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To Tattoo or Not to Tattoo? – Starbucks, Ink, & Customer Experience

Tweet “Cover your tattoos!” That’s the current policy at Starbucks (and for that matter many other businesses). Partners (the Starbucks term for employees – more on that in my recent book Leading the Starbucks Way) are hired without prejudice for tattoos; they just can’t be visible to customers. Now the company is reconsidering its policy [...]

Pregnancy to Birth in 6 seconds – Customer Experience and the Short Attention Span

Tweet Ian Padgham one of the creative geniuses at Origiful may be the only person who has shrunk an entire pregnancy and delivery to 6 seconds.  If you haven’t seen it already, check it out Ok so his wife, Claire, actually went through a normal birth and delivery but the rest of us (and literally [...]

Easy Wins

Tweet Ahhh, summer – a season of sunshine, valiant efforts to slow one’s life down, and vacation travel.  It’s hard not to notice, however, how our great escape efforts are often marked by so much preparatory and participatory stress. Marketing guru (and a man who was kind enough to endorse my Zappos Experience book) Seth Godin recently [...]

Mystery, Sensuality and Intimacy – Loving your Customer and your Message

Tweet Here’s an exercise for you. Try to go one day without seeing an advertising message. Ok, how about an hour? Some subtle, others overt, marketers are finding us in as unsuspecting of places as the bottom of golf holes. Every business is talking at customers. But what makes that chatter banal or brilliant? For [...]

Why it’s in your own interest to forget your self-interest

Tweet The modern world inundates us with a constant flow of information.  Not wanting to miss anything, our tendency is to scan the clutter for ways to improve our businesses.  Studying best practices, following experts on Twitter, regularly checking in with our favorite bloggers, we ultimately seek to be better and do better by our [...]

True or False? Measuring Performance Leads to Better Service

Tweet If you said “Yes” – you are either amazingly astute or you had a chance to look at the recently released Q1 Zendesk Benchmark report.  In either case – Congratulations! Zendesk, the maker of customer service software that streamlines customer support and fosters self-service and engagement, studied the use of analytics and their impact [...]

Beloved Brands Think Differently

Tweet Working remotely, I am sitting in a Starbucks with my laptop.  (As you may have surmised, I’ve been having a substantive long-term relationship with the brand.)  Across the way, a woman was also working away on her computer when…it happened.  A keystroke run amok sends her beverage sailing across the table and onto the [...]

How to turn problems into customer loyalty

Tweet I recently visited a store to make a return.  I suspect that few people relish this particular type of retail encounter – not the employees, not the customers. Both sides often seem prepared for a debate at best and an argument at worst.  It is an unexpected relief when the experience is seamless. The [...]

How to Float a Complaint

Tweet Imagine – a picturesque resort retreat near a lake. To take full advantage of its serene surroundings, the resort offers canoes in which guests can paddle onto the lake to enjoy nature’s splendor. You are all set to hop in a canoe and enjoy the nature at her best but despite unused canoes at [...]

Guest blog by Bradley Taylor: Is lack of marketing education letting your firm down?

Tweet It is my pleasure to introduce you to my guest blogger from over the pond. Bradley Taylor joins us from Derby, England to discuss the risks of limited marketing knowledge…. Is lack of marketing education letting your firm down? Many firms lose potential clients and business partners as a result of poor marketing strategies. [...]