Harley Davidson isn’t in the motorcycle business. Harley’s in the ego business.
Harley’s emotional marketing strategy is fairly simple – disrespect the powerful and all that’s socially correct.
One of my favorite emotional marketing brands is Harley, because Harley isn’t just a motorcycle. It’s a lifestyle where mostly rich, middle-aged men dress up in costume and pretend they’re outlaws.
Harley isn’t in the motorcycle business. Harley’s in the ego business. Harley is the very definition of rebellion.
by Graeme Newell
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