Rogers, a Canadian communications company providing services like Cellular phone coverage, internet, Cable TV and Land line phones experienced an outage recently on two of its services, Cellular and Internet. Communication was poorly handled and the company was perceived to be ‘missing in action’.

Customer Centricity: An IBM Video

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Customer Centricity is a new term to capture the thought that customers are central to everything an organization does, including product development, sales, service, marketing and even through its suppliers and channels. IBM has an excellent video called “How it Works: Smarter Commerce” that covers the concept well. Watch the video and review the key points in this blog post.

Of the key trends in 2011 will be mobile and mobile applications. Mobile is a fast growing marketing and customer satisfaction force. When an early adopter in an industry starts to use Texting, mobile applications and mobile QR, 2D or Stickybits code, it raises the bar for competitors. The table stakes get raised and customers EXPECT all businesses in the same industry to offer the same or better or a much lower price!

Mobile applications are starting to grow exponentially and allowing users to view complaints or compliments of businesses or products in new ways. Sitckybits allows users to scan a barcode or QR code and attach digital content (like complimentary reviews or complaints) to the code that can be viewed by others who scan the same code. Learn more about Stickybits.

Gatwick Airport is undergoing a major reconstruction project. Rather than unsightly wooden barriers, Gatwick has used the space to engage with users of the airport. On various construction locations, they have a supersized Barcode along with messages for users to scan the bar code on their cell phones and see how the station is being built. An application available for smart phones (iPhone and Android phones) will turn that picture into a link where users of the smart phone can access the Gatwick Discovery Tour. While this is an interesting adoption of new technology Gatwick inadvertently left out many travelers. Read why.

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