How to apply a human-centered marketing approach

Marketing is complex today and in times where we are moving towards a subscription-driven, emotion-driven, ad-free, big brand loyalty-free world, it’s just getting harder and harder to build relationships with people.
I bet you agree with me and today companies and the marketing firms need to learn the new rules to attract prospects, to convert creativity, content, and conversations into valuable customers.

A human-centered marketing approach addresses exactly this problem where you need to ask yourself;

How can you help somebody by doing something that is important to them?

Let me repeat it. How can you help somebody by doing something that is important to them?

The next step is to keep the conversation going by creating a helpful user experience that brings them closer to make a decision at each stage of their journey.
This is creating human impressions instead of advertising impressions and imagine how much more efficient your marketing would be if we all applied a simple human-centered marketing approach.

I’m Claude Oggier and my goal is to serve and help companies to make better marketing decisions.

I hope you find this useful and please share this message has I think it’s important for any marketer to embrace a more human-centered approach in a marketing world today.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands everything is going to be alright. Well, cheers people from the Swiss mountains. It’s just a beautiful, sunny winter day and I’m just very grateful.

Talk to you soon again. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

The Power of Small Data vs Big Data

Hi people and hello from Lausanne. The city I moved to, let’s say in the 20th century but honestly, it still feels like it was yesterday. It’s just incredible how time flies.

Today, I would like to share with you my point of view regarding the hype around big data or machine learning. I mean, yes, big data offers a valuable but incomplete solution. Harvard Business Review studies and Martin Lindstrom, a branding expert and book author of small data agree that to fully understand your customers, you need to integrate both big and small data.

The power of small data is in teasing out clues to what consumers really want by spending time in focus groups listenings online research communities or most effectively, homes watching.

Martin Lindstrom says further; “intriguingly, we’re now turning the tables on the internet by circling back and finding human, not digital insights about ourselves based on our own unconscious online behaviors.”

Without understanding how your customers think, feel and act, you are unable to deliver an exceptional experience. Bottom line, today if you want to make the right decisions for your business, both small and big data combined, need to be applied in order to enhance the customer experience.

Hopefully this video is valuable to you. And as always, don’t be shy and reach out to me to discuss your marketing challenges. I would be more than happy to help.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands everything is going to be alright.

Well people, cheers from Lausanne and I talk to you soon again from another great location. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

A brand mission I feel connected to; Frontiers case study

I just wanted to take a minute to share with you why I feel connected to Frontiers brand mission and their open-source platform for scientists. First of all Frontiers mission is to make science open in order for society to have access to the latest research from topics such as climate change.

We all know, looking at what’s happening in Australia, we are simply out of time to debate climate change.

I’m their fan and support the brand mission because of their social commitments. I mean, research is the foundation of modern society and it’s thanks to advances in science that we enjoy longer, healthier, and more prosperous lives than ever before in human history.

Connecting with people, communicating brand values, and social commitments, in a more human way, that’s a must today to stay relevant in the eyes of today’s connected consumers.

Which brand do you feel connected to? Which brand mission is resonating with you? Please let me know in the comments section. I would love to hear from you.

Well I hope this resonates with you and if you would like to discuss your marketing challenges, please feel free to reach out to me and I’m more than happy to help.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright. Cheers, people. I’m in Lausanne and I talk to you soon again from another great location. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

Kick off 2020 by getting your digital house in order

If you are in marketing, communications or digital marketing, I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on how grateful we are to be working in the world’s best field. The industry has certainly challenges but the opportunities are almost endless.

Kicking off my 2020 journey, my goal is to create value, to understand as much as possible about today’s constant changing consumers and to help people to succeed in marketing. If you are a brand, kick off 2020 by getting your digital house in order where you aim to be crystal clear about your ideal customers and your target audiences. Then delight them with engaging and exceptional experiences. People will respect and reward you for that.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright. And yesterday, I had a fabulous day in Zermatt and I can ensure you that the Matterhorn still stands very well.

Well, cheers people from Steg, my home village where I was fortunate to grow up with my longtime friend Raphi, who is having an amazing career in football. I wish him and you only the best for 2020. In the back that’s basically the football pitch, where we used to play endless hours of football. It was so much fun and I talk to you soon again from another place. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

In Which Direction Blows The Wind In Marketing in 2020?

Hi people,

and hello from Parc de Milan in Lausanne. That’s the place where I normally go for my daily lunch walks when I’m in Lausanne. I mean, you overlook “lac léman” and the mountains. It’s just beautiful. And to me, that’s just what I need to refresh my mind and to get some fresh air over lunch.

People, today, I wanted to take a minute with you to share with you my three marketing ideas for 2020. I think if you focus on these three ideas in 2020, you will contribute to the success of your company, no doubt.

First idea – marketers needs to continue focusing on providing exceptional customer experiences through innovative brand driving activities.

Second idea – know your customers better than your mother by understanding clearly your customer journeys from your on- and offline touch-points. For example, a prospect engages through a phone call, direct email or digital engagement.

The third idea – create exceptional emotional stories to inspire people and to propel your brand story forward through your customers, because
the customer is in control today.

These are my three main ideas for 2020. And this year, my source of inspiration was coming from Mark Schaefer’s new book called The marketing rebellion, where he predicts that the most human company wins, and I fully support his prediction.

Now it’s up to you who inspired you this year to make better marketing decisions? Let me know in the comments section, and I would love to hear from you.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright.

Cheers people from Lausanne and talk to you soon again from another great location. Looking forward to it. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

My 5 star​ hotel experience on the Seychelles Islands

Hi people,

I’m saying hello from beautiful Lausanne, the Olympic Capital which is home to 57 International Sports federations. I mean, being a big sports fan, this number is really impressive. Plus, Lausanne has been rated the world’s best small city by Monocles ‘Small Cities Index’.Wow, congrats Lausanne.

Loving marketing, I thought to share with you today my five-star hotel experience on the Seychelles Islands where we recently celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary.

It started with a warm welcoming cocktail with a spectacular view. Then when checking-in into our room, there was a lovely welcome message, champagne, fruits and decoration of two swans made out of towels laying over a bed of roses. In the evening, when we came back from our day trip the bath was filled up and covered with local flowers. One day we had a surprise breakfast at an amazing location and private service.

I mean, overall, you would say, well, that’s the kind of service that you would expect from a five-star hotel, right?

Yes, but I believe the reason why I felt treated like a king was obviously the wedding anniversary, but also the friendliness and the joy of life of the staff people. They were always saying hello with a warm smile and I just felt they really really cared about me having a fantastic and delightful holiday. Honestly, I really did. Thanks again to all the people there.

To me people, this is today’s marketing in a digital world where you need to create emotions, that delight the customers, the customer’s journey. Small details can have a massive impact on your customer experience. Care about your people and put the human element back at the center of everything you do.

Well, I hope this was useful and I would like to know what are you or your brand doing today to delight your customers?

I would really love to hear from you. Leave a message, don’t be shy in the comment section.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright.

Cheers people from Lausanne. A beautiful city and I talk to you soon again from another great location. Cheers. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

We over-invested in digital advertising: Adidas Case Study

Hi people,

and a warm HELLO, well, rather cold one from the Swiss mountains, where I’m enjoying the first ski day of the season with my kids. A couple of runs are already into our legs and it’s just beautiful up here.

But I just wanted to take a minute with you to share insights I found regarding the sportswear company Adidas and their statement which says: “we over-invested in digital advertising”.

I mean, what does this mean?

For years, Adidas had the understanding that it was digital advertising driving e-commerce sales and as a consequence, their advertising split was 23% into brand and 73% into performance. Their attribution model was based on the last-click but it did not do any brand tracking. Their focus on efficiency over effectiveness lead to KPI’s on how to reduce cost rather than what was in the best interests of its brands.

I mean, what did they change to address this problem?

Adidas introduced a new campaign framework, with emotional brand driving activity at the center, and with a focus on generating again brand desire, creating desire by connecting with consumers around major campaigns three or four times a year while at the same time running advertising with a rational message.

This brings me to the conclusion that you or your brand, you need to create meaningful experiences that appeal to your customers. Because both brand awareness and performance campaigns, they need to coexist in order to maximize sales.

Well people, I hope you find these insights useful, and I would, as always, love to hear from you. Leave a comment about your marketing challenges, and let’s get the discussion going.

But remember, even in the beautiful Swiss Alps and there’s not the Matterhorn in the back, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright. Well, cheers people, I need to go and catch up now with my kids. They’re already ahead;-)

Cheers. Talk to you soon again from another great place. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

Is technology hurting your marketing effectiveness?

Hi people,

I hope you’re doing well and I’m saying hi from a viewpoint I visit frequently during summer when I go cycling. I mean, look in the back. It’s a spectacular view today over lac léman (Lake of Geneva) and the Alps where it’s foggy today. And it’s just great to be above the fog and I feel very grateful.

Now people my question for you today is do you have the feeling that your marketing campaigns are less effective than they used to?

Do you have the feeling that your marketing is falling behind?

Well, I believe a problem today is the abusive use of technology where too many marketing messages have forgotten the human connection or human element. Everything seems to be programmed and automated by marketers, who seem to have forgotten about what makes actually good sense. It’s simply annoying, it provides mediocre results and simply we must do a better job if we want to keep people’s trust in our products or services.

And here is my take on what we should do.

Marketing to digital natives has to be consensual. I’m feeling concerned and I believe you too. Therefore marketing, in general, has to be consensual.

Somebody at the top of the organization needs to declare that building trust in a more human way is a top priority.

Make the success of your customers be your most important KPI.

Embrace technology and make the consumer path to your product or service fast and easy. By all means, use artificial intelligence to accelerate and automate repetitive processes.

Provide customer service value by informing consumers on their order status or to students about their program progress.

Create ongoing conversations with your biggest fans and stay relevant in the consumer’s eyes when they decide to make a purchase.

Last but not least, brand building and building trust with consumers has never been more important than today. People want to be respected, don’t abuse people’s trust with technology.

Well, I hope you enjoyed these insights and I would really love to hear from you about your marketing challenges.

But regardless, remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright.

Well, cheers people from this great, spectacular viewpoint.

Talk to you soon again. Bye bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

More marketing questions? Call me at 0041-78-637-4314 and I am happy to help.

Why I Struggled To Demonstrate A Social Media ROI at Nespresso

Hi people,

I’m saying hi from Gland, the place where I live with my wife and two children. I’m privileged to live very close to the water and to see the Mont Blanc. Well, unfortunately not today. But believe me, I get to see the Mont Blanc very often. It’s somewhere there in the back. Right now, it’s a little bit cloudy.

So people, today I’m reflecting on one of the great experiences that I had in my career at Nespresso and my biggest struggle.

Let me be very honest with you. Clearly, my biggest struggle was to demonstrate a return on investment (ROI) from social media. My struggle was to measure accurately the customer’s interactions from various touch-points with the brand, but most importantly to show evidence in terms of dollar benefits coming from social media.

At that time, it was still hard to set up properly, the tracking and to combine different datasets from different digital channels. Plus the data from analytics was showing discrepancies.

Now what would I do differently today?

I would not over-focus on the return on investment but rather demonstrate the brand-building benefits from social media that go beyond short term dollar benefits.

I mean, you tell me, how do you want to measure word of mouth, peer to peer interactions or human connections?

I would further highlight customer satisfaction. For example Tennis star Stan Wawrinka who was not sponsored by Nespresso but frequently posted on social media his Nespresso moments.

Make Nespresso customers the heroes and demonstrate it through mini-videos you can share on your digital channels.

And here is how.

Create emotions and unique experiences by inviting your brand ambassadors to an event where they can demonstrate their creativity with coffee capsules. I mean, one person created a bathing suit out of coffee capsules. Doesn’t this just show their love for the brand, and I’m convinced they will share their story with other people in a heartbeat.

People, this is scaling human impressions, instead of advertising impressions, which is just much more powerful.

I hope you find these insights useful and I would love to hear your marketing challenges.

And of course, I’m wishing my Nespresso friends all the best during the Christmas period. And obviously, I can’t wait to discover a new Clooney clip soon.

Well, but also remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright. And I’m sure Nathan agrees with me;-)

Cheers people from Gland and talk to you soon again from another great place. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

Marketing questions ? Call me at 0041 78 637 4314

My IMD digital journey will continue

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Hi people,

I hope you’re doing well today. Look at the beautiful day that we have today in Ouchy, Lausanne, which is basically also to the place where I worked at IMD Business School for almost 10 years.

I mean, clearly, IMD enabled me to kick-off my marketing career. And I will be forever grateful to the people who supported me over all these years. And today, it’s my turn to look into becoming an IMD student. Because I’m interested in IMD’s digital transformation programs led by Michael Wade.

Well, it kind of feels like going back to the roots. And I’m really, really excited about this. And just like a human-centered marketing strategy, I believe that digital transformation starts foremost with people too. I mean, the first question you need to ask yourself is how willing is your company’s culture to change? Do you have to buy-in from the top of management?

This is a key fundamental to any digital transformation journey. The second question you need to answer is do you have analytics accurately in place? And are you measuring your consumers interactions with your brand and their various touch points? And last but not least, the third question is, are you using your data in a meaningful way?

It’s just not enough to have a lot of data. The secret sauce is in using artificial intelligence to optimize your business processes, which enable you to enhance the customer experience because the customer experience, making that exceptional, that’s what you have to do today.

I am super excited to go and learn to broaden my knowledge in the never-ending journey of digital transformation and I will not miss sharing with you my learnings along the way in my upcoming videos.

So stay tuned and I hope this resonates with you and if you would like to discuss your marketing challenges with me, please feel free to reach out to me I’m super happy to help you.

But remember, as long as the Matterhorn stands, everything is going to be alright. Even in beautiful Ouchy and if you look in the back, there is Valais / Wallis. So I’m saying just cheers and it’s always great to visit IMD in Ouchy and you know what, talk to you soon again from another great place. Bye.

Greetings from a Swiss mountain guy;-)

Claude Oggier

Marketing questions ? Call me at 0041 78 637 4314

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