The Transformational Consumer

Fuel a Lifelong Love Affair with Your Customers by Helping Them Get Healthier, Wealthier, and Wiser

Tara-Nicholle Nelson

Berrett-Koehler Publishers, March 2017

They are the most valuable, least understood customers of our time. They buy over $4 trillion in life-improving products and services every year. If you serve their deeply human need to continually improve their lives, they will eagerly engage with your brand at a time when most people are tuning out corporate messages.

They are Transformational Consumers, and no one knows them like Tara-Nicholle Nelson. Her Transformational Consumer insights powered her work at MyFitnessPal, which grew from 40 million to 100 million users in her time there.

Nelson takes readers on a hero’s journey to connecting with customers in ways both profitable and transformational. After going inside the brains, emotions, and behaviors of Transformational Consumers, Tara issues a call to adventure: a rallying cry to leaders to shift their focus from simply making products to solving their customers’ problems.

Nelson uses stories and cases studies from every industry to guide readers through this journey in five stages, shedding light on how to rethink their customers, their products and services, their marketing, their competition, and even their culture.

The key to growing a business today is not building an app or getting new social media followers. The key is engaging people over and over again by triggering their deep, human desire for growth and transformation.

When a company reorients every initiative to serve Transformational Consumers, it kick-starts a lifelong love affair with its customers—a love affair that results in unprecedented revenue growth, product innovation, and employee engagement.

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About the Author

Tara-Nicholle Nelson is a self-professed Impact Junkie (her words) and the CEO of Transformational Consumer Insights (TCI), a strategy and customer research firm. TCI creates customer loyalty/engagement, brand, positioning and content strategies based on research and deep, human insight. Tara also serves as transition coach to a select few transformational leaders. She delights in helping leaders find the shifts and wisdom to release their limiting factors.

Formerly, Tara was the VP, Marketing for MyFitnessPal, now part of Under Armour. During Tara’s tenure, MyFitnessPal grew from 45 million users to more than 100 million users. Previously, Tara created content and marketing strategy for brands including HGTV, ING Direct (now Capital One), Eventbrite, Trulia (now Zillow), Lookout Mobile Security and Chegg. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Psychology, and a Juris Doctorate from UC Berkeley.