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Sixth Inning- What are the Stages Where Your Business Takes Place?

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When you think of a baseball game, you might picture the crack of the bat or the roar of the crowd as a home run sails over the outfield fence. But for the Savannah Bananas, the game is just one part of the spectacle. Jesse Cole, the mastermind behind this innovative team, shares how…

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Fifth Inning – Focus on the Customer

In a compelling narrative by Jesse Cole, the Savannah Bananas, a baseball team known for its unconventional approach, has declared advertising dead. Cole emphatically asserts that while advertising may attract customers, it is the fan experience that fosters lasting loyalty. In a bold move, the Savannah Bananas have eliminated all forms of advertising at…

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Fourth Inning – Be the ONLY

In a compelling dialogue centered on brand differentiation, Jesse Cole of the Savannah Bananas underscored the pivotal shift from being merely better to becoming distinctly unique in one’s industry. He introduced an insightful framework called “ONLY,” which stands for Owning the industry’s problems, creating Noise, cultivating Love, and understanding your Why. Owning the Problems:…

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Hiring Fans First Employees

Jesse Cole, the visionary behind the Savannah Bananas, shared the innovative approach his company takes to ensure a captivating customer experience by first focusing on employee engagement. According to Cole, the journey starts from the very first interaction with potential employees. The hiring process at Savannah Bananas consists of three unique steps designed to…

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Moving Forward with Fans First

In a compelling conversation on fostering innovation within corporate culture, Jesse Cole of the Savannah Bananas highlights the importance of embracing change as a tool for continuous improvement. Cole underscores that change should not be seen as change for its own sake but as an essential part of striving to better serve customers and…

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Build Your Own Media Channels

In the storied confines of Grayson Stadium, Jesse Cole, the frontman of the Savannah Bananas, unveils the cornerstone of their marketing success: transforming traditional sports advertising into a vibrant, self-sustaining media operation. The team’s forward-thinking approach not only entertains but captivates a global audience far exceeding the stadium’s seats. The off-season? That’s just a…

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A Stage for Loyal Fans

In this captivating episode of the Fans First series, Jesse Cole, the mastermind behind the Savannah Bananas, share with us that in the competitive sports marketing landscape, understanding and enhancing the fan experience is crucial to prioritize fan satisfaction and engagement The key challenge posed to sports marketers and business leaders is to rethink their approach: stop considering patrons…

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Your Front Door is a Stage
May 30, 2024

In his recounting of experiences at the stadium, Jesse Cole reveals a deep-seated passion for engaging with fans and the impactful memories created at the end of each game. Known for its vibrant atmosphere, the stadium becomes a place where joy is palpable as fans of all ages and players alike celebrate together, demonstrating the…

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Prop Room
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In this episode of the Fans First series, Jesse Cole, the mastermind behind the Savannah Bananas, shares with us that in the vibrant world of marketing, creativity knows no bounds—a philosophy embodied by a prop room and studio teeming with eclectic costumes and outlandish ideas. This creative hub, seemingly disconnected from conventional themes like bananas,…

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The Office as a Stage
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In this episode of the Fans First series, Jesse Cole, the mastermind behind the Savannah Bananas, shares with us that in the heart of a once-abandoned storage building, a remarkable transformation unfolded, birthing what is now a vibrant office space brimming with life and creativity. The journey began in 2015 when a small, determined team—including…

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Perfect Fan Experience
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In this episode of the Fans First series, Jesse Cole, the mastermind behind the Savannah Bananas, shares with us that in the competitive world of sports entertainment, delivering an exceptional customer experience is crucial, even more so when faced with uncontrollable challenges like inclement weather. The Savannah ballpark’s approach to customer service exemplifies how businesses can…

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What is the Craziest Thing Your Business Has Ever Done?
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In this captivating episode of the Fans First series, Jesse Cole, the mastermind behind the Savannah Bananas, shares with us that in the competitive world of marketing, standing out often means taking bold, unconventional steps. A prime example is a company that captured the essence of St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah by doing something unprecedented:…

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Challenge Your Industry
April 25, 2024

In today’s competitive landscape, simply meeting industry standards is insufficient for long-term success. Businesses must strive to exceed these benchmarks by creating unique and memorable customer experiences, as demonstrated by companies like Netflix and Shoreline Construction. Netflix transformed the movie rental industry by challenging conventional practices. Instead of requiring customers to visit stores and…

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Third Inning: Whatever is Normal, Do The Exact Opposite
April 18, 2024

In a world where most businesses adhere to traditional practices, the Savannah Bananas baseball team stands out by doing the exact opposite. The organization’s philosophy is simple yet revolutionary: “Whatever’s normal, do the exact opposite.” This approach not only distinguishes them from competitors but also creates unforgettable experiences for their fans. Most companies stick…

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Listen Carefully, Respond Creatively
April 12, 2024

In this captivating episode of the Fans First series, Jesse Cole, the mastermind behind the Savannah Bananas, delves into the transformative business philosophy of “listen carefully, respond creatively.” This approach has not only skyrocketed the Savannah Bananas to fame but also serves as a universal blueprint for revolutionizing customer service and engagement across all sectors….

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Pre-Game: Normal Gets Normal Results
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The Savannah Bananas are a baseball team – but owner Jesse Cole knows they aren’t in the baseball industry. They’re in the Fans First Experience industry. The game of baseball comes with a slew of challenges – it’s too slow, or too boring, or too long, or too antiquated. But, instead of seeing friction, Cole…

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