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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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Marketplaces, Platforms, Ecosystems, and You

If you ever read my blog you know that Sameer Patel (CEO of Kahuna) is a good friend and someone who challenges me from time to time on how to explain things.
 
No, I won’t be doing any more one-page summary of complicated topics, sorry.
 
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Companies Need An Employee Brand Engagement Reality Check

If you expect your employees to do what they can to build your brand, then you better make sure they’re equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources to do so.  This makes sense, but according to my employee brand engagement assessment research, most business leaders approach employee brand engagement with little more wishful thinking.
 
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