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Designing the Future of Customer Experience

Designing the Future of Customer Experience

My last book, X: The Experience When Business Meets Design, explored the art and science of experience design. Looking beyond the disparate, but important disciplines of customer experience, brand experience, user experience, service experience, I sought to spark a creative coalescence between them…hence, “X.” It’s the letter, and more importantly, the experience, they share. Why leave experiences to chance? Why should experiences be disconnected and impersonal? Yet, for the most part, even in an era of digital transformation and machine…

The Nexus of Digital, IT and Science Fiction in the Future of Work

The Nexus of Digital, IT and Science Fiction in the Future of Work

I have to tell you, I am absolutely loving the Digital Outliers podcast series and I hope you are too. In this episode, I get to talk with Brenda Cooper who among many things, is the CIO for the city of Kirkland, Washington. She is also a futurist and the author of nine science fiction and fantasy books. Her most recent novels are POST (Espec Books, 2016) and Spear of Light (Pyr, 2016).  Her other works include Edge of Dark (Pyr, 2015), The Creative Fire(Pyr, 2012), and The…

Avangate: Brian Solis makes the ‘Ultimate List of 60 eCommerce Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter’

Avangate: Brian Solis makes the ‘Ultimate List of 60 eCommerce Experts You Need to Follow on Twitter’

Brian Solis proved that his work as a blogger, keynote speaker and well-known author on topics like technology, business development, marketing, digital transformation and startup culture made him worthy of being on Avangate’s Ultimate List of eCommerce experts to follow on Twitter. In addition to being an expert in online businesses, he is also a huge social media influencer.

Customer Experience is the New Marketing and Customer Experiences are the New Brand

Customer Experience is the New Marketing and Customer Experiences are the New Brand

My friends Rob Cottingham, Gerard Francis Corbett and I have had some fun lately. One way to gain perspective on our modern reality is to do so through humor. So when a several big brands in the beverage, transportation, banking and airline industries were suddenly in the global media hot seat, we had a laugh and productive conversations behind the scenes. As a result, we set out to build upon these unfortunate opportunities with a couple of pithy but poignant cartoons hoping to spark a bigger dialogue….

Marketing to Generation Z starts by unlearning traditional marketing principles

Marketing to Generation Z starts by unlearning traditional marketing principles

Guest post by Connor Blakley (@BlakleySpeaks), a serial entrepreneur, adviser, speaker, and youth marketing/branding strategist. He’s also a teenager and someone whom I mentor. Connor was named as the ¨#1 High School Entrepreneur to Watch in 2016¨” by StartUp Grind Generation Z, America’s youngest generation (Born in 1996 or later) has never lived in a time when the barrier to real-time information and communication has been nearly nonexistent. By 2020, Gen Z will account for 40% of all consumers, making it more important…

The Insider’s Guide to Digital Transformation and the Path to Innovation

The Insider’s Guide to Digital Transformation and the Path to Innovation

For those who do not know, Altimeter Group was acquired by Prophet, a brand strategy consultancy, in July 2015. The partnership doesn’t change Altimeter’s agenda. In fact, our research will only expand and scale. Recently Prophet hosted an event to discuss trends in customer experience and digital transformation. It was held in Minneapolis with some of the top local companies in attendance. Co-presenting with me was Chris Finlay, Director of Experience Design and Product Innovation UnitedHealth Group, and author of…

New Media and the Path to Business Transformation

New Media and the Path to Business Transformation

I have a standing offer to all universities (around the world) that use my books as part of the editorial program. I will happily make time to speak to the class to address discuss the material and also answer student questions. In one such case, I joined my friend Kristian Strøbech who teaches budding media professionals at The Danish School of Media and Journalism along with his students for what turned out to be a fantastic conversation. I hope you…

Creating Truly Personal Omni-Channel Customer Experiences

Creating Truly Personal Omni-Channel Customer Experiences

During a recent trip to London, I spent time with the Smart Focus team to discuss the promise and shortcomings of omni-channel strategies. It was a pretty productive collaboration resulting in a video that explores the new digital customer, an ebook focused on omni-channel experiences and a webinar on the future of marketing. Customers are more connected and more informed than ever. Digital marketers now need an entirely fresh perspective to succeed in a world where customers and prospects experience their brand in multiple ways…

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