Aki Kalliatakis is the Managing Partner of The Leadership LaunchPad, a business focused on customer loyalty and radical marketing. Contact him on +27 (0)83 379 3466, +27 (0)11 640-3958 or . Follow @akikalliatakis on Twitter.
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How to save your business from difficult customers

No business has the right to brazenly and publicly offend customers just because of their religion, nationality, or skin colour. There are always consequences to your business with this extreme behaviour...

By Aki Kalliatakis 2 Oct 2015 10:50


Hot tips for local shop owners

Most people are too busy making a living to make really big money. That's why dedicated salary earners stay wage slaves and why small-time entrepreneurs stay small-timers...

By Aki Kalliatakis 25 Aug 2015 08:50


Why are they so against what customers want?

How can an administration that started out with the world's greatest slogan - Power to the People - get things so wrong?...

By Aki Kalliatakis 24 Aug 2015 11:49


Twelve quick ways to build customer loyalty

Customer retention is clearly one of the most important priorities on the minds of most executives today. The payoff from keeping customers loyal is just too large to be ignored...

By Aki Kalliatakis 15 Jul 2015 15:00


Is customer self-service worthwhile?

Is self-service the panacea for customer service? There is no doubt that there is a place for it in today's world of business, especially with items that are difficult, inconvenient, or time-consuming...

By Aki Kalliatakis 16 Jun 2015 06:27


The customer service obstacle course

I don't know if it's the same for you, but have you ever noticed how some companies seem to go out of their way to place obstacles between their customers and great service?...

By Aki Kalliatakis 28 May 2015 13:12


The big new risk for business... being KFC'd on social media

Getting a 'roasting' from the eye-witness consumer is a growing risk for business now that social media can broadcast even the appearance of questionable behaviour. To be more specific, a brand can be 'KFC'd'...

By Aki Kalliatakis 15 May 2015 07:30


CRM can be really magical - when it works

Best you do everything in your power to ensure you use your CRM system properly to ensure your customers have a positive experience and leave happy...

By Aki Kalliatakis 8 Apr 2015 13:41


From Christmas to crisis for consumers

President Zuma may refer to challenges but as petrol, electricity and food costs go up and wages failed to match inflation, consumers and small businesses had better go into crisis mode....

By Aki Kalliatakis 16 Mar 2015 10:39


Do once customer-driven companies need to lose their customer focus?

Looking at all companies, at some stage in their history they were fantastic with customers - and then lost their way. We need to question whether the pressure to produce profit is so forceful...

By Aki Kalliatakis 11 Mar 2015 15:11


Would you tuck your customers into bed one night?

With Valentine's Day coming up and thoughts of love in the air, it strikes me that it's a good time for us to prove how much we love our customers...

By Aki Kalliatakis 12 Feb 2015 16:08


How to create a scene in a shop ... essential advice for SA consumers

Making a scene in a public place like a shop rarely comes naturally. Unfortunately, being meek and mild looks less and less like a viable option for customers who are aggrieved by shoddy products and services...

By Aki Kalliatakis 5 Dec 2014 15:29


Be afraid... Or maybe not

Despite my cynicism about Halloween being just another opportunity for companies to make more money, when we look at these special days from a marketing perspective, there are a few nice lessons that all businesses can learn.

By Aki Kalliatakis 28 Oct 2014 13:38


When a store stick-up doesn't mean a price rise

Daylight robbery at shopping centres has become a big worry ... and I'm not talking about the mark-up of products and services due to the new season and high inflation.

By Aki Kalliatakis 15 Sep 2014 14:09


Spring-clean your business

Spring is a great time to re-energise your business and a good time to reorganise and spruce up what your customers' experience. Here are six top tips to revitalise the experiences that they have...

By Aki Kalliatakis 2 Sep 2014 11:39


The big gorilla sits wherever he wants to... or maybe not

The first time I ever heard the expression about where the big gorilla sits, I became irrationally angry...

By Aki Kalliatakis 14 Jul 2014 10:17


Celebrate youth...they're the ones driving consumer-friendly change

Youth will have its day ... officially it's June 16. But the kids deserve more than 24 hours of fame...

By Aki Kalliatakis 11 Jun 2014 14:00


Creating viral hits

Adverts, especially funny adverts, are amongst videos on YouTube that are very popular and many marketers fantasise about how wonderful it would be if their advert became viral and trendy - and their company famous. In today's connected world, however, virality, popularity and fame may not be that desirable.

By Aki Kalliatakis 23 May 2014 13:06


To tip or not?

Where does tipping staff end - I just stopped off at a garage next to the highway to fill up my Smart and grab some breakfast. Petrol cost me R360, plus a R10 tip, breakfast was R63 plus a R17 tip. I also gave the roaming car park attendant another R5 for "looking after my car."

By Aki Kalliatakis 9 May 2014 14:36


Revive customer service over Easter

Easter is ideal for hatching a customer service revival across our retail and service sectors, as consumers unwrap little treats. Families have time to browse over holiday weekends; they are unhurried and receptive, creating an opportunity for shops and service providers to win customers.

By Aki Kalliatakis 10 Apr 2014 13:51

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