29 min

16 | Why treating customers as numbers can damage brand with Martin Sheerin Statements of Intent

    • Marketing

In this episode, David Mannheim sits down with Martin Sheerin, Director of Digital Product at N Brown Group.
Martin explains how brands will gain more reward by prioritising decisions based on customer needs rather than lagging metrics like conversion.
After working for brands like Moneysupermarket, The Co-operative Bank, and Phones4u, Martin has over 16 years of expertise in eCommerce, user experience, and conversion rate optimisation. In this time, he has not only transformed businesses but also fostered teams to excel in creating innovative digital products and touchpoints that significantly improve customer journeys.
Topics Covered:
Martin’s role as a Director of Digital Products at N Brown GroupUnderstanding the difference between leading and lagging metricsThe importance of customer-centric testing and optimisationN Brown's "Run, Grow, Transform" model for balancing short and long-term goalsAdvice for how to keep the customer at the heart of business decisionsKey Quotes:
"If you think about customers as numbers, you'll drive the number up now, but it's very short-lived.""We're not only looking at the sale, but the whole loop - before you come to our websites through to how do I make you want to make a second purchase with us?""If you just do conversion optimisation, you'd minimise the content and push people through. What we found was by making it a slightly longer process and helping people understand the product, we got more sign-ups and retained more customers."Episode Chapters
00:00 Introduction01:06 Guest Introduction: Martin Sheeran01:43 The Role of a Director of Digital Products03:36 Understanding Leading vs. Lagging Metrics06:41 The Importance of Customer-Centric Testing17:15 The Three-Speed Model: Run, Grow, Transform24:20 Martin's Advice For Other eComm Leaders28:18 Outro
Resources
‘A Brief History of Netflix Personalization’ by Gibson Biddle → https://gibsonbiddle.medium.com/a-brief-history-of-netflix-personalization-1f2debf010a1

In this episode, David Mannheim sits down with Martin Sheerin, Director of Digital Product at N Brown Group.
Martin explains how brands will gain more reward by prioritising decisions based on customer needs rather than lagging metrics like conversion.
After working for brands like Moneysupermarket, The Co-operative Bank, and Phones4u, Martin has over 16 years of expertise in eCommerce, user experience, and conversion rate optimisation. In this time, he has not only transformed businesses but also fostered teams to excel in creating innovative digital products and touchpoints that significantly improve customer journeys.
Topics Covered:
Martin’s role as a Director of Digital Products at N Brown GroupUnderstanding the difference between leading and lagging metricsThe importance of customer-centric testing and optimisationN Brown's "Run, Grow, Transform" model for balancing short and long-term goalsAdvice for how to keep the customer at the heart of business decisionsKey Quotes:
"If you think about customers as numbers, you'll drive the number up now, but it's very short-lived.""We're not only looking at the sale, but the whole loop - before you come to our websites through to how do I make you want to make a second purchase with us?""If you just do conversion optimisation, you'd minimise the content and push people through. What we found was by making it a slightly longer process and helping people understand the product, we got more sign-ups and retained more customers."Episode Chapters
00:00 Introduction01:06 Guest Introduction: Martin Sheeran01:43 The Role of a Director of Digital Products03:36 Understanding Leading vs. Lagging Metrics06:41 The Importance of Customer-Centric Testing17:15 The Three-Speed Model: Run, Grow, Transform24:20 Martin's Advice For Other eComm Leaders28:18 Outro
Resources
‘A Brief History of Netflix Personalization’ by Gibson Biddle → https://gibsonbiddle.medium.com/a-brief-history-of-netflix-personalization-1f2debf010a1

29 min