CRM Idol 2013: finalists announced!

Written by Silvana Buljan for Buljan & Partners Consulting

Yesterday 5 out of 12 semi-finalists have made it to the finals of this year´s CRM Idol contest. They are mindtouch, uservoice, cirrus insight, blue camroo, and next principles. You can watch out their products and services on their websites, and have a close look at the demo reviews placed on

What I want to share with you is their mission statements, and how they market their business model by finding the right messages for creating awareness, attraction, and curiosity for trying them out:

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How do we move from transactional to experiential?

Written by Silvana Buljan for Buljan & Partners Consulting

Many organizations invest important efforts in defining guidelines, process maps, customer journeys, compliance rules and so on for giving employees guidance in human interactions, especially with customers and suppliers. The basis for these guidelines is often a rather transactional and functional view on customer experience, without touching the emotional part of the experience.

But what exactly is the emotional part of the experience? That an employee is smiling and welcoming a customer when entering into a department store for instance? Or is it the hairdresser taking care of a baby girl while her mother is enjoying a hair treatment? It can be both, and it can be none of them – the key is the authenticity and presence that I´m embodying as person delivering the experience.

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The customer centric toilet business

Written by Monique Jansen for Buljan & Partners Consulting

In December 2011, I made the artistic picture shown below, situated in the Kalverstraat in Amsterdam.  I was there on one of my family visits, and that day I was searching for last- minute Christmas presents in one of Amsterdam’s main shopping areas.


It is not unusual to see new and trendy things in Amsterdam, but 2theLoo really surprised me. And, as in many other occasions when I see new shops, start-up companies or new tendencies; my first thought was “why did I not think of this great idea?”

A busy shopping street, no public toilets anywhere in sight, the nearest restaurants outside the shopping route, and of course, nature calls. What could be better than not having to interrupt a shopping exercise but just enter one of the many attractive retail outlets, and go to a clean and nicely decorated loo?

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