Podcast: Letting Your Human Show – Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki

Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki | The Home Builder Digital Marketing Podcast

This week on The Home Builder Digital Marketing Podcast, Teri Slavik-Tsuyuki of tst ink joins Greg and Kevin to talk about the results of the American At Home Study, and to discuss the importance of letting your human show in the customer experience.

It’s quite simple for builders to make the customer experience better. Teri explains,

“Honestly, I think we overcomplicate it. I mean, we’re all humans, right? We’re also all shoppers. We all have experiences. We all know when there’s good experiences and there are bad experiences. So, think like a customer. I mean, do you want to be batched and blasted with emails that are irrelevant to you? Do you want to fill out a whole bunch of data on a contact form to receive a generic form letter back? Or as you say, worse yet, no answer? I mean, I would say let your human show. Think about it as a person and think about the person at the end of what you’re doing.”

Digital is still integral during the customer journey and should not be disregarded. Teri says,

“We should absolutely not forget the digital. We should learn to be more forgiving. We should learn to collect the data we need to collect and create experiences that are driven by what our customers tell us they want. I’m going to say it again. Let your human show. It’s not one or the other. It’s the full suite, the full experience. That’s just so important to remember that it’s not just one thing.”

Listen to this week’s episode to learn more about the America At Home Study and how humanness can improve the customer experience.

About the Guest:

Teri embraces a “how might we” curiosity about the little things that matter most to people and collaborates with developers, builders, and entrepreneurs to turn those observations into places and experiences that make the world a better place.

Teri has brought to life some of the most valuable and recognized brands in resort and community development. She spent 10 years as Chief Marketing Officer for Newland, and was the architect of the Newland brand, and its application in more than 40 communities in 14 states, where she also led new community start-up, opening 11 new communities in 4 years. Previously, her brand design agency in Canada handled all of Intrawest Corporation’s vacation ownership resort launches in 3 countries. Today her company, tst ink (www.tst-ink.com) works with some of the most innovative community developers, homebuilders, and entrepreneurs to identify deep customer insights and create places and brands people connect with and experiences that matter.

Her work has been featured in USA Today, Forbes, and many other industry publications. She was named “one of the most influential women in homebuilding” by BUILDER Magazine and was inducted into the William S. Marvin Hall of Fame for Design Excellence in 2015, the second woman ever to earn this honor. Teri writes regularly for the National Association of Home Builders’ Best in American Living and is a frequent speaker on consumer insights and brand experience design. She spearheaded the America At Home Study (https://americaathomestudy.com/) at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic to understand changes in consumer behavior, and home and product preferences as a result of the pandemic, which may have lasting impacts on home and community design.

Teri serves as Co-chair of the Global Wellness Institute’s Wellness Communities & Real Estate Initiative, and Assistant Chair of Urban Land Institute’s Residential Neighborhood Development Council. She is a Teaching Assistant at Northwestern University (Medill School of Integrated Marketing Communications), a member of Garman Homes’ Advisory Board, and the Founder of Philosophers Café 101, a public forum for engaging conversation and exchanging ideas. She has an M.Sc. (honors) in Integrated Marketing Communications from Northwestern University, a B.A. in Communications and Sociology from Simon Fraser University, and studied Journalism at Carleton University.