Famous for her avant-garde outfits, over-the-top performances, and addictive dance beats, Lady Gaga is one of the most successful pop musicians of all time. But behind her showmanship lies another achievement: her wildly successful strategy for attracting and keeping insanely loyal fans.
She's one of the most popular social media voices in the world with more than 33 million Twitter followers and 55 million Facebook fans. And she got there by methodically building a grassroots base of what she calls her 'Little Monsters'—passionate fans who look to her not just for music but also for joy, inspiration, and a sense of community.
In Monster Loyalty marketing expert Jackie Huba explores Gaga's biography and fan philosophy and isolates the seven lessons any business can learn from her. For instance…
* Focus on your One Percenters: Lady Gaga is investing today in the audience she hopes to have twenty-five years from now. She spends most of her efforts on just 1 percent of her base, the highly engaged superfans who spread her message.
* Lead with values: Gaga stands out not just for her music but also for her message that it's okay to be yourself and to love others for who they are. When you connect with customers beyond just providing a product or service, you create a lasting bond.
* Give them something to talk about: Whether she's wearing a meat dress or delivering jaw-dropping performances, Lady Gaga knows what will get people talking. Making your business word-of-mouth-worthy cuts down on advertising costs and spreads buzz faster than anything else.
Love her or hate her, you can't ignore Lady Gaga. And while not all businesses want to stand out the way she does, any business can win big by creating monster loyalty.
'We identify with each other. I see myself in my fans and my fans see themselves in me. I call them litle monsters because they are my inspiration.' Lady Gaga