Business Transformation in Near Future

IBM CEO Predicts The Future Of Business

Rapid shifts in technology, outburst of social media will impact substantially the way businesses are run tomorrow.

Individual  approach – More and varied input of managers, colleagues and customers on each employee’s performance may create more objective pay models.

Consumer Segments Will Cede To The Individual – Rather than meeting the needs of different consumer segments (e.g. geographic, age, income) businesses will be able to truly serve the individual based on specific needs and desires. “What you will see with rapid data and social sharing is the death of the average and the era of you,” “It’s about a dialogue” with each individual understanding her/him, not about just handling the script any longer.

“At the end of the day, it’s about mindset and culture” – Just because the technology exists and will become increasingly accurate, the shift will require new ways of thinking in business management.

The Social Network Will Drive Value –  In the near future “your value will not be what you know, but what you share.”

Data Analytics Will Revolutionize Decision-Making – Data will be the basis of competitive advantage going forward, calling it the “the next natural resource.” Decisions will be based on predictive elements versus gut instincts compared today when judgments are still based on anchoring biases – leaders and managers interpret information through the lens of their subjective perspective and set of experiences.


Service design gets up steam – how to sustain difference based on customer experience

Consumers want personal and engaging experiences that develop into relationships

It is nowadays nearly impossible for companies to sustain differentiation better customer experiencebased on price or product, leaving only one option – the customer experience. The 2011 Customer Experience Impact (CEI) Report explores the relationship between consumers and brands and reveals facts about what consumers are looking for from a brand: 86% will pay more for a better customer experience and  89%  began doing business with a competitor following a poor customer experience.

Why Consumers Commit to a Brand? They want …

friendly employees 73%; to find easily the information or help they need 55%; personalized experiences 36% and brands with a good reputation 33%.

Therefore based on the survey responses …

Hiring and empowering the right staff is the most critical element to  court consumers successfully; brands must ensure easy access to information and support; brands need to create personalized experiences which includes:

      1. knowing what customers have bought in the past
      2. service issues customers have raised,
      3. sending to customers appropriate, timely and useful updates

Keeping the Relationship Alive

For consumer organizations today, good customer experience is a competitive imperative. Understanding what customers want is the first step in creating exceptional experiences. When asked specifically how companies can better engage with consumers to spend more, respondents said: improve the overall customer experience 54%; make it easy to ask questions and access information before making a purchase 52%;  improve search functionality and overall web site usability 36%.

A simple response can make a tremendous difference

By acknowledging complaints, organizations stand to win back frustrated customers. In the instances when an organization responded to a customer’s negative comment: 46 % of consumers were pleased and 22 % posted a positive comment about the organization.

They Tell Their Facebook Friends and Twitter Followers

50% of consumers give a brand only one week to respond to a question before they stop doing business with them. After a poor customer experience, 26% of customers posted a negative comment on a social networking site like Facebook or Twitter for hundreds of their friends and followers to see. 79% of consumers who shared complaints about poor customer experience online had their complaints ignored; 21% of those, who did get responses to complaints, more than half had positive reactions to the same company about which they were previously complaining.


Pick up the phone: 58% of consumers noted that their expectations were not met because a company was unavailable; they didn’t pick up the phone or answer email.

Shake a leg: 56% said companies are slow to resolve issues.

Get a clue:  57% said companies are clueless; it sometimes feels like the consumer knows more about the company than the customer service agent.

Be friendly: 51% said companies are impersonal; sometimes they can’t even get their name right.

Know your customer’s interaction history: 34% said companies are forgetful, they don’t remember customers even if they had recently talked to a customer service agent.

Get social: 16% of consumers surveyed said companies are anti-social; they are nowhere to be found, they are not known.