Valuing customers: Why I deleted my Facebook account

Many of us who are passionate about customers have been following the recent revelations relating to Facebook and customer data used by Cambridge Analytica.  The scandal centres around how Facebook, as a holder of vast amounts of customer data could allow the harvesting of data from 50 million Facebook users to be used by a third… Continue reading Valuing customers: Why I deleted my Facebook account

How do I reward customers without spending a penny?

So if you clicked through to read an article on creating / rejuvenating an advocacy programme for free, then I’m afraid you’ve come to the wrong place – there is no quick fix or magic spell for a fully-fledged nurture programme for your greatest fans!  If you’re looking for a handful of cost-effective and simple… Continue reading How do I reward customers without spending a penny?

If you need to say it to your customer, you probably don’t really mean it.

There I was, hanging on the phone, waiting for someone, ANYONE to answer my call.  The financial services company had forced me through an annoying process of automated identification, and a clunky IVR, and now I was stuck waiting to speak to someone, listening to bland elevator music.  Suddenly the music stops, and a voice… Continue reading If you need to say it to your customer, you probably don’t really mean it.

Is your purpose clear to your customer?

It never ceases to amaze me – businesses new and old, big and small seem to loose sight of why they are here. From the smallest and most humble beginnings, there was a really relevant and specific reason why every company was created. And for those that are successful, that purpose, that raison d’être was meaningful enough… Continue reading Is your purpose clear to your customer?

Why a CX strategy doesn’t guarantee revenue growth & retention

A while ago, I was engaged in a conversation with a colleague. As always, I was evangelising the customer’s position, challenging current convention. We’d been discussing a marketing campaign that had been targeting a certain demographic, attempting to drive the email recipients to put money into savings accounts to build for their future. At a… Continue reading Why a CX strategy doesn’t guarantee revenue growth & retention

What is Finland’s secret ingredient? – Sisu explained

Many years ago, I fell in love with a Finn. We moved in together, got cats, bought a home together and got married. Living with a Finn exposed me to many aspects of Finnish language, life and culture. Our home is full of Iittala, Marimekko and Artek. We enjoy enjoy eating “poro” and drinking lonkero.… Continue reading What is Finland’s secret ingredient? – Sisu explained

Feckless manager? Here’s what to do about it!

I was chatting with a business acquaintance recently, who expressed frustration at their manager – weak decisions, unclear plans, always caving in to other managers and not supporting his own team – this manager sounded feckless to me.  Feckless?  What sort of antiquated word is that? The origins of the word date back to the… Continue reading Feckless manager? Here’s what to do about it!