What Marketers Can Learn from a CIO About Customer Experience

September 21, 2017

by Carla Johnson

IT has certainly crept into marketing’s world, but there’s opportunity beyond just ‘martech.’ While marketers use technology to improve efficiency and effectively capture data about audience, some IT counterparts are going well beyond that.

At a CIO Perspectives event, Home Depot CIO Matt Carey talked about his “mission to create an interconnected retail experience.” The $80 billion retailer is pushing to transform the customer experience across all its channels, whether it’s in stores, in a person’s home, online or on a customer’s mobile device.

Carey had an excellent point that marketers should take to heart. They’re listening to what matters most to their customers and then building backwards to come up with the experiences. Instead of looking at these four different checkout situations through siloed teams, they’re looking at the entire checkout experience.

It’s new for IT to look at customer experience in its entirety. It’s also new for marketing to do the same.

What if…and here’s a big what if…we collaborated across all departments to create the experiences that mattered most to customers and then made them a seamless, consistent reality?

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     About Carla


Carla is a world-renowned storyteller, an entertaining speaker, and a prolific author. Having lived, worked, and studied on five continents, she's partnered with top brands and conferences to train thousands of people how to rethink the work that they do and the impact they can have. Her visionary expertise has inspired and equipped leaders at all levels to embrace change, welcome new ideas, and transform their business.

Her work with Fortune 500 brands served as the foundation for many of her books. Her tenth, RE:Think Innovation, is a #1 new release that busts the myth that innovation is something that requires a specific degree or special training. In fact, Carla explains why, to be a successful company in today's hyper-competitive, customer-driven world, innovation must be everyone's business. Her goal is to teach one million people how to become innovators by 2025.

Consistently named one of the top influencers in B2B, digital and content marketing, Carla regularly challenges conventional thinking. Today, she travels the world teaching anyone (and everyone) how to cultivate idea-driven teams that breed unstoppable creativity and game-changing innovation.