Brands need to keep innovating. To stay ahead of the market, they need to offer the “what’s next” to stave off the competition. Innovation is about responding to the market, anticipating needs, and using a little magic to appeal to customers. I often wonder about the companies that don’t innovate. And then I remember some of […]
I always feel a little bad when I inevitably silence the room with a simple question.
Customer experience is the new black. If you haven’t already heard, experience is HOT. Every savvy marketer, designer, branding strategist, corporate leader, social media blogger and keynote speaker is now a customer experience expert. I say this not with total sarcasm (only a touch) but with some excitement around the way people are finally, painfully, starting […]
Another “for the millennials” headline pops up every day. As millennials become a bigger part of the market, stepping into adulthood and the paychecks that come with it, companies are trying just about anything to attract this demographic. They are considered different. They are different. They are the first generation who grew up with instant and […]
We’re moving into an age that is becoming more and more mobile. Every conference speaker I’ve seen for the past several years has discussed the importance of designing customer experiences around our obsession with mobile devices. Who doesn’t want to deliver a personalized mobile experience for each customer via those tiny screens? And yet we’re […]
The world is changing, and fast. We’ve come to accept the incredible pace of innovation. But have you thought of how it’s impacting your customer’s expectations? With the widespread acceptance of apps like Uber and Tinder, customers are demanding more personalized, instantaneous experiences. But many brands aren’t keeping up, leaving the door wide open for […]
Have you ever wondered what life would be like as an urban planner? I’m sort of fascinated by the subject, partially because I’m totally enamored with our own community here in Oak Park, Illinois. When a community is planned by residents, it works Oak Park, early in the suburban sprawl that eventually defined the landscape of the […]