Onboarding, Implementation, and Success Metrics
La-Z-Boy has been using this consumer insights platform for just over two months now, and the initial onboarding has been pretty seamless, according to Battig. What started as a soft launch to ten people expanded to a demo session with 40 people across sales, merchandising, and marketing functions.
The company’s vision, however, is to give all of its 11,500 employees access to valuable consumer insights. The slow start approach, Battig referenced in a statement, is getting La-Z-Boy closer to that goal.
“We put a lead team in place to make sure that everything ran smoothly initially, for example, ensuring our single sign-on worked, and that each person could search for and share documents with ease,” says Battig.
Among the preferred capabilities of this ecosystem is the platform’s search functionality, which automatically searches adjacent topics and pulls keywords from different articles to “bring data to life,” according to Battig. And within documents, the tech pinpoints sections where keywords appear, enabling users to quickly identify relevant documents. Also key was collaboration. Users can click and share documents with others and set up project teams.
While it may be too early to point to measurable success, Battig says the technology is “empowering individuals to answer their own questions and curiosities.”
“We value the ability to collaborate within the platform and connect multiple data sources from our foundational research to secondary sources and industry trends that form a strong consumer-centric POV to achieve our Century Vision goals.” — Megan Battig, Senior Consumer Insights Manager, La-Z-Boy
As the company moves along its data journey, it will begin measuring how teams are using these deep insights, evaluating the impact across the enterprise, particularly across cross-functional teams.
The Importance of Data Democratization
In the end, it’s all about data agility when it comes to the democratization of insights, says Calvachi, especially in breaking down silos across teams, functions, and markets.
“Breaking silos allows us to make faster and better-informed decisions, enabling us to move at the speed of the consumer and the market," he says.
Battig agrees, adding that companies that best understand their consumers and make data-informed decisions in order to drive success in brand strategy, customer experience, and innovation will have the competitive advantage.
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