conversation about maximising value from customer insight

The importance of place, why internal environments matter

In recent years, I’ve spent a lot more of my time speaking at events, or training my clients, so have recognised the crucial role of internal environments. Having the right place for such activity can make a tremendous difference to the effectiveness of any talk, training course or coaching/mentoring session. Working on a couple of events with a friend of mine, William Buist, we got talking about the impact that the.. Read More

Lessons from Brexit letter, for insight leaders’ influencing

You might be sick of wall-to-wall Brexit coverage on the news, but I think there are lessons to learn from Theresa May’s letter to Donald Tusk. Lessons for analytics leaders needing to influence their senior stakeholders. Both my own experience in that role, and work with our clients, has taught me that analytics leaders need to be able to communicate in more than just impressive Powerpoint decks. Despite the emphasis.. Read More

Event based Marketing and why GDPR makes it more important

This week, I had opportunity to lecture at the Royal Institute. Ok, not really lecture, but share advice on event based marketing. I may not have fulfilled a pipe-dream to give a Christmas Lecture at the Royal Institute, but it was a fascinating time. Over 40 of us were gathered there for another breakfast briefing sponsored by My Customer and Royal Mail Data Services (RMDS). Compared to previous breakfasts, this briefing.. Read More

What are the questions that insight leaders today want answered? (part 2)

This post concludes our two-part series, on the questions that insight leaders raised, at DataIQ Discussion 2017 event. I hope you found part one, helpful. There we focussed on topics including: measuring your impact breaking through cultural barriers best organisational design tools needed by insight teams executing your insights (driving action as a result) Those certainly were hotly debated topics, that appeared relevant to everyone around the table. All those topics.. Read More

6 reasons leaders fail to prepare for disaster

Perhaps it’s a feature of working with so many Financial Services clients, but I’m surprised how often talk of investing in data turns to risk & preparing for disaster. How important is it to prepare for high-likelihood/low-severity risks (the ‘day-to-day‘, if you like) verses low-likelihood/high-severity risks (potential disasters)? Is it worth only investing in the data needed to operate as you currently do, or should data plans be more ambitious? So, a.. Read More

Why applied analytics projects have more success

Having benefitted from listening to a CX leaders’ perspective on vision for data & analytics, lets consider applied analytics projects. In fact, this focus is an opportunity to hear the voice of another key stakeholder in major analytics implementations. That is, the perspective of the software provider or IT supplier. Now, I know, these people can have a bad reputation. Too many ‘shiny suited’ salespeople and unfulfilled promises, post demo, can.. Read More

CX leader shares vision of the future for using customer data

Part of the art of data leadership is the collaboration needed with other leaders. How can you partner with others, like the CX leader, to envision the organisation and deploy data/analytics solutions that improve customer experience. Well, rather than me tell you what will work (from my experience on the customer insight side of that equation), let’s ask a CX leader. To do that, I’m delighted to welcome back our.. Read More