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Innovating a Roadmap for Customer Experience

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“There are no traffic jams along the extra mile.” – Roger Staubach, former star NFL quarterback

Organizations that focus on improving the customer experience will strengthen their customer relationships and their overall business performance. Len Ferman knows this first-hand. Len is Managing Director of Ferman Innovation, specializing in generating and evaluating ideas to improve the customer experience.

Len is also
a world juggling champion. During the Total Customer Experience Leaders Summit (TCEL) earlier this month, he reinforced the three principles of new product innovation through his unique presentation. TCEL attendees learned how to juggle scarves while learning how to solve their customer experience challenges using this proven process:

3
 Steps to Innovating for the Customer Experience:
  1. Explore: Understand the customer journey. Identify the customer pain points and challenges. Identify themes for brainstorming.
  2. Ideate: Brainstorm with a diverse group to generate a high quantity of possible solutions. Enable all employees to contribute ideas.
  3. Evaluate: Evaluate, cultivate and prioritize the top ideas for implementation

 

Learning to juggle not only helped TCEL attendees improve their ability to multi-task, increase eye-hand coordination, sharpen their brains and impress their friends, but also provided these valuable insights related to the 3 Steps:

Explore:

  • Break down complex processes into elementary steps
  • Learn how to use the tools that are at your disposal
  • Recognize the patterns and categories in your data
  • Identify your customers’ key problems
  • Strive for accuracy in basic tasks
  • Create intentional “wow” experiences
Ideate:
  • Defer judgment – no idea is a bad idea
  • Include all parts of your organization in idea generation
  • Stray out of your comfort zone to generate ideas
  • Balance different methods of brainstorming
  • Go for quantity when generating ideas
  • Great ideas are the result of collaboration and building on others’ ideas
Evaluate:
  • Filter out extraneous information and out of scope ideas
  • Evaluate each idea using carefully designed criteria
  • Include subject matter experts and customers in the evaluation
  • Cultivate ideas until they resonate with customers
  • Prioritize your actions to ensure you reach the goal
  • Optimal solutions are the ones that match your core competencies
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Generational Marketing: To Know Them is to Engage Them

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“It’s hard to give truly superior service if you don’t know who you’re talking to and what really matters to them.” – Kelly Mooney, author of The Ten Demandments

Who are your customers? What do they like? What don’t they like? If you don’t know the answers to these important questions, then you don’t know your customers. To know them is to engage them, and to engage them is having customers for life.

Knowing your audience is especially important when trying to target content to various generations in the marketplace and in the workplace. During next week’s Total Customer Experience Leaders Summit, Kassandra Barnes, Research & Content Manager, CareerBuilder.com, presents “Mastering the Mindset of the Millennial Candidate.” You’ll learn how to harness the knowledge and skill set of Millennials, the first generation to grow up digital.

In the meantime, check out these helpful articles on how to effectively market to the millennial generation to build meaningful and long-lasting customer relationships:

To learn more about TCEL and register, go to http://www.iirusa.com/totalcustomer. Stay connected with TCEL:

  • twitter.com/TotalCustomer #TCEL14
  • linkedin.com/Total Customer Experience Leaders
  • facebook.com/TotalCustomer

In what ways does your organization use generational marketing?

 


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What Your Customers Say When You Don’t – or Won’t – Listen

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As a guest blogger for this year’s Total Customer Experience Leaders Summit (TCEL), April 9-11 in Miami, Florida, I posted the article “What Your Customers Say When You Don’t – or Won’t – Listen” on the Customers 1st blog today.

This year’s Summit focuses on “Return on Relationships: Factoring Empathy into the Stakeholder Equation.” To learn more about the event and register, go to www.iirusa.com/totalcustomer.
Stay connected with TCEL:
  • twitter.com/TotalCustomer #TCEL14
  • linkedin.com/Total Customer Experience Leaders
  • facebook.com/TotalCustomer

What are your customers saying about your organization?


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A New Twist on Storytelling – The Cleveland Clinic Empathy Series Continues

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To follow-up on my post “What’s Missing from Your Corporate Videos,” here is the next video in the Cleveland Clinic empathy series. “You’ll be moved by these life-changing stories, and astonished when you learn what these patients have in common.”

Cleveland Clinic’s Empathy Series Continues – Patients: Afraid and Vulnerable

As a guest blogger for this year’s Total Customer Experience Leaders Summit (TCEL), April 9-11 in Miami, Florida, I’d like to make you aware of two sessions where you’ll “discover the emotional drivers that are critical in creating an effective customer story and how to factor empathy into the bigger equation to get a return on customer relationships:”

  • “Bringing Empathy into Your Organization,” Crystal Collier, CEO, Tarp Woldwide and Dan Hill, President, Sensory Logic
  • “Empathetic Marketing for Total Customer Experience,” Mark Ingwer, Ph.D., Founder, Insight Consulting Group
This year’s Summit focuses on “Return on Relationships: Factoring Empathy into the Stakeholder Equation.” To learn more about the event and register, go to www.iirusa.com/totalcustomer.
Stay connected with TCEL:
  • twitter.com/TotalCustomer #TCEL14
  • linkedin.com/Total Customer Experience Leaders
  • facebook.com/TotalCustomer

How are you developing more empathy in your professional and personal lives?


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How to Create an Emotional Customer Experience

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As I announced last week, I am a guest blogger for the Total Customer Experience Leaders Summit, April 9-11 in Miami, Florida. My first pre-event post is “How to Create an Emotional Customer Experience.” I hope you find it helpful!

This year’s Summit focuses on the “Return on Relationships: Factoring Empathy into the Stakeholder Equation.” I encourage you to learn more about this event and to “discover the emotional drivers that are critical in creating an effective customer story.” Please also share this information with those who might be interested in attending.

Here are other ways to stay connected with this event:

  • twitter.com/TotalCustomer #TCEL14
  • linkedin.com/Total Customer Experience Leaders
  • facebook.com/TotalCustomer

In the meantime, please continue to watch for my pre-event posts on LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+, Customers 1st blog, and my blog, and please share with your networks. Let’s keep the conversations going!

Thank you very much for your continued support. I’m very excited about this opportunity!

How is your organization creating emotional customer experiences?