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How Prepared Are We for Customer 2.0?...
How Prepared Are We for Customer 2.0?
By Juliann Grant, Telesian Technology
Customer 2.0 is calling! We have become so enamored with and caught up in the technology of Web 2.0, our PDA's, gadgets, and widgets that keep us connected and alive 24 hours a day to those around the world, that we forget at the core of it all, it must still be all about the customer.
We must not only use the timeliness and power of social media to broadcast our message to customers, but we need to use it to listen in order to learn what our customers are saying to each other and about us. The web have given customers immediate and almost limitless access to information on companies, products, and people, and realize it or not, we may not even be in the conversation! This is truly moving the "traditional" marketing and sales function towards irrelevance. We must realize that Customer 2.0 is embracing the "buying cycle" on their terms and no longer needs to wait on the "sales cycle".
The typical buyer is savvy, knowledgeable, and smart. Customer 2.0 demands that their web experience be fun, interactive, and social. They value professionalism over glitz. They want substance, not flash. They look to their peers to see what they are buying and want to do the same because they trust their experience. They talk to each other and in real time. Your misstep today is not only tomorrow's news, it is today's news as well.
How do we do this in the Automation and Engineering industry? We’re going to find out through with survey to uncover how well we are engaging with Customer 2.0. Do we speak their language? Are we connecting with them on their terms?
In this presentation, we will show how social media and the power of the web can be used to embrace Customer 2.0 in a meaningful, beneficial dialog that will help drive sales. A combination of case studies, customer interviews, surveys, and real social media encounters will be used to illustrate the power of the "new media" in marketing to Customer 2.0.
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