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Grid takes branding to new heights
Grid takes branding to new heights

As part of Absa's recent rebrand, I interviewed Grid Worldwide's chief experience officer Yatish Narsi to find out how they came up with the idea to conduct a drone show to showcase the vision for the brand, South Africa and the African continent as a whole...

By Jessica Tennant 2 days ago

The path to sustainable growth is customer acquisition (Part 1)
The path to sustainable growth is customer acquisition (Part 1)

Customer loyalty has long been regarded as a critical component to building a brand with traditional models focusing on loyalty metrics such as customer retention and repurchase...

By Tyron Sharnock 3 days ago

Technology: The challenge for marketers
Technology: The challenge for marketers

We will almost certainly wake up tomorrow with a new platform, feature, or app; this raises a few critical questions for advertisers and marketers: how will we keep up? Should we rush in to adopt? And how do we adapt to these new trends?...

By Andrew MacKenzie 3 Aug 2018

#CEMAfrica2018: Why customer loyalty is becoming a thing of the past and what to do about it
#CEMAfrica2018: Why customer loyalty is becoming a thing of the past and what to do about it

Ask Afrika MD Sarina de Beer explained at the final day of the seventh annual CEM Africa Summit why data is the current trending commodity of 2018 and what it'll take to really resonate with today's fickle social consumer. It was quite the eye-opener. Here's what you missed...

By Leigh Andrews 3 Aug 2018

#CEMAfrica2018: Learn from these examples of storytelling to create emotional relevance!
#CEMAfrica2018: Learn from these examples of storytelling to create emotional relevance!

Mike Joubert, founder of the Billybo group - not to be confused with Australian surf apparel brand Billabong - spoke on the first day of CEM Africa about the link between the core emotional connection created by great storytelling, which in turn builds relevance and authenticity to the emotional drivers in the customer journey...

By Leigh Andrews 2 Aug 2018

#CEMAfrica2018: Why we need to talk about emotion in the boardroom
#CEMAfrica2018: Why we need to talk about emotion in the boardroom

In the first keynote session of the Customer Experience Management (CEM) Africa Summit 2018, Diane Magers of the CXPA explained how to build and execute a CX strategy in an ROI-driven world. Here's what you missed...

By Leigh Andrews 1 Aug 2018

Diane Magers, CEO of the global Customer Experience Professionals’ Organisation (CXPA).
#CEMAfrica2018: Why CX is the only competitive advantage left

Diane Magers is a CCXP and CEO of the global Customer Experience Professionals' Organisation (CXPA), based in the US. This #WomensMonth, she lets us in on what to expect from the Customer Experience Management (CEM) Africa 2018 Summit, kicking off at the CTICC today...

By Leigh Andrews 1 Aug 2018

Maximising ROI without compromising on CX - top tips
Maximising ROI without compromising on CX - top tips

Business-wide strategies are complex - each department operates with structured KPIs that may include boosting profitability, customer feedback ratings, or a host of other criteria - the trick is to ensure that all these departments operate in concert with each other...

By Wynand Smit 31 Jul 2018

Julia Ahlfeldt, certified customer experience professional (CCXP).
#CEMAfrica2018: "Customer experience is the next competitive battlefield"

As #WomensMonth gets underway, I chat to CCXP Julia Ahlfeldt for a sneak peek on what to expect from the Customer Experience Management (CEM) Africa 2018 Summit, kicking off today...

By Leigh Andrews 31 Jul 2018

3 keys to unlock the heart of customer experience in travel
3 keys to unlock the heart of customer experience in travel

The brand-customer relationship is a complex one; in contemporary marketing, it's developed by data analytics, and to a large degree, relationship marketing tools such as loyalty programmes. The question is, how relevant are these programmes to the local consumer?

By Danny Bryer 30 Jul 2018

CEM Africa kicks off this week!
CEM Africa kicks off this week!

Africa's customer experience experts descend on Cape Town to address customer experience issues facing corporations in Africa...

27 Jul 2018

Megan Power, former award-winning investigative journalist, editor and columnist.
#StartupStory: Power Lab goes back to basics

Consumer specialist and media veteran Megan Power has launched Power Lab, a new strategic communications agency that's going back to basics...

By Juanita Pienaar 26 Jul 2018

7 small details to improve the retail customer's experience (Infographic)
7 small details to improve the retail customer's experience (Infographic)

The customer's experience is one of the major factors that can make or break your retailing business if not managed properly. With the increasing competition in the market nowadays, it is only important to keep your customers happy and satisfied with product and service to keep them loyal to your business...

By Frank Ouyang 26 Jul 2018

5 expectations of the African millennial consumer
5 expectations of the African millennial consumer

As the largest consumer group in the world today, it is impossible to ignore the impact millennials have had - and will continue to have for decades to come as they settle into their prime spending years...

19 Jul 2018

This image of team Covve is titled, "Hello drone."
#Mandela100: Tried-and-tested business networking tips and tricks

It's Mandela Month in SA and social wellness month globally. In giving back, Covve cofounder and CEO Yiannis Gavrielides shares the real reason we find business networking difficult and shares tricks to get better at it, whether you're on the awkward introvert or bubbly extrovert end of the scale...

By Leigh Andrews 19 Jul 2018

Never Ncube is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of Dandemutande.
Seizing opportunities in Zimbabwe's new era

As Zimbabwe courts investors and ramps up efforts to create a business-friendly environment, connectivity and communication will be key to forging a path towards the country's digital future...

By Never Ncube 19 Jul 2018

4 ways to get your customers to participate in your case study
4 ways to get your customers to participate in your case study

Most of the B2B marketers respond that "case study" is a goldmine for marketing. The age-old problem that every marketer faces, is getting the client stories from the customers. Here are four ways to get your customers to participate...

By Sri Varshini Kolavennu 17 Jul 2018

The crucial role of client service excellence in agencies
The crucial role of client service excellence in agencies

Developing client service excellence in order to properly service clients' campaigns is imperative for client retention, writes Mpho Nkomonde...

By Mpho Nkomonde 9 Jul 2018

How consumer trends are transforming executive DNA
How consumer trends are transforming executive DNA

Executive DNA is not immutable. Requirements shift. Profiles change. Business needs and economic conditions are obvious drivers, but societal factors, technology developments and the spirit of the times play a major role in how executives see themselves, their role and priorities...

By Annelize van Rensburg 4 Jul 2018

#IFE2018: Finding the emotional connection
#IFE2018: Finding the emotional connection

People connect differently and define an emotional connection differently, so while an emotional connection builds consumer trust and sales growth, it is a difficult connection to achieve...

By Danette Breitenbach 4 Jul 2018

How to use customer feedback to create actionable change
How to use customer feedback to create actionable change

As customer experience grows as the key differentiator between businesses offering the same services or products, brands need to be listening to their customers...

Issued by Interact RDT 3 Jul 2018

Jason Xenopoulos |
#CannesLions2018: The Art of Branded Entertainment according to VML's Xenopoulos

As part of the 2017 Cannes Lions Branded Entertainment jury, Jason Xenopoulos, VML global chief vision officer and EMEA CCO, collaborated with the jury to write a book called The Art of Branded Entertainment, which was launched just one year later at Cannes Lions 2018 on Tuesday, 19 June...

By Jessica Tennant 22 Jun 2018

Implement GDPR or organisations risk losing business
Implement GDPR or organisations risk losing business

For businesses around the world, including Africa, the implementation of the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is particularly pertinent...

21 Jun 2018

Customer experience: you're most probably doing it wrong
Customer experience: you're most probably doing it wrong

Gone are the days of customer service consisting of treating buyers with common courtesy. Customer service has been disrupted by an expectation of a total customer experience that is dictated by the customer, not company policies...

By Juanita Vorster 19 Jun 2018

Investing in your customers yields returns
Investing in your customers yields returns

The 2018 edition of Africa's customer experience summit, CEM Africa, will focus on return on investment as the African CX market matures and investment increases...

14 Jun 2018

Have you digitally transformed your customer communications yet?
Have you digitally transformed your customer communications yet?

The customer communication management space, once dominated by document output software companies, has seriously embraced digital transformation...

By Mike Wright 14 Jun 2018

Chasing the dream of the single view of the customer
Chasing the dream of the single view of the customer

In business, your company needs to get as deep into the minds and interaction habits of your customers as possible. Too often, however, the single view of the customer is viewed as unattainable, a marketing smokescreen that can obscure business strategy and confuse communication efforts...

By Wynand Smit 14 Jun 2018

This is what customer management tools should do for your business
This is what customer management tools should do for your business

Do you remember your first car? That great feeling of freedom that came with the ability to drive yourself wherever you wanted or needed to go...

By Edward Carbutt 13 Jun 2018

Creating better customer experience in Africa
Creating better customer experience in Africa

Services companies can unlock a better customer experience with a modern business solution and focussing on business efficiency...

By Matthew Kibby 11 Jun 2018

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