Steve Jobs: Customer Service Agent

Today, Apple – Live introduced the next line of Apple products to the world from their home base in Cupertino, California. Products that seem…a little familiar.  It’s not exactly outrageous to say Apple’s innovation streak has cooled in the years since Steve Jobs left us, but in many ways he still...read more

Fantasy Football and Customer Feedback

Last night, the NFL opened its 2014 season with a matchup pitting the defending Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks against the Green Bay Packers. Millions of viewers tuned in to get their first taste of football season. While a small contingent of fans probably watched because of an allegiance to...read more

The Motivation Gap: How to Keep a Multi-Generational Workforce Engaged

Inter-generational differences between Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y are especially pronounced in the workplace. It’s not hard to see why. The sheer range of communications styles, skill sets, aspirations, and values of different employees sitting side-by-side, confined within the...read more

Learn from other’s mistakes: customer service fail

We’ve all been there. Whether it’s a cable company, your phone company, an airline, etc. there’s most likely been a time where you’re put on hold for what seems like forever, then when you do reach someone you’re transferred to and from departments until you reach the person you actually need to...read more

Testing the value behind value propositions

How valuable is your proposition? Value propositions are a two-way street. From the company they are a promise of value to be delivered and from the customer’s perspective they are a belief that value will be experienced. These all important statements can apply to your entire organization, or parts...read more

Superior Data Through Closed Doors

Have you ever caught yourself telling a white lie? If you have, it probably wasn’t during a situation where you felt anonymous. Let’s face it, anonymity fosters honesty and candor. A quick scan of any Internet message board or review site could tell you that. When people aren’t tied to their...read more

Measuring changes over time - tracking surveys part 2

Following up from the previous post – tracking studies can be used to measure the brand consideration funnel (unaided awareness to likelihood to recommend); product or service satisfaction; new customer characteristics; or any other combination of variables that management needs to see trends over...read more

Employee Engagement Fireworks: Why Cvent Employees #RedWhiteandBleedBlue

As our nation commemorates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on the Fourth of July, people across the U.S. will show their patriotism by fervently taking part in customary American celebrations like going to baseball games, watching fireworks, throwing backyard barbeques and attending...read more

Registration is Open: Cvent Webinar with MarketingProfs

For decades, segmentation (of markets and customers) has been an accepted tool for tailoring offerings (messages, media, products and services) cost-efficiently.  Indeed, the debate has gone past whether or not segmentation is a valuable tool for effectively reaching markets and customers.  Rather,...read more

Still “Pretty in Pink?” What if Andie and Duckie Ended up Together?

It’s the stuff of Hollywood legend. The question posed in the title of this blog post is based on the fact that the original ending of “Pretty in Pink,” the seminal film from the 80’s, was changed. Yes, that iconic scene in the parking lot, when Molly Ringwald, after the now ubiquitous rom-com run,...read more
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