Your Customers Are Martians

Okay, your customers aren’t really Martians (unless, maybe, if you work for a space agency). But they might as well be. I’ve started to use the metaphor that “companies are from Venus and customers are from Mars:”

Companies From Venus Customers From Mars

The gender gap is nothing compared with the company-customer gap. These entities have completely different motivations and conceptual frameworks. Without a disciplined approach to customer experience, people have a stong bias towards developing experiences from the left to the right, pushing Venus perspectives on Martian customers. The result: a plethora of gaps between what customers expect and what companies deliver.

The bottom line: Improve customer experience by developing the right (to left) discipline.

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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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