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Design thinking is generally applied to product problems, but design can be used on any complex problem - including developing your organization's strategy. Below you’ll find a practical working guide on how to use design thinking methodologies and put this approach to work for your company.
What does that really mean? As a leader in your organization, you need to lead by example and embrace the framework of design thinking. In my experience, executives may love this concept when it is presented but lack the fortitude to actually follow through or believe in the process. This is the number one mistake you can make, and it will only lead to failure.
Traditional methods of developing an organizational strategy are (or should be) dead. Today’s world is moving too fast for a group of executives to sit in a room and plan the year ahead based on the way business has been done before. If you’re not fostering a culture geared toward exploration and deep customer relationships, you’ll never excel beyond where your organization is today. After all, if you’re not investing time to understand your customer, how do you expect them to invest in you?
A website without search engine optimization is like a car without an engine or a computer without a mouse. Just like a car without an engine isn’t going anywhere, a website without SEO won’t be useful to anyone. In a nutshell, the goal of SEO is to rank as high as possible on page 1 of Google’s search results, so searchers can find your website. Not only does SEO help your website perform better in search results, it has other benefits that improve the way your website functions, too.
“Find the nearest gas station.” “When will the next MacBook Pro be released?” “How many touchdowns did Carson Wentz score last season?” You’ve probably asked your phone one of these questions (or something similar) in the last week. According to Google, more searches take place on mobile devices than on desktop, and approximately 50% of the population uses voice search on a daily basis. There’s no doubt: voice search is changing the way we use the web. And the web is transforming to meet the challenge.
As a manufacturer, you need to communicate with your customers, who come in all shapes and sizes: dealers, distributors, suppliers and end-users just to name a few. One of tools that can help aid this communication is Marketing Cloud from Salesforce.
When it comes to business challenges, especially large and complex ones, you need clearly defined priorities and a timeline that you can actually stick to. Easier said than done, right? There are bound to be a lot of opinions from different areas of your company, not to mention plenty of unexpected dependencies and surprises along the way.
As we discussed in Part 1 of this post, today’s customers are no longer just seeking products. They want relationships with brands, built on trust and two-way communication. And for most companies, that means it’s vital to turn every touchpoint along the customer journey into an exceptional one. But where do you start?
What do we mean exactly when we talk about customer experience (CX)? Think of CX as every interaction that a customer has with your business. That may include: face-to-face, website visits, customer communities, online chat with a customer service representative, mobile apps, display ads, social media and more.
At Sundog, we’ve been helping manufacturers maximize partner channel investments for over 20 years. For the past decade, we’ve done it with the industry’s best CRM and sales force automation platform: Salesforce.com. While we’ve always known that their Partner Relationship Management (PRM) solutions are great, industry experts are recognizing that success as well. And recently the Salesforce Partner Community raised the bar yet again.