How to Win Through Customer Experience--in a World where Customers Are in Control with Douglas Longenecker, Tara Baumgarten, and Patricia O'Connell

Customer have more power than ever--which means companies must do more than ever to understand and meet their expectations and toforge relationships that last.To get the latest insights, Thomas A. Stewart invitedDouglas Longenecker, Patricia O’Connell, and Tara Baumgarten to join him on The Leading Edge — a place where new ideas emerge and are sharpened, and where leaders look to find the edge that brings success for themselves, their teams, and their enterprises.

The customer experience encapsulates everything a consumer sees, feels, and touches — and it’s up to companiesto designa winning experience strategy across all tiers of their organization--not just in branding, not just in sales or service, but in every place and at every moment where company and customer interact. That’s where Longenecker, O’Connell, and Baumgarten come in. With expertise in marketing innovations and relationship-building, they are helping companies meet this new demand for a tailored, defined, and satisfyingexperience.

How? For Longenecker, O’Connell, and Baumgarten, it begins with the employee. Empowering and equipping your employees with the right capabilities, knowledge, and incentivescan help them understand what customers expect and equip them to meet those expectations.When you deliver on your brand promises from bottom up andtop down, you can create a company that lives and breathes success.

In this episode of The Leading Edge, Thomas A. Stewart talks with Douglas Longenecker, the CMO, CEO, and CCO at //NKST, Tara Baumgarten, the Head of Public Relations at //NKST, and Patricia O'Connell, the President of Aerten Consulting, to discuss how to develop customer experiences in a consumer-controlled world. Together, they talk about executing a winning brand strategy, organizing expectations within your company, and exploring new ideas and processes to revolutionize your marketing.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you will learn:

  • Douglas Longenecker shares the catalyst for //NKST
  • Tara Baumgarten talks about what it means for the customer to be in control
  • Patricia O’Connell defines the customer experience and explains why it’s so important
  • Understanding the components of a customer’s needs and desires
  • How to set expectations and create a winning strategy for your company’s customer experience
  • Longenecker, O’Connell, and Baumgarten talk about coordinating and integrating your experience strategy across departments
  • The importance of evolving your marketing approach to achieve the next level of success

About Our Guest:

Douglas LongeneckerDouglas Longenecker is the CMO, CEO, and Chief Collaboration Officer at //NKST, a growth acceleration firm. He is an entrepreneur and leader who specializes in fostering environments of listening, curiosity, and innovation to help businesses and brands evolve. Longenecker is passionate about creating an atmosphere of open possibilities and forging human connections to drive real results.

Tara BaumgartenTara Baumgarten is the Head of Public Relations at //NKST. She has experience providing creative senior counsel to corporations, professional service firms, consultants, authors, and more. As a PR and marketing strategist, Baumgarten specializes in thought leadership, executive visibility, messaging, and customer experience.

Patricia O'ConnellPatricia O'Connell is the President of Aerten Consulting, a content strategy firm that helps companies define their stories and refine their cultures. She is the co-author of Woo, Wow, and Win: Service Design, Strategy, and the Art of Customer Delight, alongside Thomas A. Stewart. O’Connell is also the host of This is Capitalism: CEO Stories, a podcast where she discusses entrepreneurship, creativity, and innovation in the free market.

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