So, to my BFO or Blinding Flash of the Obvious – it’s about the fundamental essence of the Customer Experience: that elusive concept, responsible for more than its fair share of vacant expressions on C-Suite-level faces, and frustrated middle managers with the words “Visitor/Customer Experience” in their job title.
Mission is about “you”.
Vision is about “them”.
To succeed, you need both – and you mustn’t get them mixed up!
This article makes stimulating reading if you have a customer-facing business (you don’t…?) – especially if you’re interested in finding ways to attract more customers, and generate more revenue (you aren’t…?).
Whatever your business, take time out to reflect on the opportunities you aren’t exploring:
In a world where “experts” are derided, “truth” has become “post-truth” and “news” has become “fake news”, how do organisations become trusted partners with their customers?
In 2017, information has never been more readily available, and yet less trusted, by consumers. The 2016 Edelman Trust Barometer shows that just 28 per cent of Britons say they trust business leaders – and 59% would prefer a computer algorithm chose news for them than a human editor!
So, what should organisations do, to survive, and thrive, in this most competitive and unpredictable environment?
My first newsletter of 2017 has a new look and a new focus. It’s inspired by a quotation given to me by my friend, futurist Nick Price:
“Customer Experience isn’t simply the quality & arrangement of assets. It’s their orchestration.”
So this month’s newsletter reflects three aspects of my mission:
“I help organisations orchestrate their assets so that everyone and everything plays to their full potential.”
In the House of Commons, following Prime Minister Theresa May’s most detailed speech to date on her government’s Brexit strategy, Conservative MP Nicholas Soames (despite being a strong Remain supporter) says it is time to accept the verdict of the referendum and “get on with it”.
He quotes his grandfather Winston Churchill: “If there is a bear in your bedroom it is not a matter for speculation.”
The simple wisdom of this statement – as well as the refreshing humour – resonates through time.
If you have a bear (an unwanted, unwelcome, and potentially dangerous intruder) in your bedroom (or boardroom), sometimes it just takes an outside observer to say “I see you have a bear in there. What are you going to do about it?”
In a world where the unthinkable and the impossible are rapidly becoming the reality, the challenges for organisations and businesses are also the opportunities. The key is to understand the trends, stay focused on vision, mission and key success drivers, and to implement flexible strategies based on what will happen, what could happen, and above all, on what you want to happen.
This is the third and last of my short series of posts, distilling insights from the conference I attended on On Wednesday 15th June : The Future of the Experience Economy, organised by Eventbrite.
At BBC Gardeners’ World Live the first celebrity masterclass I attended was delivered by Joe Swift, a professional garden designer, writer and broadcaster who has been a regular presenter on the BBC Gardeners’ World programme for 18 years.
The theme of the well-attended session was “Garden Design for the Enthusiastic Amateur” (my description) – so of course I listened intently. As I did so, however, I learned much more than I was expecting, and not just about gardening. It’s perhaps no surprise that more than one author has used a garden as a metaphor for “growing” a business; however, stick with me.
This is my second post sharing insights from the conference, The Future of the Experience Economy, that took place in London on 15th June 2016, organised by Eventbrite.
I’m going to share three key takeaways from the session on Brand, Loyalty and Consumer Expectations. This panel discussion went to the heart of what every customer-facing organisation needs to know:
Among the myriad reasons to visit this year’s Museums + Heritage Show (18 + 19 May 2016 – Olympia West, London), there are over 50 FREE talks on “hot-button topics” – and I’m giving one of them!