Confrontation as a positive element in the company

A few years ago I shared this post in Spanish and I think it is still relevant today. That is why I want to share it again in its English version.

Since we were children we have been taught that arguing is not good and that it is better to get along. There is a saying that goes «a bad agreement is better than a long fight» and that is what we strive for when we argue with other people.

But it is something that is not right. Some time ago I wrote about the positive of having different opinions in a work team and generating debate around the strategies you want to develop. Teams that allow disagreement and discussion from the original or official idea are more likely to succeed than teams that simply follow a single-minded leader.

I have applied this point of view, I believe, since I was a child. I still remember one of my first jobs, when in a meeting with the top management of the company, the CFO stopped the meeting and said to me «Jaime, tell me what you are thinking because you won’t stop sit still and you are making me nervous». You can imagine that I almost had a heart attack. Suddenly the whole room turned to me wondering who this brat attending the meeting. There was a set of coincidences that led me to participate to provide support on a very specific topic that was to be discussed during the meeting, but my role was basically to stay quiet the whole time. So, all of a sudden, I became the center of attention of the entire board of directors and the top management of the company, who were looking at me anxiously to find out what was so important to stop the meeting.

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What Omnichannel has to do with the quality of your customer data.

We can agree that Omnichannel is a trend now and many companies and business are looking for new ways to engage with their customers. I have been working in omnichannel for a few years now and I always pay attention when people ask what I do for a living.

Most people, when they talk about omnichannel, think of companies that offers them the possibility to buy their products online or via app. Few refer of physical stores and only a couple talk about direct sales. But in reality, omnichannel is much more. It starts even before you become a customer.

One of the biggest challenges facing an omnichannel strategy is how to ensure data quality. Today, customers expect brands to deliver individual experiences when behavioral patterns have become less and less predictable.

Imagine you sell sofas. It’s easy to find a customer or a prospect who visit your online shop or website, takes a look around and check out some of your products. Maybe he/she subscribes to your newsletter looking for special promotions. Then visits your store downtown, because before buying a sofa it’s important to sit on it and make sure it’s comfortable (I always do the nap test). Of course, for sure you are not the only option, so the customer keep looking and after a few days/weeks, comes back to your website and make a purchase.

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How to create a growth strategy for your CRM

It’s been a while since my last post. Actually, it’s been too long. Also, I’ve taken the decision to start writing in English. This may upset some of the people who already follow this blog, but since I’ve worked for almost 4 years in international environments, it seems like a natural step. Of course, I’m not a native speaker, much less a native writer, so I will ask for your understanding and please excuse me whenever I make a mistake (and I will make mistakes for sure). With that said, let’s get down to business.

Photo by Matthew Henry from Burst

Couple of weeks ago I was talking to a friend about how to build and grow his CRM. She was looking for ways to develop a CRM strategy that could drive the growth of her CRM database. Throughout the discussion, I realized that one of her problems was that her actual company misunderstood the topic of CRM. Many companies include their CRM strategy within their Marketing strategy, as it were just a part of the marketing department, disconnected from other areas of the company. Especially sales.

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