5 Ways Local Coffee Shops Should be More Like Starbucks

Coffee shops can be found on every corner, but standing out from the competition can be a tall order. Enter Starbucks, the leader in the coffee industry thanks to their innovative marketing strategies and welcoming atmosphere. In this blog, we'll dish out five things you can learn from Starbucks to take your coffee shop to the next level.


1. Don’t be Afraid to Name Drop

Starbucks' "name on cups" strategy is a simple but effective way to increase customer engagement and create a personal connection with customers. This not only makes customers feel valued and appreciated, but it also creates a shareable and memorable experience.

Tip: Don’t be afraid to implement your own personal touches, such as writing customer's names on cups or even offering custom designs or messages. A simple personal touch can lead to increased customer loyalty and word-of-mouth marketing


2. Customization is King

Starbucks offers over 170,000 ways to customize beverages so customers can create a favorite drink that fits their lifestyle and dietary needs. People no longer want a coffee, they want their coffee. Studies show that 1 in 5 consumers are willing to pay 20% more for a personalized or exclusive product, which can lead to increased brand loyalty.

Tip: Take advantage of this by offering increased levels of customization and even charging a bit more for the added personalization.


3. Spice Up Your Menu With Seasonal Offerings

Starbucks is known for their seasonal offerings, such as the Peppermint Mocha during the winter holidays and the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte in the fall. The limited-time availability creates a sense of urgency and exclusivity around their seasonal drinks.

Tip: Your coffee shop can create a sense of anticipation and excitement by offering seasonal drinks, building hype through social media campaigns and in-store promotions.


4. Do it for “the Gram”

Starbucks has mastered the art of creating shareable products, and their Christmas coffee cups are a perfect example. By tapping into the emotional and nostalgic aspects of the holiday season, these limited edition cups create a sense of exclusivity that fuels customer demand. As a result, they have become collectors' items that customers are eager to share on social media.

Tip: Take advantage of this trend by offering visually appealing and "Instagram-worthy" coffees that generate buzz and attract customers.


5. Make Them Never Want to Leave

Starbucks is known for its atmosphere. It’s comfortable chairs and ambient lighting are perfect for relaxing or having that overdue catch-up with a friend. The combination of ample seating, free Wi-Fi, and the availability charging ports, makes it the perfect study or remote-working hub. Why does this matter? The atmosphere can influence how long a customer stays, how much they spend, and whether or not they return. It can even create a sense of brand loyalty and a strong community among customers.

Tip: Create a welcoming atmosphere by providing comfortable seating, good lighting, free Wi-Fi, and other amenities that will make your customers feel at home.