Remember: I hope you are feeling very well

Before Email, Twitter and Instagram, people used to send postcards.   I collect these vintage postcards, for their messages as much as their pictures.

I hope you are feeling very well - Les Sylphides - vintage postcard from 1957 Click To Tweet

I love the simple words on this postcard sent from Bognor Regis in 1957 – the message reads:

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Friday Customer Experience Pack #8

Every Friday, I round up the best Customer Experience writing I have seen during the week. Subscribe below if you’d like to receive this by email each week. Previous editions are here.

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#DeleteFacebook – and alternative strategies

There is a lot of talk about #DeleteFacebook – and a growing number of significant influencers are suggesting that people cancel and delete their accounts on the social network.  Here are my thoughts.

The Cambridge Analytica case highlights the amount of data that gets shared on Facebook and then shared onwards to potential bad actors.

The immediate response from many has been to call for people to delete Facebook.  However, there might be alternatives that can limit your exposure. As always, it’s worth doing some reading to ensure you are educated on the implications.

Option 1 – don’t #deletefacebook, but #limityourself

Lifehacker has some great advice here. If you are concerned about where your data goes from Facebook, then stop sharing so much.  Limit your interaction, or even abstain.  You can stop using or you can temporarily deactivate your account.

At least this option gives the company a chance to resolve its issues and/or put some controls in place. Reports are the Zuckerberg and Sandberg are hunkered down, dealing with this issue, so its possible they’ll make some changes.

Option 2 – don’t #deletefacebook, but #limitfacebook

This is a slightly more technical option, changing privacy settings to limit the way that Facebook works and shares your data.  It is worth noting that switching off some of the features, will reduce your ability to use Facebook to log into other apps.

There is an interim step, of limiting the pieces of data that can be shared anywhere – this feels like a very sensible way to manage the situation.  The instructions for that are here.

Courtesy of EFF

Option 3 – really #deletefacebook

If you really feel strongly that you need to remove yourself from Facebook, then here is an easy to follow process to do it and ensure you don’t lose any data.

What will I do?

I’m working it out, but I’ve already switched off many of the apps connected to Facebook, and I’ll be restricting the data that any of the other apps can have.   I’ll keep an eye out to see if I lose out on anything.

GDPR – change is coming

At the end of May, the balance of power will shift towards consumers when thinking about how companies store and use their personal data. The new GDPR rules mean that companies will need to change the way they handle data or face serious consequences.

Over the last few days, the news has been full of headlines about how Facebook has shared data on its users with Cambridge Analytica.  One product of this story will be an increased focus on privacy and data handling, and just in time, a European privacy law is arriving that will restrict how personal details are stored and used.

GDPRFrom May 25th, companies will need to be clear and concise about how and why they collect personal data, and what they use it for. Consumers will be allowed to access data that companies store about them, correct inaccurate details and have the right to limit data used by algorithms.

It’s a European law, protecting individuals in 28 member countries, even if the data is processed elsewhere. That means GDPR will apply to all of the global tech companies that store your data and track you across the web.

Penalties for failure to comply are high, with up to 4% of a companies turnover at risk if rules are breached.  The first litigation in this space will be very interesting.

So what does GDPR mean for Customer Teams?

GDPR impacts any organisation that handles personal data, pretty much every business will be affected. Customer facing teams will need to be highly prepared and aware of the risks.  Typically, the kind of data controlled by GDPR is stored in your CRM or Incident tracking system, which needs to be able to collect and store data in a compliant way.

Here are my thoughts on how to approach this:

Across the company – top to bottom, GDPR counts!

Firstly, it might be that Customer Service is at the frontline of this problem, but GDPR concerns the whole company and needs support from the top to the bottom.  Engage the key stakeholders from across the business, including the boardroom and ensure that everyone understands the impact and potential penalties for not complying.

Know your data

Spend time really wallowing in your data. You would do it (I hope) to solve a customer journey issue or get insights from your customers – but now you need to really understand WHAT data you are collecting, how it is used and who has access to it.  Only by completing this exercise will you truly know the issues you need to tackle.

This takes effort and real man-hours to do, but in doing so you’ll set yourself up for success.

Know the GDPR rules, know who can help!

GDPR applies even in a small business where customer information is held in a database. Given the risks of non-compliance, it seems logical that if you find issues you’ll need to solve them quickly. However, if you don’t feel you have the knowledge or support it may be worth going out to find some expert assistance in the problem.  There are plenty of resources online, but my recommendation would be to start on the Information Commissioners Office website and work from there – all the appropriate rules and regulations are there.

Move Fast

The GDPR rules come into play at the end of May, and with attention currently heightened there will be no shortage of people testing the rules during customer interactions. I think there may also be ‘bad actors’ who think that exploiting the regulations would be a good way to do reputational or financial damage to companies.

Whilst these concerns may seem remote, they are also very real. It’s time to get working on your GDPR compliance strategy. 

If you are starting to think about GDPR now, it's time to really drive hard to get ahead of the legislation coming in at the end of May. Click To Tweet

Working Out Loud Circle – Week Nine

This is part of a series of posts documenting my journey with a Working Out Loud circle, as defined in John Stepper’s book; Working Out Loud: For a better Career and Life.  You can read the rest of the series here.

As the UK prepared for another ‘hysteria from Siberia’, our global Working Out Loud circle met again on Friday morning to bring some sunshine before the weekend!

So what did we do this week?

Our customary check-in asked an interesting question this week, ‘How do you feel about sharing your work online?’

As always, we had a variety of answers to this one.  We talked about the boundaries between work and career, how it was important to make sure that your work-related posts stayed on the right side of confidentiality.

We also talked about the potential of imposter syndrome, and this is one that can affect me as well – the idea that sometimes I feel like I’m not really qualified to share something online, that I’ll be ‘found out’. Sometimes you need to embrace the ‘courage attack’ that our group is named after.

We also discussed the importance of knowing your audiences and how to differentiate – although some of us had the view that putting ‘it all’ out there and being authentically yourself online allows others to decide what they want to take from your work.

Onto the exercises and we shared our various resource lists, one thing to note is that we all had each other on our lists, which is another testament to the power of the WOL circle.

As part of this, we talked about using an ‘external brain’ to keep many of these lists and schedules in.  I use Evernote as my second mind. All of my resources and reference guides are kept in Evernote for instant access and synced across my devices.

The Dinner Table University discussion was interesting, I’ve always encouraged this kind of discussion in my family – talking less about results and knowledge and more about critical thinking and discussions of opinion.


My key takeaways

  • Our resources lists are so wide, but all share our circle in common.
  • For me, I am reminded of the importance of a strong second brain to hold my resources and find things I need.

What did I do after this weeks meeting?

Sunday Six Pack #7

Time to relax, pour yourself a coffee and enjoy the Sunday Six Pack, all killer, no filler, just six of the best links curated from a week of reading. Previous editions here.

Compiled whilst listening to Money and Love – a short film by Arcade Fire

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Remember: Skiing is not at all easy

Before Email, Twitter and Instagram, people used to send postcards.   I collect these vintage postcards, for their messages as much as their pictures.

Skiing is not at all easy - Sport Hotel Austria - vintage postcard from 1960 Click To Tweet

This vintage card was sent from Austria in 1960 on New Years Day, after what seems a heavy part – the message reads:

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Friday Customer Experience Pack #7

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