conversation about maximising value from customer insight

Do you know which rules to break or laws to follow?

Some authors and industry experts have real staying power. Despite how much change happens in that industry, they manage to adapt and stay relevant to their readers/customers. Such an accolade can surely be made about Don Peppers & Martha Rogers. In that way they live their own message. I first came across Peppers & Roger’s writing back just before the new millennium. Their classic “The 1to1 Future“, popularised the term One.. Read More

Planning your analysis with a model for greater value

Do you, or your team, spend sufficient time planning your analysis? When training analysts how to deliver more value, two topics have proved the most popular. One is training in socratic questioning techniques; to get to the real business need. The other is the 9 step approach to customer analysis. As many analysts have “fallen into” this line of work, rather than making a conscious education & career choice, few have.. Read More

3 tips for maximising your Analytics team

Following on from tips for your research and database marketing teams, this week we turn our attention to the 3rd quadrant of customer insight, your analytics team. Given the emphasis of advertising & events for this community, it’s tempting to focus on technical skills. So much social media airtime is given over to new software, coding skills or data solutions, you would think that was all that was needed for effective.. Read More

Poll interim results: Your Barriers

Interestingly, the interim results from our recent  poll on barriers to realising value, are revealing that there isn’t one most common barrier to maximising the value of your customer insight. Instead, your votes have identified 7 equally likely barriers. Perhaps it really is, as Proverbs puts it, “the little foxes who spoil the vineyard”. They say a problem shared is a problem halved, so hopefully it helps you to understand the.. Read More

Poll: What’s your biggest barrier?

For a previous poll, in answer to the question “which support service would you choose?”, your most popular choice was training for customer insight teams. The joint next choices were, a capability health check, or bespoke consultancy. This is coupled with 88% of you confirming that in an “ideal world” you would seek external help. Since May, I’ve spoken at five different customer insight related conferences, and  the questions asked during.. Read More