An overview of growth challenges and the unique Differ approach

In most industries, the market landscape is changing at an unprecedented pace and scale. Transparency is greater than ever, customers have become more elusive and harder to segment, values like ethics and sustainability have become major purchasing factors and new disruptive business models are challenging incumbent firms.

A series of blog posts about Differ’s portfolio of solutions. During the fall we have published five blog posts with a deep dive into the areas that are key in order to obtain sustainable growth. This is a wrap up with the highlights from every solution area.

Needless to say, the underlying superforce behind most of these changes is digitization. Some firms find themselves in the eye of the storm, while others are still watching it approach rapidly. We see digitization fundamentally affect all growth levers in a company:

  • For Branding, it forces transparency and dialogue into brand communication, since the brand nowadays is conveyed by everyone, every day. Eventually, traditional brand policy control will become impossible and must be replaced by a focus on corporate values.
  • In the Offering Development area, new digital offerings and business models are created every day. Pricing practices are becoming much more sophisticated as ecommerce offers new levels of flexibility and responsiveness to customer behavior.
  • The superior Customer Experience delivered by leading digital firms sets new standards way beyond their own industries, forcing all organizations to refocus their processes based on customer journeys.
  • The ability to identify and track individual customers’ digital behavior creates vast opportunities to personalize communication and optimize sales and marketing efforts based on the Customer Life Cycle.
  • To take advantage of the above opportunities, companies’ Frontline Operations must be fundamentally transformed. Agile working methods, originating from IT development, are rapidly gaining ground also in the commercial functions. Firms are redesigning processes, creating new roles, acquiring new competencies and setting new principles for governance. And, of course, implementing modern digital tools.

Reading this list, it is easy to be blinded by the overwhelming power of digitization. And yes, the lack of digital competence in front-end functions is in fact the greatest obstacle for growth in many firms today.

Having said that, we often forget that technology is only a means to an end. Fundamentally, achieving sustainable growth is still a craft that requires a multitude of different skills; creative height, deep business understanding and analytic discipline. Digital competence does not replace these fundamentals, it complements them.

In a series of blog posts, we have tried to convey perspectives from Differ’s five Solution Areas. Each of these areas requires a mix of the three fundamental skills and the new one. Only through a combination of perspectives and expertise, truly unique solutions can be crafted and executed to boost growth.

Consider the creation of a new house. You need a solid engineering foundation, an attractive design, sustainable materials and innovative technology solutions that will attract both the minds and hearts of the owners or tenants. And in the end, it must also pay off financially. At Differ, we are proud to call ourselves Growth Architects. Our own growth house is now in the making, as we look back on a year of rapid growth for our core business, as well as establishment of three new exciting Differ Labs.

Want to know more? Contact Tobias Bergdahl or Jonas Strömgård.

Differ support companies and organizations on their journey of sustainable growth.
We work within all topline related disciplines. We understand how to build a brand, what creates a positive customer experience and the driving forces behind revenue generation. In this blog series we will present our point of view, our experiences, trend observations, and more, related to sustainable growth: Design customer experiences, Boost brands, Innovate offerings, Optimize customer lifecycle, and Transform frontline processes.


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