Tim Cook: It’s Time To Secure Apple’s Future

Apple just announced terrific results for Q4, but I’m not sure it’s set up for long-term success. Apple hasn’t explicitly defined customer loyalty as an asset, at least not when it comes to a key structure like its board of directors. So, in light of Apple’s wonderful success, I penned this note to Tim Cook (which I am not sending, but feel free to pass it along to him):

Obviously Apple is not the only large organization that isn’t setup to improve or sustain its relationships with customers; it’s true of most companies. So this letter could have been addressed to just about any CEO, but I knew that a note to Apple would get more people’s attention.

The bottom line: Customer loyalty is a sustainable asset

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I am a customer experience transformist, helping large organizations improve business results by changing how they deal with customers. As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. I am also a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Simply put, I am passionate about spotting emerging best practices and helping companies master them. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. My “title” is Managing Partner of the Temkin Group, a customer experience research and consulting firm that helps organizations become more customer-centric. Our goal is simple: accelerate the path to delighting customers. I am also the co-founder and Emeritus Chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of CX professionals.

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