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Appreciation and Authenticity in B2B Partnerships

Radiating Sunshine
Look, I know that it sounds a bit ‘touchy-feely’ when we start talking about ‘positivity’ and radiating your energy through others to lift them up. And I realize that those of you who know me are probably a bit suspicious when I say that I am now hooked on the concept. In sales, one of the most effective sales tools is our attitude. Customers can feel our enthusiasm when we are passionate about a something. We really do radiate our energy. And that energy truly ignites a chemical reaction in others and elevates their endorphin levels. It has been scientifically proven.
But science aside, we should always be positive and authentic in regards to how we carry ourselves. It’s just the right way to go through life and a bit of good karma never hurts. As we build our partner ecosystem, our extended world of sales and innovation needs to radiate the amazing energy that we are building here at Adobe. This genuine enthusiasm is contagious and will act as a gradational force to pull customers, analysts, partners and even more creative energy to bear on this market movement.
We were very fortunate to have had Mike Robbins join our annual partner conference in Vegas last month. Mike led a brilliant discussion around the impact of being positive and recognizing the contribution of others. He message is so simple, so often over looked and yet when embraced so powerful. Take a look my interview of Mike and start radiating your sunshine.

This tsunami is gaining speed

While on my annual version of the Griswald family vacation this week in beautiful Carmel-by-the-Sea (admittedly no Wally World adventure), I took some good natured teasing from family and friends over the most recent Fourth of July holiday. Evidently, I run with a crowd that doesn’t post Blogs, Tweet, IM or live on Facebook. So, I had to explain the rationale behind Blogs and why I was Blogging. It was one of those explanations that elicited bewildered stares, half hearted interest and a yawn (or two). But trust me, I delivered an impassioned argument.

So I must apologize to my clearly enlightened and tech-savvy reader when I state the obvious: the power and relevance of social media has never been greater. Those of us who ‘live’ in the world of technology cannot escape this reality, and this new reality presents even greater risks and challenges to corporations. Think about it. Today, I don’t just tell a few friends about a bad experience – I tweet, blog, Yelp, and post a note on my facebook page — from my PC, mobile phone or tablet – from my office, home or local Starbuck’s hotspot – all of which can touch thousands of people…in real time. Gone are the days where I only complain to a few close friends about a poor customer service experience. Social media has ushered in a new reality that puts at risk a company’s image, brand, customer loyalty and ultimately their revenue. These colliding dynamics are forcing companies to rethink how they provide an immersive, differentiated and compelling customer experience on-line. And Adobe is in the center of that discussion.

Recently, I visited a large telecommunications company in the Asia Pacific region. I met with the Director of Creativity and Innovation. This person’s charter is to “electrify” (his words) the experience between the company and their customers. For me, the most intriguing aspect of this position was the fact that he was hired by the CEO. Make no doubt about it. Customer experience is a C-level priority. All of this is quite simple and really makes perfect sense when you think about it. Just look at our personal lives: if an application or web experience falls short and doesn’t deliver to our expectations, then we shout NEXT! But if an application enraptures and delights us, then we keep coming back. Corporations are beginning to acknowledge that customers are defining their loyalties and brand preferences based upon the experiences that they receive on-line. In order to survive in this new reality, corporations must accelerate their move from black and white, data centric experiences to high definition applications that customers love to use. Now, this director of “creativity and innovation” literally came out of his shoes when we demonstrated how other companies are leveraging Adobe technology to change the game.

As for further evidence of this movement, I just listen to my family and friend bad mouth a given web experience, vowing never to return again…or when I greet the UPS man at the front door as he delivers yet another shipment from Zappos.com. Now if only my family and friends would truly embrace this galactic Inter-Web thing (the Internet) and start yelping/blogging/tweeting there would be a lot of companies feeling the sting of delivering a woeful customer experience. And this tsunami is gaining speed.