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Pine & Gilmore have written a book that stands the test of the decades, for sure. They outline how businesses (or organizations in general) can distinguish themselves from their competition. From the lowly commodities up, it goes via products, than services finally to experiences and ultimately transformations. Experiences stimulate all the senses, educate or inspire and are unique for each. Thus you can charge a higher premium on their costs than for normal 'products'.
This book describes the road and practices you need to adopt in order to move from a product or service provider up the value added ladder. Not all practical advice is valid for all and particularly the theatrical elements seem to me to be irrelevant for many businesses. I also pity the subtitle, which dumbs the concept down to a trick to pimp the business. It is not so and enough depth is provided to make the translation to your own activities.
A glimpse is given to transformations, the pinnacle of what businesses can provide. I am anxiously awaiting a more in-depth analysis of this phenomenon.
Well recommended reading for everybody interested in strategy, business development and marketing/positioning.
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Guaranteed to improve your understanding of how to compete in today's competitive environment, Pine and Gilmore offer a brilliant thesis on shifts in the economic landscape which have made old industrial ways of thinking obsolete. Whether you are responsible for marketing, branding, or advertising, this book provides profound insights into the whys and hows you need to know to compete through experiential offerings. Miss this book and you miss out on everything that is at the cutting edge of brand marketing today.
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