Heart of Business offers a behind-the-scenes look at the greatest teams in business and sheds light on the inspiring ways they connect with their customers.
In every episode, we’ll speak to a leader whose team has gone the extra mile to connect with customers and serve them in really meaningful ways. We’re talking about the things that don’t always make the most business sense in the short term, the things that may even seem downright radical, but to customers, they matter. Because those moments when teams and customers connect in meaningful ways are the heart of your business. That’s when your team is motivated and engaged in their work, and for your customers, it’s those personal, human experiences that make them loyal to your company and brand for life.
Heart of Business is a Front Page production. Brought to you by Front, the leader in Customer Communication, Front Page is the trusted resource for leaders who believe in the impact of meaningful connections with customers. You can find more inspiring stories at frontapp.com/blog or on Twitter @frontapp. And don’t forget to hit subscribe so you never miss an episode of Heart of Business.
International travel is back. Is that a good thing?
In the first season of Heart of Business, we talked a lot about travel. We had wanderlust, but we were trapped at home. But now that we're able to start getting back out there, should we?
Tourism alone accounts for 8% of the world’s carbon emissions. On a 2500 mile flight, just one passenger’s share of emissions melts a square foot of arctic summer sea ice cover. But tourism is also 10% of the global GDP. Local communities and supply chains rely on that money. But again, not all of it is going back into those economies—70% of all money spent by tourists in Thailand leaves Thailand; 80% from the Caribbean.
What does sustainable, purposeful travel look like post COVID?
To find out, we talked to Zach Smith and Sam Blenkinsopp, both founders and CEOs of the next-generation travel companies https://www.anywhere.com/ (Anywhere) and https://trippin.world/ (Trippin), respectively.
In this episode, Sam mentions some resources for purposeful travelers. Here they are:
https://www.regenerativetravel.com/ (Regenerative Travel)
https://horizn-studios.com/ (Horizn Studios)
How to work when you can't work happier
Front's founding motto was "work happier." But is that even possible for people whose communities face discrimination and violence on a daily basis? In this episode, we talk to Front employees, leadership, and mental health experts to find out.
This episode contains frank and candid discussions of violence against Black and Asian Americans, and the mental health struggles that accompany working and existing as a person of color when those events happen. If you’re struggling with mental health at work, here are two free resources discussed in the episode:
https://www.empowerwork.org/ (Empower Work)
https://mhanational.org/ (Mental Health America)
If you’re looking to be an ally or to support racial justice and equality, please consider supporting and donating to Empower Work and Mental Health America or one of the following organizations:
https://www.naacpldf.org/ (NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund)
https://stopaapihate.org/ (Stop Asian Hate)
An oral history of Save Our Stages Fest
In Fall 2020, the National Independent Venue Association (NIVA) teamed up with YouTube to produce the SaveOurStages Festival — quite possibly the biggest virtual music festival of all time — to raise money for the Save Our Stages Act: life-saving federal aid for the nation’s independent music venues. They were the first businesses to close due to COVID-19 and they’ll be the last to open. Nothing exemplifies the heart of business more than artists, legislators, corporations, and fans coming together to save live music.
And there’s so much to talk about, from the logistics of organizing such an event with 30+ major artists, the technology to stream it around the world, and the ultimate goal of lobbying the US Congress to get involved and pass this legislation.
Many venues still haven't received financial assistance, so the emergency relief fund is still accepting donations to distribute to the most at-risk venues. Please consider donating here: https://www.nivassoc.org/
Watch SOS Fest on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCD5tcuAKGwandlist=PL30kw0f7AkXqfLRKTnf9-ZB3p5uaQrYZc
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Heart of Business Season 2 Teaser
The second season of Heart of Business is here! In this new season, the episodes are a bit shorter, but the stories are front and center. Like the story of how musicians and fans came together to save an entire industry. And how public and private scientists developed a vaccine in record time to save millions. Or how travel is returning, but better and more sustainable than before. It's all this season on the new, improved Heart of Business.
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Growing Hockey in the Desert During a Pandemic
It's been 25 years since the Winnipeg Jets moved from Canada to become the Arizona Coyotes. It's been almost as long since show producer Matt Klassen made the same move. If you're a fan of hockey, you've probably seen your fair share of news stories during that time about how "hockey can't work in a desert." About how the Coyotes are doomed.
Those arguments are pretty tired—Arizona has a thriving hockey scene, a huge nascent fanbase, and—oh yeah—a local kid who grew up to be one of the sport's top superstars in Auston Matthews.
But the narrative persists.
To be clear, growing the sport in the Southwest presents unique challenges—to say nothing of a global pandemic that shut down the league and closed arenas. That's why we wanted to talk to Coyotes' SVP Marketing Tania Moreno.
In this episode, Matt chatted with Tania about the challenges presented by Arizona's unique market, the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts the team is making to grow the game with non-traditional hockey fans.
Reimagining SaaStr in the Age of COVID-19
In this episode of Heart of Business, Anthony and LB get a play-by-play of the last-minute cancellation of last year's SaaStr Annual because of COVID-19.
SaaStr's GM and SVP, Amelia Ibarra, had been planning for more than a year, only to be the last event cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions. She takes us inside the decision and the pivot to virtual events.
You'll also get a fascinating look at the inner workings of corporate events, told by someone who knows the game better than anyone.
And finally, you'll hear from Amelia what the future of the events space looks like, and whether there's truly a such thing as a "hybrid event."
Anthony and LK also do a deep dive into end-to-end operators like Peloton and Netflix, talk about companies going out of their way to get people vaccinated, and recap the one and only "cat lawyer."
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