Real Life Customer Service is the Benchmark for Digital (Or Just Don’t Piss People Off)

This week I enjoyed a few hours at a roundtable for marketing folks, organised by Marketing Week, the subject of the discussion was personalisation. As we went around the table, articulating our experience of personalisation, the good, bad and ugly, it seemed when describing the good, everyone was describing what we are looking for in..

Marketers: Engage with the Real People – A Lesson from Brexit and Trump

Regardless of your politics, it seems to me that there is a common thread flowing through the momentous stories of today (Brexit, Trump or Corbyn); the turmoil of uncertainty created by surprise. What’s on the mind of the people seems to have come as huge surprise, evidence of a disconnect between the people that make and..

What is content?

Recently in the UK marketing publication Campaign, author, serial agency founder and regular columnist Dave Trott wrote about what he thought about the future of content in Content, Content, Content. In the article he rather glumly recalls a discussion during a future of content event; No-one defined it because, to everyone else, it didn’t seem important..

Content marketing – it’s more then just being in the attention business

I’m working on a post for our company blog, thinking about how companies need to engage their employees when they are rolling out customer experience or digital transformation projects. The post is about “breaking down the silos”, that is often discussed by industry commentators and vendors and I contest that there is another way; that..

Levitt; More than Railways, the Father of CX?

Years ago, as my career transitioned from being a technologist to content marketing I was recommended to read “Marketing Myopia” by Theodore Levitt, an essay written for Harvard Business Review back in 1960. Here’s the description from HBR: In it, Theodore Levitt, who was then a lecturer in business administration at the Harvard Business School, introduced..

Customer Experience – More Than a Pretty App

This post has been brewing for a few months, seeded by a bar conversation I had with Scott Liewehr from Digital Clarity Group a few months ago, as it seemed to us that the focus of the discussion around Customer Experience Management (CXM) was currently too skewed toward marketing. Yet, of course, (and the clue’s..

Marketing Measurement; Now the CMO can look the CEO in the eye

Recently I was asked what is the biggest change for the CMO today. There is plenty written on this subject and trends that you can point at in a response; the CMO’s role and relationship with IT/technology, maybe the changing way that consumers are engaging with brands or is it the ability to tap into..