Showcases Gen Y Design

Matt Vella wrote an interesting article in Business Week called How Hulu’s Design Gets It Right (and he included some quotes from me). Hulu is a joint venture between News Corp. and NBC Universal that lets users stream television episodes, films from Warner Bros. and Lionsgate, as well as sports content.

The article looks at as a good example of Gen Y design. While I didn’t do a review of the site, on the surface it adheres to many of the principles that we defined in the Gen Y Design Guide (here’s a shout out to Ross Popoff-Walker who led much of our Gen Y research).

On a related note, I just published a couple of reports that examine customer relationships across generations of consumers: “Customer Relationship Snapshot: Retailers and “Customer Relationship Snapshot: Banks.” In both banking and retail, it turns out that Gen Yers are the most likely to switch providers.

The bottom line: If you want business from Gen Y, design for them.

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I am an experience management transformist, helping organizations improve business results by engaging the hearts and minds of their customers, employees, and partners. My "job" is Head of the Qualtrics XM Institute. The Institute is still being established, but our goal is to help organizations around the world thrive by mastering Experience Management (XM). As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. Prior to joining Qualtrics, I was managing partner of Temkin Group (leading CX research, advisory, and training firm), co-founder and chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (, and a VP at Forrester Research. I'm a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Check out my LinkedIn profile:

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