Monday, October 22, 2012

What New Social Norm Is Your Company Creating?

Every company wants to create a new social norm.

They want to change the way people do something, for better and for always.

Wii’s groundbreaking console didn’t just look cool, it got people up off the sofa, broke down the walls that separated players and spectators and turned a video game into a communication tool that family members, both young and old, could socialize around, instead of disappearing into their digital worlds in a state of separate togetherness.

To do this, to create a social norm, to make a lasting impression with something of cultural meaning above and beyond the product, there are several questions worth asking at the onset of a project:

1. How can we approach an industry in an entirely new way? 

2. How does our idea take an activity to a scale never before achieved? 
3. How does our work revolutionize the way people do or think about something?  
4. How do we instill new habits in people and align our brand with them? 
5. What if we gave people access to ownership instead of ownership itself? 
6. What idea, that people are convinced is dead, can we bring back to life? 
7. What used to be impossible that we can make easier for people?

Focus on that, and you won’t just make money, you might just make history.