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Customer Genius

  • ID: 2330018
  • Book
  • 406 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Hello, I am your customer. Do you see the world like I do? It's simple really. Start with me, and everything else follows. Together we can do extraordinary things. Are you ready?

Building a customer–centric business

Customers are now in control of our markets, demanding that we do business on their terms. Their expectations are high, and loyalty is rare. They are individual and emotional, well informed and highly organized. They know what they want, and only accept the best.

Customers are the lifeblood of organizations, increasingly the most valuable assets. Products are commoditized and capabilities can be sourced. Insights and relationships are your competitive advantage. This requires you to think more holistically, and act differently.

Peter Fisk, a leading customer and business strategist, proposes a new blue print for building a customer–centric business; proving that the right customer strategies, based on deeper customer insight, driving more compelling propositions and distinctive experiences, can engage those 'wonderful people' we call customers.

10 building blocks, 30 practical tools, 50 inspirational stories

From Amazon to Banyan T4ree, Quintessentially to Zipcars, explore 50 of the world's leading customer businesses. The rise of Air Asia, and the collaboration of Boeing; the segmented focus of Club Med, and the customer vision of Disney; the imagination of caper, and the desire for the Nintendo Wii; the realism of Dove and the tribal loyalty of Harley Davidson. The 'genius' of a customer–centric business is hat it words from the outside in. It attracts, serves and retains the best customers as its route to profitability and growth.

Isn't it about time you started doing business from the outside in?

Genius = intelligence + imagination = extraordinary results
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Track 1: Hello!

Track 2: My world people and their passions.

2.1 Wonderful people.

Insight 1: Facebook.

2.2 Global village.

Insight 2: Air Asia.

2.3 Customer tribes.

Insight 3: Banyan Tree.

Track 3: My agenda what matters most to me.

3.1 Emotional world.

Insight 4: Baidu.

3.2 Customer kaleidoscopes.

Insight 5: Stenders Soap Factory.

3.3 The customer agenda.

Insight 6: Camper Shoes.

Track 4: My terms power to the people.

4.1 Customer power.

Insight 7: Livestrong.

4.2 Pull not push.

Insight 8: Progressive Insurance.

4.3 Outside in, inside out.

Insight 9: Zipcars.

Track 5: My business the customer business.

5.1 The customer–centric business.

Insight 10: Amazon.

5.2 Customer value, business value.

Insight 11: Best Buy.

5.3 Ten dimensions of the customer business.


Dimension 1: Customer vision.

1.1 Customer purpose.

Insight 12: Lego.

1.2 Customer brand.

Insight 13: Aveda.

1.3 Customer alignment.

Insight 14: Cemex.

Dimension 2: Customer strategy.

2.1 Customer profitability.

Insight 15: Nike Women.

2.2 Customer segmentation.

Insight 16: Club Med.

2.3 Customer management.

Insight 17: Tata.

Dimension 3: Customer insights.

3.1 Customer intelligence.

Insight 18: Dove.

3.2 Customer immersion.

Insight 19: H&M.

3.3 Customer insights.

Insight 20: Harrah s Casinos.

Dimension 4: Customer propositions.

4.1 Customer context.

Insight 21: Whole Foods Markets.

4.2 Customer propositions.

Insight 22: Oxfam Unwrapped.

4.3 Customer conversations.

Insight 23: Jimmy Choo.

Dimension 5: Customer solutions.

5.1 Customer collaboration.

Insight 24: Heinz Tomato Ketchup.

5.2 Customer innovation.

Insight 25: Smart USA.

5.3 Customer solutions.

Insight 26: Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

Dimension 6: Customer connections.

6.1 Customer communication.

Insight 27: Wumart China.

6.2 Customer networks.

Insight 28: Zopa.

6.3 Customer gateways.

Insight 29: Quintessentially.

Dimension 7: Customer experiences.

7.1 Customer journey.

Insight 30: Nintendo Wii.

7.2 Customer theatre.

Insight 31: Vom Fass.

7.3 Extraordinary experiences.

Insight 32: Build a Bear Workshop.

Dimension 8: Customer service.

8.1 Customer delivery.

Insight 33: Disneyland.

8.2 Individualized service.

Insight 34: Singapore Airlines.

8.3 Service recovery.

Insight 35: Ritz–Carlton.

Dimension 9: Customer relationships.

9.1 Customer partnerships.

Insight 36: Harley–Davidson.

9.2 Customer communities.

Insight 37: The Co–operative Group.

9.3 Customer advocates.

Insight 38: New Balance.

Dimension 10: Customer performance.

10.1 Value drivers.

Insight 39: Enterprise Car Rental.

10.2 Customer metrics.

Insight 40: First Direct.

10.3 Business impact.

Insight 41: GE.


Track 6: Leadership leading a customer revolution.

6.1 Inspiring people.

Insight 42: Eczacibasi.

6.2 New business leaders.

Insight 43: P&G.

6.3 Customer champions.

Insight 44: MAC Cosmetics.

Track 7: Culture creating a passion in people.

7.1 Engaging your people.

Insight 45: Pret A Manger.

7.2 Aligning people and customers.

Insight 46: Innocent.

7.3 Structures, symbols and stories.

Insight 47: Toyota.

Track 8: Transformation the journey to customer–centricity.

8.1 Creating a customer revolution.

Insight 48: Avon.

8.2 Making change happen.

Insight 49: Skoda.

8.3 Virgin inspiration.


The customer business roadmap.

More genius.


About the author.

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Peter Fisk is an experienced strategist and marketer, and has worked with some of the world's leading companies including Coca–Cola, Microsoft and Vodafone.. He jointly leads a strategic innovation firm, The Foundation, helping companies to grow their businesses from the outside in. Peter is a recognized expert and commentator on marketing around the world. He is an inspirational speaker on customers and brands, strategy and innovation. He is co–author of the FT Handbook of Management, and The Complete CEO. In January 2006, Business Strategy Review identified him as one of the leading new business thinkers.. He combines youthful energy and inspiration with significant, practical experience. He is married with two young daughters and, having grown up in the Northumbrian countryside, now lives just outside London. He is a committed long–distance runner, Newcastle United supporter, and never far from his BlackBerry or iPod.
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