“Community is much more than belonging to something; it’s about doing something together that makes belonging matter.” – Brian Solis
Building a community around your brand is a powerful strategy. It’s about creating a space where customers can connect, not just with your products, but with each other, and more importantly, with the mission of your brand.
Harley-Davidson has cultivated more than just a customer base; they’ve built a dedicated community of enthusiasts. Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.), a club sponsored by Harley-Davidson, provides a platform for riders to share their passion for the open road. This community offers more than just riding experiences; it creates a sense of belonging and identity among its members. Harley-Davidson’s approach to community building has created a powerful brand loyalty that goes beyond the motorcycles they sell, turning customers into lifelong brand advocates.
As entrepreneurs, we need to continually think about how we can create community for our customers. Whether it’s through a dedicated forum, social media groups, customer events, or loyalty programs, the aim is to offer a platform where customers can engage with your brand and with each other in meaningful ways.
Action Step: Think about how you could develop a sense of community with your customers. It could be as simple as creating a social media group where customers can share their experiences, or organizing a local meetup or webinar. Start planning this week and take the first step towards building a community that resonates with your brand values.
A strong community not only supports your current business goals, but also paves the way for sustainable growth. It creates a loyal fan base that’s deeply connected with your brand and its values.
To learn more about building a community around your brand, be sure to check out our book of the week: “Superfans” by Pat Flynn.