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Don’t let the HiPPO drive the bus

This article first appeared on the carwow blog on Medium. Gut feel and opinion go a long way, but it can also take you down the wrong path if you don’t listen to your audience. At carwow, we’re strongly opinionated

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Making an ass of your assumptions

When faced with a problem it’s very easy to go with the obvious answer. If we expected X to happen but instead we got Y, then we can only assume Z must be the reason.

If presented with a hard fact, we tend to fill in the blanks to make sense of why something didn’t happen the way we expected. Sometime we’re right. There is a reason why it’s the obvious answer. But like stereotypes, which can be based on repeated traits, assumptions can also be wide of the mark.

We need to think differently. We need to dig beneath the surface.

To do so, it’s important to understand the data, but we also need to put ourselves in our customers shoes and look at it from their perspective. Data can give you the what, but not the why.

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3 principles of realtime interaction in an Always On culture

It’s remarkable how quickly the Always On culture has established. It’s insinuated itself within our lives to the point people often remark they cannot remember what they did or how they coped before it. Social and Mobile are, of course, at the heart of its meteoric rise. The adoption of both as ‘must-haves’ in our lives has changed the way we, as individuals, behave.

As a consequence it has also changed our expectations. Urgency and immediacy are the expected norm. Like much in modern life we want things now. The big difference is that the new channels have given the consumer a voice. The relationship between brands and people has changed. The message – controlled by the brand – has now become a conversation, with the individual exerting more influence than perhaps is comfortable for brands. Brands need the individual. They must work together in collaboration. And that’s not the future, that’s now.

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Posted in Business Performance, Customer Experience, Mobile, Product Development, Social Media

Salesperson of the Month: your Customer

Which do you trust more – a brand and its advertising or the opinion of your friends?

Unless you hang round particularly unsavoury types then I’m guessing you answered your friends.

When you buy a product on Amazon do you check the reviews before you buy?

If you’re like me, you do. Why? Social proof. When in doubt, you’re not going to blindly believe in the spiel from the company trying to part you from your cash, you want to see what other people – like you – have to say about their purchase.

So you trust your immediate peers the most but you’d trust a stranger ‘like you’ before you trust a company. That says a lot.

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Cut your advertising budget by 10% and invest in customer service

What do you think would happen if you took 10% of your advertising budget and invested it in customer service?

Your immediate reaction might be to think that whilst it’s a nice idea, it’s too risky to cut an advertising budget that doesn’t quite go far enough already. No Marketer in their right mind would willingly give up some of their budget anyway, right?

I’ll be honest, I’d be a little nervous making that suggestion to my Finance Director too. But let’s just play out the thought process here

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