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FUTURELAB<br />A Futurelab Action Guide<br />So You Want to Be Customer Centric?<br />Alain Thys, December 2010<br />
FUTURELAB<br />Prelude<br />About this presentation<br />“Customer centricity is a journey.  This presentation offers you ...
About this presentation<br />There are many great books, articles and presentations about customer-centricity<br />Most he...
About this presentation<br />But while best practice and academic models can be inspiring, life often doesn’t reflect the ...
Silos, habits and politics get in the way
Thousands and thousands of people need convincing</li></ul>In the real world<br />11-28% of customer questions NEVER get a...
About this presentation<br />Five steps to make your business (more) customer-centric<br />#1   Understand it’s a mindshif...
FUTURELAB<br />Step #1<br />Understand it’s a mindshift game<br />“By doing more of the same, you won’t get a different re...
Understand it’s a mindshift game<br />While useful, too much customer thinking starts with the tactics<br /><ul><li>What i...
Which CRM software best meets our need?
How do we improve first call resolution time?
Which customer methodology is most suitable?
What social media tools should we use?
Which questions should we ask our customers?
How can we benchmark ourselves?
...</li></ul>SURVEY<br />FUTURELAB<br />
Understand it’s a mindshift game<br />But by doing so, they avoid the elephant in the room<br />Reality Check<br />When th...
Understand it’s a mindshift game<br />Much of the well intended customer rhetoric misses the point<br />The business hears...
This will upset the status quo
I’m already busy enough
Yes, this will cost money</li></ul>The customer evangelists say:<br /><ul><li>We owe it to our customers
Customers pay our salary
We will lose our competitive edge
It’s important</li></ul>FUTURELAB<br />
Understand it’s a mindshift game<br />STEP 1:  Change the way customer-centricity is perceived<br />DON’T: TALK ABOUT HUGS...
FUTURELAB<br />Step #2<br />Show them the money<br />“Saying that happy customers are more profitable isn’t good enough.  ...
Show them the money<br />Traditional satisfaction metrics aren’t boardroom proof<br /><ul><li>In spite of standing ovation...
Upto 80% of customers that left a given ISP declared they were satisfied in the 12 months before they left (Mercer, 2004)
60-80% of “lost” US banking customer described themselves as satisfied in surveys just prior to departing (Brandchannel, 2...
There is no relevant correlation between satisfaction and market share (AT&T/Gale Consulting, 1997)</li></ul>Customer sati...
Show them the money<br />Newsflash: People pay to be satisfied<br />Where satisfaction works<br />Satisfaction measures ar...
Show them the money<br />You need a metric that correlates with economic behaviour<br />Extremely unlikely<br />Extremely ...
Show them the money<br />And express this in terms your business can appreciate<br />The more likely customers are to reco...
 are more loyal
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This is a Futurelab Action Guide I wrote up on the topic of customer centricity.

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  1. 1. FUTURELAB<br />A Futurelab Action Guide<br />So You Want to Be Customer Centric?<br />Alain Thys, December 2010<br />
  2. 2. FUTURELAB<br />Prelude<br />About this presentation<br />“Customer centricity is a journey. This presentation offers you some guidelines for the first few steps.”<br />
  3. 3. About this presentation<br />There are many great books, articles and presentations about customer-centricity<br />Most herald the same brilliant companies as examples.<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  4. 4. About this presentation<br />But while best practice and academic models can be inspiring, life often doesn’t reflect the reality they portray. <br />What do you do if you live in the real world ?<br />In most large organisations:<br /><ul><li>CEO’s don’t wear turtlenecks or fly balloons.
  5. 5. Silos, habits and politics get in the way
  6. 6. Thousands and thousands of people need convincing</li></ul>In the real world<br />11-28% of customer questions NEVER get answered <br />Source: Insites Consulting survey of 500 senior marketers in Belgium, Netherlands, France, Germany and Great Britain<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  7. 7. About this presentation<br />Five steps to make your business (more) customer-centric<br />#1 Understand it’s a mindshift game<br />#2 Show them the money<br />#3 Make the customer voice actionable<br />#4 Pick your battles carefully<br />#5 Build a movement<br />Based on experience acquired by working with<br />(...)<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  8. 8. FUTURELAB<br />Step #1<br />Understand it’s a mindshift game<br />“By doing more of the same, you won’t get a different result. You need a new perspective.”<br />
  9. 9. Understand it’s a mindshift game<br />While useful, too much customer thinking starts with the tactics<br /><ul><li>What is the best metric to use?
  10. 10. Which CRM software best meets our need?
  11. 11. How do we improve first call resolution time?
  12. 12. Which customer methodology is most suitable?
  13. 13. What social media tools should we use?
  14. 14. Which questions should we ask our customers?
  15. 15. How can we benchmark ourselves?
  16. 16. ...</li></ul>SURVEY<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  17. 17. Understand it’s a mindshift game<br />But by doing so, they avoid the elephant in the room<br />Reality Check<br />When the chips are down, most companies choose shareholder value over customer value any time.<br />Sorry my friend, but customer happiness doesn’t buy you much on Wall Street.<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  18. 18. Understand it’s a mindshift game<br />Much of the well intended customer rhetoric misses the point<br />The business hears:<br /><ul><li>This may cost money
  19. 19. This will upset the status quo
  20. 20. I’m already busy enough
  21. 21. Yes, this will cost money</li></ul>The customer evangelists say:<br /><ul><li>We owe it to our customers
  22. 22. Customers pay our salary
  23. 23. We will lose our competitive edge
  24. 24. It’s important</li></ul>FUTURELAB<br />
  25. 25. Understand it’s a mindshift game<br />STEP 1: Change the way customer-centricity is perceived<br />DON’T: TALK ABOUT HUGS & CUDDLES<br />Don’t talk about customer-centricity in terms of morality or long term gains. People will nod, but not be moved to action. <br />DO: TAKE THE FINANCIAL PERSPECTIVE<br />If your company only really cares about the money, talk about the profits that can be made can from being customer-centric.<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  26. 26. FUTURELAB<br />Step #2<br />Show them the money<br />“Saying that happy customers are more profitable isn’t good enough. You must prove it.”<br />
  27. 27. Show them the money<br />Traditional satisfaction metrics aren’t boardroom proof<br /><ul><li>In spite of standing ovations, churn rates among concert goers of 55% are not uncommon (OW, 2008)
  28. 28. Upto 80% of customers that left a given ISP declared they were satisfied in the 12 months before they left (Mercer, 2004)
  29. 29. 60-80% of “lost” US banking customer described themselves as satisfied in surveys just prior to departing (Brandchannel, 2010)
  30. 30. There is no relevant correlation between satisfaction and market share (AT&T/Gale Consulting, 1997)</li></ul>Customer satisfaction is no guarantee for loyalty, repurchase or other forms of “new profit”.<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  31. 31. Show them the money<br />Newsflash: People pay to be satisfied<br />Where satisfaction works<br />Satisfaction measures are very useful to check whether people received what they expected.<br />Where satisfaction breaks down<br />There is no hard business case for satisfaction alone.<br />When was the last time you voluntarily bought something with the explicit expectation not to be satisfied?<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  32. 32. Show them the money<br />You need a metric that correlates with economic behaviour<br />Extremely unlikely<br />Extremely likely<br />DETRACTORS<br />PROMOTERS<br />PASSIVES<br />NPS™= (Promoters-Detractors)/Total<br />FUTURELAB<br />Net Promoter, NPS, and Net Promoter Score are trademarks of Satmetrix Systems, Inc., Bain & Company, and Fred Reichheld.<br />
  33. 33. Show them the money<br />And express this in terms your business can appreciate<br />The more likely customers are to recommend, the more profitable they become<br />Promoters:<br /><ul><li> buy more & more often
  34. 34. are more loyal
  35. 35. negotiate less
  36. 36. are easier to service
  37. 37. bring their friends
  38. 38. ...</li></ul>= are more profitable<br />Your Business Case<br />Investment: the cost of making customers more likely to recommend<br />ROI for decision making<br />Return: the gains from the altered economic behaviour<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  39. 39. Show them the money<br />STEP 2: Make a business case for customer-centricity<br />DON’T: GET LOST IN SATISFACTION LAND<br />Customer satisfaction is a useful measure, yet does not meaningfully contribute to the financial impact of customer centricity<br />DO: ESTIMATE THE ROI<br />Look at actual economic behaviours from different customer types to build a business case with a measurable ROI.<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  40. 40. FUTURELAB<br />Step #3<br />Make the customer voice actionable<br />“All this customer information is interesting, but what does it mean to ME?”<br />
  41. 41. Make the customer voice actionable<br />Customer voice data & market research are often distant<br />While containing extremely valuable data, traditional customer survey and voice-of-customer programmes are often too complex or abstract to inspire executive action. Even those that wish to act often need to wonder what all this interesting data actually means to them.<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  42. 42. Make the customer voice actionable<br />Bring the customer’s voice into the business, literally. <br />Don’t<br />Show a graph saying that 9% of your customers are highly dissatisfied.<br />Provide abstract graphs on aspects customers like or dislike about your service.<br />Summarize verbatims into generalised statements.<br />Do<br />Play a video of 27 customers saying how your business “sucks” (and why).<br />Bring a dozen customers into the business and have an executive conversation.<br />Have your teams go through every individual verbatim.<br />How often do members of your executive team actually meet and talk to real customers?<br />NPS Tip<br />If you ask people about their likelihood to recommend, simply asking them one or two more questions on their reasons and the opportunities they see for you to improve, can give you a wealth of information. <br />FUTURELAB<br />
  43. 43. Make the customer voice actionable<br />Create a cross-functional platform for action<br />Fact<br />Customer’s don’t care about the way you are organised. Acting on their voice may break through every silo you have built and challenge every orthodoxy or KPI your business believes in.<br />Set up cross functional meetings and action mechanisms at every level of the organisation, to directly listen to the customer’s voice and establish multi-department action plans. <br />Establish an alert system that ensures you keep going until every touchpoint gets it right.<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  44. 44. Make the customer voice actionable<br />STEP 3: Bring your customer into your business<br />DON’T: RELY ON ABSTRACT OBSERVATIONS<br />Executive teams have become too distant from their customers. This is only worsened by abstract research and VOC programmes.<br />DO: REALLY LISTEN AND ACT<br />Bring the customer’s voice really into the business and listen to it across silos. Then act on what you hear.<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  45. 45. FUTURELAB<br />Step #4<br />Pick your battles carefully<br />“The goal is to make change happen, not to become a customer martyr”<br />
  46. 46. Pick your battles carefully<br />This is not a walk in the park<br />Some of the hurdles you will encounter:<br /><ul><li>Disbelief in the customer value numbers
  47. 47. Extensive debate about the validity of your data
  48. 48. Silo-based myopia
  49. 49. Structural/political opposition
  50. 50. Data being interpreted wrongly
  51. 51. Project hijacking
  52. 52. “It’ll pass” behaviour
  53. 53. Outright cynicism</li></ul>Many companies have attempted – and failed – at integrated customer programmes. <br />The ride can be rough.<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  54. 54. Pick your battles carefully<br />Start with a pilot project<br />No two customer centricity projects are ever the same. This means you are bound to make mistakes.<br />Don’t start running before you can walk.<br />Gain (private) executive sponsorship<br />Test your assumptions in a pilot<br />Refine & test again<br />Announce to the world<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  55. 55. Pick your battles carefully<br />Balance quick wins with structural improvements<br />Understanding the future buying behaviour of your customers allows you to devise sales strategies which generate short and long term wins.<br />Even if you get people to commit to a long-term customer strategy, there will be a point where some get impatient and want to see results. <br />Make sure they get them by securing a few quick wins.<br />Structural improvements<br />€ Impact<br />Quick wins<br />Time<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  56. 56. Pick your battles carefully<br />Be patient and pragmatic<br />You will not be able to make your company customer-centric overnight. In fact, the process may take years.<br />So don’t be too quick to judge the organisation against absolute standards, yet consider the progress that is being made.<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  57. 57. Make the customer voice actionable<br />STEP 4: Move with utmost deliberation<br />DON’T: BLINDLY CHARGE AHEAD<br />Your business will not benefit if you become a customer martyr. Don’t announce big programmes or changes before you’re ready.<br />DO: ACT WITH RESTRAINT<br />Build your customer case in a way it becomes impossible to ignore or discredit. Manage expectations along the way.<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  58. 58. 13/01/2011<br />28<br />FUTURELAB<br />Step #5<br />Start a movement<br />“Customer-centricity cannot be conscripted. You need to light the fire, and get out of the way”<br />
  59. 59. Start a movement<br />Customer centricity: it’s all about the people<br />DO YOUR PEOPLE WANT TO BE CUSTOMER CENTRIC?<br />Willing: Do they want to behave in a customer-centric manner<br />Skilled: Do they have the knowledge and practice to do what is right<br />Able: Can they do the right thing, or does the business get in their way<br />You will face three types of people in your business:<br />Those that hinder<br />Eliminate or ignore<br />Those that act<br />Your primary focus<br />Those that wait<br />Gently encourage<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  60. 60. Start a movement<br />How to start a customer movement<br />http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fW8amMCVAJQ&feature=related<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  61. 61. Start a movement<br />In practical terms: success will generate success<br />Identify those who already behave in the right way<br />Get their support for your bigger objective. <br />Find champions at all levels in the business<br />Help them be successful as well<br />Highlight these successes to the organisation<br />Attract more supporters<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  62. 62. Make the customer voice actionable<br />STEP 5: Start dancing<br />DON’T: FIGHT FUTILE BATTLES<br />Not even the CEO can change an organisation alone. Don’t waste your energy and resources on trying to move things that are too strong.<br />DO: BE A REAL LEADER<br />Set the example that you encourage others to follow. Help them in their efforts and use their success to build a movement.<br />FUTURELAB<br />
  63. 63. To Conclude<br />Five steps to make your business (more) customer-centric<br />#1 Understand it’s a mindshift game<br />#2 Show them the money<br />#3 Make the customer voice actionable<br />#4 Pick your battles carefully<br />#5 Build a movement<br />For more information or advice on customer-centricity visit us on www.futurelab.net<br />or get in touch via email on: info@futurelab.net or Twitter: @Futurelab<br />FUTURELAB<br />
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