A different way to start your data strategy

Given the value of data to any organisation, you’d think we’d no longer need to prove how important it is, especially in the world of SaaS businesses.  But getting data, linking it together then using it effectively is still a really, really hard thing to do.  When a head of engineering asks me what data… Continue reading A different way to start your data strategy

Why is it so hard to measure customer engagement?

I recently ran a workshop on customer experience at StartUpLisboa with a bunch of cool customer-centric start-ups.  Amongst the topics we drilled down into, both during and after the session was customer engagement – what it means, how to increase or at least sustain it, and how to measure it.  I know I’m not the… Continue reading Why is it so hard to measure customer engagement?

Four ways your recruitment team is damaging your brand

What impression does someone have when a business has poor attention to detail, slow to respond or don’t respond at all, force you into a clunky and irrelevant automated processes that asks an innumerate amount of intrusive questions or ask the same questions that you have already answered?  This may well be the reality of… Continue reading Four ways your recruitment team is damaging your brand

“Land & Expand”: Two words you are missing to make this happen!

“Land & expand” is the modern VP of Sales favourite phrase to bandy about that marketing has brought into their net.  It’s all about signing up huge volumes of net new customers, then pushing the expansion of revenue, cross-sell and up-sell to these customers.  It’s crude, tacky, over-simplified and jargon.  If it really were that… Continue reading “Land & Expand”: Two words you are missing to make this happen!

CX Portugal 3: Which businesses are driving CX success in Portugal?

As it’s been 4+ months since I started my new life in Portugal, I thought it would be fun to write a short series of posts to share how, as a foreigner, it feels to experience Portuguese service and culture. In the first of this series,“Process before customer”, I focused on some of the actual barriers… Continue reading CX Portugal 3: Which businesses are driving CX success in Portugal?

When is the right time to automate?

In previous posts, I’ve talked about deciding on outsourcing or keeping in house, and I’ve also talked about which team owns different aspects of your customer journey. Following a colourful discussion with a former customer this week, I thought it would be interesting to talk about when it’s the right time to automate your customer… Continue reading When is the right time to automate?

Banishing Your Inner Barbara

Why “if it ain’t broke…” thinking can only get you so far… Firstly, a small disclaimer – I have nothing against those in this world called Barbara. The mindset I’m really talking about could apply to any Percy, Georgie, Mary-Lou or Sally our there. When I talk about ‘Barbara’, I mean the persona that represents… Continue reading Banishing Your Inner Barbara

Why is Customer Centricity such a relevant issue today?

Preaching to the choir, perhaps, but customer centricity matters today more than ever. Gone are the days when when some customers merely accepted that customer service would be subpar, especially when dealing with entrenched services. Fortunately, customers woke up to their rights, and even the most powerful changed course. It was nothing short of a… Continue reading Why is Customer Centricity such a relevant issue today?

The Sales – Customer Success Dynamic, and 5 ways to fix it!

When I started my career, many moons ago, I was in sales.  I had a bolshy boss from London who typified the late 90s in attitude and behaviour.  His approach was to get the deal done, then let others sort out any issues.  My next job was in customer service, dealing with unhappy customers and… Continue reading The Sales – Customer Success Dynamic, and 5 ways to fix it!

Can data show that 1 + 1 = 3?

Sat in a meeting with digital colleagues, our customer experience manager and our data scientist, as I listened to the conversation, as often happens, my mind began to wander.  Earlier in the day, I’d read a communication talking about who bringing two teams together is like 1 + 1 = 3.  It just sounded daft… Continue reading Can data show that 1 + 1 = 3?