The Rise of the Connected Customer and the New Era of Relevance Brian Solis
It’s not a widely kept secret, but customers do indeed keep companies in business. While businesses have long invested in improving customer relationships, the time has come to think beyond efficiencies and automation and examine new opportunities to rethink customer experiences overall. Why? Customers are more connected than ever before. The role they play has exploded beyond transactions and is now influencing the transactions of others as well as contributing to the brand experience at levels never before seen.
It’s said that your brand is defined by what your customers and employees say when you’re not in the room. Well, the proverbial room has now taken center stage on the social web and as a result, your brand is indeed shaped by the words and experiences of your customers and those who influence them. The future of business isn’t created, it’s co-created.
My good friend Becky Carroll just published her new book and I was honored to write the foreword. The team at Wiley has given us permission to share it with you here. If you get a chance, please take a look at “The Hidden Power of Your Customers: Four Keys to Growing your Business Through Existing Customers.”