Human Experience in A Technological World

My momma used to say, “If you can’t say something nice – don’t say anything at all.” That guidance has typically proven to be invaluable. Today, however, I am going to skate on the edge of mom’s wisdom. I will not name the villains in...

Customer Segments or Customer Needs States [Infographic]

Customer segments or customer need states? The answer is ... both! It’s an important distinction in which I work with my clients to understand and leverage. To help make this distinction clear, I will use my son Andrew and myself as examples. I would love to...

Customer Segments or Customer Need States?

Customer segments or customer need states? The answer is ... both! It’s an important distinction in which I work with my clients to understand and leverage. It is the difference between creating experiences based on customer segmentation versus customer need states. To help make this...

Trusting Your People [Infographic]

Customer experience is best defined as the perception of your customers based on all the interactions they have with your brand. Some of those perceptions extend beyond their direct interactions with you. Some people have suggested that when it comes to customer loyalty, it's good to...

Trusting Your People | Superpowering Your Customer Experience

Customer experience is best defined as the perception of your customers based on all the interactions they have with your brand. Some of those perceptions extend beyond their direct interactions with you. Take United Airlines, for example, my perception of the brand goes beyond the flights...

Legendary Brand | What’s Your Story? [Infographic]

Brands that become legends produce experiences that turn into stories and leaders at those brands actively mine those stories to create spontaneous buzz or to produce lasting epic or signature stories. Many legendary stories emerge from those who have received extraordinary service while other stories...

Legendary Brand: What’s Your Story

I'm currently in Sydney, Australia, preparing to share insights with business leaders based on the strategy and tactics of legendary brands like Mercedes-Benz and Starbucks. For me, a legendary brand (often companies with whom I’ve worked and/or about whom I’ve written) is a company that is...

Cutting-edge Service Technology Blended with a Human Service Culture [Infographic]

During my many visits to Singapore, I have been impressed with the cutting-edge technologies being developed and used to make routine service tasks more automated or to garner customer feedback. I have also been impressed by the general service mindset of the country’s people. For...

Cutting-edge Service Technology Blended with a Human Service Culture

“The Robots are Coming, the Robots are Coming” Cutting-edge Service Technology Blended with a Human Service Culture I have loved Singapore since the first time I visited more than a decade ago. In fact, back in 2014, I wrote the following: Guess how they are...

Optimal Customer Visioning [Infographic]

Over the past decade, I began using customer journey maps as a way to envision the optimal future customer experience. As part of SWOT analyses and other strategic planning activities or as a free-standing tool, I often work with leaders to not only see the current state...

Optimal Customer Visioning

If you read my blog with any frequency, you’ve likely seen one of my many posts on the do's and don’ts of customer journey mapping (e.g., Three Keys to Effective Customer Journey Mapping and What is Persona-Based Customer Journey Mapping?) Persona-based customer journey mapping is a...

Lessons from South African Entrepreneurs [Infographic]

As you may know, I work predominantly as a consultant to senior leaders in Fortune 500 companies but occasionally choose to participate in public or private events for entrepreneurs and small business owners. As a small business owner myself, I realize the importance of accessing...

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