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John Legend and Chrissy Teigen reveal keys to brand success at Cannes Lions 2024

During a segment of 'On Air with Kara Swisher,' featuring John Legend and his wife Teigen discussing the secrets to building a successful D2C brand, along with addressing the importance of trust in customer relationships

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Cannes: If you're planning to launch a consumer-facing brand aimed at building loyal audiences, driving action, and fostering connections, authenticity and reliability are your most crucial tools, according to insights shared by singer John Legend, television personality Chrissy Teigen, and best-selling author Kara Swisher at Cannes Lions 2024. 

During a segment of 'On Air with Kara Swisher,' featuring John Legend and his wife Teigen discussing the secrets to building a successful D2C brand, along with addressing the importance of trust in customer relationships. 

Teigen offered an intriguing perspective, elaborating, "I think longevity plays a key role. Doing this for a long time in the public eye and doing it openly. I want people to understand that we genuinely love everything we create. We develop and test our products ourselves, and I'm deeply involved in every aspect of the company." 

If getting someone to trust you is hard, asking a customer to shift brand loyalty is backbreaking. The epicentre throughout the podcast was brand reliability, which was the buzzword.  

Consistent quality and trust are essential for a reliable brand. It is the foundation of customer loyalty, converting nascent purchasers into ardent supporters. Brands establish an emotional bond when they fulfil commitments and uphold standards.  

Stating her opinions on how to balance conflicting brand partnerships, Teigen said, “Brand partnerships that come your way can be very conflicting often. And for example, if I have a KFC deal, it's something I should do; I can't be glamorising like, you know, a Big Mac that same week by just casually doing it.”  

Recognising the critical importance of assembling a team that shares the core values of a business, Legend emphasised, "It's all about the team. Whenever we consider partnering with someone, we prioritise ensuring the team is top-notch—excellent at what they do, incredibly smart, and aligned with our values. This alignment is crucial for us to feel confident moving forward in business together."

Drawing parallels between his business and creative ventures, Legend said, “As a singer and songwriter, much of my creativity comes from within. I spend 80–90% of my time making music and being on the road. Recently, I've been focused on singing rather than brand activities. My role is more about presenting the product creatively and testing it.” 

 

He continued, “Similarly, with my wine venture, I partner with Jean-Charles Boisset, an expert winemaker from Burgundy. He handles the technical aspects, and I collaborate on the blending, tasting, and marketing. In music, I'm responsible for both the product and its creative presentation. For other products, experts handle creation, and I assist in the final stages.”

The conversation between John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, and Kara Swisher at Cannes Lions 2024 brought to light the significance of authenticity, dependability, and value congruence in creating D2C companies that succeed. Maintaining brand integrity, navigating social media hurdles, and striking a balance between personal values were all emphasised as critical components for cultivating long-term customer loyalty.

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