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Empathy - a two-way street in customer service
Empathy - a two-way street in customer service

It's no secret that personalisation is essential in developing a successful customer experience. Central to that is getting to know all you can about your customer and using that information to drive the interaction...

By Wynand Smit 18 Apr 2018

The role of mobile in building brand loyalty
The role of mobile in building brand loyalty

With falling consumer confidence and a slow economic growth outlook, brands are intensifying the fight for consumer loyalty...

By Nicholas Bednall 16 Apr 2018

#ECMA18: Cracking e-commerce conversion
#ECMA18: Cracking e-commerce conversion

The proliferation of e-commerce essentially means that retailers are now more than ever competing in a global marketplace...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 16 Mar 2018

Consumer engagement today is shaped by technology
Consumer engagement today is shaped by technology

Gil Sperling writes that marketers need a fundamental shift in outlook to remain relevant...

By Gil Sperling 15 Mar 2018

Why it's time to reevaluate your customer communication, starting with email
Why it's time to reevaluate your customer communication, starting with email

Email is by no means going the way of the fax machine just yet; most companies use it, and yet most don't use email very well...

By Wynand Smit 13 Feb 2018

Brand consistency: Taking marketing to a higher level
Brand consistency: Taking marketing to a higher level

In the highly competitive business landscape where social media and customer experience are adding complexity to a global landscape, marketing needs to evolve...

By Paula Sartini 6 Feb 2018

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Trends 2018: Omnichannel is the new normal

As smart technology enters our homes, cars, work and leisure time, marketers have the opportunity to innovate and reach potential customers via ever-expanding touch points...

By Jainita Khatri 25 Jan 2018

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Top ten global consumer trends

The market research company, Euromonitor International revealed the top 10 global consumer trends for 2018...

23 Jan 2018

Mike Oelschig, head of advisory at Cerebra.
#BizTrends2018: The (eventual) rise of the social command centre in South Africa

Terms like "command centre" or "digital centre of excellence" have been in the South African marketing landscape's lexicon for a few years now; but for the most part that is largely where the concept has remained. Until now...

By Mike Oelschig 8 Jan 2018

Leigh Andrews, editor-in-chief of marketing and media at Bizcommunity.
#BizTrends2018: Rewind from attention spam back to attention span

One of the biggest trends we're set to see this year is a plethora of marketing messages facing ever-decreasing attention from consumers. Take note of the clever planning required for yours to stand out from the snowballing amount of spam...

By Leigh Andrews 8 Jan 2018

#BizTrends2018: Top mobile trends for the 2018 consumer
#BizTrends2018: Top mobile trends for the 2018 consumer

Before we can start talking about any trends, marketers need to be aware of the fact that mobile starts with an understanding of how fiercely personal this device is, it has become more of an appendage than a device...

By Lynette Hundermark 8 Jan 2018

mSurvey launches first CX survey in Kenya
mSurvey launches first CX survey in Kenya

Telcos lead in Kenya as mSurvey reveals the first industry Net Promoter Score Benchmarking for Africa, in an industry-first benchmarking metric...

16 Nov 2017

#Trending: The rise of consumer resilience
#Trending: The rise of consumer resilience

How are people coping in this new connected world? A global study from Viacom looks at The Next Normal: Rise of Resilience among consumers, including from Nigeria and South Africa, and how brands should respond...

By Louise Marsland 7 Nov 2017

The power of consumer insights (combined with woke strategy and creative)
The power of consumer insights (combined with woke strategy and creative)

Never has it been so evident to acknowledge and value the power of consumer insights in 2017...

By Thomas Sepheka 20 Oct 2017

Simelane and Cooper.
#BODCT: Surprise! THIS is today's African consumer

Key insights from the first sessions of Business of Design - Mduduzi Simelane shares how to enhance the continent's filmmakers, while Nicola Cooper shares a snapshot of today's African consumer. It's probably not who your brand is targeting...

By Leigh Andrews 11 Oct 2017

Mitigate market disruption by maximising customer experience
Mitigate market disruption by maximising customer experience

As industries across the board find themselves having to transform to keep up with a digital economy, customer experience (CX) is playing a significant role in providing businesses with opportunities for innovation and sustainability...

By Julia Ahlfeldt 11 Sep 2017

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Why do some brands still shy away from giving consumers experiences?

Khangelani Dziba writes that brands giving consumers experiences as a way of marketing their brands, building brand love and affinity is definitely one that needs to start dominating the discourse of most marketers...

By Khangelani Dziba 8 Sep 2017

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#CEMAfrica2017: ‘Remember that I'm human' - your customer

There is an organisational shift taking place in the customer experience industry, where traditional siloed structures are breaking down to enable a culture of customer-centricity...

By Louise Marsland 21 Aug 2017

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#CEMAfrica2017: Embracing a CX ‘citizen first' strategy in government

How do you convince your colleagues in government to embrace citizen needs first and deliver excellent customer service and experience to citizens, meeting service delivery needs and solving their problems?

By Louise Marsland 18 Aug 2017

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#CEMAfrica2017: "Be an experience business or be out of business" - Adobe

CEM Africa attendees were presented with a choice of workshops to attend throughout the two-day summit. Here's why I'm glad I went with the session by James McDonald, solution consultant at Adobe, on how to be an experience-driven business...

By Leigh Andrews 17 Aug 2017

You hired them, now trust them to get the job done. JR Bale © –
#CEMAfrica2017: Your employees are always on - now TRUST THEM

Chantel Botha of BrandLove shares why you need to trust your employees to run with their own ideas of the best possible customer experience they can offer at the first day of CEM Africa 2017.

By Leigh Andrews 17 Aug 2017

Simply put? Cut the red tape and empower your staff. Scott Griessel © –
#CEMAfrica2017: CX predictions for the future, action to take TODAY

If all you do is talk about customer experience or CX in your silos, chances are your brand will be left in the dust. Here's why you need to cut the red tape and take the plunge, straight from the opening panel of CEM Africa 2017...

By Leigh Andrews 16 Aug 2017

Analytics is critical, but data is being left out
Analytics is critical, but data is being left out

Without incorporating data from all channels, organisations will rely on a level of assumption, allowing a disconnect between what customers want and what is being delivered...

By Danny Drew 27 Jul 2017

Creating great customer service to elevate business
Creating great customer service to elevate business

Good customer service forms the basis of a successful business to consumer organisation, for though the customer is not always right, he or she has the power to make or break a company's reputation...

14 Jul 2016

Disruption through the on-demand economy
Disruption through the on-demand economy

Disruptive technologies, such as Airbnb and Uber, are changing the way business is done through the on-demand economy, which is the immediate real-time provision of goods and services...

1 Jul 2016

New research: How employee emotions' impact on customer experience
New research: How employee emotions' impact on customer experience

The latest Ask Afrika Orange Index provides customer service trends based on 13 years of data, across 32 industries and 155 companies...

4 Mar 2015

Coping under fire
Coping under fire

Janine Lazarus, founder and owner of Janine Lazarus media consultancy was a journalist for 31 years, and has worked across the board from newspapers to radio...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 Mar 2015

The responsive brand: how to handle social media
The responsive brand: how to handle social media

It took six months after the first reporting of the rear windows of Opel Corsa Lites shattering for the manufacturer to issue a recall. Today, this matter would have been handled very differently...

By Danette Breitenbach 3 Nov 2014

Strat planning for client service and non-planners: Cape Town, 10 April

A one-day course for client service to fulfil their role more effectively will take place in Cape Town on 10 April. The course is also suitable for PR practitioners as well as those who do not have planning as a line function.

Issued by Stratplanning 3 Apr 2013

Paul Anderson
Analysing the CRM needs of a midsize business

NEWARK, US: CRM is key to any business's success, so how does one analyse the CRM needs of a midsize business to ensure that business will succeed and grow?

By Paul Anderson 2 Apr 2013

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