Growing the company. It’s the CEO’s #1 priority. And yet oftentimes a gap exists between the strategies of the CEO and the demands of customers. This strategic gap slows growth and erodes your competitive edge while exposing your organization to unnecessary risks. By gaining a deep awareness and understanding of this chasm, CEOs can lead the charge to align the strategy, promises and experience to gain customer loyalty and advocacy and eliminate the friction that can open the door for a mass exodus to the competitor.If you’re in the C-Suite and concerned about the growth and velocity of your company, REALLY Know Your Customer is the podcast for you. Let Betsy Westhafer and Tony Bodoh be your guides to show you how to close the strategic gap that exists between your company and your customers. With insights from experienced executive-level guests, this podcast will change the way you think as a leader and will challenge your views on how to build a winning strategy supported by operations and tactics that leverage your key customer relationships. Betsy Westhafer is a best selling author, speaker, and the CEO of The Congruity Group, a consultancy helping B2B C-Suites expand trusted customer relationships so they can ensure the future of their high-growth organizations. Through the deployment of executive-level Customer Advisory Boards, Betsy helps Congruity clients gain the critical insights they need to mitigate the risks associated with: client attrition and market share loss, ineffective strategies and business models, reputation damage from dissatisfied customers, industry disruption, misaligned business models, irrelevance in the market, and counterproductive organizational dynamics. Throughout her career, Betsy has led confidential C-Suite conversations around the world, including in the US, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, diving into customer perception gaps, market trends, and innovation. She helps clients uncover insights into where customers need them to be in order to achieve mutual success, all while strengthening key customer relationships to minimize the gap between their own strategies and the strategies of their customers. Tony Bodoh is an expert in human experience. He is the CEO of the customer experience consultancy, Tony Bodoh International, and has co-founded four other companies. He works with startups and world-renowned brands to align their strategies, promises, and experiences which enables accelerated customer acquisition and significant improvements in customer retention. Three of his books have been on more than twenty of Amazon’s Best Seller lists, and his training programs are used across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Tony balances the ability to invent new forms of data analysis to discover insights with his ability to coach leaders through the transformation of their mindsets and the culture of their organizations. Drawing on the experiences of top-level (C-Suite) executives who have cracked the code when it comes to leveraging customer relationships to align their brand’s strategy, promises, and experiences, this podcast will challenge you and provoke new thinking. Learn from the best practices and biggest mistakes of high-level, knowledgeable, confident, and experienced C-Suite guests. Hang out with the best and brightest to accelerate your organization’s growth. Let us help you explore new ways to nurture those key customer relationships so you can continue your high-growth trajectory and build your customer base into the future. In this quickly evolving business environment, you could be a high-growth company today and gone tomorrow. Disruption is a given and no organization is immune. The market is so dynamic that relying on the status quo is a recipe for extinction. The best way to ensure sustainability is to deeply understand what your customers need, want, and expect from your organization today and in the future. Join Betsy Westhafer and Tony Bodoh and thei
Episode #49: REALLY Knowing The Learning Style Of Your Customer With David Ciccarelli
Fun fact: 30% of the population learns by listening.
Not-so-fun fact: If your website only offers written content, you could be leaving behind a big chunk of your target market simply because you’re not speaking the same language.
Meet David Ciccarelli, CEO of Voices, a fast-growing online platform that connects buyers and sellers of one creative service: the human voice. He joins Betsy and Tony to share how he thinks a little differently about the customer journey and generously shares ideas for ways to improve your standing with prospects. Start by taking down the gates to your website content and determining which written content can be translated to audio. Be their guide (not the hero) in helping them achieve their goals.
Thanks for your insights, David!
Season #1, Episode #48: The Transformation Of Sales And Storytelling With Doug C. Brown
It all starts with a story and believe it or not, Doug Brown has a lot of them. Starting with his first job at the young age of 3 when he was sweeping floors. Many years down the road, Doug is now helping companies achieve their top 1% of sales.
Join us as Betsy and Tony get Doug’s unique perspective on the state of sales today. Sure, sales people used to push back on marketing and how they didn’t need it to sell. Now, they’re pushing back on really getting to know their customers. Some of them have told Doug there’s not enough information out there to learn about their customers. Listen in to hear Doug’s response to this objection with an incredible story involving his grandfather.
Season #1, Episode #47: Re-Thinking How To Invest In Your Key Customer Accounts With Denise Freier
Meet Denise Freier. After more than 40 years of driving sales and customer relationships at IBM, Denise made her way to the Strategic Account Management Association. At its core, SAMA is focused on sharing best practices for, you guessed it, Strategic Account Managers. Whether it’s through conferences, free webinars or training services, SAMA is continually finding new ways to help accelerate the member’s business results.
So, what’s the difference between sales and strategic account management? Denise explores this with Tony and Betsy and views your traditional salesperson as someone who can apply products and services to a customer’s problem. Whereas strategic account managers develop long-term trust and commitment with customers, while always leading with the customer’s success. Listen in to learn the 5 specific traits that make a SAM.
We especially love this episode given Denise also wrote the foreword in Betsy and Tony’s next book! The Rarest Advantage: How to Co-Create Strategic Value to Retain and Expand Your Key Customer Accounts will be released in April 2022.
Season #1, Episode #46: Revealing Blind Spots In Customer Experience With Gal Oron
Meet Gal Oron. Gal is a self-described normal person who got to where he is with a lot of hard work and constant improvement. Whether it’s on the basketball court or in the office, Gal strives to keep three key things in mind: 1. Have humility 2. Exhibit strong work ethic 3. Be dedicated.
At Zoomin, Gal and his team are replicating the successes they’ve seen in B2C, and bringing them into the B2B world of enterprise companies. Today, every company is a tech company. That means companies need to understand how their end users interact with content and how they can use this data to their benefit. That’s where Zoomin comes into play. Zoomin will reveal the blind spots in your customer experience.
Listen in as Gal humbly shares his expertise in this can’t-miss episode.
Season #1, Episode #45: Creating Transparency In Customer Conversations With Richard White
Transparency across the organization - it’s something every business strives for, but few master. Customer conversations or feedback is often diluted from the point it enters the organization to when (or should we say, IF) it reaches the impacted department. Fathom, a #1-rated Zoom app, is working to change that.
The CEO of Fathom, Richard White joins Betsy and Tony to talk about the business value his company is bringing to a remote-first environment. Customer conversations that take place virtually can now be captured and shared across the organization in a way that increases productivity for everyone involved, improves internal alignment and ultimately, yields a better customer experience.
Richard gives the REALLY Know Your Customer listeners a special Fathom offer! Tune in for more information.
Season #1, Episode #44: Aha! Uncovering Customer Insights With Darshan Mehta
Darshan Mehta’s time and passion for research goes back to the 1990s, when he became interested in case studies and customer focus groups. Today, Darshan is CEO of iResearch, which built an online insights platform that enables companies to quickly, easily, and affordably extract insights from consumers or employees worldwide. In other words, Darshan saw the value extracted from in-person focus groups and created a way to leverage some of that same value using an online methodology.
Let’s dive into this insightful conversation with Darshan and explore the world of customer focus groups.
Betsy and Tony - Full of anything BUT Bologna
BETSY AND TONY RUN A GREAT SHOW. THEY KNOW THEIR STUFF, AND DO A GREAT JOB AT LETTING THEIR GUESTS SHARE THEIR EXPERTISE AS WELL.
Wonderful interviews on important topics! This is a great show!
This show is a lot of fun and super informative!