All You Need for 2017

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.”

Is it really the end of the high street store? 

Capgemini’s Digital Transformation Institute report “Making the Digital Connection: Why Retail Stores Need a Reboot” consulted 6,000 consumers and 500 retail executives from nine countries. The conclusion:

Customers are simply not getting what they expect from an in-store experience.”

Not only did 40% of respondents describe going shopping as “a chore”, amazingly, over one third would prefer to figure-6-2-systems-for-listening-to-customers stay at home and wash the dishes!

What a sorry state of affairs.

The Future of the Experience Economy: Managing Risk in Risky Times

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.

Customer Experience: What We Need Now is People Being Nice to One Another

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.

New Top Gear : Innovation v. Arrogance & Fear

“Matt LeBlanc is a natural at location filming, but Chris Evans needs to relax and stop trying so hard to be Jeremy Clarkson”, according to the Guardian – and if Twitter is anything to go by, according to many viewers.

Now, this isn’t another review of the programme – although from a Customer Experience angle, the (enforced) reboot of this hugely popular, and equally controversial, TV franchise poses an interesting debating point:

When your product or brand has to adapt to new circumstances, how do you go about it – do you innovate, or do you focus on damage limitation?

Do You Know What Your Customer Experience is Costing You?

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…