October 1, 2014

PEF: Only about 10,000 things to monitor

You may recall that I’ve talked about the PEF or Personal Experience Factor a few times and it’s what Amy Curtis-McIntyre of JetBlue was talking about here.

Along comes a story today about Pret A Manger in CNN. Founder Julian Metcalfe got it right. A strong PEF is the result of OBSESSION.

Q. But you can create an atmosphere where people enjoy working in that establishment — you have that atmosphere.

A. Yeah. You can create an atmosphere with 10,000 little components. I always try and compare … I compare Pret to the inside of a beautifully made Swiss watch, you know. If all 10,000 cogs are turning it works. And the result of that is the atmosphere is good. And the sandwich is good. But you know all ten thousand cogs have to work: the recruitment process has to work, the training process has to work, the property indeed has to work, the hot water system has to work, the bread must be delivered, the man who makes the ham must make that ham with pride. It all has to work and only when all ten thousand things click together, then maybe if you are lucky you get a good atmosphere. And that’s the hideous truth. I’m not making this up, this is the truth and when I go, when we go into Pret shops and you don’t have that atmosphere or the quality, it’s because maybe just a couple of…you only need a few dozens of those cogs not to turn for the whole thing to start suffering. I’ll tell you that.

It’s a great interview. Read it. We help our clients with their PEF, but it’s always easier when they’re already obsessive. And, like Metcalfe says, it only takes a tiny percentage of the entire PEF to be misfiring to affect the entire operation. No amount of advertising will fix it.

Why to Blog

G500_0012I’ve got no excuse for not blogging up a storm lately. None. So sue me.

Just browsing through my Typepad stats though makes me excited all over again. Search engines still LOVE blogs. Non-bloggers would be amazed at what you can become known for simply by blogging.

A month ago I took some photos of a Mercedes G500 that I was evaluating for my buddy Vince at The Weekend Drive. I posted them on a Typepad Photo Gallery, but really didn’t reference them anywhere else.

At the time of this post, the gallery is the #4 result on the Google search phrase "Mercedes G500". Go figure.

By the way, there are some pretty cool pictures there and you can get an idea of the type of whacko place I live in. Old WWII munitions bunkers. It’s all decommissioned. However, we still have active Minuteman III ICBM’s buried all over the place here.

A Google search for "Branding" puts this blog at #10. Not bad. Rock on, Google.