Here's an overview of the new book that's just got released - Inside Steve's brain ( Nishad sent this to me a few hours ago). Personally, it tells me a lot about the way the man is thinking, pushing( the people around him), acting-on( his instincts) and executing( without being worried about what the world thinks about him). Customer-centric enterprises need to have customer-centric design thinking - the way their products need to be conceived, designed and delivered. Steve just does it with impeccable perfection and style. Here's the preview before you rush-out to buy:
Two Types of Engagement
It’s important to note that behavioral engagement is not limited to a purchase of a product or service; it encompasses all the interactions that a prospect or customer has in relation to a brand. There are any number of pre- or post-sale activities that can be (directly or indirectly) predictive of a future purchase or re-purchase; they include visiting a Web site, downloading a whitepaper, calling customer service, recommending a product, or even commenting on a blog.
There’s plenty of data available to track how customers or prospects are engaging with a company; the key is to synthesize it into a clear model for demonstrating either short- or long-term economic benefit.
To probe more deeply into these drivers, your next step will be to identify places on the map where you have good data and where you don’t. Look beyond the traditional customer survey information, brand-tracking studies, and the CRM system. What Web analytics are you capturing? Do you have access to point-of-sale data or call-center transcripts?
The key to measuring engagement is:
a. Develop a vision
b. Create a methodical testing process
c. Look for predictive validity of upstream behaviours
d. Leverage your engagement drivers