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Putting the Customer into Customer Experience

Let's put the "customer" into customer experience.

What does that mean?

If you’re a customer of any business on this planet, no surprise here, you know this: most companies are not really focusing on the customer and the customer experience. They might be giving it lip service, but that’s not the same as actually doing the work, understanding the customer, and designing a great customer experience as a result.

What is customer understanding? And how can you achieve it?

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Brands to Watch in 2019

According to the Chinese zodiac, 2019 is the year of the pig — which usually means a spirit of relaxation and enjoyment.  It’s unlikely, though, that all brands will enjoy a happy, prosperous 2019.  Many will undergo significant changes – others will face challenges from category disruption and stiff competition.  And all will have to figure out how to navigate an economy that will likely end up slowing down in the back half of the year.  Here’s the list of brands I’ll be keeping my eye on, in my annual tradition of one brand for each letter of the alphabet — my list of

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Gen Z and Millennial marketers love diversity - just one exception - oldies

The image company Shutterscock has published some data showing how open minded and inclusive Gen Z and Millennial marketers are when it come to using imagery and advertising messages that embrace same-sex couples, transgender models, people with disabilities and gender-fluid models.

Big round of applause!!!!

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Why Do I Need Data in My Journey Maps?

Are you adding data to your journey maps?

Back in 2015, I wrote a post titled Hey! You Got Your Metrics in My Journey Map!In it, I advocated for mappers to add data to their journey maps. I wrote that... 
 

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These 27 Organizational Values Are the Key to a Healthy, Effective Culture and Powerful, Valuable Brand

In a previous post, I introduced the nine brand types that all brands fall into.  I explained that in my years of experience working on a broad range of brands, I found that, although no two brands share the exact same brand identity, there are really only nine general brand types. This post is about the relationship between these brand types and the organizational values that support them.

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Employee Experience Comes First

There should be no doubt: companies must recognize that employees come first.

I had a great time talking about this and many other topics when I joined Mary Drumond and James Conrad with Worthix for their Voices of Customer Experience podcast.

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What Does the Future of #CX Look Like?

I'm already seeing it: people are starting to talk and write about customer experience trends for 2019. 
 
It's only the start of Q4! We haven't even made it through 2018 yet! Still lots of time to make things happen. (Right?!)
 
Regardless, I'm not big on talking about customer experience trends for the new year any more. I have in the past, but I gave up a couple years ago.
 
Why?
 
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Customer 360, Dreamforce 2018, The Langoliers, and a Wish

OK, weird title – but stay with me, promise it gets better and it is a great point on data use.
 
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