The importance of Partner Alignment in Customer Centric Management

Written by Monique Jansen for Buljan & Partners Consulting

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Companies have many reasons to include external partners in their customer facing processes. External partners can ensure a more efficient and therefore less costly service. They tend to save a company time in searching the right staff for the job, they ensure process effectiveness based on their subject matter experience and they improve efficiency though making advance of economies of scale.

However, outsourcing is not a light decision to take. Leaving a customer-facing process in somebody else’s hands is scary, as it is a crucial one in ensuring an A to Z aligned customer experience.

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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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“I am my own Company”

Written by Antonio Igarza for Buljan & Partners Consulting

For the customer, the seller is the company.

The client does not distinguish between the seller or the sales manager and the organization for which they work.

Customers do not know what happens behind the doors that say “Only for company personnel”. They don´t know the areas of responsibility, the descriptions of the functions of the office, or what the salesman can or cannot do for them.

The customer “just” wants to be treated the way he / she considers best.

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All we need is LOVE?

Written by Silvana Buljan for Buljan & Partners Consulting

A recent study in German households reveals that financials in a partnership are more important to women than to men. Whereas women prefer their male partners to gain more money than themselves, men don´t really care about financials, 71% say the only factor that matters is LOVE. Amazing.

When did we start to openly talk about love publicly? And what could this mean to our business environments, where we are usually taught to avoid showing emotions or to talk about them?

If we want to engage with customers it will be difficult to achieve a relationship if we don´t talk about emotions and love. “Love your customer” is a slogan that we can find in any loyalty and CRM book, but what does this exactly mean in a professional relationship? How do define LOVE “professionally” if we even can´t give it a standard definition in our private lives?

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Customer Centricity in the public sector: innovation or obligation?

Written by Silvana Buljan for Buljan & Partners Consulting

I stopped reading the newspaper. Just writing this gives me an enormous feeling of liberation. There´s no day that passes without bad news topping nice announcements – if there actually are any! Bad news nowadays are led by disorder and corruption affairs in economy and politics. It seems that there´s no way of coming to the top without betrayal, intrigue, avarice, and hunger for power, exactly the opposite that is told and taught in schools and universities all over the world. This blogpost would be endless if I shared my reflections on the “state of the art” of our society, so I will be reducing it to some thoughts on the public sector.

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I am your customer

Written by Lisa Rottmann for Buljan & Partners Consulting

The other day, a teacher read the following in a Sales training and I think it’s worth sharing:

It’s a letter from “your customer”. This guy is kind of “special” and I’m sure that you will not like him on the first sight! If “your customer” behaves like this, will you be able to like him and take care of him? Think twice: We all behave in the same way when we are customers, don’t we?

Dear Company,

I am your customer. Satisfy my wants with personal attention and a friendly touch and I will become a walking advertisement for your products and services. Ignore my wants, show carelessness, inattention, or poor manners, and I will simply cease to exist as far as you are concerned. Continue reading

Customer Centric Perspective

Written by Ana Mateu for Buljan & Partners Consulting

I always like putting things into perspective. I guess it comes from my school days, and I find it very interesting and helpful. At times, it may seem distressing to realize that there is always more than one alternative, more than one side, more than one outlook, more than one way… However, practicing the art of perspective in everything in life can also be very rewarding.

I first came into perspective and its meaning in drawing class. It is of key importance when learning how to draw, to know how to place the objects in their framework.

When applying perspective to Customer Centricity, its own name implies that the Customer ought to be at the center of the picture. That is: at its core. The axes support the center, the angles flow and the whole picture is framed within the horizon line and the outlook of the viewer.

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The Sunflower – Customer Centric Metaphore

Written by Luis Hergueta for Buljan & Partners Consulting

There is a very meaningful and unique icon in our company and it is sunflowers. And the explanation to this is because sunflowers turn to its origin of life -the sun- as well as a company turns to its reason of existence -the customer-. And that is clear. The sun never stays exactly in the same position since days and nights start all over again every 24 hours.

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CRM in times of crisis

Written by Luis Hergueta for Buljan & Partners Consulting

Customer Centricity policies in companies are a must in regular times. But a crisis can boost your company to have a need of efficiency and this would lead to a need of focus on your most important target – your customers. In the following we explain 5 areas where customer centricity can add value;

  • Product focus -> Customer focus
  • Increasing loyalty
  • Organization and efficiency
  • Detect potential services
  • Motivation

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Engaged, Loyal or Addicted?

Written by Monique Jansen for Buljan & Partners Consulting

A personal story about my “Nespresso-itis”

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It usually helps understanding the effects of Customer Centricity just by analysing one’s own experiences as a customer. I recently asked myself the following question: Having been a Nespresso customer for more than 3 years and having spent more on coffee then on my mobile phone bills:

  • Is it because of George Clooney?
  • Is it because the coffee is just better than the alternatives?
  • Is it because of their easy to access sales channels?
  • Is it because of the brand image?
  • Is it because of their Customer Centric attitude?

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