Connected Strategy: Building Continuous Customer Relationships for Competitive Advantage
Business Models for Transforming Customer Relationships
What if there were a way to turn occasional, sporadic transactions with customers into long-term, continuous relationships--while simultaneously driving dramatic improvements in operational efficiency? What if you could break your existing trade-offs between superior customer experience and low cost?
This is the promise of a connected strategy. New forms of connectivity--involving frequent, low-friction, customized interactions--mean that companies can now anticipate customer needs as they arise, or even before. Simultaneously, enabled by these technologies, companies can create new business models that deliver more value to customers. Connected strategies are win-win: Customers get a dramatically improved experience, while companies boost operational efficiency.
In this book, strategy and operations experts Nicolaj Siggelkow and Christian Terwiesch reveal the emergence of connected strategies as a new source of competitive advantage. With in-depth examples from companies operating in industries such as healthcare, financial services, mobility, retail, entertainment, nonprofit, and education, Connected Strategy identifies the four pathways--respond-to-desire, curated offering, coach behavior, and automatic execution--for turning episodic interactions into continuous relationships. The authors show how each pathway creates a competitive advantage, then guide you through the critical decisions for creating and implementing your own connected strategies.
Whether you're trying to revitalize strategy in an established company or disrupt an industry as a startup, this book will help you:
- Reshape your connections with your customers
- Find new ways to connect with existing suppliers while also activating new sources of capacity
- Create the right revenue model
- Make the best technology choices to support your strategy
Integrating rich examples, how-to advice, and practical tools in the form of workshop chapters throughout, this book is the ultimate resource for creating competitive advantage through connected relationships with your customers and redefined connections in your industry.
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Advance Praise for Connected Strategy
Adam Grant, author, New York Times bestsellers Originals and Give and Take--
"In a connected world, companies live and die on their ability to create great customer experiences. In this book, two leading experts on strategy and innovation team up to explore how to create those experiences in a rapidly changing world. Their lively, practical book offers rich cases, evidence, and frameworks for gaining and maintaining a competitive advantage."
Reid Hoffman, cofounder, LinkedIn; Partner, Greylock Partners; and coauthor, Blitzscaling--
"This insightful book blends academic rigor with practical, step-by-step tools that can help you design innovative business models for the Networked Age. Connected Strategy shows how to leverage continuous connectivity and emerging AI to make deep relationships that benefit customers and businesses alike. Read this book if you want to build a business model of the future."
William P. Lauder, Executive Chairman, The Estee Lauder Companies--
"A timely and practical guide and a great resource for how to create deeper relationships with consumers. In today's increasingly competitive environment, connected strategies that seamlessly link consumers, companies, and suppliers will be the future in many industries."
William McNabb, former Chief Executive, The Vanguard Group--
"In their brilliant new book, Nicolaj Siggelkow and Christian Terwiesch upend traditional thinking about how to build enduring customer relationships that create competitive advantage. What makes this book special--and a must-read--is the combination of a novel way of thinking about customer relationships with specific, practical advice on how to implement these ideas. I just ordered a stack of copies for my colleagues!"
Michael E. Porter, Bishop William Lawrence University Professor, Harvard Business School--
"Siggelkow and Terwiesch's important book addresses the major transformation in how companies interact with customers in the Digital Age--a transformation that is reshaping almost every dimension on which companies compete. These changes have led to customer information sharing, collaborative marketing, the development of new kinds of products and services together with new support models, and new business models based on product usage instead of conventional purchasing. The book provides a rich, accessible, and actionable road map for understanding these important changes and their implications, which every company and its leadership team needs to understand and address."