This day begins my 7 day adventure in yet, another school that would hopefully bring me new knowledge and better understanding. I enrolled in Lasallé’s SPACE Program, specifically in Marketing Management, under the module Customer Relationship Management.

I want to further enhance my knowledge on Marketing. Ergo, I should not let all the swarming butterflies hinder me from discovering new things and meeting new people. But man, I had serious first day jitters from the strands of my hair to my big toes. :/ whew!

Yes, I maybe enrolled in AGSB but I shouldn’t let it stop me from seizing another opportunity! :)) Plus, the LOML is with me, taking another course in Human Resource – Labor Relations. 🙂

LEARN: Customer Competence

An excerpt from the book, Customer Relationship Management by HBR

Customers are fundamentally changing the dynamics of the marketplace. The market has now become a forum in which consumers play an active role in creating and competing for value.
In this way, managers were able to identify new business opportunities and find new ways to deploy the company’s intellectual assets.

At a minimum, managers must come to grips with four fundamental realities in harnessing customer competence.

Companies no longer have a monopoly or even an advantage in information access. Engaging in a dialogue with customers who know what they want requires richer and subtler forms of exchange. A dialogue must evolve – or die. Companies should be able tofind ways to process what they learn from customers so they can bring the dialogue forward and keep the customer’s interest.

Customers in the new economy are finding it easier to form, on their  own, self-selecting virtual communities. Customer communities can exercise a powerful influence on the market. The power of such communities in large measure is from the speed with which they can be mobilized. Word spreads so fast on the internet that people refer to word of mouth as ‘viral marketing’. In the new market, brand positioning evolves with customer’s personalized experiences.

Consumer’s experiences of a certain product or service are different – therefore their judgment of that product will vary according to their skills, user’s sophistication, privacy and security. Globalization in the marketplace also heightens the variation in customer sophistication.

Customers are no longer just interested with the product but rather, want to shape the experience around themselves, both individually and with with the experts. Customization and Personalization is different. Customization assumes that the manufacturer will design the product to suit a customer’s needs while Personalization is about the customer becoming a co creator of the content of their experience.