Nothing puts fear into the heart of a sales person, or a CEO for that matter, than the thought of changing prices. Input costs tend to rise over time, strategies change, competitors move: all are scenarios where a price change is applicable. But when we work with clients on pricing we meet more trepidation than we do with many other analytical pursuits.
Earlier this year I wrote an article for the Globe outlining the top reasons for companies to have a Chief Customer Officer. Without repeating all the details, the basic premise was that in the era of customer centricity companies need a senior executive that owns the end to end customer experience. This executive needs to be empowered to make decisions across what today are individual silos: marketing, sales, operations, human resources, etc.; if it impacts the customer, the CCO needs to be accountable for it.
In an increasingly complex and competitive world, business executives are focused on improving their understanding of their customers. Organizations today are fortunate to have a wealth of customer information at their fingertips. Hours are spent conducting surveys and focus groups, and in analyzing transactional, demographic and other data in an attempt to optimize the way they segment their customers and drive them to behavior. In our work, we have observed some commonly held, but often incorrect, views about customers. We call them the customer fallacies.