When consumers feel powerless about a situation, their attitude improves

I came across Dr Kristin Laurin’s work on rationalisation when she participated in episode 125 of the You Are Not So Smart podcast.   She found that people’s core beliefs change when they feel powerless about the situation that they find themselves in. This occurs via a process of rationalisation – i.e., we try to … Continue reading When consumers feel powerless about a situation, their attitude improves

What Amazon knows about customer satisfaction

The letter from Amazon’s CEO to its shareholders has been doing the rounds on social media, with various comments about what it says (e.g., those six-page narrative documents in lieu of power point presentations), as well as about what it doesn’t say (namely, about the rise in Prime subscription fees).   The bit that caught … Continue reading What Amazon knows about customer satisfaction

How service failures impact on what matters for customers

I came across an interesting paper that explored how the drivers of customer satisfaction changed in the event of a service failure vs. normal service, and how different types of failure influenced what factors were most important in driving customer satisfaction.   The paper is entitled “The Impact of Service Operations Failures on Customer Satisfaction: … Continue reading How service failures impact on what matters for customers

Starbucks is dealing with its social media crisis one tweet at a time

In the aftermath of the incident where two black men were accused of trespassing and arrested, Starbucks announced that it would close 8,000 of its US-based stores for race-sensitivity training.   Unsurprisingly, some members of the public took to Twitter to comment on this decision. For instance:   Less predictably, perhaps, Starbucks engaged with the … Continue reading Starbucks is dealing with its social media crisis one tweet at a time

The interplay between face to face contact, e-mail and timing in driving up sales of loyalty schemes

The question of how best to contact high value customers, how often and when, is very important for customer relationship managers, particularly when it comes to the sale of loyalty-inducing schemes such as season tickets or membership schemes. Season tickets or annual memberships are an important source of revenue for many service-based organisations such as … Continue reading The interplay between face to face contact, e-mail and timing in driving up sales of loyalty schemes

What is GDPR, and what it means for marketers

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It is a EU law, enforceable from May 25th2018, which aims to protect the privacy and personal data of EU residents. If you collect, process or use customers’ personal data (and the definition of personal data is quite broad – see below), then GDPR is likely to be … Continue reading What is GDPR, and what it means for marketers