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In part 1 of this post we covered 6 of the 11 program elements outlined in our maturity model assessment tool: Program Vision Staff Composition, Organization & Perspective Managing Upward Field Relationships Customer Reference Relationships Horizontal Integration As a reminder, these are common pitfalls we look for when making our client health assessments. They foreshadow […]
We’ve accrued many customer advocate program best practices over the years. Our clients are innovative and driven people so there’s been plenty of material. We share those best practices every chance we get, but, I don’t think we’ve ever shared the other side of the best practices “coin.” That is, the bad practices, the common […]
A customer advocate program (CAP) is nothing without a list of bonafide, satisfied customers. It’s the first building block among many blocks in assembling a legitimate program. You know there are plenty of candidates out there, but what’s the best way to get to that treasure trove? You have a number of options and which […]
Why do customers choose to be a customer reference? This is a question that should be answered early in the life cycle of a customer reference program because it drives one of the most fundamental functions: attracting members. It’s never too late to assess your environment if this question wasn’t answered earlier, or if the dynamics […]
Compromise is generally accepted as an important element in getting things done. It’s a good practice in many parts of our lives for different reasons. But not always. We’ve been in the customer advocate world for going on 14 years. In that time we’ve worked with many advocate programs of all flavors. When they struggle […]
It’s a cyclical question in our domain. Does it make more sense to buy “off-the-shelf” customer reference management software to run your customer reference/advocate program, or to build it? It’s pretty attractive to think about the license fees that can be avoided if the internal IT group can develop a tool. So why not go […]
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