In this episode of (R)evolution, Nissan's David Mingle, Director of Customer Management and Erich Marx, Director of Marketing join me for a refreshing conversation about social media's impact on business transformation, customer experiences, and building an adaptive business model to learn and evolve based on new opportunities.
We explore Nissan's approach to new media for not only marketing, but also how the company uses social media to invest in and shape the customer experience over time. Having both David and Erich on the show offered a 360 view of the customer and also demonstrates how organizations must rethink the customer journey before, during, and after transactions to ultimately define and lead it. I must say that I appreciate the honesty and full transparency in this discussion. It shows why Nissan is on the road to successful engagement.
At one point at about 1:54 in the discussion Erich Marx shares how the pact between leadership, customer management, and marketing at Nissan is creating a culture of exploration and innovation, "...understanding that we're defining as we go what our ability is to play and play effectively in this space, a willingness to talk about what's possible, a willingness to invest...to me, that's leadership in the space right now...and, a trust that we will deliver ROI and value to the company."
This episode was recorded during the Salesforce Social Advisory Board meeting in San Francisco. Participants included brand managers from the likes of Disney, Livingsocial, P&G, Nissan, SunTrust, Dunkin Donuts, Get Satisfaction, and VW, we address the need for businesses to not only react to conversations but also lead them.