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How can our products be remarkable?

Seth Godin is fond of saying that we must make our products and our companies remarkable, but it’s easier to say than to do (as Seth well knows). And I fear that some people just blow off Seth’s advice, because they hear “remarkable” as just another fatuous superlative, such as “great” or “fantastic” that is bereft of its original, more specific meaning. Remarkable means something that would cause someone to remark about it. So, how do we become remarkable?

 Too many people have given up on being remarkable because they believe that it’s too hard. They think about a company such as Apple, with makes the quintessentially remarkable products and ask, “How could I ever do anything that remarkable?”

I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to.

In fact, one way to be remarkable has nothing to do with your product, but rather your attitude. Take a direct competitor to Apple, Dell Computer. Dell has made itself remarkable in recent years, not by its products but by its behavior.

When Dell was called out by Jeff Jarvis and others for its poor customer service (the entire “Dell Hell” debacle), it responded remarkably, not by ignoring social media but by embracing it, by engaging, and by changing it s corporate culture to be much more open and responsive. That approach caused many a positive remark in the blogosphere and has culminated in Dell’s IdeaStorm initiative, in which its remarkable corporate behavior is now causing its customers to bring it the ideas that might yet become the next remarkable product.

Take a page from Dell. If you don’t have any remarkable products, start acting remarkably toward your customers. Your customers might start to trust you enough to help you create remarkable products.

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Mike Moran

Mike Moran is an expert in internet marketing, search technology, social media, text analytics, web personalization, and web metrics, who, as a Certified Speaking Professional, regularly makes speaking appearances. Mike’s previous appearances include keynote speaking appearances worldwide. Mike serves as a senior strategist for Converseon, an AI powered consumer intelligence technology and consulting firm. He is also a senior strategist for SoloSegment, a marketing automation software solutions and services firm. Mike also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of SEMPO. Mike spent 30 years at IBM, rising to Distinguished Engineer, an executive-level technical position. Mike held various roles in his IBM career, including eight years at IBM’s customer-facing website, ibm.com, most recently as the Manager of ibm.com Web Experience, where he led 65 information architects, web designers, webmasters, programmers, and technical architects around the world. Mike's newest book is Outside-In Marketing with world-renowned author James Mathewson. He is co-author of the best-selling Search Engine Marketing, Inc. (with fellow search marketing expert Bill Hunt), now in its Third Edition. Mike is also the author of the acclaimed internet marketing book, Do It Wrong Quickly: How the Web Changes the Old Marketing Rules, named one of best business books of 2007 by the Miami Herald. Mike founded and writes for Biznology® and writes regularly for other blogs. In addition to Mike’s broad technical background, he holds an Advanced Certificate in Market Management Practice from the Royal UK Charter Institute of Marketing and is a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. He also teaches at Rutgers Business School. He is a Senior Fellow at the Society for New Communications Research. Mike worked at ibm.com from 1998 through 2006, pioneering IBM’s successful search marketing program. IBM’s website of over two million pages was a classic “big company” website that has traditionally been difficult to optimize for search marketing. Mike, working with Bill Hunt, developed a strategy for search engine marketing that works for any business, large or small. Moran and Hunt spearheaded IBM’s content improvement that has resulted in dramatic gains in traffic from Google and other internet portals.

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  1. Avatar joelchrist

    Really informative blog, would definitely helpful for me to make my product remarkable one. Thanks.

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