Effectively dealing with the pandemic and mitigating the adverse effects of the economic shutdown is quite a challenge for leading companies: they have to cope with high financial losses while providing support for others.
The last few months have shown how leading companies successfully and sometimes less successfully face up to their social responsibility, how partners, customers and users of the social web can react to it and which do’s and don’ts of crisis management can be derived from it.
One does not have to participate in »Das perfekte Dinner« (The Perfect Dinner) to appreciate the value of good cookware. Amateur chefs all over the world know how annoying low-quality pots, pans and knives can be. Especially if they are treated a little harsher when cooking, they quickly get blunt blades or deep scratches, which start to rust after the third rinse.
This is why households that regularly cook fresh meals like to invest in high-quality products that not only survive a three-course meal but are also a reliable companion for everyday spaghetti dishes, paella pans, sauerbraten or the annual Christmas feast.
The cookware manufacturer Fissler offers just such a premium range of pans, pressure cookers, knives and other kitchen utensils and contributes to people all over the world enjoying cooking with its outstanding »Made in Germany« quality.
Find out in our new »User-Centric Content Commerce Plattform for Successful and Long-Lasting Customer Relationships« success story how Fissler has managed to meet its quality standards on a digital level.
Kickstarter is not only the name of the pioneering start-up from New York, but also the term for the type of financing that the American crowdfunding platform has introduced into global digital business. In light of current events, however, giving companies a kick start, i.e. providing support to get off to a flying start into digital business is not only something for start-ups.
Many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are currently also facing the challenge of quickly and productively getting started in remote business, or expanding their digital presence. Starter packs for B2C and B2B would be greatly appreciated. Therefore, we started working together with our partnerSalesforce because »we’re all in this together«, right? 😉
It does not happen all that often these days that the doorbell rings. No one comes around spontaneously anymore, and anyone doing so would make himself liable to prosecution – or at least look suspicious: the coronavirus (COVID-19) has a tight grip on the world. Habits are changing: we buy more toilet paper and less clothes. Those who can, work from home, not from the office. We eat home-cooked food instead of eating in the bistro of our choice.
Or we opt for ready-made meals. They can even be healthy and delicious, and this allows us to tell success stories from the business world, even in times of the coronavirus. One of these stories is about bofrost*, Europe’s largest direct distributor of frozen foods, whose business is currently booming.
At the beginning of March, a friend of mine who works in a Parisian design office posted on social media: »Salut, mes chers, je passe au télétravail!« She was asked to leave her open-plan office due to the coronavirus. Télétravail is the French word for something for which we do not have a proper German word in German: we call it home office whereas real native speakers would rather describe it as »working from home« or »remote work«.
The word component »tele« is not even French but ancient Greek. It means far away. The French thus work discretely from far away these days. At least conceptually, they do not let themselves be nailed to any place in times of curfews (sorry, I mean contact bans) when they are not working from their office.
No matter whether they are working from far away, from home or via mobile devices: while the world is standing still to flatten an infection curve, the global working world is in fact changing rapidly. But what was the so-called New Work all about before the coronavirus? Why can such impulses lead to great benefits, in particular for many companies that now believe they are sliding into a crisis?
Personalisation – buzzword, trend, obsession. Whatever you want to call it: there is no way around personalisation for brands, retailers and manufacturers if they do not only want to be part of the battle for customer attention and loyalty, but also want to be at its forefront. And every step forward also brings new challenges. For example, it is one of these challenges that a targeted and individual customer approach must not be one-way traffic. Companies have to think and act in a cross-channel manner. Their customers have been doing this for a long time. Efficient marketing campaigns are required. The GRANIT PARTS Success Story shows what these campaigns should look like and how companies actually manage to keep up with the competition.
Online? No problem. MVP? No problem. Last week, we proved with the debut of the Handelskraft Conference 2020 Online Edition that we are able to pull this off under enormous time pressure and extreme conditions. Up to the day of the conference, we experienced 16 exciting days between »Oh my God«, corona master plan and »dotSource goes home office«. Within a very short time, everything that had been prepared intensively for more than a year was rethought, rebuilt and turned into a day that we will not forget so quickly for various reasons.
Attractiveness lies in the eye of the beholder. Those who clear out their wardrobe and ask themselves how they ever found some of the older pieces so beautiful that they spent money on them know this, too.
Fashion brands face this challenge time and time again: they have to offer something that customers find attractive and want to buy. But before they can do so, they must find a variety of ways – especially in the digital age – to be visible enough in order for customers to even come across their collection. In barely any other sector, the competition over online visibility is fiercer than in the fashion industry. The renowned German manufacturer LERROS Moden GmbH from Neuss in North Rhine-Westphalia is also presented with this challenge. So how has the renowned menswear brand managed to significantly increase its online visibility in a cost-effective manner?
The digital age is an age of inflationary superlatives. The best customer approach is more important than the largest product range. The best service beats the lowest price. The best user experience beats everything anyway. No matter which added values it is about, the fight for superlatives is justified because the company that offers the greatest added values will prevail in the end.
But how, for example, does one achieve better or even the best service and thus more quality in customer relationship management? In the current »INNIO Uses Next-Level CRM« success story, we show how even the most complex IT landscape can be turned into a platform that withstands the superlative mania and at the same time offers the best prerequisites for future-proof digital business.
What is the milling machine’s width? How high is it, how deep does it mill and how many watts does it have? In many areas, intelligent product information data management (PIM) is the key to sales success because the customer wants to know as precisely as possible what distinguishes the product he wants to purchase. No matter whether the customer informs himself online or wants to be convinced by a sales manager in a personal conversation: having all data relating to a product at hand has to be a priority in every company.
PIM software helps ensure that correct, complete and high-quality product data is immediately available and consistent across all channels. Because the number of distribution channels has increased as a result of digitisation, many existing systems can no longer live up to this requirement. Moreover, duplicates are often difficult to track down and usability is rather a reason for complaint than for joy for employees. But which data management system is the right one?