Sharing personal experience of offshoring analytics and the problems that ensued. Includes advice on “watch outs” and potential mitigations.
It’s unusual for me to recommend a book that I don’t consider that well written, but Leadership Pipeline is such a book. The reason for my recommendation is this book effectively covers a key challenge for leaders & organisations. It also introduces a really useful model and set of tools. My criticism is only the writing style. Perhaps I’ve spent too many years enjoying well crafted prose in fiction but.. Read More
To provide a research basis for the content included in this blog, I am asking all customer insight leaders who visit this site to complete the short survey below. Knowing the scope of your roles and your views as to the true breadth of ‘customer insight’ will enable me to ensure that I balance the content published here to better suit your interests. I will of course share the results,.. Read More
In May 2014, I attended this council run by Forrester Research. For those not familiar with Forrester they are one of the biggest global research firms providing independent advice on technology and suppliers (another being Gartner). Unlike Gartner, I have always found Forrester to be more open to focussing on business decision makers and the technology needs of Marketing, Operations and Insight leaders. Gartner has some very able thinkers (including Ed Thompson.. Read More
If you watch the actions and listen to the language used by most CEOs, especially where they choose to focus their time, you can often guess their background. What I mean is their functional leadership background, whether that be finance, marketing, operations, sales, etc. This, of course, is only natural and probably reveals their area of greatest interest or where they feel most comfortable. As a leader we can all have the.. Read More
Segmentation is one of those customer insight and marketing terms which divide opinion. Leaders have their favourite approaches. Boards can be ardent fans of the need for a segmentation, or complete unbelievers in what is perceived as marketing “spin“. One of the reasons for this appears to be, the mixed fortunes of implementing segmentations. Some companies extol real benefits, and focus that have come as a result, whilst others bemoan.. Read More
I was struck by this graphic published by Visually that was trending on Twitter a couple of days ago. Although about marketers, it set me pondering about today’s hybrid Customer Insight leader. Apart from being an eye catching infographic and ringing true as to the challenge for modern marketers, it prompts an equal or bigger challenge for insight leaders. Over the years this role has evolved into one requiring CI leaders to have.. Read More