March 29, 2017

The customer’s voice: Knowing vs. understanding

You can know a lot about your customers and still not really understand them. Today it’s relatively easy to collect data on customer behavior and customer sentiment. But these data don’t tell you why they do what they do or why they think what they think. Understanding the why is as important as knowing the what. […]

How can we make the experience more magical?

We make assumptions about what people want based on what we know to be true, rather than what is possible. We assume that using technology to do the same things we’ve always done will give customers a better experience. But if we think about what is possible we find entirely new ways to solve their […]

It’s emotional rewards that build loyal relationships

The problem with most loyalty programs is they are based on the wrong kind of rewards. Rewards programs are based on transactional relationships that focus on the goals of the business: repeat sales, customer referrals, long term commitment from the customer. What does the customer get in return? Usually it is a discount based on buying a […]

Branding and the “It” factor

Is there an “it” factor to building a brand and becoming known, or can anybody do it? That’s a question that has haunted Mark Schaefer for some time. So much so that he has decided to write a new book on the subject. Recently I had the opportunity to pick Mark’s brain to find out […]