Problems, solutions and first clients

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Ok, now moving on to the story.

This week, coffee! Did you know Starbucks started selling coffee beans only? 

Key takeaways from the story

  • Spot a gap in a growing market

  • Copy already proven methods to start

  • Start small

Problem/Solution/First Clients

For a detailed timeline, growth and how Howard Schultz introduced the coffeehouse concept go to Starbucks Timeline page

Social Media Actions

I added some links to Starbucks successful campaigns. They mastered the art of communication with customers through social media channels

One I highlighted was the TweetaCoffee campaign. Tweet @tweetacoffee to <twitterhandle> and your friend would receive a gift card. Simple yet effective, as we see the results after 1 month

Reading time (GoodReads links)

Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul

Pour Your Heart Into It: How Starbucks Built a Company One Cup at a Time

The Starbucks Experience: 5 Principles for Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary

Not only old stuff, but a bit more recent stories

A clash of culture made Starbucks wait for 47 years to open its first store in Italy Ok, this is quite old, from 2017. But a very interesting article how companies thinking of expanding, need to understand local culture first

Travelling abroad when the pandemic is over? You can compare the coffee price in all 76 countries that Starbucks is presented

Starbucks launched a colour-changing cup last month and now, eBay sellers are trying to make a profit on it, selling for up to 5 times the official price of US$4


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