If you’re striving to make products and services that your customers will love, then you’ll need a customer-driven organization. As companies transform their businesses to meet the demands of the digital age, they find themselves grappling with uniquely human challenges. Organizational knowledge becomes siloed, employees move to safeguard their expertise, and customer data creates polarization and infighting between teams. All of these challenges widen the distance between the people who make your products and the customers who use them. To meet today’s challenges, companies need to do more than build processes for customer-driven products. They need to create a customer-driven culture. With the help of his friend and mentor Monty Hammontree, Travis Lowdermilk takes readers through the cultural transformation of the Developer Division at Microsoft. This book shows readers how to "hack" their culture and reduce the distance between them and their customers’ needs. It’s a uniquely personal story that’s told amidst a cultural revolution at one of the largest software companies in the world. This story acts as your guide. You’ll learn how to: Establish a Common Language: Help employees change their thinking and actions Build Bridges, Not Walls: Treat product building as a team sport Encourage Learning Versus Knowing: Help your team understand their customers Build Leaders That Build Your Culture: Showcase star employees to inspire others Meet Teams Where They Are: Make it easy for teams to to adopt vital behavior changes Make Data Relatable: Move beyond numbers and focus on empathizing with customers
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A Customer Experience Roadmap to Transform Your Business and Culture Chief Customer Officer 2.0 will give you a proven framework that has launched and advanced the customer experience transformation in businesses in every vertical around the world. And it will take years off your learning curve. Written by Jeanne Bliss, worldwide authority on customer experience, and preeminent thought leader on the role of the Customer Leadership Executive (such as Chief Customer Officer, Vice President of Customer Experience, etc.) this book follows the five-competency model she uses to coach the C-Suite and Chief Customer Officers. 1. Manage and Honor Customers as Assets 2. Align Around Experience 3. Build a Customer Listening Path 4. Proactive Experience Reliability and Innovation 5. One Company Accountability, Leadership & Decision Making Chief Customer Officer 2.0 will get you into action quickly with a united leadership team, and will shift your business intent to earning the right to growth by improving customers’ lives. Jeanne Bliss fearlessly shares her tools and leadership ‘recipe cards’ for leading and enabling your business transformation. And she provides practical guidance on how embed the five competencies into how your company develops products, goes to market, enables and rewards people, and conducts annual planning. Including over forty accounts of actions by Customer Leadership Executives around the world, this is the book you have been waiting for that tells it like it is and gives you the framework to build your customer-driven growth engine. Jeanne Bliss pioneered the Customer Leadership Executive position, holding the role for twenty years at Lands’ End, Allstate, Coldwell Banker, Mazda and Microsoft Corporations. Since 2002 she has led CustomerBliss, a preeminent customer experience transformation company where she helps companies achieve customer-driven growth. She is a worldwide keynote speaker, and sought frequently by major media for her point of view. Jeanne is the co-founder of the Customer Experience Professionals Association, established to advance the worldwide discipline of customer experience and customer experience practitioners. She is also the best-selling author of Chief Customer Officer: Getting Past Lip Service to Passionate Action (2006), and I Love You More than My Dog: Five Decisions to Drive Extreme Customer Loyalty in Good Times and Bad (2011).
How organisations can drive growth in the Customer Economy The Digital Revolution has changed the business landscape in remarkable ways and will continue to do so. Organisations across industries and around the world are being disrupted and digitised at increasing pace – putting far more power in the hands of both customers and end-consumers. The traditional inside-out, functionally-siloed business model, typical of the product and sales-led growth era is over. The Customer Catalyst shows how organisations can put customers truly at the heart of their business and catalyse genuine, sustainable growth. Future business models are no longer about functions – they are beginning to revolve around customers. Customer-led companies will, over time, unpack their static functional activities and transform their structure. Customer advocates already wield massive influence in a customer’s buying process, and this is only set to increase. This is already changing the role and nature of business functions and Sales is no longer seen as the only source of growth. The Customer Economy is placing greater demands on businesses and offers greater rewards to the businesses that meet and exceed customer expectations. This invaluable book will enable readers to: Lead their organisations to more profitable and sustainable growth Transform their organisations to become truly customer-centric with the C-change growth engine Explore in-depth stories from leaders of companies such as Zoom, Signify, Starling Bank, Ritz Carlton, Microsoft and Finastra with frank advice and practical steps to achieve success Help their companies adapt to, and profit from, the new realities of the Customer Economy Gain important insights from business leaders on best practice in key customer-centric growth areas The Customer Catalyst shows businesses how to survive the transition to the Customer Economy, transform to align around today’s dynamic customer needs, and ultimately, drive sustainable business growth.
Businesses worry about new technologies, but customers are the ultimate disruptors—Suman Sarkar offers bold strategies for making sure you understand your customers and keep up with their ever-changing needs. Disruption—the brutal roiling of markets, the decline of long-established brands and products, and the rise of new upstarts—drives business failure and success. Most people think technology causes disruption, but technology merely enables it. Changing customer needs cause disruptions, and too many businesses get caught unaware. Suman Sarkar offers proven strategies that will enable any business to stay radically close to its customers and address their evolving needs. He argues that businesses need to focus on existing customers first—research shows they're likely to spend more and are more profitable than new customers. Personalization is becoming important for the newer generations in both developed and developing markets, so Sarkar describes approaches to make them cost-effective. In our era of instant gratification, customers want what they want now—Sarkar explains how you can develop and deliver products and services faster than ever. And since a few bad Yelp reviews, social media posts, or angry tweets from customers can ruin you, Sarkar shows how to proactively make sure the quality of your products and services stays better than that of your competitors. The key to survival in this era of changing customer needs is to focus on and address them quickly so customers don't switch to the competition. Drawing on his experiences with leading companies worldwide, Sarkar offers five strategies and techniques that will keep you ahead of the curve.
WINNER: NYC Big Book Award 2020 - Sales and Marketing category WINNER: The Stevie Awards 2020 - 'Book of the Year' Silver award, Women in Business category Written by the award-winning storyteller Miri Rodriguez at Microsoft, this actionable guide goes beyond content strategy and, instead, demonstrates how to leverage brand storytelling in the marketing mix to strengthen brand engagement and achieve long-term growth, with advice from brands like Expedia, Coca Cola, McDonalds, Adobe and Google. Despite understanding essential storytelling techniques, brands continue to explain how their product or service can help the customer, rather than showcasing how the customer's life has changed as a result of them. Brand Storytelling gets back to the heart of brand loyalty, consumer behaviour and engagement as a business strategy: using storytelling to trigger the emotions that humans are driven by. It provides a step by step guide to assess, dismantle, and rebuild a brand story, shifting the brand from a 'hero' to 'sidekick' mentality, and positioning the customer as a key influencer to motivate the audience. Simplifying where to begin, how to benchmark success and ensure a consistent brand voice throughout every department, this book clearly shows how readers can align an emotive connection with the customer's personal values, experiences and aspirations, and how that will enable brand leaders, employees and influencers to celebrate and strengthen brand engagement for the long-term, rather than simply trying to win it. Clarifying why machine-learning, AI and automation only tell one side of the story, this book will inspire you with cutting edge interviews and case studies from leading brands like Expedia, Coca Cola, McDonalds, Adobe and Google, to tap into authentic brand loyalty and human connection.
This engaging and accessible textbook shows the importance and role of organizational development around the world, within the context of organizational change. Fostering an analytic approach to organizational issues, it charts the evolution of the field and shows how today OD fosters organizational effectiveness and individual wellbeing. Firmly grounded in a global perspective, it provides a contemporary analysis of OD and highlights the key diagnostic and intervention techniques that can be used to build organizational effectiveness. With a range of critical perspectives, skills development exercises, and practitioner insight, this book blends theory and practice to show OD's conceptualization and its application to contemporary issues faced by organizations. Suitable for upper undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA level, this is the ideal textbook for anyone studying organizational development.
Think of the last great article you read or the last great speech you heard. Chances are, if you remember one key message, you also remember one compelling story. That's because the best content starts with a story. When it comes to marketing, the best business content starts with a story the audience cares about, not the brand's message about what it wants to sell them. In Brand, Meet Story, Heather Pemberton Levy describes the Story Comes First method, a practical approach that combines techniques from journalism and fiction writing to help brands tell stories that put the readers' interests first. Whereas most brand marketers create content to sell their product, service or technology, the Story Comes First method turns this approach on its head to create content with the "human moments" that truly engage an audience. Filled with examples from Levy's experience creating content marketing programs, trade books, and hundreds of articles for a variety of B2B and B2C brands, the book shows readers a step-by-step approach to create content designed to deliver business results. Brand, Meet Story explains the key ways to uncover what your audience cares about and how to turn brand messaging into stories that matter. Levy inspires readers to develop a compelling voice that will carry the brand tone and values across all channels, and helps them turn their ideas into engaging, story-driven content their audiences will read, love, and share.
Building on the successful foundation of the first volume, this second edition has been thoroughly revised, reflecting the current state of organizational communication theory and research. Highlights of this edition include: extensive topical coverage, integrated discussion of change, diversity, and digital age issues in all chapters; updated analysis of major issues and influences in organizational communication; and, real-world examples.
"Timeless tips on business success. A must-read for entrepreneurial-minded executives." —HOWARD BEHAR, President of Starbucks (retired) What is it that makes someone a success in business? What drives an individual to create success? Is it being hit by a “lucky stick” or is it something else? Lorenz started from nothing, a common theme, but founded two companies, ran them successfully and sold them to Fortune 500’s. Through thought-provoking, insightful and engaging stories with real world examples Lorenz provides intuitive practical advice on the fundamentals of life success: seek and seize the opportunities in front of you. Your eyes will be opened to new possibilities at every turn of the page. Your next decision could dictate the trajectory you take. How you spend your time, and the decisions you make all matter. You will enjoy learning how to see business and life differently, the opportunities that so many others fail to see. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity. Tireless is a testimony to those who strive to seek opportunity. It is a must-read for everyone that is determined to win.
Marketing Strategy offers a unique and dynamic approach based on four underlying principles that underpin marketing today: All customers differ; All customers change; All competitors react; and All resources are limited. The structured framework of this acclaimed textbook allows marketers to develop effective and flexible strategies to deal with diverse marketing problems under varying circumstances. Uniquely integrating marketing analytics and data driven techniques with fundamental strategic pillars the book exemplifies a contemporary, evidence-based approach. This base toolkit will support students' decision-making processes and equip them for a world driven by big data. The second edition builds on the first's successful core foundation, with additional pedagogy and key updates. Research-based, action-oriented, and authored by world-leading experts, Marketing Strategy is the ideal resource for advanced undergraduate, MBA, and EMBA students of marketing, and executives looking to bring a more systematic approach to corporate marketing strategies. New to this Edition: - Revised and updated throughout to reflect new research and industry developments, including expanded coverage of digital marketing, influencer marketing and social media strategies - Enhanced pedagogy including new Worked Examples of Data Analytics Techniques and unsolved Analytics Driven Case Exercises, to offer students hands-on practice of data manipulation as well as classroom activities to stimulate peer-to-peer discussion - Expanded range of examples to cover over 250 diverse companies from 25 countries and most industry segments - Vibrant visual presentation with a new full colour design
Why can’t sales seem to catch up with innovation? In The Sales Innovation Paradox, Howard Dover uses his decade of experience as a sales technologist and professor to answer the question: Why has investment in salesperson training and a huge transformation of available technology in the last decade not resulted in more efficacy in the modern sales world for most companies? In addressing this paradox, Dover discusses: How to develop modern sales methods to become a sales disruptor How digital marketplaces have shaken up the classic sales machine How customer behaviors have changed as a result of technology innovations How organizational and environmental obstacles keep the field in the state of paradox If you’re an executive who is feeling that your efforts are decreasing in efficacy and that your investment in technology isn’t paying off, this book will help you identify the cycles and trends that keep you from achieving your team’s full potential. It’s time to end the sales innovation paradox for you and your team!