How Much of a Relationship Do Your Customers Actually Want? (via I’m Not Actually a Geek)

Hutch makes some really good points here about how to gauge the nature of the relationship your customers want with you. He brings in Clayton Christiansen’s advice regarding the necessity to understand the correct mix of social, functional, and emotional dimensions of every customers requirements (whether wanted or needed).

I found a statement by Hutch about SAP rather interesting, because he uses them as an example of the complexity requiring a deep, attached relationship (the green bar of the graph associated with this cross-post), and goes on to say “Customers want a relationship with SAP. Frankly, they need it.” I found the last sentence rather interesting because it does sound a bit like a marriage of convenience gone bad; morphing into more of a marriage of necessity; impossible to extricate from regardless of how uncomfortable, expensive, and counter-productive it might be.

I understand my opinion here may be somewhat colored by my experience at my last company, where an acquisition by an organization that was tied to SAP resulted in a forced switch that was very uncomfortable (maybe even painful) for quite a lot of people and which didn’t necessarily solve any problems other than those perceived by corporate IT and procurement folks.

If you’re interested in CRM or SCRM, and what some thoughts are with respect to whether or not customers actually want a relationship with you or your organization, this is a good read.

How Much of a Relationship Do Your Customers Actually Want? On the Harvard Business Review, Matt Dixon and Lara Ponomareff wrote a piece that caught my eye, Why Your Customers Don't Want to Talk to You. Consumers increasingly prefer self-service, and the authors speculate: Maybe customers are shifting toward self service because they don't want a relationship with companies. While this secular trend could be explained away as just a change in consumers' channel preferences, skeptics might argue that custo … Read More

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About Rick Ladd

Since my retirement from Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne in 2010, I have spent quite a bit of energy on developing work as a social media marketer for small business, a business manager for an AI software development firm, and as an editor/proofreader for a number of business books and a couple of novels, as well as a two-year return engagement at Rocketdyne from 2015 to 2017. I have decided to stop actively pursuing business in these fields and am now positioning myself to be a writer. I have done quite a bit of writing over the years, but I’ve never really attempted to make any money at it; at least not specifically. I’m starting out with a couple of memoirs and, currently, I’m studying the craft, creating a detailed outline and timeline, and honing my skills as a storyteller. Pretty sure I’ll be writing some fiction as well. View all posts by Rick Ladd

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