Tuesday, 26 January 2010

The future of CRM

Understandably businesses are increasingly obsessed with customer loyalty - both emotional and financial. Customers are harder to win over, as the mantra goes - they are in control.

So how long will it be before businesses offer customers stock to stay loyal. It is the perfect arrangement. If you like us you can be part of us, every time you buy something you get a little bit of us in return. And of course customers will be less tempted to go somewhere else because they will feel the company is 'theirs' - even if they only own 10 shares. It does not have to be tricky. Take Tesco, they could buy back stock and hand it over to customers for club card points at the year end. 'I go there so often i should have shares in the place' will be a reality.

The means of production will fall into the hands of the workers to paraphrase the German bloke - it would just be ironic that shares the symbol of capitalism will be the mechanic that makes it real.

Friday, 15 January 2010

Suicide and customer satisfaction

Sweden is the 7th happiest country in the world based on a Leicester University study, Denmark just a few miles away is no 1. But they both rank extremely highly in the international suicide rate table. For that matter where do you think Switzerland -not unassociated with suicide ranks? ... that's it, 2nd in happiness.

This research is based on a questionnaire along the lines of how happy are you (there are other more sophisticated ways of measuring happiness). But it illustrates a really important statistical point.

If you take all the unhappy people out of your happy survey or they exclude themselves by virtue of suicide then your national happiness score will increase. So any happiness survey needs to find a way of accounting for this, perhaps including their responses until they would have reach the average life expectancy, but that doesn't sound right either. Exactly the same logic illustrates why the FTSE 100 does not reflect the fortunes of the economy, it is because the companies that perform worse fall out of the index. It is called survivor bias, which takes on a whole new meaning when you relate it to happiness and suicide.

And the point. By the same logic we should not exclude customers who have moved to a competitor from our customer satisfaction scores; if we want to use customer satisfaction as an indicator of how we well we are servicing customers. The smarter way to measure this is to use a composite score underpinned by churn, customer sat, net promoter scores. Otherwise it is conceivable you would see customer sat increase side by side with customer churn.

I now have to explain to the family why i have bookmarked a couple of pages on suicide statistics.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

When choice drives women crazy - Times Online

When choice drives women crazy - Times Online

Another article highlighting the confusion created by too much consumer of choice - in this instance in technology, if you get a chance do read the 'paradox of choice'. Still think it is the best, most rigorous book on the subject.

And whilst i am on there was a feature in the daily's ridiculing labours 'minister of spin'. apparently he had circulated emails discussing 'behavioural economics', 'loss aversion' and other madcap ideas to MPs.

Not sure what to make of this. Is the take out that MPs are too thick to understand it or that that the ideas are too way out there. I suspect the problem is that it is difficult to always express new ideas on one page in 5 sentences with double spacing.

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