Reasons to be Cheerful Part 2020 ?

In his brilliant 1979 lyrics, Ian Drury gave some pretty good Reasons to be Cheerful

“Summer, Buddy Holly, the working folly – Good golly Miss Molly – and boats Hammersmith Palais, the Bolshoi Ballet – Jump back in the alley and nanny goats Eighteen wheeler Scammells, Dominica camels – All other mammals plus equal votes Seeing Piccadilly, Fanny Smith and Willie being rather silly and porridge oats
A bit of grin and bear it, a bit of come and share it – You’re welcome we can spare it”

It does feel that there is very good reason to be optimistic politically at the start of 2020. A new Prime Minister with a powerful majority apparently about to flash the chequebook, a new Speaker, a new Chairman of the Bank of England…

Here’s a great piece from Matthew Lynn in The Spectator on why 2020 will be the year the UK market outperforms the world:

https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2020/01/2020-will-be-the-year-the-uk-market-outperforms-the-world/

Sardines and Customer Service

New Year’s Eve holds an uncomfortable memory for me.  Four years ago, I spent most of the day in A and E in agony waiting to have what everyone thought was a fish bone removed from my lower throat. We’d had Cornish Sardines for lunch which we bought from a well-known upmarket supermarket.  But the fish bone turned out to be a 5 cm metal hook.  I was OK.  Signed off work for two weeks and had antibiotics as a precaution.  Very lucky. 

I thought I’d let the retailer know.

Weeks of phone calls and emails on my part and empty promises from them still no action. Finally, I took to social media tweeting a photo of the metal hook that had been pulled out of my throat.  Immediately, they got in touch and offered compensation.  Not much, but I wanted closure and it was enough to buy a king size bed and mattress for our teenager – we call it the sardine bed.

Social media was traditionally been a place for brands to connect with their customers share photos, messages and videos.  But then customers started reaching back to the brands. This may be because of a lack of response as I encountered, or more probably because it is a more direct way to reach the brands. And easy.

Brands have started recognising social media networks as platforms for delivering customer service – there are enormous risks and repercussions of not handling their customers properly.

April – May 2019

Phew – a really busy few weeks taking care of several projects. You know what they say, if you want something doing – ask a busy person!

My charity client – managed to get quite a bit of publicity to highlight their very good cause and as a result of this some good things are happening for them. Watch this space..

My Norwich business client – took me to a reception at The Mansion House in the City as his young company are starting to get noticed in financial circles. Happy to part of it.

Reepham Music Festival – the early bird ticket sales smashed through all previous years records! It is going to be a great weekend in August.

Politically – I am acting as Agent for 25 district council candidates. It’s stressful and worrying as the national situation is bad and people, quite understandably, are really cross. We’ll see what happens in a few weeks time….

I’ve been helping a Long Stratton based Customer Experience company organise and promote a Legal conference at Duxford. Thanks to David Fieldhouse at Archant for organising a great piece on this in the EDP Business Supplement at the end of April.

March 2019 –

Had a couple of weeks that were tough and then it all came good so though this was appropriate:

“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”

Theodore Isaac Rubin