Empty brands:

What happens when your brand has no social, ethical or environmental foundations? Do brands that are simply economic or perhaps more superficial enjoy long term success? Answer: yes. At least they did.   Focus on real values As marketing, brand building and public relations become more sophisticated there are always opportunities to promote style over content, […]

Smarter customer experiences

Surely customer experience is about building trust longer term, a more fulfilling value exchange, not just a series of sales transactions enabled by smart digital technologies.                       As digital and social become pervasive we will not need to talk about them as separate strategies, channels […]

When organisations forget about customers

Think customer – the obvious Most people in the ‘front line’ of organisations think customer, perhaps the immediacy of face to face or direct contact makes for a better, personal connection. There’s nothing more immediate, relevant or real than talking to customers, ‘feeling’ what they say, ‘getting it’, so why do organisations tend to forget this? Why […]

Marketing disciplines

Marketing as a department is a redundant idea, marketing as a function is too limited. But, does marketing as a set of strategic disciplines make more sense than ever? From department to function to process to discipline Marketing is going through significant change right now, it has been going through this change for almost 10 […]

What is customer value?

We know what it means Intuitively most of know what customer value means to us, but as businesses and organisations how often do we step back and think what does customer value mean to our customers? Perhaps more importantly how often do we think about how to deliver it consistently well and at scale?   […]