quarta-feira, maio 17, 2006

The Experience Economy

"The Experience Economy: Work is Theatre & Every Business a Stage" de B. Joseph PineII & James H. Gilmore, um livro publicado em 1999 pela Harvard Business School Press.

É sempre um gosto retornar periodicamente a este livro. Somos levados a encarar as relações cliente-fornecedor a um nível diferente.
Quem vive atormentado com a crescente ameaça da "comoditização" dos seus produtos e serviços, pode encontrar uma perspectiva diferente de encarar uma relação comercial. Por exemplo:
"The easiest way to turn a service into an experience is to provide poor service, thus creating a memorable encounter of the most unpleasant kind.
The surest way to provide poor service is to walk every client through the same rote, impersonal routine, never varying, no matter who the individual client is or what he really needs. Customers have been receiving such treatment ever since service providers embraced the same principles of Mass Production that manufacturers used to dramatically lower costs. And it's becoming even worse as the forces of commoditization that hit manufacturing now attack services as well. So service providers reengineer their call centers to reduce call time and downsize already harried front-line staff to save on fixed costs an overhead. The end result?
Their employees spend less time with clients, and the time they do spend no longer delivers the same level of service.
By focusing on costs at the expense of what clients want, these companies are commoditizing themselves. Why should customers pay a higher price for demonstrably poorer service?
But the inverse principle also holds true: Customizing a service can be a sure route to staging a positive experience."

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