Find your “teacher customer.”

Berkonomics

Your customers know what they want more than you do. This week’s insight came from personal experience and from a good friend who advanced the notion of the “teacher-customer” years ago. The customer would be the first to receive the new functionality in a new release.

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Centerfield Launches New Product For Customer Acquisition

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Los Angeles-based Centerfield , a company which provides marketing and customer acquisition to the residential services, business services, and telecommunications markets, says it has launched a new product, called Insights by Scout. According to the company, the new product provides customer intelligence, and is part of its Dugout platform to automate customer acquisition for its customers. centerfield customer acquisition marketing services analytics

6 Steps To Providing Exceptional Customer Experiences

Startup Professionals Musings

For decades, efforts to satisfy customers have been built around demographics – capitalizing on race, ethnicity, gender, income, and other attributes. Customer personalities define customer experience, and sets what they love, and what they hate.

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Greatly exceed early customer expectations.

Berkonomics

First customers are critical. Your first customers for any product or service form your reference base, the important group of allies that your marketing and sales people rely upon when attempting to create buzz and make a mass market for a new product.

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How Modern Companies Have Redefined Customer Support

Startup Professionals Musings

Too many business owners still think of “ customer support ” as an after-sale process to rectify customer problems with completed transactions. One bad customer experience will kill not only one customer, but many future ones, who hear the message via social media and friends.

Dave Names Customer Experience VP

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Los Angeles-based fintech startup Dave , which offers up an online banking service which helps users build their credit, announced on Thursday that it has named Mia Alexander as its new VP of Customer Experience. Alexander was most recently VP of Customer Experience at Green Dot, where she had been for over 16 years. According to Dave, Alexander will oversee the entire customer lifecycle of its 3.8 million customers.

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8 Keys To Delivering Exceptional Customer Experiences

Startup Professionals Musings

Most businesses spend big money testing their brand logo, catchy marketing phrases, and demographics, but spend little time training and validating that their employees can and do deliver exceptional experiences to their customers. Keep your team happy to create engaged customers.

Customer-Centric Strategies Win Over Product-Centric

Startup Professionals Musings

Is your marketing focus product-centric or customer-centric ? With a wealth of products now available, customers look for the most memorable experience , not just the best product. Amazon is very customer-centric, but it can make all the difference in retail as well as online.

Who cares about customer loyalty?

Berkonomics

Repeat customers, raving fans, angry backlashers, commodity shoppers. Here’s another way to look at the ladder to an ideal customer loyalty relationship. Customers hate this, especially when they have a complaint.

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Doctours offers packaged medical tourism for U.S. customers

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The company also offers specialized medical tourism insurance to all of its customers, according to O’Shaughnessy. Doctours , a Los Angeles-based online platform for booking trips and treatments for medical and dental care around the world, is expanding its services to 35 countries.

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4 Strategies To Ramp Up The Total Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

Much has been written recently about the requirement to focus today on the total customer experience, as a competitive edge or even for survival. You want that customer to be delighted by the overall experience, rather than remember the many steps and the pain.

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CloudBlue Signs New Customer

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Irvine-based CloudBlue , which develops a platform to let telecommunications companies, technology distributors, managed service providers, and others to sell cloud and digital services, reported a win today with HGC Global Communications Limited (HGC). According to CloudBlue, HGC will use its platform to power the "HGC Marketplace". Financial details of the win were not announced. CloudBlue is owned by Ingram Micro.

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Do you take those loyal, key customers for granted?

Berkonomics

And that behavior results in leaving little time for outreach to the most critical component in your chain – your key customers. Then, what is a benchmark for customer outreach? But, do your customer know that they want? Do customers know what they like when they see it?

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10 Key Principles To Drive Customer Decisions Today

Startup Professionals Musings

Today’s customers are overloaded and overwhelmed by too much information, so making a decision is a challenge. No matter how certain you are that your solution perfectly matches customer needs, you will be wrong. Emotions drive customer decision-making.

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TigerText Signs Chicago Customer

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Santa Monica-based secure messaging app developer TigerText , which provides secured text messaging for the enterprise and healthcare markets, has signed up a customer in Chicago. tigertext chicago secure messaging texting healthcare enterprise customerTigerText said that Chicago Cardiology Institute (CCI), which treats cardiovascular disease in Illinois, has deployed the company's secure messaging products as part of a HIPAA compliance effort.

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Can you create a great customer case study?

Berkonomics

And the best way to do this is with the placement of a case study, a story told about and by a satisfied customer with something to say about how your product solved their problem or pain. Attention spans are growing shorter by the second.

7 Rules for Providing Exceptional Customer Service

Startup Professionals Musings

Customer service has traditionally been a support function to respond to customer initiated requests, meaning someone waits for the phone to ring or for a website support request form. Staff all customer interactions with experienced people.

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Customer Service Can Kill Your Customer’s Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

With the advent of the Internet, social media, and instant communication via texting, customer expectations for service, as part of their entire customer experience, have changed. Company finds customers based on interests. Technology must improve the customer experience.

TCVN Program: Customer Development

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Thursday, January 24, 2019 -- TCVN Program: Customer Development. Who is your customer? Join other entrepreneurs for a detailed workshop that will give you a different perspective on how to find and keep customers. TCVN now features four educational tracks in four specific areas.

Esri Signs Customer In Qatar

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Redlands-based geographical information systems (GIS) developer Esri has signed up a new customer in Qatar, the company reported this week, with the The Centre for Geographic Information Systems (CGIS) - Ministry of Municipality & Environment, Qatar. Financial impact of the customer win was not announced.

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TaskUs Names Chief Customer Officer

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Los Angeles-based TaskUs , which provides outsourced customer support and other back-end support for technology companies, said today that it has named Jarrod Johnson as Chief Customer Officer. johnson jarrod technology executive officer customer chief taskusJohnson was previously SVP of Sales at TaskUs, and will be based in the company's Dallas offices. Johnson also had served at ACS and IBM.

Custom 109

Can you pierce layers in supplier–customer partnerships?

Berkonomics

I recently experienced an amazing effort of outreach by a vice president of a large national customer asking for a meeting with the product development team of a critical supplier, one of “my” companies.

Custom 248

SteelHouse Names Chief Customer Officer

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Los Angeles-based SteelHouse , which develops online retargeting and advertising software, has named Rory Mitchell as Chief Customer Officer (CCO) at the company. steelhouse chief customer offier executive retargeting advertising softwareMitchell was previously VP of Client Success at SteelHouse, where he has been for less than a year. According to SteelHouse, Mitchell has over 17 years of experience in the area, and was previously at Experian Marketing Services.

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American LegalNet Wins Customer

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Los Angeles-based legal software developer American LegalNet is reporting a new customer win this morning, with law firm Blank Rome LLP. american legalnet legal customer software docket calendarAmerican LegalNet said Blank Rome LLP has purchased its eDockets court-rules-based calendaring and docketing systems software, as well as Docket Direct local/federal court feeds and Smart Dockets court date calculator app. Financial impact of the win was not announced.

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Don’t Wait To Catch Up Until Your Customers Hate You

Startup Professionals Musings

After working in business at all levels, and consulting to entrepreneurs for years, I’m still surprised to see so many situations where things that should be easy are painful to customers, and lead to customers hating your business.

7 Groups Of Difficult Customers Test Every Business

Startup Professionals Musings

Have you ever noticed that some of your business owner friends get all the bad customers, and yours all seem fairly reasonable? I’m always amazed that, in my role as a business advisor, bad customers somehow seem to gang up on certain businesses.

How Today’s Full Customer Buying Journey Is Critical

Startup Professionals Musings

In today’s totally interconnected world with its abundance of information, choices, and marketing, how your customers buy has drastically changed. Think about how much Starbucks customers have changed what you need to consider to sell a cup of coffee.

7 Lessons From Airbnb and Uber On Customer Values

Startup Professionals Musings

Many notable recent successes, including Airbnb and Uber, have done it by finding disruptive customers, with essentially no new technology. They seek customers willing to decouple from accepted buying models, or are actively looking for a better total experience.

7 Tips For Success With Today’s Demanding Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

In addition to obvious economic challenges, the emerging generation of customers is determined to radically change the rules for customer engagement. I summarize here my interpretation of his key points: Take heed of serious next generation customer expectations.

6 Ways To Create Experiences That Customers Crave

Startup Professionals Musings

For decades, efforts to satisfy customers have been built around demographics – capitalizing on race, ethnicity, gender, income, and other attributes. Customer personalities define customer experience, and sets what they love, and what they hate.

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Are you an old school customer marketer?

Berkonomics

Both of these time–honored methods of reaching our customers have worked for as long as there was print and radio–TV to get the message out. Spend lots and not be sure of the return on investment; or spend much less and offer some of the savings to the customer.

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Citadel Defense Wins U.S Government Customer

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government customer, which is using its technology to prevent drone attacks in "highly sensitive areas". According to Citadel Defense, the classified government customer has deployed its Titan C-UAS solution to prevent threats in an urban environment, after evaluating over twenty different counter drone technologies. San Diego-based Citadel Defense , a developer of counter-drone technology, says that it has signed up an un-named, classified U.S.

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7 Steps To Meeting The New Bar Of Delighted Customers

Startup Professionals Musings

Having satisfied customers is no longer enough to keep you ahead of competitors. The bar has been raised to having “delighted” customers. Customer delight is defined as surprising the customer by exceeding his or her expectations, thus creating a positive emotional reaction.

9 Transaction Models Shape Your Customer Experience

Startup Professionals Musings

In my role as a business advisor, I often see well-meaning entrepreneurs try to be everything to everyone, which results in many things done poorly, and few totally delighted customers. Aggregators delight customers by offering a vast array of products or services under the same experience.

How To Change Your Customer Message From Push To Pull

Startup Professionals Musings

Traditional marketing says you have to “push” your message out to customers, over and over again, to get you remembered. A more effective approach in today’s Internet and interactive culture is to use “pull” technology to bring customers and clients to your story.