Everyone means no-one – so who are your target customers?

Making tough choices is part of creating a clear strategy, and for many the toughest of all choices is who will be their target customers. “Everyone is a potential customer” usually follows a passionate explanation about why the organisation doesn’t want to exclude anyone. “Our sport/product/service should be available for everyone to enjoy…” But the trouble […]

Insight-led customer retention

“Customer retention needs to be embedded in the marrow of your organisation”. This is my favourite line from Paul Gravett‘s article entitled ‘trickle or torrent: how successful is your customer retention?’. The article explains how an organisation can (and must) boost its customer retention. While Gravett was writing for the arts sector his message is relevant to other sectors too. […]

The process for creating actionable customer insights and turning insight to impact

Creating actionable customer insights – start asking ‘why’

Creating actionable customer insights is the cornerstone of being a customer-centric organisation. And in principle is sounds quite simple – find something insightful within your data and then take action based on what you found. Easy! Maybe not… recent research by IPSOS MORI for Verint suggests that while nearly all organisations collect some form of customer-related […]

Re-evaluating the 4 Ps of marketing for sport

This month’s HBR magazine has an interesting article about rethinking the classic 4 Ps for B2B marketing. Instead of Product, Place, Price and Promotion, the authors propose Solution, Access, Value and Education. As NGBs are largely in the B2B space, rather than B2C, the article has some interesting ideas for sport’s governing bodies. Instead of […]

Why do we play sport?

New year is a great time to start or increase our sports participation. For a start there’s safety in numbers, as “do more exercise” and “get fit” are high on the list of annual new year’s resolutions. But to create a new habit out of these resolutions, personal trainers will tell us we need some […]

The overwhelming fear of being wrong

Seth Godin has made an interesting post about a consumers underlying fear of being wrong, and how they behave as a result of it. His final sentence, that this is “the lone barrier almost every product and service has to overcome in order to succeed” is particularly relevant for the sports industry. From a sports […]

Sustainable business growth at Nike

Last week, Nike announced their quarterly results. Constant dollar revenues grew 9%, with growth in every geography except for Japan. But it wasn’t the results themselves that interested me; but rather, how they explained their strategy for creating sustainable business growth. Mark Parker, NIKE Inc.’s President and CEO, said “everything we do at Nike is […]