Why forecasting is the next frontier in retail

Retailers are always trying to get closer to customers. But it’s not just about improving service to those customers – it’s about understand more about what products they are demanding so as to make better forecasting decisions around, for example, how much of a particular item is needed in stock. […]

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Customer loyalty programs failed me three ways in one day

Just this week, I had a whirlwind experience with three customer loyalty programs that left me scratching my head (and not necessarily feeling loyal): Loyalty Experience#1: No value The other day, I went out to dinner with a friend of mine. The restaurant we went to is part of a […]

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Your customers are already omni-channel. Are you?

Companies like Travelocity, Uber and Yelp have forever changed the way consumers plan their travel and entertainment. Can you remember when you had to book your trips through a travel agency? These innovators have raised the bar for other industries, so can the banking experience be changed in the same way? […]

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Déjà vu: Why CEM is new again

Déjà vu. For me, this term immediately conjures images of Bill Murray waking up in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania on Groundhog Day – repeatedly.  In French, déjà vu means “already seen” and while I usually fall solidly into the realm of skeptic in matters like these, I have to admit feeling a […]

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3 steps to better marketing emails

As mentioned in a previous post about how we try not to annoy our customers, we really make sure we're not just going through the motions in complying with anti-SPAM laws. And it all has to do with how we regard customer relationships - they're valuable and we want them to be based on mutual […]

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We really must opt-out of annoying our customers

In the last two weeks I've put some effort into opting-out of emails. I can't read them all because simply get too many, so something has to give. In some cases, I signed up for the newsletter or opted in to something with every intention of keeping up, but it just became too much. […]

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Could marketing optimization improve your golf game?

As the best of the best golfers converge in Pinehurst, NC at the US Open Golf Tournament, it seems only natural to relate golfing to marketing optimization. I assure you this is not a stretch - please read on. You see, everything in life is an optimization problem that must be […]

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How Ziggo’s marketing puzzle pieces fit together

Have you ever worked on a jigsaw puzzle? You have hundreds of pieces to painstakingly put together and somehow at the end it all fits to make a beautiful picture. Some people love the challenge and others could think of few things more painful. Either way, a jigsaw puzzle is […]

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Why SAS customers get it right for marketing

When you are making a big, important purchase there are few things more helpful than seeing how well things are going somewhere else. It's better than merely "kicking tires" because it's really happening somewhere else and in their own way, that other organization is putting customers at the center of their strategy. To that end, […]

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Five ways to increase fan revenue with marketing analytics

Experiencing a major sporting event in person is a hard-to-describe experience for a fan. When your team is winning, a feeling of euphoria rolls through the stadium or arena. I have hugged and high-fived complete strangers when a game-winning shot goes in or someone scores a game-winning touchdown in the […]

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