm going to do truth number two because, okayly kind of builds here and it's as so, so so for any when the message, the first the first truth is living and breathing your brand. Promise internally and again Brandon promise are super important words and it needs to be true from the inside out. So truth number two. Truth number two is treat your customers like humans. And I get into a lot of trouble with this one because in a baby world, which is the world I play, and you know, everyone says you have to be buttoned up your your clients or health plans. You know, like it's very serious. This is people's health and we can't do that. And it's like, guess what, we can. We're all human, we all want to be inspired, we are all curious and even in business you're always a person first. So when you're writing or talking to your clients, you're talking to a person. So show that you're human. And I have a couple of examples. The first one is from ATNT and it's their campaign that says just okay is not okay, and you probably heard this one or seeing it, and I'm going to play it now, but it's about getting a tattoo. So here we go. First Tattoo. Yeah, relax it, maybe it's going to look okay. Only okay or his boss. I want to do to too. Mortis in the city. You mean one of the best tattoo artists in the city, right, something like that. Yeah, aren't you supposed to draw it first? Stay in your lane, Bro just okay is not okay, especially when it comes to your network. So I love that because it's so true. Well, especially when you're getting a tattoo, we expect more. We want a great customer experience and just working with a company that gives you an okay experience it's just not good enough and it's not going to fly. You're going to go somewhere else then. So this commercial just did a great job, I thought, of really connecting with the audience and letting you know that they're going to go above and beyond, because they too believe that just okay is not okay, and this is just a great example of using humor to connect with your audience and talk about your brand promise. It's very refreshing. People are connected by laughter, so bring it in. That human element is it can be great when it works well. It's there's a fine line, so you have to be careful with that. Yet the whole series is very, very entertaining. Typically I their comedy writers. Comedy is an easy to do, but when you can do it well, it's super, super effective and it also for me, the thing that came to mind is, you know, the desired outcome right. Oftentimes we're talking about experience, for talking about maybe above and beyond, but there's also just this basic give me what I need in this ghost to your promise, which is hey, I thought when I did business with you that I was going to get x, like I was going to achieve. The desired outcome in this case is like just okay,... way short of sorry. Just okay is is even short of okay, or it can be, and so we need to make sure we at least hit hit the finish line and if we can do it above and beyond, even better. Absolutely. Yes. An example number two is, you know, just just talk to me like I'm a human, just just be conversational. If you can't do the humor thing, well and you're not going to take that chance, I get it. That's up to you and your brand and what your tone is, but at least be human and talk like a human. I was listening to an Hanley, who was on this podcast and I just absolutely love her, by the way, and she said that content is the holy grill of connecting with customers, and I absolutely wholeheartedly agree with that. I have an example of a company that does that for me and it's Trello. So they are an online APP that kind of helps with project management and a conbind type style, and they we use that on our marketing team to for project management and helping us to be organized, and they send this monthly newsletter and it's written in such a human way that it just goes above and beyond my expectations every time because it like reads my mind. It like knows the things that I'm worried about her or want to know more about, and every time that newsletter comes I forward it to the marketing team. I think I've done that like five times in a row and they're like, okay, it must be time for the Trello newsletter because Christie's sending it out again. But the topics are just awesome for me. It's like mindfulness at work and passion projects and ways that you can be productive, but not the typical like here ten tips to be productive. What you know successful people do in the morning to be productive. It's not the same old, same old, but it's actually digging a little bit deeper and saying it's okay to be mindful at work. It's okay to have a passion product and combine that with your work. So it really speaks to me, whoever the blog writer is. Thank you very much. That's awesome. Keep it up and if you're not using Trello, it's a really cool tool. So yeah, I love it. I use TRELLO. I also use a sauna and and it was I agree in Hanley is awesome. I recommend both of her books, particularly everybody rights. I also recommend her newsletter, which I expect you also enjoy, for it's just just extremely well written in and if you miss that episode and you're listening to this one, you can subscribe to the customer experience podcast in any in any player and roll back. It was one of the first five episodes are so so those are two truths. I think it's easy to lose sight of the human on the other side because you're typically working to deliver numbers and metrics and gpis and outcomes and it's easy to lose sight of all the human beings that are involved in that. So I really like truth number too. What is the the brand or the customer experience lie that a lot of people maybe mistreat or overlook. Yes, the lie is that if you have client or customer in your title, that you own the customer experience, and I'm sure most everyone on this podcast, if you're listening to this, you already know that that is not true. Everyone in the company owns the...

...customer experience and if you want to have a great customer experience, your team has to know that. It's front stage to backstage. Everyone creates the experience together and that's why we have jobs. We should be grateful that we can be a part of working together to make an amazing customer experience, because it's the most important part of our job and we may not even realize the impact that we're making. So, going back to truth number one about making sure the team is aware of the impact that they're having on customers and sometimes your customers, customers in our case, the members and lives that were touching. It just completely changes your mindset and now you start thinking, well, what if the client was my best friend? What if it was a family member? You know, each interaction I would I would pause, I would slow down and I would just take a moment and think how can I make their life better? How can I go above and beyond? And I think if you come into it with a just a little bit of a tweak to the mindset of like, how am I going to impact someone's experience today, and think about them as a human it can make a really big difference. So it's really not a corporate thing at all. It's a human thing. You know, it's about living your brand promise and your promise to your customers because you believe in it and knowing that you're in a community with your clients. You're in this together, and I think that makes all the difference. I love it. It's I mean when you adopt that mindset, I it can't help but manifest itself not only in your behavior but also in the way that the customer has an experience with any representative of the company. I love the way that you look that. Back to the brand, because I think once you are once you have a well defined brand which is provides a sense of purpose and emission, it does become easier to get everyone aligned. I mean you you basically made the entire argument for my going down this sort of producing this podcast in the first place, which is exploring this idea, because customer experience is the single most important and valuable thing we do, but it's difficult to get people aligned. So I love this framework and it kind of tease up a question I have for you, which is, you know, one of the core values at revel is fanatical team work. Huh, talk a little bit about like what does that look like practically, you know, like why fanatical? What is teamwork look like? Kind of how you organized in general, and when did that occur to you all? So, when we were writing the mission for the company, we wanted to incorporate our core values and one of them is fanatical teamwork, brilliant creativity, those are so important to us that we had to weave it into the mission and we were very specific about what that word would be to describe teamwork, and we finally thought, you know, it's fanatical, it's it's about putting people first and really working as a team. You know, means we all have great ideas, we all bring this creativity and we need to trust each other and trust that sometimes will will make mistakes or will test something and we're wrong. But what... we learn from it and how do we grow from that? We're an emerging cut emerging company within the healthcare space. We have a lot of lives to impact and a lot of good to do. So we want to be as effective as possible and get our solutions to market as soon as we can, because the more solutions we put out, the more we're helping people. And so the fanatical teamwork is really part of all of us believing in the same mission that if we work together, we're not just having a fun time together, but we're also helping people, and there's no greater feeling than coming to work and knowing that you're actually helping people totally. How old is the company? How many people are part of this fanatical team work? Yes, yeah, so we're we've been in the space for twelve years and we went through a rebrand and so we became rebel two and a half years ago when I came on board, and we have about eighty plus people and growing nice. And how are you organized? Approximately? Like are like sub teams within the super team. So we have, you know, a typical leadership team and then we have a marketing team, technology team, product team, HR sales and marketing together, client experienced team and probably missing some, but, you know, a pretty typical structure, I would say. Yeah, I would agree. So this moving people concept, like you've mentioned it a couple times. You know, we're moving people, I guess, first too thought and then to action. On the website, which, by the way, one of your one of your it's not a brand promise if it's more functional, practical promise. That probably helps people with these problems identify and say I want to connect with with these people. As we get people to stay in network, we get people to get their annual physical, we get people to schedule their next appointment, we get people to manage their diabetes, we get people to get their family flu shots. So you're moving people to Action. You know, as VP and marketing, you obviously have a lot to do there in terms of kind of guiding the process of moving people to new thoughts and new actions and new behaviors. How do you think about that work? Yeah, so there's we have this, you know, two ways to look at the first one is making sure that we have we understand our members. So it's not just the clinical data, but it's also, you know, how do we know them as a human like we were saying before, what data do we have that can give us some insight into their living situation right now, or just making sure we can even get into contact with them and which methods are the best way that they like to be contacted. So that's the basic marketing right. But the second part of it is the behavioral science that really drives the messaging and understanding. Why would someone not get a flu shot? Let's make sure that we understand what those message things are, put them out to that group and then test them. And then the technology behind the scenes is figuring out which ones are resonating and then pausing the ones that aren't and using the ones that are working, so we can change the campaign...

...mid flight to use the types of messages that are actually resonating with the audience. And that's why we can get such great outcomes, so good and such a huge value for the for your kind of two layers of clients there. It's a really a benefit to both. We have something in common. We both have great respect for Fred Rodgers and both really enjoyed won't you be my neighbor? Talk about that like if for anyone that hasn't seen I think we would both highly recommend. Won't you be my neighbor, which is a fantastic film that I did not watch a lot of Mr Rogers growing up, but always had, you know, now, awareness and appreciation and that just took it for new to look at, to a new level for me. What do you think his message or that film can teach marketers or anyone working in a professional capacity today? I think just being a good human I mean he had so much credibility and just honesty, and you know his quote about the greatest gift is just being your honest self and then sharing that with kids who are growing up in a crazy world and just being true to yourself and doing the things that are right. You know, he would write letters to his fans, to these little kids, to help them understand all the things that we're going on in the world, and he would take time to write those letters and explain them. His wife would help him with that too, and it was just like imagine if you took the time to write letters to all your clients, you know, or a subset of them, and really think about the answer and be thoughtful about it. So I think he's just an amazing role model and he did so much for our country and for the youth that you know that to experience his show so good. The this it reminds me of another cudwy merging theme on the show, which is like, you know, scaling the unscalable. I mean, if he can, who because he was watched by millions. I mean he was on television when there weren't eighty five hundred different channels. You know, if someone on a making the impact on a national scale can can do that in order to, you know, fulfill probably his own personal mission. I think all of us could do a little bit more. I think we stop ourselves and say how we you know we can't do that at scale. So what would it look like to write a personal note or to send a truly personal video to each one of your customers? Such a good message, Christy. This has been really fun and I am going to give you the chance, because relationships are our number one core value here, to to think or mentioned someone who's had a positive impact on your life, for your career, and then shadow you already shouted out Trello, a company that I also enjoy as well. I guess I need to pay more attention to their to their new letters or get on you forward it to you because you're getting your distribution list, but but also maybe shout out another company that's doing customer experience really well. Sure. So the first one to thank you would be too, an Hanley. I mean I went to her be to be marketing conference last year and just learned so much. Some of them things actually talked about today. We're some things that they talked about, like humor and being human, and it was just so,... empowering to know that the path that I was on was the right path and I had so many people at that conference tell me like, keep doing it, what you're doing is right. Yes, people are going to think you're crazy or they're going to think you're doing the wrong thing, but you're doing the right thing. Keep marching on, and that was really inspiring. So a big thank you to Anne for putting such a great conference together every year and I'm coming again this year. So Nice. And another company that I think is doing the customer experience well is is Amazon, because it impacts my life so much. I'm super busy with two kids running around a soccer practices and Games and tournaments and softball practice and gymnastics and blah, Blah Blah, and just knowing that I have Amazon at my side to like order things and like, you know, get it in two days is like it's wonderful. And then also having Alexa at home because of my kids, can order up music and, you know, it's amazing to me. I never had imagine that as a kid that I could have this device that would play any song I could think of on demand. They have no idea how good they have. It so good and it's all just so seamless. You know, it's a movement toward just this ambient experience where you can just call out into the wind and things happen for you. So cool and and just in to think, you know, if you could not imagine it at their age and it is normalized at their age, what are their kids going to be doing and how are they going to be engaging with companies and brands and technology? That's a different conversation, not completely so, Chrissy, I really really appreciate your time and your insights. You are on the right track. I love that you got that kind of that validation in that encouragement to keep moving in a direction that treats people as people. Really it's the golden rule, which is is represented in every major world religion as well as variety of philosophies, which is treat people as you'd want to be treated, and I think if we can do that in our businesses, that's just a basic foundation for success. How can someone follow up with you or with rebel? Sure you can just go to linkedin and look for Christy Krueger revel health or go to revel healthcom. Awesome. Thank you again so much for your time. Continued success to you. Yeah, thank you so much. Even clear communication, human connection, higher conversion. These are just some of the benefits of adding video to the messages you're sending every day. It's easy to do with just a little guidance, so pick up the official book rehumanize Your Business. How personal videos accelerate sales and improve customer experience. Learn more in order today at Bombombcom Book. That's bomb bombcom book. Thanks for listening to the customer experience podcast. Remember, the single most important thing you can do today is to create and deliver a better experience for your customers. Continue Learning the latest strategies and...

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