Disrupting Digital Business: The Customer Experience Imperative

As digital business is emerging, it’s disrupting business. What does that mean? It means that how you do business must change. And it’s not just adding a Twitter feed or creating a Facebook page. It’s much more than that. It really means that you have to look at how you are doing business – your processes, your policies, your departments, your people, your technology and make major changes. I can remember when organization change management first became a discipline. But back then there were so many that pushed it aside, crossed it off their to do list and basically thought it was “Kumbaya” and the “soft stuff you can’t measure.” Which quadrant is your business in?

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Well guess what? Organizational Change is back and here to stay. Because that is what is at the root of digital business. It really means you have to change your organization! Some ways to think about this are what we call the 9 C’s and Customer Engagement Optimization. Our research shows there are 9 C’s of Customer Engagement:

  1. Culture
  2. Community
  3. Credibility
  4. Channels
  5. Content
  6. Cadence
  7. Context
  8. Catalysts and
  9. Currency

Digital Business Disruption Starts with People-Centric Values

You need to understand culture, community, and credibility. This means that you need to start with Customer Engagement Optimization. How do you make sure you understand your prospects and customers?  Where does listening play a role? Do you have a process to listen to what your employees as well as what your customers think about the company, its products and services? If not, start here.

Digital Business Disruption Is About Communication

You need to understand how channels, content, and cadence of the content on the channels work with each other. So once  we understand the people centric values, how do we engage? What are effective models to connect? Organizations need to transform the way that they interact with their customers – online and offline. What’s the best way to start doing this? Do you just jump into the online conversations? Is it even the right channel?  What content makes sense? How often do you reach out? Are your customers and prospects responding?

Digital Business Disruption Is About Right Time Drivers 

This is where context, catalyst, and currency play a role in enabling engagement optimization. You might ask yourself, “What can you do to make sure your interactions remain relevant? How do you deliver compelling offers that influence a call to action?  What’s required to build sustainable engagement.”

Digital Business Disruption Is About Actionable Insights/Intelligence

Once you have some sense about what customers are talking about – to each other, to your company, to your competitors, how do you deliver an end-to-end actionable intelligence where the workforce is optimized to respond or hear about the issues or kudos? What should be measured?  How do you focus in on the right metrics that matter?

Digital Business Disruption Is About Journey Mapping to Make Improvements

Businesses must realize there is a real need for continuous improvement and optimization. It’s not a one time – take a look at things, change a few of them and then you are done. Nope. It’s about continuous, measurable change. Questions for an organization might be, “How do you improve enterprise processes with the information you learn from this collective solution that is giving you all this actionable intelligence? What organizational issues can this bring about? Is this an easy process? Do people need special skills to collaborate cross-functionally? How do you take where ever you are in the process and manage and enrich these customer interactions? How do you start, how to do improve and how do you maintain this process over time?”

Digital Business Disruption Is About Developing A Customer Engagement Optimization Culture

I can tell you from being a management consultant and having worked in many companies, nothing is going to change unless there is true and authentic leadership that is dedicated to making this types of changes. Senior leadership involvement on a day-to-day business required for success in transforming the company culture. Questions for an organization might be along these lines, “Who should drive the initiatives?  What’s required to build a culture of customer engagement? What kind of training is required? What kind of skill sets?”

Digital Business Disruption Is About Doing So Via Digital Transformation

What this means is that there is the need to change your business model. What business are you really in? Are you selling printers or customer experiences? The shift to digital business changes not only business models but also how companies engage with their customers. And you have to know what business you are in to do this.

If you want to know more about digital business disruption, join Ray Wang and myself on a webinar, May 26th at 11 AM PST.

MY POV: Most business are not prepared for what it takes to make the shift to a digital business. Where do you think you stand with respect to your business’s readiness for change?

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@drnatalie, VP and Principal Analyst, Constellation Research, Covering Marketing, Sales and Customer Service to Deliver Amazing Customer Experiences

 

 

 

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Data-Driven Marketing Campaign Optimization

My report is about how CMOs can use big data and analytics to transform marketing decision-making and advance corporate innovation by using big data to optimize your marketing efforts.  The way I went about writing this report was I interviewed both vendors and CMOs to understand where the market place is with respect to actually using marketing automation software / platforms.

 

There is a lot of software that delivers on the promise, unlike 25 years ago when CRM- Marketing, Sales and Customer Service vendors (either point or suites) had the right ideas and desire to provide this type of business impact, but the software really wasn’t not as advanced as the marketing brochureware (sales pitch and slides) was.

 

In addition, from working with CMOs when I was in the agency world and throughout my career, the story has been very similar. Software has the potential to create and drive revenue when it’s attached to the right strategy. Technology without the right strategy just means we do more of the wrong things faster. That’s not such a good idea, though it happens every day.

 

Level Self-Identification Leads to Marketing Transformation

You can’t change what you “don’t know, you don’t know.” In the report, I provide a picture for Marketers so that they can self identify where they are in the various levels of using marketing automation and then to identify what they’d like to be doing. In consulting or advisory work, this is often known as a “gap analysis.” It helps people see the present as well as the possible future state.

 

What we found in the research is that many Marketers learned that the way they were using marketing automation software as at Level 1 &2. They do not realize there’s more they could do. Others found that they have not chosen software that help them advance their Marketing capabilities to Levels 3, 4, and 5. In the report, I describe some ideas on what those other levels are and what it might look like.

 

The Five Levels Seek To Drive Marketers To Become Chief Intelligence And Revenue Officers

In theory, let’s say that Marketing really drove revenue in your company. The idea I’m really aiming for in this report is to provoke CMOs and Marketers to think about becoming chief intelligence and revenue officers.

 

When they are able to show that they can repeatedly and consistently contribute to bottom-line, the senior leadership team will give them respect they want. Long gone will be the days of suffering from what I lovingly call the “Rodney Dangerfield Affect” – i.e., the day of “they just don’t get enough respect” won’t exist anymore. And that would only be a good thing.

 

Because Marketing software has changed over the last 25 years and can deliver on may more of the promises it aspired to, Marketers must also change. But there is a gap in the talent pool of CMO’s and Marketers that understand how to use marketing automation and customer experience platforms to get to Level 4 and Level 5 activity (see the report). And that’s what I really want to see happen and why I wrote the report. It’s time that we use all this big data revolution and new technology and transform old roles into new roles where respect for the contribution is earned and acknowledged.

 

What This Means to You

What may not be obvious is the “so what?” What does this mean to you? Here’s some brain candy to think about, As a CMO or Marketer, you need to:

  • Understand how marketing automation platforms have transformed and how big data plays a larger part in today’s CMO role
  • Know where your personal skill level are as well as those of people in your organization
  • Be able to pick technology that can provide these more advanced capabilities; often times buying technology was the role of IT, now CMOs are responsible for this
  • Understand requirements definition documents, capability lists (features and functions), business case justification along with bottom-line benefits — when it comes to choosing technology
  • Fill the skill sets in your organization so that you are able to truly justify to your senior leadership team why you want a larger budget and new technology.

 

I don’t think you can wait to do this. I think it will only going to get worse, not easier to pick the right technology for today’s CMO and Marketer. Make sure you are prepared by educating yourself on your options and learn how to choose technology so that you can show your contribution to the bottom-line.

 

I’d love to hear from some folks who have mastered some or all of :choosing technology and business justification capabilities”— how you did it! You never know, you might become part of my disruptive case studies library!

@DrNatalie

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The CMO is Dead: CMOs Use Big Data To Become Chief Revenue And Innovation Officers

I know you’ve seen these types of dramatic headlines before: The CMO is dead. But in actuality, the roles in marketing, sales, and customer service that once governed how business “gets done” are shifting. This best practices report, Data-Driven Marketing Campaign Optimization is about how CMOs can use big data and analytics to transform marketing campaign decision-making and advance corporate innovation and revenue.

What’s driving this shift? A great deal of the shift in roles is being driven by technology that is now available. In attending many conferences over the years, especially in the last 2 years, the technology has changed very dramatically and delivers on many of the promises CRM (Marketing, Sales and Service) wanted to deliver on, but just honestly the technology wasn’t there yet via its fullest capabilities to do this.

Now that we have technology that can deliver more than ever before, we have to make sure that people know how to use it and use it well. You can read the rest of this blog post to understand my point of view on this or jump right to a snap shot of the report.

The Report: Data-Driven Marketing Campaign Optimization     The report is about how CMOs can use big data and analytics to transform marketing campaign decision-making and make better decisions about their businesses. It looks at how to ensure you’re using big data to optimize not just your marketing efforts, but your whole company. A few of the juicy tidbits from the report are that it:

  • Contains a 5 level evaluation marketers can use to determine how well they’re incorporating big data into their marketing efforts
  • Reveals how CMOs can use big data to enhance marketing decision-making and advance corporate innovation and revenue (Level 5)
  • Helps marketers contribute value to making the best possible customer experiences and drive higher customer lifetime values
  • Ensures Marketers become an essential member of senior leadership team that is responsible for driving revenue and showing that’s so by using data-driven marketing
  • Addresses the politics, the “not invented here” and the silly finger pointing (that should actually be a while collar crime) that often happens in companies…
Progression of Marketing Decision Making to Innovation and Revenue Creation

Progression of Marketing Decision Making to Innovation and Revenue Creation

CMO‘s Paradigm Shifting To Innovation and Revenue Officers     I know it’s often tough being a Marketer and not getting the credit due. You might find yourself suffering from what I call the Rodney Dangerfield Affect, meaning you don’t get enough respect in your organization. I get it. But let’s put that idea in the past. You can get credit; you just really need to know that there is a new way to do marketing and the tools and platforms are there to support you.

In the past CMOs were charged with top of the funnel activities, driving qualified leads to Sales. It was then Sales job to take the lead and close as many as they could. But just like we know the earth isn’t flat (old paradigm) revenue generation is now not just the mission of Sales (new paradigm). In fact, the CMO role is changing and changing fast. The reason? Because the technology today can show what the Marketer has contributed to the bottom-line. And that’s what you as a Marketer need to know and need to focus on— for your career and for your company.

While there’s lots more to cover in the transition from the old paradigm of Marketing as “top of the funnel” people – to the Chief Information and Revenue Officers— if you are a Marketer who is interested in the “new world”, this report is a good first step in taking a look at not only where your organization is at with respect to how they view marketing, but also how you, as a Marketer are approaching Marketing. I’ve created a 5 level of Marketing Automation and Campaigns capability matrix (see the above figure). Often times you may not know what level your organization is at or what else you could be doing. This maturity level overview helps you to see where you are and also what other levels you can achieve.

How Can You Get Started?

  • Begin to have a revenue mindset
  • As you choose technology, ask yourself, can I show how I generate revenue with this technology?
  • And if I have the right technology, how am I going to present that I am contributing to the bottom-line to the senior leadership team?

Change Means Politics Heat Up       As part of any change in an organization, you’ll want to be careful of organization change management issues that come up with change. The roles of Marketers and Sales are both needed and provide great value. But if Marketers are becoming Chief Revenue and Innovation Officers because they have a lot of data and know how to use it to close sales, make sure to think through how that might affect other departments (Sales, IT, Customer Service…) And if / or when Marketing transforms into a “Revenue and Innovation Organization” what now is the role of Sales, IT and Customer Service?

Redefining Roles    In one particular company that I worked with on this this transformation, Marketing became responsible for the top and middle funnel revenue drivers. Sales then transitioned into executive account management and renewals: they were really the relationship builders and maintainers. And Customer Service delivered on the “promises” made by Marketing and Sales by integrally working together with Marketing and Sales. This meant that all three departments knew what their new roles were and the importance of customer lifetime value (CLTV). They knew that all three department’s goals were to collaborate to increase CLTV so that customers, whether it was a B2B or a B2C company, spent more time and money with the company over longer periods of time- hence increasing the customer life time value.

What business experts are really striving for with Big Data is to create blue ocean strategies where the competition is irrelevant; we learned that from the authors of the Book, Blue Ocean Strategies,  W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne. We also learned from W. Edwards Deming, that if we listen to our customers and our employees and take that data, we’d have better products, services and companies — which help to build companies that become their own marketplace or live in an uncontested market space. And that’s what can be done with all the data that we have today — if CMO’s know what to do with it.

Making Cross-Functional Collaboration The Most Rewarded Executive Activity    In this particular company, when cross-functional collaboration was a primary part of their culture, Marketing wasn’t spending millions of dollars to acquire customers only to have the other departments provide such poor relationship building and service that the customer’s defected. Instead they made sure that once the customer had bought and come on board, Customer Service delivered on promises by Sales and Marketing. (In your company, it might mean people in these departments have to talk to each other…) Now that’s an interesting concept!

This is just one company’s take on how they approached these issues. I’d love to hear what you think about the report. There’s much more I could / need to cover in this area. This report just a first look at the idea of CMOs transforming into Chief Intelligence and Revenue Officers.

@DrNatalie

Skype: drnatalie007 | LinkedIn | Google+

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• Upcoming book series: “7 Steps To Digital Customer Experience Mastery” (working title) 

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Social Innovation and Innovation Management — Dr. Natalie’s Keynote Speech

This talk is about the ROI of Acknowledgement. Some might think that’s something that can’t be measured. In fact, there are many things that people claim can’t be measured. At the Spigit Innovation Summit I presented the idea that if employees and customers are acknowledged for their ideas, great things can come of it. The ROI of Social Innovation can and is being measured. Here’s the video of the talk… and below the slides…

Here’s the slides:

 

Dr. Natalie’s Executive Success Acceleration Firm™
Executive Business Strategy Advisor & Social Customer Experience Industry Authority & Consultant

The Doctor Knows Social Media ROI & Our Business Strategies Rx Get Results!
Our Motto? Be Awesome by: Learning, Sharing & Growing!

What we do: We work with companies to deliver increased revenue and decreased costs:

  • Executive Leadership Guidance on Strategy and Business Use of Social Media
  • Social Media / Business Benchmark Assessments – Tell you what you got/ what you might consider
  • Social Media ROI – set-up measurement capabilities and dashboards
  • Workshops on Business Strategy: Customer Experience, PR, Marketing, Customer Service & Internal Employee Advocacy
  • Instructor MEMES Summer Institutes at UCLA Anderson & UCLA Extension
  • Customer Experience / Social Customer Service Excellence Benchmarking Assessments & Advisory
  • Software Company Visualized-ROI, Persona-based Solution Selling w/ Targeted USP & Messaging / ebooks, White Papers, Webinars…
  • Social Media Training, Organizational Change, Motivation and Goal Setting
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