REALLY Know Your Customer

REALLY Know Your Customer

Growing the company. It’s the CEO’s #1 priority. And yet oftentimes a gap exists between the strategies of the CEO and the demands of customers. This strategic gap slows growth and erodes your competitive edge while exposing your organization to unnecessary risks. By gaining a deep awareness and understanding of this chasm, CEOs can lead the charge to align the strategy, promises and experience to gain customer loyalty and advocacy and eliminate the friction that can open the door for a mass exodus to the competitor.If you’re in the C-Suite and concerned about the growth and velocity of your company, REALLY Know Your Customer is the podcast for you. Let Betsy Westhafer and Tony Bodoh be your guides to show you how to close the strategic gap that exists between your company and your customers. With insights from experienced executive-level guests, this podcast will change the way you think as a leader and will challenge your views on how to build a winning strategy supported by operations and tactics that leverage your key customer relationships. Betsy Westhafer is a best selling author, speaker, and the CEO of The Congruity Group, a consultancy helping B2B C-Suites expand trusted customer relationships so they can ensure the future of their high-growth organizations. Through the deployment of executive-level Customer Advisory Boards, Betsy helps Congruity clients gain the critical insights they need to mitigate the risks associated with: client attrition and market share loss, ineffective strategies and business models, reputation damage from dissatisfied customers, industry disruption, misaligned business models, irrelevance in the market, and counterproductive organizational dynamics. Throughout her career, Betsy has led confidential C-Suite conversations around the world, including in the US, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, diving into customer perception gaps, market trends, and innovation. She helps clients uncover insights into where customers need them to be in order to achieve mutual success, all while strengthening key customer relationships to minimize the gap between their own strategies and the strategies of their customers. Tony Bodoh is an expert in human experience. He is the CEO of the customer experience consultancy, Tony Bodoh International, and has co-founded four other companies. He works with startups and world-renowned brands to align their strategies, promises, and experiences which enables accelerated customer acquisition and significant improvements in customer retention. Three of his books have been on more than twenty of Amazon’s Best Seller lists, and his training programs are used across the Americas, Europe and Asia. Tony balances the ability to invent new forms of data analysis to discover insights with his ability to coach leaders through the transformation of their mindsets and the culture of their organizations. Drawing on the experiences of top-level (C-Suite) executives who have cracked the code when it comes to leveraging customer relationships to align their brand’s strategy, promises, and experiences, this podcast will challenge you and provoke new thinking. Learn from the best practices and biggest mistakes of high-level, knowledgeable, confident, and experienced C-Suite guests. Hang out with the best and brightest to accelerate your organization’s growth. Let us help you explore new ways to nurture those key customer relationships so you can continue your high-growth trajectory and build your customer base into the future. In this quickly evolving business environment, you could be a high-growth company today and gone tomorrow. Disruption is a given and no organization is immune. The market is so dynamic that relying on the status quo is a recipe for extinction. The best way to ensure sustainability is to deeply understand what your customers need, want, and expect from your organization today and in the future. Join Betsy Westhafer and Tony Bodoh and their guest experts here on REALLY Know Your Customer. We are here to help.

Episodes

May 16, 2022 40 min

Fun fact: 30% of the population learns by listening.

 

Not-so-fun fact: If your website only offers written content, you could be leaving behind a big chunk of your target market simply because you’re not speaking the same language.

 

Meet David Ciccarelli, CEO of Voices, a fast-growing online platform that connects buyers and sellers of one creative service: the human voice. He joins Betsy and Tony to share how he thinks a little di...

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It all starts with a story and believe it or not, Doug Brown has a lot of them. Starting with his first job at the young age of 3 when he was sweeping floors. Many years down the road, Doug is now helping companies achieve their top 1% of sales.

 

Join us as Betsy and Tony get Doug’s unique perspective on the state of sales today. Sure, sales people used to push back on marketing and how they didn’t need it to sell. Now, they’re pus...

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Meet Denise Freier. After more than 40 years of driving sales and customer relationships at IBM, Denise made her way to the Strategic Account Management Association. At its core, SAMA is focused on sharing best practices for, you guessed it, Strategic Account Managers. Whether it’s through conferences, free webinars or training services, SAMA is continually finding new ways to help accelerate the member’s business results.


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Meet Gal Oron. Gal is a self-described normal person who got to where he is with a lot of hard work and constant improvement. Whether it’s on the basketball court or in the office, Gal strives to keep three key things in mind: 1. Have humility 2. Exhibit strong work ethic 3. Be dedicated.

 

At Zoomin, Gal and his team are replicating the successes they’ve seen in B2C, and bringing them into the B2B world of enterprise companies. Toda...

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Transparency across the organization - it’s something every business strives for, but few master. Customer conversations or feedback is often diluted from the point it enters the organization to when (or should we say, IF) it reaches the impacted department. Fathom, a #1-rated Zoom app, is working to change that.  

 

The CEO of Fathom, Richard White joins Betsy and Tony to talk about the business value his company is bringing to a re...

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Darshan Mehta’s time and passion for research goes back to the 1990s, when he became interested in case studies and customer focus groups. Today, Darshan is CEO of iResearch, which built an online insights platform that enables companies to quickly, easily, and affordably extract insights from consumers or employees worldwide. In other words, Darshan saw the value extracted from in-person focus groups and created a way to leverage ...

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Slater Victoroff never thought he would grow up to be an entrepreneur, even though he was exactly that from an early age, selling individual Dum Dums that he had bought in bulk to his friends (with a nice markup). Fast forward to today, and Slater is the former CEO-turned current CTO of Indico Data. With a focus on helping their customers do their job in a more fulfilling way, Indico processes unstructured data such as audio files,...

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Ross Rich was part of an outdated industry running the same playbook from 30 years ago. A move across the country landed him at Stripe where he helped grow the business from a self-serve model of 250 employees to a sales-led organization with over 7,000 employees. He shares how much he learned at Stripe and what became obvious to him: the market was missing a customer-facing collaboration platform for B2B sales. More specifically, ...

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Alex joins Betsy and Tony to talk about proper key account management. He shares his entrepreneurial journey and what he refers to as the “classic startup pivot”. About a decade ago, he formed Kapta, originally a Human Resources software business turned key account management platform. The pivot occurred after the Kapta team simply spoke to their customers. They initiated the customer discovery process and learned the customers wer...

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Howard Tiersky, CEO and Founder of FROM, The Digital Transformation Agency has been working on big brands’ digital strategies before they were even on the internet. Over the past 30 years, Howard has become an expert in digital transformation and launched his own business 15 years ago, which now employs about 100 people. Howard shares his story about the company culture and the critical role the leadership team plays in setting the...

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During this episode, Jackie talks to Betsy and Tony about her unexpected path to owning a successful Information Technology solutions company. From an entry-level position where she forgot to save her work on her first day (oops), to running a company with 150 employees, Jackie has stayed laser-focused on customers. Listen in to find out three critical things business owners should consider as they launch their business.

 

The other ...

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Lesley Bielby is back. She recently returned to creative marketing agency, DiMassimo Goldstein (DiGo), for the third time in her career. This time, she joins the team as Co-CEO and Chief Strategy Officer. Lesley shares her global career journey with Tony and Betsy, which includes major marketing agencies in cities like London, New York and Boston.

 

DiGo recently redesigned their strategy to solely focus on positive behavior change ...

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Betsy and Tony talk to Eddy Badrina about building his business and making a positive impact. Eddy has humbly worked his way from the George W. Bush administration to starting, selling, and buying back digital marketing agency, BuzzShift. His latest venture is leading Eden Green Technology as CEO.  

 

Prior to joining Eden Green Technology, Eddy knew he wanted his next venture to have three key components:  

1. A hardware or software ...

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On this episode, Chris Kuenne joins Betsy and Tony to share his 30+ year journey that started at Johnson & Johnson as a Franchise Marketing Director. He has since launched and sold a customer marketing business to Publicis for over $600MM. Chris also teaches a High Tech Entrepreneur course at Princeton University. His most recent stop on his entrepreneurial (and philanthropic) journey is at Rosemark, where he and his team a...

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Nicole Glenn joins the podcast to describe her career path from the retail industry to a passionate entrepreneur and owner of Candor Expedite, a top woman-owned business in the transportation industry. Though Nicole shares that she never felt ready to be an entrepreneur, she has truly found her passion creating positive customer experiences and an engaging company culture that includes everything from happy hours to badass thank yo...

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Join us for a conversation with Jay Haynes, CEO of thrv, the first and only jobs-to-be-done product management software, which is based upon the foundational work of Clayton Christensen. At the heart of everything Jay and thrv do, is customer centricity. As humans, our goals don’t change over time. For example, the need to get from point A to point B. It’s how we use technology to accomplish the steps in between that has changed.


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Meet Ed Vincent, founder of festivalPass, the world's first live events subscription service across music, film, food and wine, sports, theater, tech innovation and more. Betsy Westhafer and Tony Bodoh excitedly talk about how this model changes customer experience! For a long time, concert-goers and show-watchers have been trained to be subject to crazy convenience fees and surcharges for each performance. But now, users can e...

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August 16, 2021 38 min

We’ve all been there. The aggravation of calling into a customer service line with a problem that you have to explain over and over again, wasting your time and energy. Even nice humans like Betsy and Tony see red during these interactions. Enter Peter Voss and AIGO. 

 

From a garage to a company of over 400 people, Peter has seen it all (and researched it all) over the past 20 years of his career in AI. AIGO is committed to creating...

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Lucas is the Co-Founder and CEO of INFI, a tech company that specializes in mobile apps, point-of-sale kiosks, and marketing services for QSR & Franchises. Lucas joined the hospitality industry in the most unexpected way – through a karaoke bar! Over the next several years, he found a way to combine two of his biggest passions of engineering and restaurants by forming INFI, where he and the INFI team could improve digitalizatio...

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In this episode, Betsy and Tony chat with Kim Moceri, Operating Partner at Francisco Partners. Kim starts off by explaining her career path, which includes taking a tactical support organization to a consultative business focused on the customers’ outcomes. In Kim’s current role, she is responsible for getting her 50-60 portfolio companies to understand the impact of strategic customer success. To get to the core, each company’s fo...

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