On a business trip in Brazil, I woke up one day and saw on the display of my mobile phone a message from my provider:
And the customer is the producer.
For a lot of products, the experience with the product IS the product. It it’s the same for package holidays as it is for a phone app, a restaurant visit or a musical greetings card. To manage the situations in which these experiences occur, providers traditionally talk about departments, delivery change, customer service, developing technology and new procedures.
Mobile operators lose a quarter to a third of their customers every year. This is an international phenomenon and providers don’t like talking about it. If you talk to an account manager who is affected by this, you mostly get the answer: “we profit just as much from it because our competitors also lose as many customers”. I can never understand this point of view. Wouldn’t it be more profitable to stop customers moving away than to go to the expense of pursuing new customers. Everyone says yes, but the behavior of mobile operators says no.