Welcome to the soft launch of our new site, Customers That Stick. Our official launch is tomorrow, March 7th, but today I wanted to take a moment to introduce the new site and to thank those who helped make it possible.
If you are new here, you will see content that pre-dates this post. These posts come from our original Customer Service Experience blog which resided on our company’s web site. The original blog has gone through quite a transformation over the past year. Customers That Stick is the evolution of those changes.
To understand more about the goals of Customers That Stick, please read our About page.
Thanks Are In Order
To begin, there is a huge list of people that have assisted me along the way and were instrumental in making the blog at least a moderate success in its first year.
People like Bill Dorman, Shakirah Dawud, and Michelle Quillin, to name just a few, have been great supporters of the original incarnation of this blog. I owe them all a public thanks, but to keep this post from spiraling into a monstrous list of links to bloggers, I am going to focus on those people who assisted specifically with the transition to the new site.
A thank you to Erica Allison and Jayme Soulati for being forthright in the early days and telling me that my IntenseFence brand was a #hotmess. Not sure why they like to talk in hashtags so much, but their early candor was helpful in getting me to look at the IntenseFence brand messaging. 🙂
A thank you to my previous marketing assistant, Bailey, for some extremely helpful research and for early feedback on name choices.
A heartfelt thank you to Shonali Burke, Erica Allison, Kaarina Dillabough, Laura Click and Gini Dietrich for helping choose the CTS logo. All of their comments and opinions helped us make a better choice and shape the end result.
A thank you to Rafal Tomal of Tomal Design, as well as his great WordPress theme developer, Szymon Skulimowski. Rafal has worked with some of the biggest blogs in the business — Copyblogger, Chris Brogan, and Jay Baer to name a few. It was an honor to have him lend his incredible skills to Customers That Stick. He is an amazing designer and very customer focused to boot. Hopefully, the results speak for themselves.
A thank you to Jay Braver of Athens, GA web design, who was a great help advising on the technical parts of the move and who has been an excellent sounding board since the beginning of my blogging journey. By the way, he does video production too.
A huge thank you to our Market Development Coordinator Donna who was thrown into the launch her first week on the job.
And Finally, Two Special Thank You’s
First, I must thank Gini Dietrich. Anyone who knows Gini knows she gets more done in an hour than most people do in a day. Despite her speaking schedule, blogging schedule, and — I don’t know — day job, Gini has established herself as the unofficial den mother of the blogosphere. She makes time to support other bloggers in a way that I’ve never seen matched. I am honored to call her a friend, and she was kind enough to share some really sage advice when we were trying to decide on a new name for the site. Her insights in matters of branding are without peer, and I owe her a debt of gratitude and perhaps a tofu dinner.
Last, and certainly not least, I must thank my wife. She is and has been a tremendous asset, sounding board, and supporter throughout this process. Enough said publicly, but I could not have done it without her.
Okay, now that we’re done with that, let’s talk about…
What’s Coming Up?
We have some great content scheduled for the first week. Here’s a sneak preview:
Later Today: We are doing our crowdsourced post on Great Customer Service. Leave a comment here and you can get entries in our sweepstakes to win a Kindle Fire.
Tomorrow: Our official Launch post where we ask an eclectic group of great marketers, business owners, and customer service professionals the question: What Is Customer Service?
Welcome to Customers That Stick! Please let us know what you think of the new site in the comments below.