The Big Debate: Is becoming an ‘ecosystem’ brand the only way to win customer loyalty?

By offering a smorgasbord of different services under a single umbrella and streamlining the customer experience, ‘ecosystem’ brands are proving to be some of the most valuable companies in the world.

Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon – the top four brands in Kantar Millward Brown’s 2017 BrandZ ranking – fall into the ecosystem brand category, each of which connects with consumers across a number of different touchpoints making them highly desirable.

“Ecosystem brands cleverly meet our needs and make our lives easier by offering us all sorts of things that are connected so we gain this traction with them,” says Peter Walshe, BrandZ global strategy director. “Amazon, in particular, has mastered that way of establishing a perfect relationship with people.”

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