Roy's Blog: February 2015

February 23, 2015

5 really easy ways to make the move to WOW!

Serving people in WOW! fashion is the end game of many organizations who want to create a base of loyal customers.

Some make progress.

And some fail; instead of WOW! they deliver OW!

For those in the OW! state, here are 5 ways to make the move to WOW!

1. Discover what annoys your customers. OW! is created when a customer smacks into an aspect of your business they can’t live with. It could be a policy, rule or an unfriendly employee attitude.
Reach out to them regularly for input and suggestions for improvement and follow their advice. Have the guts to put yourself at risk and ask “What sucks about us?” No pain, no gain.

2. Simplify how you do business with the customer in mind.
Look at your business processes. Do they make it EASY for your customers to engage with you? If not, revamp them. People want “easy”; if it’s a hassle dealing with you, they won’t.

3. Treat each of your customers as an individual not as a “face in the herd”.
Concentrate on discovering their unique needs; fashion your marketing efforts accordingly. We live in a “me” society where people expect products and services to reflect their individuality. Those that play to “me” will be rewarded with WOW!

4. Show your fans regularly how much you appreciate them. De-emphasize traditional customer appreciation events which tend to mostly attract the looky-loo and offer no real value to long term loyal customers.
And personalize any recognition you do. Offering the same “trash or trinket” to everyone is an insult and will result in OW!

5. Learn how to take a punch when you when you have a service slip-up. Don’t tell me it won’t happen; it will, and you need a plan to recover. Here’s the formula: Recovery = ‘I’m Sorry’ + Fix It + Surprise! People remember how you recover from one of your mistakes; they will forget the original mistake if you do it well.

The move from OW! To WOW! depends on how much humanity you are willing to inject into your organization.

Build it to serve humans = WOW!

Build it to serve yourself = OW!

Cheers,
Roy

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  • Posted 2.23.15 at 04:22 am by Roy Osing
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February 16, 2015

This is what happens when your twitter is bloody deaf

The conversation going on out there really defines who you are and the values you possess. If you choose not to engage in the conversation, you will learn nothing.

It’s not about what YOU think about what you stand for; it’s about what people ‘out there’ think about you.

You don’t control the perception of your brand, your customers and non-customers do.

You know the traditional drill: define your communications objectives and create a punchy tagline that you believe captures the value you create for your customers. - ‘Think different’, ‘Excellence for All’, ‘Routinely Spectacular’, ‘The Future is Friendly’ or ‘Together is Amazing’.

And then you go-to-market expecting brilliant results as your tagline captures the hearts and minds of all who bear witness to it.

To determine how your new tagline resonates with people, most organizations conduct a brand audit study at some point after the launch.

The problems with the typical brand audit approach are:

1. You don’t get real time feedback from a periodic study. You get brand commentary only during the slice of time you conduct the study and ask for opinion.

2. You have virtually no capability to respond to negative comments. It’s a one-way process usually conducted by a third party that receives information from the person being asked for their views. If a negative opinion is taken, no active real time follow up is initiated.

3. You have no ability to engage with people over who you are and what you stand for. The conversation is between the brand research company and the interviewee and thus is subject to a filter.

The “LISTEN & ENGAGE” method overcomes all of these issues and provides an effective framework to determine whether or not your brand claim is believable and true.

LISTEN to the conversation in real time, not periodically. The conversation determines your brand. Are people telling stories about you that support your brand position or do they relate experiences with you that prove that you are not living up to your brand claim?
Ensure you have “active monitoring” of all your social media channels to tap in to the real time perspective of how you are living your brand.

ENGAGE with people. Invite them to share their experiences with you. Be open to what they say. Take immediate action to remedy any negative issues they bring to your attention.
Dedicate resources to responding to what you hear on social media if you want people to give you their opinion and help you improve. A “deaf” twitter feed basically tells people you really don’t want to participate in a meaningful conversation with anyone.

Brand work is never done. It is always a work-in-progress. It must be open to a conversation.

You must be willing and eager to change whatever has to be changed in your organization to deliver your brand promise consistently 24X7.

Cheers,
Roy

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  • Posted 2.16.15 at 05:58 am by Roy Osing
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February 9, 2015

When you speak do others think you’re authentic?

Some smile nice; they are polite.

They have the academic pedigree.

They know all the right buzzwords.

They conform to the rules; they behave exactly how others expect. There are no surprises.

Believable

But are they believable?

When they speak, do people feel good?

Are they trusted?

Do they make changes happen as a result of their actions?

Your worth is not judged by how well you conform to the standards of others.

It’s measured by whether or not others believe in you.

Cheers,
Roy

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  • Posted 2.9.15 at 02:13 am by Roy Osing
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February 3, 2015

3 simple ways to know more about your customers

A continuous process of learning about customers is a core competency that remarkable organizations have; the periodic study process of market research is simply not good enough.

These 3 steps will deepen the understanding you have of your customers and will move you ahead of the pack.

1. Deep segmentation - define as many different customer segments as you can. Obviously the more segments the more you will know about each individual in the segment.
The objective is to learn about the unique fingerprint of each individual person as opposed to studying the “average” customer in a mass market group.
There is no such thing as an average customer. If you think there is, you haven’t segmented deep enough. Keep segmenting until you get as close to a segment of 1 as is practically possible.

Customer learning

2. Ask the customer - on a regular basis (actually every time you contact a customer) ask questions that will give you a better insight into the individual.
Every time your organization ‘touches’ a customer you have a strategic opportunity to learn something about them that you can put to good use: top-line revenue generation or loyalty-building.
Actively listen to what they say. Pay your managers on their ability to contribute toward the organization’s repertoire of customer knowledge - revise your compensation plan to reward this behavior.

3. Understand customer behavior - track and study how your customers use your products and services. Actual usage will help you understand the value they receive.
Product and services that tend to be bought together and in specific combinations will also be evident. Use this information to develop predictive purchase models to aid your marketing efforts.

Work on all three fronts and take your marketing efforts to remarkable levels.

Cheers,
Roy

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  • Posted 2.3.15 at 01:00 pm by Roy Osing
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