The party at Idea Couture London office last week was a fantastic event. Get to meet many young talented people there and looking forward to work with them on projects. My work takes me around the world and it is hard to get to know everyone in different offices. I enjoy talking to creative people from creative engineers to designers. And I have a very different idea of what "creative" people means.
I have been studying the 2013 UK report by Nunwood’s Customer Experience Centre and in this post I share with you what shows up for me.
In this day and age, is there any viable excuse for not focusing on the customer experience?
I was part of a panel that participated in a Google Hangout on Air hosted by Fonolo a couple weeks ago. During the Hangout, the panel discussed a few stats on - and trends affecting - customer experience.
The following problems continue to plague innovators:
What Happened to the Human Touch?
Think back to your last encounter with an employee of a retail store? Did that encounter meet your expectations? Did that encounter leave you ‘uplifted’ in some sense? Did that encounter, elevate your view of your fellow human beings? Did it make you feel good about this race of beings who call themselves human beings?
One of the bigger marketing challenges these days is convincing people to pay for web content, particularly news content. The Web is awash in free news, analysis, and commentary, and a good deal of that free content is of good quality. Hence, most people don’t see the need for paid news subscriptions and all but a few paywall-protected news sites have struggled.
The opening session I attended on 13th November at the Gartner symposium was entitled “by 2017 your smartphone will be smarter than you”. The speakers were Martin Reynolds and Carolina Milanesi from Gartner and the moderator was Charles Arthur from the Guardian. As a matter-of-fact, the discussion ended up being far more interesting than the title suggested. The panel started to review the future of Smartphones and wearable devices and connected it very well to the issues of data privacy and user benefit, which are central to the use of big data.