Augie Ray

Augie Ray

Augie Ray is the Research Director Covering Customer Experience for Marketing Leaders at Gartner

Customer Experience

My peers and I on the Gartner for Marketing Leaders team are planning a new primary research study to learn how marketers are approaching, measuring and executing their customer experience (CX) management programs. One of the challenges we have had to address is how to distinguish those professionals who lead

voice of the customer

Voice of the Customer (VoC) programs collect direct, indirect and inferred data about your customers so you can better understand your product, services, and experiences from the customers’ perspective. This is what makes VoC data so different (and so valuable) from most, if not all, of the other data your

United Airlines

We have all seen the video of the bleeding man being dragged from his United Airlines flight. We’ve seen all the social media rage. We’ve endured debates over whether it was the fault of employees, poor corporate policies, an unruly passenger or bad judgment on the part of a police

marketers

“You’re thinking like a marketer.” Do you see that as a compliment? Or a caution? Marketers, like all humans, can get in the rut of thinking about their own problems and goals, and it causes them to lose sight of what matters: the customer. In so doing, they also neglect

Sears

This week, Sears reported that it has “substantial doubt” about its ability to stay in business unless it can borrow more and tap cash from more of its assets. The retailer has been a bricks-and-mortar cautionary tale for so many years, you can be excused if you thought this was old news.

Amazon Alexa

Being an early adopter has its drawbacks, but it provides one an interesting lens through which to view the customer experience challenges of truly revolutionary products. Consumers’ rapid and eager embrace of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat have lured marketers and other business leaders into expecting swift adoption curves for each

Customer Experience

Ten simple truths about customer experience (with links to relevant blog posts and subscription research reports from me and my peers on the Gartner for Marketing Leaders team): Whether or not you plan for it, your brand provides a customer experience to your customers. Customers collect experiences throughout their journeys

Santa Claus

Santa Claus, in the lexicon of marketers, has an extraordinarily strong brand. The Santa® brand we know today evolved over a century ago thanks to Clemente Clark Moore’s poem, Thomas Nast’s illustrations, and The New York Sun’s famous editorial to Virginia, and it was later cemented in our culture thanks to Coca-Cola advertising.

There is no doubt that brands have to adjust to an increasingly digital, mobile and automated world. But for all the focus on “digital transformation” in recent years, many brands still miss the mark, investing in technology and strategies that see slow adoption, fail to drive business outcomes and do

The key to building a healthy brand is to balance marketing’s push with its pull. Push strategies drive immediate financial benefit by pressing messages, offers, and products at customers. Customer experience pull strategies build satisfaction, loyalty and word of mouth that draw customers to the brand. Wells Fargo’s recent headlines offer