Are Car Dealers Next To Be Disrupted by Amazon?

We love to go bike riding, but sometimes you need a car big enough to get your bikes to the start of the ride.

The last time I bought a car we had a very specific requirement. The vehicle had to be big enough that we could fit two bicycles inside. We’d destroyed too many bikes by forgetting they were on the rooftop carrier, …Continue Reading →

If You Run a Retail Store, You’d Better Listen to This. Life As You’ve Known It Is Over.

Why Should Anyone Come to Your Retail Store? (This is Part 2 of my interview with Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens. Listen to Part 1 here.) It’s tempting to believe that because e-commerce still only represents a small fraction of retail …Continue Reading →

The Advertising Industry is Doomed, says Retail Expert Doug Stephens

The advertising industry is going under, says retail guru Doug Stephens

The Advertising Industry Won’t Be Useful Anymore In his provocative new book, Reengineering Retail, expert Doug Stephens argues that the whole point of advertising was to drive people to stores and then help them remember specific brands once they got …Continue Reading →

Customer Experience Learnings From the CXPA Insight Exchange

Zoo Crew Campaign: Using Plain English instead of legal jargon increased sales and lowered complaints.

Why I Go to the CXPA Insight Exchange Of all the customer experience conferences I go to the CXPA Insight Exchange is my favorite. CXPA, for those who aren’t familiar with it, is the Customer Experience Professionals Association. Why do I …Continue Reading →

Can Retailers Survive in the Age of Amazon?

Vinod Bidarkoppa, Retail Innovator

Retail Survival = Seamless Experiences One of my favorite omnichannel retail stories is from Tesco in Korea. So when I spoke about changes in the retail world at the Seamless Africa conference a few weeks ago, I put up this …Continue Reading →

Why You’d Better Care About Social Customer Care

Companies that try to ignore what customers are saying online are a dying breed.

Social Customer Care is Scary, But Inevitable I won’t lie to you: there’s a lot that can go wrong when you are interacting with customers online. But more and more customers are turning to social media when they’ve got a problem …Continue Reading →

How Investment Management Firm, Allan Gray, Became (& Stays) So Successful

Nomi Bodlani, CX Team Lead at Allan Gray

Investment Management Firm’s Success Starts With Values I just got back from an amazing two weeks in South Africa, where I spoke at the Seamless Africa Conference, interviewed people like today’s podcast guest, Nomi Bodlani from investment management firm, Allan …Continue Reading →

Why Winning Companies Create Simple But Unique Value

Customer Experience Guru, Chip Bell, talks about adding unique value instead of added value.

  In today’s podcast interview, multiple best-selling author, Chip Bell, discusses his new book, Kaleidoscope: Delivering Innovative Service That Sparkles, and the importance of going beyond good customer service to — not great service, but unique value service. In other words, you don’t …Continue Reading →

How to Recession-Proof Your Business

People pay extra for entertainment

During the last recession, Brian Gracon, author of Meconomics 101: 16 Ways to Improve Your Marketing, Selling and Business Management for Today’s Consumers, wondered why it was that some businesses were still busy, even when unemployment was high. What was …Continue Reading →