What does a data scientist have in common with Miss Marple?

Chatting with a colleague recently, I was struggling to explain how to make the most of a data scientist. Working with analysts and actuaries, who are used to manipulating spreadsheets, downloading data and extrapolating trends, it’s not so easy to explain the wondrous skills of data science. I wracked my brains and reflected on the… Continue reading What does a data scientist have in common with Miss Marple?

Why managers need to step up (and what happens when they don’t)!

A very dear friend of mine came to visit recently, and as she is getting married in summer, we felt the need to celebrate.  Ever the budget-conscious Northerner, I sought out a decent deal on one of my favourite website, TimeOut.  It’s great for those of us in big cities, allowing you to find great… Continue reading Why managers need to step up (and what happens when they don’t)!

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?

3 phases of a Voice of the Customer programme

Following a recent discussion with a contact on how to get started with a Voice of the Customer programme, I realised that many businesses have still yet to initiate a major programme to engage customers in the evolution of products and services. During the conversation, as I explained how (and why) a Voice of the… Continue reading 3 phases of a Voice of the Customer programme