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Five Myths Of Digital Transformation

Nigel Fenwick July 27, 2018

Since I first wrote about digital transformation back at the end of 2012, the term has become wildly overhyped. Since CEOs are now at least asking about digital transformation, and every technology vendor now claims expertise in digital transformation, it’s time to burst a few of the myths surrounding digital transformation. But first, let’s recap […]

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Make Your Brand "Voice" Loud And Clear

Dipanjan Chatterjee July 23, 2018

Voice is marketing’s most significant paradigm shift this decade — one that has far-reaching implications for how brands engage customers and prospects. Read Forrester’s latest report on voice to learn why voice will flourish, what that means for your brand, and how to get ready to win in the world of voice. Get Ready For The […]

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Make Your Brand "Voice" Loud And Clear

Dipanjan Chatterjee July 23, 2018

Voice is marketing’s most significant paradigm shift this decade — one that has far-reaching implications for how brands engage customers and prospects. Read Forrester’s latest report on voice to learn why voice will flourish, what that means for your brand, and how to get ready to win in the world of voice. Get Ready For The […]

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Seeking Magic Moments — Why It’s Time To Tune Up Your Digital Experience Stack

Allen Bonde July 20, 2018

The legendary R&B singer and songwriter Ben E. King got it so right in the Drifters’ 1960 recording of “This Magic Moment.” The song is timeless because it tells a classic tale of a first kiss. It also captures a moment in time in words and song that reminds us of the power of storytelling, […]

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Salesforce Acquires B2B eCommerce Platform CloudCraze

John Bruno March 12, 2018

Salesforce decided to round out its suite of CRM applications by acquiring an eCommerce platform. Sound familiar? Well, it should. In fact, it was less than two years ago that Salesforce acquired Burlington, Massachusetts-based Demandware. For those of you following at home, you might find yourself asking the very appropriate question of “why would Salesforce […]

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The Fintech Industry Has Grown Up

Oliwia Berdak March 12, 2018

Having trekked between the ExCel convention center and central London for most of last week – Finovate Europe moved to this larger and more remote location from the historical Old Billingsgate Hall this year – I can’t help but think that the changed location and format of the event reflect the wider changes happening in […]

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Your Business Doesn’t Need A Digital Strategy!

Nigel Fenwick March 1, 2018

Digitize Your Business Strategy Before It’s Too Late In 2018, every CEO wants to have a “digital strategy” – which means at least we’ve made some progress over the past five years! To solve what they perceive to be the immediate challenge, CEOs adopt a range of tactics. Some, like Patrice Louvet at Ralph Lauren, […]

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Are Websites Dead?

Julie Ask February 18, 2018

No. But they will increasingly fall short of consumers’ expectations for curated content, especially among brands that they know. And channels seldom if ever disappear; we still get mail from MetLife each month advertising insurance. We’ve been talking about the diminished role of the browser-based experience for years now. We talk about this in our […]

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To Be A Platform, Or Not To Be A Platform?

Nigel Fenwick February 9, 2018

That is the question! If you’re the CEO of your business, or maybe the chief digital officer (CDO) responsible for digital business strategy, it’s the central question you need to be asking of your leadership team. A platform business can take many forms, depending on how we define it. A platform business is certainly a […]

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Mind The Gap: The Forrester Digital Business Benchmark 2018

Nigel Fenwick February 8, 2018

Mind The Gap The digital gap between digitally advanced companies and their less digitally mature counterparts is widening. And the risk for companies just starting their digital journey is that they may have left it too late to catch up (see last week’s post, Your CEO Doesn’t Understand Digital). This is one of many insights […]

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#NRF2018's Focus On Customer-Associate Engagement

Ananda Chakravarty January 22, 2018

At the packed NRF Big Show #NRF2018 in New York last week, many retailers looked at vendors touting new tech, including AI, AR/VR, and more, all in the name of improving customer experiences. But most of those same retailers know that, before leaping into that arena, they first need to bring existing systems up to […]

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The Four New Rules of Business

Nigel Fenwick November 30, 2017

Every business is different. But for all their differences, leading digital companies have some things in common that separate them from the rest. Over the five plus years I’ve been researching digital business, my colleagues and I have developed a number of frameworks to highlight these distinctions. In 2017, Ted Schadler and I worked to […]

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Predictions 2018: Customer-Obsessed, Data-Driven Retailers Will Thrive In 2018

Sucharita Kodali November 14, 2017

In a world of hyper-adoption – and hyper-abandonment – successful retailing in 2018 comes down to obsessing about your customer’s experience. It’s a tall order: Digital and physical touchpoints now must work together flawlessly – yet also do what each touchpoint does best on its own. And organizations must remove silo shackles to unify disparate […]

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Luxury Brands Must Act Or Be Digitally Disenfranchised From Savvy Luxury Consumers

Michelle Beeson September 29, 2017

Luxury consumers around the world are embracing new technology and adding these digital touchpoints – including, of course, their smartphones – into their shopping behaviors. But overall, luxury brands have been far too slow to respond to their customers’ rising digital expectations. Luxury brands, tier one through to aspirational, are now scrambling to bolster their […]

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How Should Insurers Unleash Their Digital Businesses? By Mastering The Digital Basics

Ellen Carney August 15, 2017

Canadian and US insurers have a lot on their plates this year.  They’re not just grappling with extreme weather, substantial underwriting losses from all those motor vehicle claims, but also rising customer expectations and an onslaught of fintech disruptors.  These disruptors are spurring lots of activity in insurance digital labs, insurance venture capital arms, and […]

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The Top Emerging Technologies For Digital Predators

Nigel Fenwick March 16, 2017

If you’ve been following my research, you know I like to divide the business world into three categories of company: Digital Predators successfully use emerging digital technologies to gain market share and/or displace traditional incumbent companies (e.g., Amazon, Lyft, Priceline, Airbnb, Netflix). Digital Transformers evolve a traditional business to take advantage of emerging technologies, creating […]

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Did Move 37 Signal The Impending Death Of The Financial Services Industry As We Know It?

Nigel Fenwick February 24, 2017

A couple of years ago I wrote a post predicting a new business paradigm for financial services. You may have read this post and been skeptical. Maybe you thought it wasn't realistic. If so, you may be wishing you were paying more attention very soon. Read on. This week I spoke on "The Experience Economy" […]

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Amazon Go Ushers In A New Era In Retail Technology

Nigel Fenwick December 6, 2016

Amazon's new Amazon Go store ushers in a new era in brick and mortar grocery and convenience shopping. In the early 80's, electronic point of sale (POS) dramatically changed the checkout experience in grocery stores, speeding up checkout lines. Today, a checkout without POS is unthinkable unless it's a farm stand on the side of […]

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Customer Service Channel Usage Highlights The Importance Of Good Self-Service

Kate Leggett January 22, 2015

Customers are using more communication channels for customer service than ever before. They are also contacting customer service organizations more frequently. Companies are rising to this challenge as overall satisfaction with the quality of service over all communication channels is trending upwards. Moreover, customers have little appetite for long or difficult service interactions, including navigating […]

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Communication Channel Preferences For Customer Service Are Rapidly Changing. Do You Know What Your Customers Need?

Kate Leggett March 15, 2013

Consumers’ preferences for customer service channels are rapidly changing. And it’s not just the younger generation of consumers — there’s disruption and change across all ages and  demographics. Our 2013 data about communication channels that customers use for customer service is available in my latest report. Here are some key data points: Customers want companies to […]

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