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 →

How To Use Data To Fight Crime & Serve Citizens Better

Data + machine learning (AI) + human intelligence can prevent crime instead of waiting for it to happen.

How About Crime Preventers Instead of Crime Stoppers? Kris Andreychuk, Supervisor of Community Safety in the City of Edmonton’s Neighbourhood Empowerment Team, was frustrated. Get your FREE Transcript Now! His teams of social workers, police officers and youth workers were great …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 Can a Bank Convince Customers It Really IS Different?

When all banks seem the same, how do you convince customers yours is different?

Yeah, sure you’re different from all the other banks. (This is part 2 of my interview with Dave Mowat, CEO of ATB Financial. Click here for Part 1.) ATB Financial, a government owned financial institution with about 5,300 employees and $46 …Continue Reading →

How To Convince 35 Brand Managers To Focus on Customers, Not Brands

Martin Aubut, Digital Director, L'Oreal Canada

It’s Time For Multi-Brand Companies to Focus on Customers Instead of Brands Martin Aubut is the Digital Director at L’Oreal Canada, which owns some 35 brands. When he took the job, he realized that to succeed today, it no longer …Continue Reading →

What Happens to the Call Center when People Stop Calling?

Call center technology is changing. Can You Cope?

Who doesn’t have a nightmare call center story to tell? And if you think it’s bad from the customer perspective, try working in one! (I know they are not all that bad, but…) Fortunately, the times they are a changin’. …Continue Reading →

How Mobile is Shaking Up Market Research

Mobile lets users tell you what they are experiencing in the moment & in their natural environment

People who work in retail often believe they can spot the mystery shoppers who come in to their stores. Mobile phones are making it easier for them, since a growing number of mystery shopping, or secret shopping, companies are asking their …Continue Reading →

If Robots Provide Empathy, Do We Still Need Humans?

Hitchbot

This is Part 2 of my conversation with Bent Dalager, Managing Director for Financial Services Nordic at Accenture in Copenhagen, about the role of robots in customer experience. Click here for Part 1. It seems that this robotic seal can do as …Continue Reading →