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Chatbots are the future of customer communications
Chatbots are the future of customer communications

Two technologies that are set to have a particularly big impact on customer communication going forward are chatbots and machine learning...

By Brent Haumann 20 Sep 2018

6 top tips for effective customer engagement on mobile
6 top tips for effective customer engagement on mobile

Speaking at this year's annual PriceCheck Awards ceremony, CEO Kevin Tucker noted that the Tech and E-commerce Awards are more important than ever before...

By Lynette Hundermark 18 Sep 2018

Progressive companies should turn CX into a competitive advantage
Progressive companies should turn CX into a competitive advantage

Decision-makers need to understand that to use Customer Experience (CX) for competitive advantage, their customer-facing staff must be ready to switch hats on the fly and do so flawlessly...

By Chantel Troskie 17 Sep 2018

The new battleground of customer experience
The new battleground of customer experience

Wayne Hull highlights that for CEOs and CMOs alike, addressing customer experience will be the key imperative in 2018 - and not merely at the B2C level, but B2B and B2B2C too...

By Wayne Hull 7 Sep 2018

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African research dominated by mobile, social media

There is a demand for insight into African markets and much of the data collection is done via mobile, social media and CRM...

By Danette Breitenbach 6 Sep 2018

Customer service remains top of the list
Customer service remains top of the list

Customers choose brands that value them and understand their needs...

By Werner Theron 4 Sep 2018

5 ways CX is emotional rather than rational
5 ways CX is emotional rather than rational

Brendon Bairstow-Klopper suggests that it is more sensible to take a macro-level view by practising the peak-end rule. The peak-end rule says that customers remember their peak-experience with a brand, rather than specific interactions...

By Brendon Bairstow-Klopper 4 Sep 2018

What's in a (cross)word?
What's in a (cross)word?

Newspaper readers don't like change. Especially if that change means the loss of their beloved crossword...

By Werner Theron 22 Aug 2018

The path to sustainable growth is customer acquisition (Part 2)
The path to sustainable growth is customer acquisition (Part 2)

This is a continuation of Tyron Sharnock's article on customer loyalty and how it 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 21 Aug 2018

Are you ready to reach your future customer?
Are you ready to reach your future customer?

Is there any value in comforting your customers today with nostalgia from yesterday when their choices are naturally evolving at the rapid pace of a vastly shifting world around them?

By Gareth Grant 17 Aug 2018

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 15 Aug 2018

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 14 Aug 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#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

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

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

Forcing customers to use your app is brand vanity
Forcing customers to use your app is brand vanity

Many brands remain obsessed with creating mobile apps. This not only defies trends that point to increasing consumer app apathy but can exclude a sizeable portion of your customers in emerging economies...

By Pieter de Villiers 29 May 2018

Businesses are bleeding customers and the problem is glaringly obvious
Businesses are bleeding customers and the problem is glaringly obvious

Why do so many businesses, after they've ticked all the boxes and got it all right, start bleeding customers?...

By Adrian Zanetti 29 May 2018

Designing a great customer journey can help even the smallest digital offering
Designing a great customer journey can help even the smallest digital offering

From the moment they click onto an e-commerce site, customers develop a lasting impression of your brand...

By Brendon Williamson 18 May 2018

WhatsApp, the new lens into consumer lives
WhatsApp, the new lens into consumer lives

How do we provide front row seats for clients into consumer lives? Well, WhatsApp is a great way to start...

By Mpho Mpofu 16 May 2018

Brett St Clair
#AfricaMonth: The time to become a disruptor is now

Are African businesses ready to become disruptors? Disruption is a trendy term - but disruption has been around since the big bang, and we've seen it operating through time at different scales...

By Brett St Clair 15 May 2018

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