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Tesla's Chief Driver of Success: Masculinity

Tesla's Chief Driver of Success: Masculinity

Sensible man-of-action heroism as an experience.

Customer Experience Design: Interview with Markus Giesler

Customer Experience Design: Interview with Markus Giesler

Is “Design Thinking” still a thing? What comes after design thinking? I’d say something I call big design. Design thinking typically involves a creative and systematic approach to problem solving by placing the customer at the center of the experience. Most managers I talk with are frustrated. They don’t get the best results with this approach because they spend too little attention to the forces that actually shape the customer experience, which is culture. In order to succeed, managers also need to understand culture – taking the perspective of the people and institutions that shape a market or customer experience. That’s the ‘“big” in big design.

Building Retro Brands: Harley Davidson and the 4 As

Building Retro Brands: Harley Davidson and the 4 As

After a seemingly unstoppable growth period during the beginning of the 21st century, the iconic American brand Harley Davidson was in serious trouble. Not only did the 2008 global economic crisis hit it hard, but more importantly, its core target market was shrinking fast (Seizemore 2013). Composed primarily of American Baby Boomer males, this aging demographic had plenty of disposable income and sought an escape from the monotony of daily life by indulging their long-lost aspirations of rebellion (Holt 2004). As profitable as this market segment once was, Harley Davidson had no choice but to shift branding gears and create new customer experiences.

4 Values at the Heart of Good Experience Design

4 Values at the Heart of Good Experience Design

We’ve been hearing about “experiential marketing” and the “experience economy,” but what does it really mean to design a truly great customer experience? Here’s what we’ve learned.

Customer Experience is the New Marketing

Customer Experience is the New Marketing

Steve Cannon, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA