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Com: Dot or Not

  • Dec 29, 1999
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Seybold examines "the best practices for electronic commerce and electronic business today on the Internet and beyond" to enable her reader to "walk behind the scenes at more than a dozen pioneering companies -- companies that have committed themselves to doing what it takes to make it easier for their customers to do business with them." I was fascinated by her "insider" information about e-commerce, of course, but also by the correlations she suggests between e-commerce strategies and strategies for marketing and sales unrelated to the WWW. The strategies are often quite similar...if not the same. For example, greeting visitors to a website shares much in common with greeting those who enter a retail establishment in a mall. In both situations, ease and convenience are critically important to attracting traffic; hospitality gives customers a feeling of being welcome, indeed appreciated. Obviously, the website is a unique environment within which to establish and nourish customer relationships but customers in any environment are still human beings with certain expectations, requirements, and sensitivities. Those now involved or about to become involved in e-commerce will learn a great deal from Seybold's book. I also recommend this book to everyone else for whom customer loyalty is also absolutely essential.

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Lots of books have been written about how to do business on the Internet, but few can match the understanding and passion for making e-commerce work of Patricia Seybold'sCustomers.com. Drawing on case studies of companies and organizations as diverse as Boeing, Babson College, National Semiconductor, Hertz, PhotoDisc, and Wells Fargo, Seybold identifies what makes e-commerce work successfully. She argues that any e-commerce initiative has to begin with the customer. She writes:
In the electronic commerce world, knowing who your customers are and making sure you have the products and services they want becomes even more imperative than it is in the "real" world.... The corner grocery needs only to approximate what customers really want because the convenience factor brings in the business. But when you eliminate this advantage--when customers can go anywhere to get what they want--you'd better know what they're looking for.
The first section of the book outlines five steps aimed at any organization grappling with the challenge of doing e-commerce right. The final section offers a technology roadmap and suggestions for getting e-commerce initiatives off the ground. But the heart of the book is the 16 case studies of companies that have successfully embraced e-business and e-commerce. Each is well researched, and includes an executive summary and "take-aways" about what each firm did right. If you're looking to develop your business online, this book belongs on your desk, not your...
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ISBN-10: 0375410406
ISBN-13: 978-0375410406
Author: Patricia Seybold
Publisher: Random House Audio

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