We live in a world of distrust. 🙄 Between political upheaval, terrorism, and economic woes, people are in a state of malaise and suspicion.
According to the 2017 Edelman Trust Barometer, trust is in crisis around the world. “The general population’s trust in all four key institutions — business, government, NGOs, and media — has declined broadly, a phenomenon not reported since Edelman began tracking trust among this segment in 2012.”
In her recent post, Kathryn Beiser advises that even though business fares better than government in the trust department, “if it, too, disappoints, business risks falling victim to the rising tide of dissatisfaction that has impacted government in so many parts of the world.”
The Trust Barometer reveals that no action is more integral to building trust than treating employees well, and employees are also the most credible spokespeople on every aspect of a company’s business.”
So, how do you build trust with internal customers – your employees?
Happy New Year!
Now that 2017 has arrived, it’s important to stay abreast of ever-changing marketing, branding, and customer experience best practices. Although predictions abound online, many focus on large companies and enterprises. So, I did a bit of research for you and put together a list of 10 marketing predictions that can apply to any-sized organization, especially small-medium businesses or nonprofit organizations.
Brands will get more creative with content marketing format.
Content marketing has mainly been about blogging, ebooks, and other written content types that generate email subscribers. These strategies continue to prevail, but brands will need to be more creative with their content’s formats to break through the noise.
Visual content will become more important as search engines get better at reading and analyzing images to determine what your website is about. More gifs—yay!
Next week is National Customer Service Week! From October 3-7, large and small organizations will celebrate it with various programs and professional development workshops.
If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, you haven’t much time to plan, so I’ve put together seven last-minute things you can do to acknowledge your customers during the week. Choose one or two to do, then make a note in your calendar for next year’s celebration (October 2 – 6, 2017) so you’ll have ample time to plan ahead. Continue reading