Online communities have proven to be a convenient source for collecting in-depth feedback from customers and prospects alike. What was once an emerging marketing research trend, use of online communities as a research tool has now become mainstream.
Customer experience, customer-first, customer-centric, customer-focused. The shift in mindset from brand-focused marketing approaches to the predominance of the customer experience (CX) has been a powerful one and will continue to shape the way companies operate, innovate, and plan for growth.
Continuously improving the customer experience (CX) is the primary goal for all brands. While putting the customer first is nothing new, the explosion of customer data available to help guide marketers is unprecedented. Now, more than ever, brand marketers need to have a strategic process in place to ensure they are regularly monitoring and making enhancements to their brand’s CX.
“Co-creation is the purposeful action of partnering with strategic customers, partners or employees to ideate, problem solve, improve performance, or create a new product, service or business.” ~Christine Crandall, New Business Strategies
The concept of consumer co-creation has always been at the heart of marketing research.
Long before the first person rigged a carrot stick in front of a horse, the motivating benefits of gaming techniques have been a part of human society. Today, the term ‘gamification’ is becoming more common in marketing discussions, but not everyone defines it in the same way.
In the same way that customer experience is no longer just about satisfaction, employee engagement is no longer solely the domain of Human Resources. According to Andrea Sullivan, CMO at Interbrand, “Branding used to be about what’s happening outside your door, but increasingly, about 75 percent of the work that brands do is more squarely focused on how they get the greatest performance out of their employees, and how they lessen the gap between the executives and the front line.”
Many organizations monitor their employee engagement levels through Voice of the Employee (VoE) programs which typically include measuring job satisfaction, work-life balance, effectiveness of training programs, and soliciting ideas for improvements across the organization.
Like most companies, The DRG recognizes the importance of fostering dynamic employee engagement across our organization. There are a myriad of ways to do so, but to be most effective you need to express appreciation in authentic and unique ways.
The role of brand websites has evolved well beyond serving mainly as information sources. They’ve become interactive communication tools that can either enhance or diminish your brand relationships. That’s why it is so critical to collect usability feedback from visitors to ensure you have the right content, an appealing design, and intuitive site navigation from the start.
“Trust is the glue of life. It’s the most essential ingredient in effective communication. It’s the foundational principle that holds all relationships.” – Steven Covey
Can people trust you to keep a secret? Let’s face it, it’s not always easy, but being trusted to keep certain information confidential is a relationship building-block and a sign of true character.
“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
What is a trailblazer? Trailblazers create a path for others to follow where there once was none. Product trailblazers continually look for ways to innovate, enhance, and expand their product and service offerings.