My latest newsletter gives me the opportunity to share an interview I gave to Museums + Heritage Advisor magazine, sharing some of the lessons I’ve learned developing retail concepts for Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London, and other prestigious organisations over nearly 30 years.
I also share Baroness Karren Brady’s “6 Key Ingredients for Success”, gleaned from her appearance at the Spring Fair in Birmingham.
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My POSITIVE Customer Experience Newsletter for September coincides with the Autumn Trade Fairs season: whatever your industry it’s a time to check in with the market, with your collaborators and competitors and with your business strategy and plan for the foreseeable future.
It’s time to move on from the holiday season and commit to the actions you will take to build Brexit resilience.
The newsletter contains 10 Top Tips to help you navigate the next few uncertain months and come out stronger.
Well it’s been quite a few days here in the UK: there are more questions than answers, and uncertainty – that enemy of business confidence and growth – seems set to be with us for at least the next few months, if not years.
So what should business do for the best?
I had two experiences last week that showed, simply yet dramatically, where business’ focus should be over the foreseeable future: on engaging and empowering people to deliver memorable Customer Experiences.
In a new report, Barclays predicts that if businesses become more responsive to online feedback the hospitality and leisure sector can add £2bn to the UK economy with the impact on the supply chain contributing a further £1.2bn.
Add that to the 2015 report, by workforce charity People 1st, showing that a 1% uplift in productivity could generate £1.4bn of extra revenue, and it is plain that there’s more upside than downside for organisations that focus on Customer Experience.
I’m often asked to explain what exactly it is that I do.
The short answer is: I help Retail, Tourism and Hospitality organisations increase sales, productivity and profitability through creating POSITIVE Customer Experiences, Communication and Leadership.
The next question is, what’s “Customer Experience” – how does it differ from “Customer Service?”
I visited a museum at the weekend – just scraping in on the last day of a heavily-promoted, blockbuster exhibition.
As I waited at the ticket desk, I noticed that, despite there being a queue, only one team member was selling tickets – and yet there were four team members behind that desk. Two of the other three were having a chat; the other was (there’s no other word for it) slumped in her chair, staring into space.
The exhibition was great – I’d recommend it to you, but it’s over!
Also over is the massive opportunity the museum had to maximise its return on investment…
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While the news that UK unemployment rose last month – whilst wage growth remains below expectations – tends to reinforce the view that there may be tough times just around the corner for the economy, I’d suggest that this is the very moment that smart employers should be looking to invest in their people.
Because, when the economy turns down, and investment in capital projects is likely to be deferred, the people who deliver your Customer Experience are the one asset you can’t afford to put on the backburner.
As I’ve said before, businesses need to become adept at delivering memorable, differentiated and personalised experiences – there truly isn’t any alternative (not even in online, or via increased deployment of technology). To do that, businesses must stop measuring only costs, and start measuring potential. Productivity doesn’t mean doing more with less, it means doing more with what you have.
In other words, this is about focusing and energising the whole organisation: becoming truly customer-centric; becoming truly people-centred. Machines don’t buy from you, people do. And first, they buy the experience you create.
Let’s keep it simple: I have a model to share that encompasses the five primary elements
of a consumer facing business – the STARS model.