Amusing Offering: Sephora “Assist Me” Baskets

Similar to my previous "Choose-your-own Uber Experience" post, this is another case of a service experience being improved by letting customers dictate some terms of the interaction. "[Not only can Sephora] create differentiated experiences for different types of customers... [but they] can also gain efficiency by better distributing the attention of their personnel...—https://www.waveguide.io/patterns/else/entry/assist-me-basket Design Considerations:•... Continue Reading →

Amusing Offering: Free Sunscreen at the Park

"SPF is your BFF" "[IMPACT Melanoma partners with] forward-thinking cities, citizens, non-profit organizations, and businesses of all shapes and sizes [to] make a positive impact on the health of their community by installing convenient and attractive sunscreen dispensers in high-traffic areas and outdoor spaces."—ImpactMelanoma.org This kiosk is a great example of something I heard a... Continue Reading →

Amusing Offering: Lost Person’s Bench

Located near the entrance of the MacMillian Pier in Provincetown, MA - this bench's label provides more laughter and photo opportunities than actual functionality to passing tourists.Looking passed the comedy, however, this bench acts as a reminder to build in failsafes in preparation for common or drastic issues. Design Consideration:How might we avoid bad experiences... Continue Reading →

Amusing Offering: The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders

"All of our servers are people living with dementia. They may, or may not, get your order right. However, rest assured that even if your order is mistaken, everything on our menu is delicious and one of a kind. This, we guarantee."— from: https://kottke.org/19/08/the-restaurant-of-mistaken-orders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=su34Gx-STQk "They expected mistakes, so [they] were ok with it."— Shiro... Continue Reading →

Amusing Offering: Tesla “Dog Mode”

Service Dominant Logic (SDL) might say that Tesla now provides short-term pet watching services. Design Consideration:Using the tools, technologies, and resources already available, how might we expand our offerings by meeting additional needs?

Amusing Offering: Scapegoat Employees

https://www.reddit.com/r/todayilearned/comments/98f5lf/til_of_professional_fired_men_that_were_used_as/ “Well, you see it’s this way, Tom happens to be the store’s professional fired man. There isn’t an hour goes by but some disgruntled customer comes in with a complaint about some error and demands that the person who is responsible for the error be reprimanded. That’s where Tom comes in. He is sent... Continue Reading →

Amusing Offering: Choose-your-own Uber Experience

Sometimes it is hard to navigate the boundaries between social norms and service culture. What is allowed? What is correct? What is repugnant? A sense of humor usually helps. Design Considerations:• How might we improve a service by providing experiential options?• How might we improve experiences by humanizing the relationship between service providers and recipients?•... Continue Reading →

Amusing Offering: Wag Brigade

Pig greets travelers at San Francisco airport: LiLou is the first swine to join the airport’s a team of therapy animals, and is believed to be the only airport porker in the country. Adorable. Memorable. Unexpected.The Wag Brigade brings joy to an otherwise stressful environment. Design Considerations:Sometimes called "surprise and delight" - how might we... Continue Reading →

Amusing Offering: Flying Pizza

Cuba's Flying Pizzas: When Cuba expanded private enterprise in 2010, Marta Castaeda and her husband were granted a license to open up their own pizzeria A novel delivery experience adds value! Design Considerations:How might we "unstandardize" common parts of a service in order to transcend expectations and create a unique experience?

Amusing Offering: Dentist Distractions

I see two basic ways to reduce the pain of a negative experience: either speed it up, or make it more enjoyable. (read more about this in my upcoming blog post: "There is more to life than simply increasing its speed") Here’s an example of the latter - A “Where’s Waldo” puzzle in a dentist’s... Continue Reading →

Amusing Offering: Acceptance Celebration Kits

A wonderful little experience for students to commemorate being accepted into college. My only suggestion (in the spirit of “Yes, and…”) — is that they should ask students to take a photo of their glittery celebration and tag it “#AcceptanceDance” Design Consideration:How might we tap into people's inner child to create more entertaining and memorable... Continue Reading →

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