You’ve heard it all before. “The customer is best. The customer comes first. The customer is always right.” So how do you get your business in the customer-centric mindset? You need to establish a goal of providing a positive experience before, during, and after the sale in the hopes of earning repeat business and referrals. …

Shopper research is a cornerstone of robust research programs for brands that seek to engage customers with products in store, or for retailers vying to provide experiences that will keep customers happy and spending money in their stores. Shopper research is often performed in live or mock retail environments, where researchers can view shoppers’ behavior …

In September at Content Marketing World, Robert Rose and I will launch our (combined) sixth book called Killing Marketing. The core principle is that we’ve been misusing the marketing function for years. Marketing, in its truest form, was actually meant to be a profit center. While Robert and I were doing our research for the book, …

Everyone’s talking about the endless possibilities for innovation at the intersection of luxury and technology. We tend to forget that, caught up in the race for everything to be faster, better, and more seamless, simple experiences are usually the best. Sometimes, our five senses are quite enough. Not that the luxury industry hasn’t noticed. This …

Often, when we think of brand strategy, we think of our customers in terms of how they perceive us as a company, product, or service. And when it comes to communicating and interacting with customers, there’s always a brand strategy guideline that guides organizations through every step of the way. However, as times have changed, …

Marketers have got the message: data matters. Yes, we’re getting data-savvy, but many marketers still aren’t getting the full value out of their data. By now, we’ve all started using data to measure progress, spot opportunities and reach new audiences. The problem is that many marketers are doing so independently or in a silo. But …

Following its launch on July 6th, 2016, Pokémon Go quickly became a global sensation, breaking app download records within its first week. By the turn of the year, its creators, San Francisco-based software developer Niantic labs, had generated $1 billion in revenue. As a result, summer 2016 was seen by many as the breakthrough moment …

Engagement. When we hear the word, we may think of a young man getting down on his knee and asking his true love for her hand in marriage. Or, we may think about our own engagement and the joy we felt at that one moment in time. Could it be we think of the buzzword …

According to a recent study by Steelcase, workplace disengagement is a widespread problem around the world. In fact, one-third of employees across 17 major global economies are disengaged. There’s reason for business leaders to be worried about this: The study also found a strong positive correlation between employee engagement and company profits. Furthermore, there’s also …

In banking today, the advice of Theodore Levitt (an American economist) holds true: people don’t want a quarter inch drill, they want a quarter inch hole. Banks must solve a problem not sell a product. To do this, they need to be customer-centric, understand the customer journey and the different touch points, and offer customer …

There are many things in life that, while ranking high in importance, are lacking enough in urgency that they never quite bubble up to the top of our to-do lists. Dental visits, exercise, healthy eating… the list could go on and on. The key is to stop bowing to the “tyranny of the urgent” and …

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