Identity management and getting back to our roots

Identity management and getting back to our roots

Identity management, at times, gets a bad rap. When we consider the act of capturing user information, we sometimes see it as a covert or unethical practice. When we seek to understand a user (employee or customer) behaviour or craft a perception of the user’s character, it is seen as intrusive. This perception of identity and profile data collection may be due to the fact we are seeking to build a “view” of our consumer (employee or customer) by the use of technology. Technology is cold and objective. What if we were to add context to consumer behaviour and profile data. What could we achieve for our consumers, and how could we genuinely craft a more intimate relationship?

Regardless whether you are focusing on employees, customers, partners or recruits, you are targeting consumers. You are seeking to build lasting, meaningful relationships with the consumers of your technology platforms, your product and your services. To better understand why we do what we do as Marketers, Communicators, Developers, Experience designers and Experience Architects, I believe we need to go way, way back to the beginning. Back before, our digital transformations, mobile connectivity and even the TV and the hay days of the broadcast advertiser.

I believe what you will find in the following simple snapshot of the Trousdale’s General Store is what we are all striving for with our digital experiences.

Welcome Back to Ontario Canada in 1836

General dealers were established in the 18th and 19th centuries in many remote populated places where mobility was limited, and a single shop was sufficient to service the entire community. Due to its close connection and confinement to its customers, general dealers often adjusted their sales offerings to the specific preferences of their community.

The oldest continually run general store in Canada is Trousdale’s, located in Sydenham, Ontario, which has been operated by the Trousdale family since 1836.

Sociability has always been a feature, as locals come to chat as well as buy.

  Actors

Mr. Trousdale – Store owner

Ben Brown – Customer

The year is 1937 in Ontario Canada

Ben Brown has been coming to the Trousdale General Store since he was a child. Mr. Trousdale has known Ben since he was a young boy and has seen him grow into an adult with a family of his own. Ben has grown to trust Mr. Trousdale because Ben respects the life Mr. Trousdale has led. Ben knows Mr. T has been through the First World War, where he served as a field medic, he has seen and done many things. He knows when Mr. T was a boy, he helped his father build this store from the foundation up. Ben sees Mr. T as an advisory on all things, from hardware to medicine to life advice.

Mr. T. has built a relationship with Ben, heck he was invited to Ben’s wedding. He knows that Ben runs the fam about 2 miles out of town. He knows that he will soon be building a new barn for the cattle he is fixing to raise. He knows Ben usually has a set of extra hands to help him, but his sin had taken ill with intense flu. Mr. T knows what Ben will need as soon as he walks through the door.

Access and authentication

Mr. T. Knows exactly who Ben Brown is when he walks through the door.

Identity

Mr. T. Knows where Ben lives, How many members are in his family, he knows the condition of their collective health,

Exceptional Service

Mr. T. knows the supplies Ben will require to take the appropriate action in his day and his life.

Relationship

Together they form a bond that spans time through generations.

Mr. T. Has the same relationship with his employees, supply partners, and other neighbourhood retailers.

The evolutionary Challenge

The year is 2019. Both Mr. T. And Ben are long since gone. The idea of the general store has faded and made way for big-box retail. The employee has multiplied exponentially, and the customer numbers are in the billions. We no longer reach a couple of miles outside of town; we reach globally. The consumer company relationship has experienced the disruption of scale. The broken bond has increased the distance between customer and company living enterprise organizations with little understanding of their employees, let alone their customer. To increase the divide even further add a layer of cold, emotionless technology and the hope of understanding the customer like Mr. T. Seems impossible.

To compensate, we have tried to leverage our technology through CRM, Supply chain for our partners, HRIS for our employees. To service our customers, we have developed beautiful experiences delivered through applications and media across desktop and mobile devices. All our products and services have digitalized.

Present-day 2020

We believe that taking a more empathetic customer-first approach to everything we conceive gets us closer to those strong bonds of Trust, Respect and relationship.

WHAT

Your company has implemented or seeks to achieve a secure IAM (Okta, Ping Identity) Information access management system for employee access. Your organization aims to implement a CIAM (customer information access management system) to reduce friction and create a holistic view of your companies applications.

HOW

Build a team of professionals with capabilities in Technical Architecture, Cyber Security, and Development, to name a few. Leverage the technologies that form your technology stack for IAM success. To drive this forward and into the enterprise, you have faced the challenges posed by change management across executive and through lines of business.

WHY

Decreased friction targeting employee authentication and access. Each employee has one single identity. This unique identity allows the employee to access all applications and services that the employee is permitted and expected to interface. You will increased security, decreased risk, and reduced the level of effort for the IT teams. This reduction effort means the IT team can focus on proactive actions and innovation. We have empowered our workforce to become more efficient. Through efficiency, we increase our competitive advantage.

We collectively know more now about the attributes of our employees than we ever have. The more migrations and integrations that take place across the LOB, the more we will continue to know. We are amassing an incredible amount of data.

Present Day 2020 and Beyond

WHAT

Create a foundation for the collection of your customer identities across all digital products services and marketing, and we hope to exact the same outcomes as with our employee efforts. You will require a Federated Customer Identity Access Management (CIAM) system and service to understand your customer better. It is our inference to create a single view of your customer that will communicate a 360 degree understanding of the person we transact.

HOW

Build a team of professionals with capabilities in Technical Architecture, Cyber Security, and Development, to name a few. We will procure technologies that form our technology stack for CIAM success. The selected Federated Identity Management technologies will need to traverse, ingest protocols from a more diverse and ambiguous list of applications and media. To drive this forward and into your enterprise, you will face more complicated change management challenges than posed by or employee programs.

WHY

In doing so, we will decrease friction concerning customer authentication and access. Each customer will have one single identity. This unique identity allows the employee to access all applications and services that the employee is permitted and expected to interface. We have increased security, decreased risk, and reduced the level of effort for your IT teams. This reduction of energy means the IT team can focus on proactive actions and innovation. We have empowered our workforce to become more efficient. Through this efficiency, we increase our competitive advantage.

Federate Identity Managed Service

Federated Identity Management helps customers reducing passwords, improving customer experience, productivity and security. Businesses benefit through reduced costs associated with password recovery, enhanced security, better data quality and increased customer engagement and revenue.

Federated Identity Management provides the seamless user experience, improves customer engagement and security. Federation also centralizes customer profile data into a Single Customer View for improved customer analytics, segmentation and GDPR compliance.

You will collectively know more about the attributes of our customers than we ever have. The more migrations and integrations that take place across the LOB, the more we will continue to know. We are amassing an incredible amount of data.

Federate Identity Managed Service + Context

Don’t leave any data on the table.

WHAT

“In a time where differentiation, adaptability, and customer focus are essential business values, it doesn’t make sense that the sources for all activities—the identity and contextual profiles of all users and customers—are spread across incompatible and siloed applications.”

Radiant Logic

We have improved the employee and customer experience by reducing friction, increasing security, delivering transparency, and building trust. Your collective digital and physical experiences create an enormous amount of momentum and DATA. What do we do with the data? How can we better serve our customers like MR T.? We need to know the customer. Modernized Identity Management makes way for a deeper understanding, which creates new relationships with the customer that last.

Federated Identity Management does not just provide your customers with a single identifier across all your consumer-facing applications. You also connect to internal-facing applications. If we include applications used for marketing, sales and Human Capitol, we are capturing exponentially more, highly contextual consumer data. When duplications are removed, living a single identifier, we have a robust 306-degree view of your customer.

WHY

Actors

Your Enterprise organization

The Customer – People

The Workforce – People

Partners – People

Device, Technology, Applications – Things

Data – Contextual Identity Intelligence

Value to your Organization

Inform Application Development and Procurement, Inform Product Development, Empower a more agile competitive, innovative Enterprise,

Value to your Customer

Trust, Transparency, Empower, Personalization, Sense of ownership and control, World-class experience, A sense of connection to something greater, Strong, lasting relationship.

With Federated Identity Managed Services, we are taking a DMP that exists for one purpose in one line of business in one application and connecting it to hundreds of DMPS. FID provides a complete view, a clear picture of who that person is. FID provides a contextual understanding of that person. My actions will be different when engaging your customer-facing marketing than when I engage your customer internal activities and employee engagements. All engagements that tie to the single identity help describe who I am. If we group and divide these individual persons into groups and further divided into segments, Your will have the ability to:

  • Better support Business Strategies
  • Enhance customer experience both offline and online through Your media and applications
  • Strengthen Relationships
  • Deliver Personalized Experiences
  • Increase Consumer Satisfaction
  • Extend Lifecycles
  • Generate Competitive Advantage
  • Increase in Revenue
  • Delight the consumer
  • Deliver Personalization
  • Improve Customer Retention
  • Increase Productivity
  • Improve Operational Efficiency
  • Innovate faster
  • Iterate with agility
  • Discover hidden opportunities
  • Target communications
  • Elevate consumer experience and satisfaction
  • Act locally or globally
  • Service consumers across silos
  • Increase upset and Cross-Sell opportunities
  • Build better products
  • Mitigate risk
  • Enforce policy
  • Reduce Support Costs
  • Reduce Employee Attrition
  • Build Brand
  • Build Culture
  • Educate and inform

HOW

We have built a team of professionals with capabilities in Cyber Security, Data Science, Change Management, Business Strategy, Communications, Marketing, UI/UX, Development, Design Thinking, LOB Stakeholders, Executive Sponsors, to name a few. We will procure technologies that allow the team mine data and make it actionable.

  • Provide proactive and reactive services to surface consumer intelligence and support critical business strategy continually.
  • Empower Brand, Marketing, Sales, Human Capital, Business Development, Product Development, Partner programs across all lines of business.
  • Deliver timely consumer intel through an internally accessible web presence.
  • Provide extended benefits and access to data for Business units that partner with the CIIT (Consumer Identity Intelligence Team)
The company is the product the employee is the consumer

The company is the product the employee is the consumer

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The company is the product, and your employees are the consumer of that product. Before becoming employees, they are prospects. Companies leverage marketing strategies and tactics to acquire the best talent. When a candidate converts to an employee of the companies workforce, they become a consumer of the company’s product. The employee consumes the company’s mission, vision, processes, policies, procedures, and all knowledge of products and services. The employee leverages all they consume to provides value to themselves and the company.

This approach should form the basis, the atomic level, of all the strategies and activities associated with the modern work culture.

Companies are more focused than ever on acquiring and retaining the best talent. It’s a significant budgetary hit when they lose an employee due to lack of interest, discontent or a better offer. The single most effective way of keeping talented employees from jumping ship is an empathetic focus on the employee experience. Companies must take an employee-first approach to digital transformation.

The modern workplace stresses the importance of what the employee can bring to the table in terms of skills, knowledge, capabilities, processes, customers, and revenue for the business. One of the best ways to improve employee experience is to have an empathetic focus on their needs while taking a plunge into digital transformation. Companies must cater to the needs of the people who work to create their products, services, support their brand and develop a culture of respect for their employees.

What is an Employee?

A company does not make valuable products, deliver world-class service, or even provide support; people do. A companies workforce brings vigour, enthusiasm and innovative ideas to a company. People are at the heart of all businesses. The company’s people are the force that defines the success or failure of a business.

Simply put, the employee is the core of any business, and is at the heart of any customer experience. Any employee, whether it be a sales representative or a customer service executive, form the basis of the image of a business. For example, an employee who is rude or harsh will automatically lower consumer experience, and will make people warier of employing the services of the company in the future.

Your employees build, implement, and use technology, which can be utilized to enhance the productivity of the business and enhance its value. Investing in employees and design thinking methodologies are more profitable, as they increase the productivity of employees. As people engage, learn, train and share experiences, they grow their expertise, thus being in a position where they can create more memorable customer services.

However, an employee is not just someone who helps a company to grow and prosper. In the modern workplace, interacting with an employee is the first step in understanding consumer experience. Investing in one’s employees entails understanding them as customers.

What Is A Customer?

In the world of economics, business is the means to an end, and converting a customer to a consumer is the end goal. Every product that is made for the markets is made for the customer. Through healthy competition, businesses gauge what a customer may want and evolve effective strategies to cater to their demands. The art of marketing has developed to create very efficiently, effective strategies that leverage targeted tactics to achieve measurable and repeatable success. Once a customer accepts a product and purchases it, they are then converted to consumers of the product.

What Is A Consumer?

A customer becomes a consumer once the final act of purchasing a product is complete. If they have a positive experience with the company, they become an advocate for the brand. The “Brand Advocates” are worth every single dollar that is spent investing in the company, as the most crucial way a business grows is by word of mouth. For example, ad campaigns do help in maintaining retention about a brand, but a customer is not likely to buy a product if they remember the name. However, they are more likely to but the product if they know someone who has used it, and has had a positive experience with the company and the product.

With the rise of digital transformation in growing the culture of a business, most of the interactions between the customers and products take place online. Thus, it has become essential to not only focus on the physical workplace, but also on the digital workplace, with equal, or more emphasis. Even though customers may not be aware of who it is behind the screen, they will associate any interaction, whether positive or negative, with the company. Hence, employee experience creates the final and lasting image of a business.

The Power of Marketing

Over the past decade, customer experience has evolved from a “technology first” approach to a “customer first” approach, through innovative design thinking strategies and an empathetic approach towards the needs of the consumer. This empathetic approach towards the customer reinforces the idea that the consumer is always right, and puts technology in the back seat, with a direct focus on human to human interactions.

In this regard, employees and consumers are the same. If all consumers are customers who have accepted a product by purchasing it, then employees become consumers when they embrace the idea of the company. An employee who is yet to be hired can be likened to the prospect of purchase, and once hired, they become a part of the company culture.

Just as a business cannot exist without its consumers, a company cannot survive without its employees.

Your employees are customers when they are not at work. Every customer requires a company that will grant them ease of access, meaningful and helpful content, convenience, collaboration, a streamlined pace of work, and easy communication. All employees require the same thing from their company, albeit in a different context. While consumers are looking for these options in order to help them correctly employ the services of a company, employees require these options in order to have a better work environment, with better communications, and a place where it is easy to work.

Most companies provide on the job training for new recruits, in order to familiarize them with the business and acquaint them with the work culture and ethics prevalent there. If an employee finds that their expectations are not met, or that they do not find the work culture conducive to them, they can easily leave. This causes a huge budgetary hit to the company since the employee has received all the required training, but the former did not receive the needed returns on their investment. Thus, simply training an employee and getting them ready for the job is not the end goal anymore. In the modern age, people are looking for a means to make their jobs seem like not quite a burden as it was once deemed to be. A company has the responsibility to cater to those demands. Otherwise, they may find themselves losing in the bid to keep up with their competitors.

Technology as an enabler of employee experience

In the digital age, customers rely on the speed of technology and advanced devices in order to have a fulfilling brand experience. For example, major delivery service has started using drones to send products to customers, who receive their orders at a faster rate, at a time that is convenient for them. Since businesses can afford to spend millions of dollars to ensure that their consumers remain loyal to them, there is no reason why they cannot spend a small portion of that amount to have the loyalty of their employees as well. Experiences should be created in an equal manner, both internally as well as externally.

The modern workplace must always be planned by keeping the needs of the employees above all else. This is the best way a business can ensure the successful implementation of a digital workplace. Regardless of where the company starts, iterative success will only be guaranteed if all the steps it takes are thoughtful, relevant, measurable and accurate. All the capabilities and tactics which are used to enhance consumer experience can also be used to manage employee experience, without going out of the way or reinventing the wheel.

Catering To Both Consumers and Employees

There are several similarities between a consumer of a business and an employee of the same. These include the following:

Similarities between Brand External and Culture Internal

Brands have a responsibility towards their customers, as well as their employees. A business that constantly updates and revamps itself to keep up with the times will always find itself providing relevant content to its consumers. Similarly, with timely training and guidance, a business can ensure that their employees are up to date with the latest tools of business, and can create a meaningful experience for their employees.

Similarities Between The Employee Experience And The Customer Experience

The most important similarity between a consumer and an employee are their experiences with the company. The digital workforce is a great tool to enhance this experience on both fronts. Working and engaging with customers in a regular, consistent manner will help them become more acquainted with the brand, and what it offers on the market, ultimately culminating in consumers. Similarly, engaging with employees through continuous interactions and group activities will help create a positive work culture, ultimately resulting in a place where employees are met with affirmative workplace experience.

Similar Marketing Practices Can Be Used Internally

As stated above, businesses are the means to an end. When the business is a brand, its end goal is always the customer. Similarly, a business as a company should always make its employees the end goal. In the same way that consumers can be used to create brand advocacy, a business can also utilize its employees to develop cultural advocacy. This can be done through a digital transformation, such as creating a digital workplace through aspects such as online help and remote working. 

Conclusion

The customer is always the focal point of a business, and products, processes, programs, services and support experiences are always built, keeping them in mind. The same adage, which is used externally, must be used internally for the employees of a company. This focal point, or the end result, should always guide a business and help them make smart and digitally adaptive decisions, whether it be for consumers or employees.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Digital workplace communications best practices

Digital workplace communications best practices

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Many organizations pay extensive attention to how they communicate with the outside world. It must be as efficient and personal as possible. However, what about internal communication? Isn’t that the same for that? To make a difference as an organization, you have to improve your internal communication first. How do you do that? We help you on your way with these seven tips. Any organization can action these tips without engaging the professional support of a consultant.

The added value of excellent internal communication

What does internal communication do within an organization? 

  • Let people find each other and let the dialogue develop
  • Ensure involvement of employees with each other and the organization
  • Provide clarity about the strategy, mission, goals and values ​​of the organization
  • Let people work together better, faster, more effectively and more efficiently

Although these four elements partly overlap, you can call them all-important for the proper functioning of an organization. Adequately addressed internal communication makes organizations stronger, more efficient and more productive.

How can you improve your internal communication?

Communication professionals are not all satisfied with their roles. How organizations view, internal communication is also not always optimal. A few frequently mentioned areas for improvement from the study:

  • The internal communication department is often too late involved in decisions or projects
  • The internal communications team does not employ skilled digital marketing strategists.
  • There is not enough budget for internal communication
  • Top management does not set an excellent example in the field of internal communication
  • Senior management does not see the connection between employee experience and customer experience

Can you improve your internal dialogue as an organization? We provide the following seven tips that you can start using right away.

Prepare an internal communication plan

What role does your communication team currently play in your organization? In what way do you communicate now? So does that work? Where is improvement possible? You create an internal communication strategy or communication plan based on these questions.

You decide how concise or extensive you make your communication plan. You can improve your internal communication in different ways. Do not forget to ask everyone in your organization for input – if necessary, anonymously. This way, you find out what people are open to, or what their ultimate need is.

Connect teams and departments

Do the different departments or groups within your organization all know what they are doing? Also, do they sometimes work together? By bringing teams – even when they seem to be busy with other things – in contact with each other, you make the exchange of knowledge possible. Organize a joint brainstorm or a question and answer session. Sometimes tips or new insights can come from unexpected sources.

“You improve your internal communication and your organization as a whole if you ensure that departments do not alienate from each other.”

You improve your internal communication and your organization as a whole if you ensure that departments do not alienate from each other. Also, it promotes the bond between colleagues – and that can only benefit communication.

Ensure support and make clear who is responsible

Who is responsible for internal communication at your organization? Is there a separate department for this? Does it fall under the Communication or Marketing team? Alternatively, under HR? Internal communication is one layer below management for the majority of organizations.

Whatever department it takes on: ensure that it is clear to everyone responsible for internal communication. Put several motivated, enthusiastic people on it, which you know are also capable of motivating others. In this way, you create support within your organization, and as many people as possible participate.

An excellent example of a team member’s role responsible for success and support is a community manager. The community manager has the task of inspiring, motivating and addressing everyone within (and often outside) your organization. An essential link in your internal communication.

Use the tools that you have available

A digital workplace, collaboration platform or social intranet is a suitable tool for discussing projects, exchanging ideas and sharing tasks. It makes internal communication a transparent, smooth process. Nobody has to leave their workplace for it.

When choosing a digital platform, always take into account its functionalities, but also user-friendliness. It makes a big difference whether your employees greet it with enthusiasm or reluctantly (or not at all) start using it.

Do you have an intranet or a digital communication platform? Then you have a versatile tool at your disposal. You can go in many directions, especially in the field of internal communication. Analyze what you have and find out how the software can help you improve internal communication. For example, make use of audiovisual content, make data and statistics transparent for everyone, share your company story or spread your message efficiently throughout your organization.

Naturally, you also have options without a modern intranet. A newsletter by e-mail, a staff magazine, a meeting with participants from several teams – it works, but it takes a little more effort. 

Provide and encourage room for feedback

Within organizations with a strict hierarchy, internal communication sometimes runs smoothly. Not so strange, since a message has to take many turns. Also, communication often only goes one way: from top to bottom.

An organization is bursting with knowledge and ideas. Also yours. However, do people also get the space to share this? You can only improve your internal communication if you let it come from both sides. The management team or management must not be the only one who communicates internally.

Give employees the space to use their feedback. Also, above all give them the feeling that they can do this freely. Let people give their opinion about your services or products, your working method, your organization as a whole or other specific issues. It is a shame if you do not use the knowledge and creativity that are present within your organization.

Avoid a flood of communication

With current technologies, it is much easier to spread a message quickly within a (large) organization. That is, of course, positive, but at the same time, there is a danger in it. Be careful not to flood people with information. Other important messages can get buried.

“Don’t flood people with communication. Otherwise, the most important messages can get snowed under.”

Newsletters, short messages, infographics, images, videos – all good, but choose the right moments for it. Too much communication is counterproductive. If you love people for their work because of the amount of information you send them, you know it’s better to turn the knob back a little.

Keep communicating

As an organization, it is essential to stay in conversation with your employees. Continue to involve them in what you do and allow them to think along with you about issues that directly or indirectly relate to their position, your organization or the market in which you operate. Employees will come up with ideas faster if they are regularly asked.

Remember that you do not sell an advertising message or commercial pitch to your team. They quickly get through that. Authenticity is essential, even when it comes to internal communication. Finally, make sure that you communicate as directly as possible, instead of via detours. This way you prevent – just like with a whisper game – your message has utterly different content at the end of the line.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Customers Define the Brand, and Employees Deliver the Experience

Customers Define the Brand, and Employees Deliver the Experience

We have all heard the phrase “the customer is always right .” The sentence stresses the importance of putting the customer at the center of experience strategies. The phrase is many times misconstrued to mean, if the customer says sell me this $100 item for $10 dollars, you must. It more accurately represents the emotions and sentiment of the customer.

With customers being the utmost importance to achieve external and commercial objectives; the Employee Experience is something that gets a back seat or ignored.

A happy associate radiates what the organization wants to achieve. Their actions and attitudes fuel the consumer experience. The employee impacts, directly and indirectly, both the image and the reputation of the organization.

In general, customers are more likely to share a bad experience than a good one. The cost of poor customer service is on the rise. Think about the last negative experience you had with a company. What, or better, who was involved?

A workforce member who is not happy and interacts directly with customers is undoubtedly a recipe for disaster! Unfortunately, we have all dealt with people who do not want to work in the company, which ends up being very painful for the client.

Interactions with the customer are the prominent examples of the employee’s impact on the customer experience. You will need to step back and also observe your marketing team, your production teams, your manufacturing, the list goes on. Any employee who does not embody the company values, mission, vision will impact your customer’s experience.

Employee & Customer Experience go hand in hand

Both experiences are of the utmost importance; the Employee Experience at the center of the consumer’s journey, becoming more critical.

Not only must employees be empowered and incentivized to offer the best possible customer experience, but they must have an intrinsic desire to do so. However, how to create an environment that fosters this type of excellence? Here I share some good practices

Foster flexibility: 

Employers should look for ways to give employees the options to have more control over what impacts their experience, for example, their work hours through flexible work times. Today the work-life balance is increasingly difficult to achieve, making it a much-appreciated benefit. Because each person’s obligations outside work are different, flexible schedules are an excellent way to improve employee satisfaction.

It promotes social connections: 

Socializing is a crucial component of happiness. Employers must find ways to foster social relationships, for example, an office arrangement that facilitates communication, consisting of workstations so that employees can see and talk in addition to encouraging birthday parties and select dates.

Promotes good health: 

Poor health is not only harmful to the employee but also the company. Stress is one of the most damaging factors for organizational productivity, which is why companies should encourage employees to reduce stress levels and improve their overall health. Educating about health issues, providing reading materials, talks or classes. People cannot make positive changes if they don’t know what to change. Your organization can offer discounts for gym memberships or incentives for going to work by bike. “Promotions” such as these will encourage employees to make positive decisions outside the office and exercise regularly.

Create an environment of growth: 

Nowadays people are choosing jobs not only for salary but also for the contributions and growth that this will deliver to their lives. Employers can create a growth environment through training, seminars and celebrating achievements. Employees should be encouraged to take risks and learn new skills. Employees get bored and lose motivation if they never get the opportunity to expand their skills and responsibilities.

Break the routines: 

Surprises always attract attention and cause reactions in people. Finding different ways to surprise employees is an excellent way to enchant and keep them engaged. Small gestures that show that your time and work is appreciated (for example one day bring something for everyone to eat and share, a competition in which the prize can be half a day off, an office party)

Foster the Tribes:

People will tend to cluster in like-minded groups. This type of clustering is true for all people, not just the employees of your organization. It is vital as managers and leaders that you become aware of the common types that arise in your organization. Once you spot them, you must foster them.

An example would be a development company focused on end to end development across a broad market and industry customer base. Your core development team has a growing focus on a specific development language and methodology for delivery. The focus should not be on the code language or method. Instead, your focus should be on the team that has become passionate about the tools. Provide the team with a center of performance or excellence. Surface your champions and give them ownership over the success of the center.

Finally, when companies do not care about the experience of employees, there is a disconnection in many areas. This dissociation eventually finds its way to customers in the form of poor service and inferior products.

What is a product?

What is a product?

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]A product is a critical ingredient in a total market offer. The planning of the marketing mix begins with the formulation of a proposal that delivers value to the target consumer segments. This value offering becomes the basis on which the company builds profitable relationships with customers. The offering is also the basis of the company’s ability to compete in their designated market.

Set of attributes (characteristics, functions, benefits and uses) that give it the ability to be sold or used. Usually, it is a combination of tangible and intangible aspects. A product can be an idea, a physical entity (a good), a service or any combination of the three. The product exists for purposes and the satisfaction of consumer first and the capitol goals of the company second.

  • Primary product: is that basic service or benefit that the consumer seeks when buying the product. It constitutes the most basic and elementary level of the product.
  • Real product: The real product built on the primary product must have five attributes: quality level, characteristics, style, brand name and packaging.
  • Increased product: part of the original and real product to which it incorporates a series of services and additional benefits to consumers.

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The product life-cycle management

The product life cycle extends from the concept through to the moment a product produces sales and hopefully, profits and possibly beyond. The time extends from the very conception of the idea, its launch, growth and consolidation in the market, maturity and the decline of it. Each stage of the life cycle of a product requires distinct and different strategic actions. 

The life cycles have a different duration and activities for each product type. Details of a life cycle depend on the scope of innovation, the category of the product. There can be outside variables that will affect your product life-cycles momentum. Some examples of variables are changes in the marketplace, business model, or even in the habits of consumers. 

What is the length of time a life cycle can take to complete?

There are products with a short life cycle, such as all those related to fashion or entertainment. On the contrary, other products have very long life cycles, because as time goes by they find new utilities that allow them to expand their market or extend their maturity period, it is prevalent to see very long life cycles in consumer products massive. 

The product is an essential element for a company and largely determines its existence. That is why companies try to systematize the sales behaviour of their products through their permanence in the market. Not all products remain during the same period, and even the vast majority do not experience the same fluctuations in their sales, nor the same situation in terms of prices, advertising and marketing. The life of each product evolves differently, but following an identical cycle, its life cycle. The phases that make up this life cycle are as follows 

  • Introduction
  • Increase
  • Maturity
  • Slope
  • Disappearance

It follows that a product has a limited life; sales go through different stages; profits vary according to the cycle; products require different strategies according to the group, sales mark cycle change. [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]

The value proposition/offer

It is the core of your business model

Your value prop encompasses a whole series of functional, emotional and experiential benefits the company delivers to the consumer. When the product value is Communicated accurately to the consumer, they will recognize the value as a differentiator of your brand offering. This offering will distinguish the product from other competing products. The value proposition of a company represents the promise the company makes to its customer to create an emotional or intellectual connection to its product or service.

For the development of the value offer, we must ask ourselves the following questions:

  1. Which services do our customers need, and how can we help them?
  2. What aspirations do our clients have, and how can we help them achieve them?
  3. Kind of treatment do customers prefer? As a company, how can we adapt better to your daily activities?
  4. What relationship do customers expect us to establish with them?
  5. Why are our customers willing to pay?

A value proposition creates value for a market segment thanks to a specific mix of elements appropriate to the needs of that segment. The value proposition can be quantitative in functional terms (price, service speed) or qualitative with high emotional content (design, status, experience, customer experiences, aspirations, projections)[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]

Product strategies

The first Strategic focus of the product strategy is to define the path or the vehicle the product will take through the market.

Strategic pathways to becoming competitive

  • Compete through product proliferation 
  • Compete through value 
  • Compete through design
  • Compete through innovation 
  • Compete through the service
  • Compete through low cost 

Product diversification is currently the center of interest for companies and marketing and product managers. Product development and innovation are the main facets of competitive rivalry. Markets today are characterized by the expansion of new products, acquisitions and mergers. To keep pace, product teams need to pivot with fluctuations in the economic cycles, changes in demand, and technological disruption.

Product innovation

Innovations require significant new technology and budget funding. Change and digital transformations are integral to the success of a product in the current paradigm. Even if your product is not purely technological, it may be produce or clothing; technology will be an integral part of the success of your product. Some external technology could be your CRM, Supply Chain, Distributor Channels, Partner Channels, Marketing and social engagement channels. All of these channels and tools are elemental considerations of your product strategy.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]