The Magic of customer Impact Management

Written by Monique Jansen for Buljan & Partners Consulting

Today the majority of businesses continue to be structured in a traditional manner, either through an organizational chart or a mixed approach (a combination of conventional methods and project management). On the other hand, although businesses are starting to enter the digital era, they are still very much in the process of adapting. As a result of this situation, there is a huge amount of confusion between different departments and project teams over who is the customer ‘owner’. Read more

A human look at a digital future

Written by Elisabete Zubiarrain for Buljan & Partners Consulting

At the start of July, I attended the 20:20_CX Summit in London, an event dedicated to Customer Experience, participating in which were a range of very interesting speakers who looked at CX from numerous different angles. Events kicked off with a look at companies’ customer focus, moving on to how to effectively manage a company obsessed with the customer or go about laying solid foundations for a company to execute a CX strategy. All of this was done keeping in mind employees’ commitment to their company and that of their company’s toward them, with a major focus on obtaining and measuring the ROI of the initiative or investment in question, as well as the implementation and consolidation of a CX culture within a company.

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The key to success is not in processes nor technology, but rather in people

Written by Elisabete Zubiarrain for Buljan & Partners Consulting

A few weeks ago, I traveled with my family to three different cities in the United States, a leader in customer service. Although I realized that we still have a long way to go, I confirmed that the key element is people. Read more

A seamless Customer Experience between you and your partner

By Buljan & Partners Consulting

The practice of paying for a service after using it (“pay-per-use model”) is becoming increasingly popular in current society. End customers and users are setting the pace of this trend as we can see in the private property sector (for example, housing and transport), which is decreasing in demand. Therefore, companies have to irremediably restructure their activity to meet these changing needs. Read more

12 Takeaways for Digital Customer-Centric Transformation Projects

Written by Björn Neumann (@CCMTechnology) for Buljan & Partners Consulting

 

Picture: Do you appreciate your customers? Seen in a Saloon in Fort Worth, Texas during the hybris Americas Customer Days, 2015

 

SAP hybris software, its partners and customers demonstrate how to set the pillars for digital transformation

In October I had the chance to visit hybris Americas Customer Days in Fort Worth, Texas. Despite its praised technology (see for example Forrester Wave™ B2B Commerce Suites, Q2 2015, or Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Digital Commerce 2014) partners and customers of hybris software, which is now a little over two years SAP owned, gave away best practices and lessons learned for implementing its software effectively. Read more

How can Technology support Digital Customer Journey?

Written by Bianca Lorenz for Buljan & Partners Consulting

 ruedas technology

Marketing executives from the automotive and technology industry agree:

Once seen only as a necessary supplement to advertising on main traditional media such as TV, radio and print, digital platforms such as YouTube, social media, and cell phones are now the main focus of automotive marketing plans, being the way our customers refer to digest media. Read more

Out with the Old and Into the Future: Keys to Best-in-Class Self Service Experiences

Written by Boaz Amidor, guest in our CCM blog, for Buljan & Partners Consulting

In the face of complexity and change, software vendors and service providers strive to develop an efficient customer engagement strategy that is adaptive to technological changes. Increasing the adoption of self-service by customers is the new growth strategy of our times. But are most self-service experiences really worth the customer’s time? Read more

Improving (more than just) Customer Experience with CPQ Technologies

Written by Björn Neumann (@CCMTechnology) for Buljan & Partners Consulting

CPQ (Configure, Price, and Quote) technology is a key success factor to improve customer centric B2C and B2B processes. 

What are the advantages and aspects to keep in mind when implementing CPQ initiatives? Read more

The 3 Fs of Digital Experience

Written by Luis Hergueta for Buljan & Partners Consulting

Luis Frase

Now that I think over Digital Customer Experience, we read in the news that the Spanish Bank BBVA is going to change its top management in order to reach its goal for a digital transformation. The banking sector, among others, is going digital (“Claves para el nuevo entorno” [Keys to the New Environment] by FIAB [Spanish Federation of the Food and Drink Industry]). On the other hand, we see that not everything is digital, as we read in this article “Si está todo en internet, ¿por qué seguimos yendo de compras?” [If Everything is on the Internet, Why do we Keep Going Shopping?]. That is to say, not everything is digital – the physical experience is fundamental but the digital side is taking on an increasingly prominent role. The mix of the two in a customer journey is key and every company has to find the right balance for its business model which will benefit the customer. Read more

CRM 2015 Las Vegas

We´ll be attending #CRM2015 in Las Vegas!

Written by Luis Hergueta for Buljan & Partners Consulting

At the end of March, one of the biggest CRM events takes place in Las Vegas: CRM2015 by SAP Insider. An excellent occasion for Buljan & Partners Consulting to once more travel to the US in order to meet other innovative CRM and Customer Centric leaders and mingle with other influencers. Read more

Technology in Customer Centric Organizations: be innovative and competitive

Written by Björn Neumann (@CCMTechnology) for Buljan & Partners Consulting

What is customer centric technology? How is it applied and how can it support customer centric organizations?

In a nutshell customer centricity is aligning all business activities with customer activities, needs or issues. Customer centric organizations understand their customers, put them at the top of their strategy and set them at the center of their values. Customer centric companies generate (additional) revenue by putting customers at the core of every process to better reach, engage and satisfy them. Read more

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in Customer Centric Organizations

Written by Björn Neumann (follow me on @CCMTechnology) for Buljan & Partners Consulting

While changing your company from a product or service driven to a customer centric organization you might have come to the question of “How to measure, monitor and improve the new structure?” Especially as decision maker you must ask yourself, if the currently established metrics are still valid and are an adequate toolkit for the new strategy.

You might have found that your KPIs in Marketing, Sales and Service related to

  • campaign costs
  • quantity or quality of prospects currently worked on
  • customer kept or lost during a specific time frame

tell you more about your company, your products or your services than about your prospects and customers.

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The Customer Centric Organization: The Big Data Organization

Written by Björn Neumann for Buljan & Partners Consulting

We definitely have reached a turning point. In the past we needed Customer Relationship Management to focus on, to analyze and to improve customer relations. Then we needed Business Intelligence (or better Customer Intelligence) to implement it (it should have been vice versa, but where people are involved, things not always run in a logical way). Then we noticed: it does not really work as expected! (At least from the customer point of view).

Now the customer outwits us with unorganized, unstructured, misspelled, divers interpretable and out of context information (therefore, instead of Big Data, I rather like to call it Bug Data). It is left in the World Wide Web e.g. on Facebook, Youtube, Linkedin, Twitter, Wikis, Blogs, … or somewhere else. And currently every second terabytes of data are created. Customer Intelligence farewell! Additionally this data is much more up-to-date than the information we have in our databases.

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Technology yes, but with more common sense

Written by Antonio Igarza for Buljan & Partners Consulting

The implementation of a CRM software tool in the Sales Department of a company is a very important point. But this will not solve itself the current challenges our modern society has. Technology is not the solution on its own.

If we think of a standard business department, we can see how there is too much information, a large number of databases everywhere. A today´s company is not lacking data, it lacks of “knowledge”. This lack of knowledge may be, for example, the lack of innovative solutions to address lost sales, for example.

Three ideas that make us understand this reality:
a. Technology cannot identify the problems of the Sales Department. This tool, well used, helps you be an innovator, but it is not able to “extract” the real problems.
b. To define and collect the needed data to analyze the problems in any Department (example: Defining Key Performance Indicators).
c. Technology cannot analyze your problem or be the reference to obtain a solution.

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