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Real Time

Author : Regis McKenna
ISBN : 0875849342
Genre : Business & Economics
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Discusses the ways in which, due to modern technology, customers expect immediate response, and describes companies which have structured themselves to take advantage of these developments

Accelerating Customer Relationships

Author : Ronald S. Swift
ISBN : 0130889849
Genre : Business & Economics
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Preface Corporations that achieve high customer retention and high customer profitability aim for: The right product (or service), to the right customer, at the right price, at the right time, through the right channel, to satisfy the customer's need or desire. Information Technology—in the form of sophisticated databases fed by electronic commerce, point-of-sale devices, ATMs, and other customer touch points—is changing the roles of marketing and managing customers. Information and knowledge bases abound and are being leveraged to drive new profitability and manage changing relationships with customers. The creation of knowledge bases, sometimes called data warehouses or Info-Structures, provides profitable opportunities for business managers to define and analyze their customers' behavior to develop and better manage short- and long-term relationships. Relationship Technology will become the new norm for the use of information and customer knowledge bases to forge more meaningful relationships. This will be accomplished through advanced technology, processes centered on the customers and channels, as well as methodologies and software combined to affect the behaviors of organizations (internally) and their customers/channels (externally). We are quickly moving from Information Technology to Relationship Technology. The positive effect will be astounding and highly profitable for those that also foster CRM. At the turn of the century, merchants and bankers knew their customers; they lived in the same neighborhoods and understood the individual shopping and banking needs of each of their customers. They practiced the purest form of Customer Relationship Management (CRM). With mass merchandising and franchising, customer relationships became distant. As the new millennium begins, companies are beginning to leverage IT to return to the CRM principles of the neighborhood store and bank. The customer should be the primary focus for most organizations. Yet customer information in a form suitable for marketing or management purposes either is not available, or becomes available long after a market opportunity passes, therefore CRM opportunities are lost. Understanding customers today is accomplished by maintaining and acting on historical and very detailed data, obtained from numerous computing and point-of-contact devices. The data is merged, enriched, and transformed into meaningful information in a specialized database. In a world of powerful computers, personal software applications, and easy-to-use analytical end-user software tools, managers have the power to segment and directly address marketing opportunities through well managed processes and marketing strategies. This book is written for business executives and managers interested in gaining advantage by using advanced customer information and marketing process techniques. Managers charged with managing and enhancing relationships with their customers will find this book a profitable guide for many years. Many of today's managers are also charged with cutting the cost of sales to increase profitability. All managers need to identify and focus on those customers who are the most profitable, while, possibly, withdrawing from supporting customers who are unprofitable. The goal of this book is to help you: identify actions to categorize and address your customers much more effectively through the use of information and technology, define the benefits of knowing customers more intimately, and show how you can use information to increase turnover/revenues, satisfaction, and profitability. The level of detailed information that companies can build about a single customer now enables them to market through knowledge-based relationships. By defining processes and providing activities, this book will accelerate your CRM "learning curve," and provide an effective framework that will enable your organization to tap into the best practices and experiences of CRM-driven companies (in Chapter 14). In Chapter 6, you will have the opportunity to learn how to (in less than 100 days) start or advance, your customer database or data warehouse environment. This book also provides a wider managerial perspective on the implications of obtaining better information about the whole business. The customer-centric knowledge-based info-structure changes the way that companies do business, and it is likely to alter the structure of the organization, the way it is staffed, and, even, how its management and employees behave. Organizational changes affect the way the marketing department works and the way that it is perceived within the organization. Effective communications with prospects, customers, alliance partners, competitors, the media, and through individualized feedback mechanisms creates a whole new image for marketing and new opportunities for marketing successes. Chapter 14 provides examples of companies that have transformed their marketing principles into CRM practices and are engaging more and more customers in long-term satisfaction and higher per-customer profitability. In the title of this book and throughout its pages I have used the phrase "Relationship Technologies" to describe the increasingly sophisticated data warehousing and business intelligence technologies that are helping companies create lasting customer relationships, therefore improving business performance. I want to acknowledge that this phrase was created and protected by NCR Corporation and I use this trademark throughout this book with the company's permission. Special thanks and credit for developing the Relationship Technologies concept goes to Dr. Stephen Emmott of NCR's acclaimed Knowledge Lab in London. As time marches on, there is an ever-increasing velocity with which we communicate, interact, position, and involve our selves and our customers in relationships. To increase your Return on Investment (ROI), the right information and relationship technologies are critical for effective Customer Relationship Management. It is now possible to: know who your customers are and who your best customers are stimulate what they buy or know what they won't buy time when and how they buy learn customers' preferences and make them loyal customers define characteristics that make up a great/profitable customer model channels are best to address a customer's needs predict what they may or will buy in the future keep your best customers for many years This book features many companies using CRM, decision-support, marketing databases, and data-warehousing techniques to achieve a positive ROI, using customer-centric knowledge-bases. Success begins with understanding the scope and processes involved in true CRM and then initiating appropriate actions to create and move forward into the future. Walking the talk differentiates the perennial ongoing winners. Reinvestment in success generates growth and opportunity. Success is in our ability to learn from the past, adopt new ideas and actions in the present, and to challenge the future. Respectfully, Ronald S. Swift Dallas, Texas June 2000

The Chief Information Officer S Body Of Knowledge

Author : Dean Lane
ISBN : 9781118043257
Genre : Business & Economics
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"A contributed volume, this book was written by practitioners who handle both the day-to-day and longer term challenges that Information Technology (IT) departments and their parent businesses face. It is a hands-on, practical application, IT desk reference written in lay terms for business people and IT personnel alike. There are no lofty theories or references to hypotheses. This is a book that will help individuals understand how to assist companies establish standard practices so they may become more effective and efficient. It provides guidance on how a business person and IT can work together to maximize business value. It also addresses the Chief Information Officer managing and running IT as a business so that the IT department may become a full strategic partner in the organization's crucial decisions"--Provided by publisher.

The Best Business Books Ever

Author : Basic Books
ISBN : 9780465026340
Genre : Business & Economics
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Every manager could benefit from a solid grounding in the history and evolution of business thinking. The Best Business Books Ever is a uniquely organized guide and an illuminating collection of key ideas from the 130 most influential business books of all time. It places both historical and contemporary works in context and draws fascinating parallels and points of connection. Now fully revised and more than 30 percent bigger, this one book highlights the information you need to know and why it's important to know it, and does it all in a succinct, time-saving fashion. Business moves faster than ever these days. For the businessperson who has a growing list of tomes that they can never quite seem to get to, The Best Business Books Ever is a must-have.

Customer Romance

Author : J. N. HALM
ISBN : 9781491896785
Genre : Business & Economics
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CUSTOMER ROMANCE "A New Feel of Customer Service" Is about creating love - not just any love, but love that rewards. It is a book for business owners, leaders, managers or professionals who want to become darlings to all their customers. It is for the individual (or business) that intends to bring some sunshine into the lives of customers. This is a book about how a business can win the hearts (and pockets) of its customers in a long-lasting relationship. CUSTOMER ROMANCE is a staunch supporter of a relationship selling concept as against the transactional selling concept. This book advocates that no matter how much a business stands to lose in the short-run when it practices relationship building, in the long-run the relationship pays off. CUSTOMER ROMANCE debates that the most important ingredient in building a successful business is TRUST. However, trust is best established in a "romantic" relationship not in a mere transaction.

All Business Is Show Business

Author : Scott McKain
ISBN : 9781418534509
Genre : Business & Economics
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Every day your organization - and you - are in the spotlight. Your employees are performing and the audience - your customers - will love the show, hate it, or worst of all ignore it. Scott McKain has discovered what the film, television, and music industries have known for years: to be successful, you must create an emotional link with your audience. In a recent survey, Scott says, more than 70% of shoppers said they would tend to switch where they buy things if it were "more fun" to shop somewhere else. You can get customers to switch to your business by making them enjoy dealing with you. In straightforward, practical language and plenty of real-life examples, ALL Business is Show Business tells how to create experiences that will make customers want to do business with you again and again. Tell your story well. It will make you a star. Have a short, powerful, and unique high concept statement. It worked for Jaws and it will work for you. Practice the eight essential acts your customers want you to perform. Your employees are the stars of the show. Treat them that way. Create the Ultimate Customer Experience, and you will acquire amazing loyalty and unlimited referrals. "No matter what your business," says Scott McKain, "you are always on stage. Make your performance one that leaves your customers with a feeling of Wow!"

The Intention Economy

Author : Doc Searls
ISBN : 9781422158524
Genre : Business & Economics
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Describes an economy driven by consumer intent, where vendors must respond to the actual intentions of customers instead of vying for the attention of many.

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