You Can’t Legislate Customer Centricity

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One interesting bit of his speech touched on an important issue for Customer Centricity: data breaches. He said the federal standard he would impose to notify Customers their information had been compromised should be 30 days. I am surprised that it would take as long as 30 days to tell a Customer of a data breach! If they have the need to legislate, then lags in notifying Customers must have happened so many times they feel the need to put it in law!

5 Tests to Reveal How Customer Centric Your Channel Strategy Is

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Do you allow Customers to use whatever channel they wish to communicate with you, or do you restrict them to one or two channels? The answer to this question can show how Customer centric your company is. This post is the fifth in a series of nine posts that uses our Naïve to Natural customer-centricity assessment. Today we are looking at Channels, one of the nine parts of your current experience that contributes to Customer centricity of your organization.

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What Customer-Centric Companies Must Do To Become Customer-Obsessed

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In building relationships with customers, and value for them, my long-time observation is that most organizations tend to progress through several stages of performance as they are becoming truly customer-centric: a) customer awareness, b) customer sensitivity, c) customer focus, and d) customer obsession. Customer Awareness. Customer Sensitivity. Customer Focus. Michael Lowenstein, Ph.D.,

Are you Irrational: 7 Questions to See If You Are Irrational?

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I love watching what people, and Customers do. Your Customers would raise their hands during this TED talk also. What baffles me, then is why some organizations choose to ignore feelings and how they affect the behavior of their Customers. Right now, I could say, “Raise your hand if you have ever ignored the emotional engagement your organization creates with your Customers” and most organizations would have their hand in the air.

4 Actions to Exceed Customer Expectations

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I meet many organizations that say they want to exceed Customer expectations at every moment of contact. The first step in exceeding your customer’s expectations is to know those expectations.”. - For most organizations, just meeting their Customer’s expectations would provide a good experience. To create a great experience you have to define which areas that Customers most value and exceed these aspects of the Customer Experience.

Are You Deliberate with Your Customer Strategy or Just Taking a Chance?

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Customer centricity requires strategy to cultivate a culture that puts the Customer at the center of everything you do. As the third in our series of nine posts looking at the different parts of the organization contributing to Customer centricity, let’s look at: Customer Strategy. Naïve companies are the least customer-focused and Natural companies are the most customer-focused. Creating a Deliberate Customer Experience in Your Strategy.

How is Your Business Dealing with the Paradox of Choice?

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That post-purchase anxiety about a decision is a common affliction for Customers. Reducing choices isn’t the answer though, as customers are attracted by large assortments; i.e. they like the feeling of having an abundance of choice. Resolving the paradox of choice should be a priority for most organizations that want to design a Customer Experience that creates a feeling of satisfaction instead of one of angst and remorse. are ways to ease the customer decision making. .

Do You Harness the Power of Habit in Your Marketing Yet?

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When they saw these purchases in the customer’s history, they decided that they would begin the targeted campaign to these women. “ Most of the time, what we do, is what we do most of the time”. This is former F1 champion Lewis Hamilton stopping in the wrong team’s garage to change tires.

3 Ways to Use Mobile To Your Advantage

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Chances are, 70% or more of your Customers are reading/Googling/posting on mobile devices about your organization, too. Train customer staff across all channels. Customer-facing staff should know how to use all the channels you have available. Depending on the need of the Customer in front of them, they can use the appropriate channel to make a helpful, effective, and pleasant experience for Customers. Enhance the current experience with Customer-led innovation.

Don’t Disappoint your Customers this Holiday Season

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How can marketers avoid creating a disappointed Customer? Reading these comments, I thought, “The Customers are feeling disappointed due to the way that their expectations have been set.”. Expectations are associated with our choice of vacation, the gifts we give and receive at the holidays, and the Customer Experiences we receive from the organization. Disappointment is an emotion caused by the nonfulfillment of your hopes or expectations. How Emotions Generate $$$$.

5 Facts to End the ROI Debate on Customer Experience

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For many years, there has been a debate whether you could assign a dollar amount to determine the return on investment for any Customer Experience improvements. At times (more in the “old days” but every now and then it happens in present times) we’ve literally have been accused of “having religion;” i.e., believing in Customer Experience (CX) without proof and asked to show the value of CX. Customer Satisfaction results in a higher share price.

3 Examples of Change for the Better in Airlines

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There have been many great stories in the past couple of months about airlines doing what was right by their Customers. We can all learn a little about Customer centricity when we look at these examples from three major carriers in the US. Southwest Attacks Its Late Problem Head-on with Its Customers. Southwest Airlines is a great Customer-centric airline with excellent employee engagement. Should 4% of Customers Dictate Strategy?

Is ‘Being Human’ With Customers A New Concept? And, Does It Create Emotional, Experiential, Social and Financial Value?

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More than just a buzzword, ‘being human’, especially in brand-building and leveraging customer relationships, has become a buzz-phrase or buzz-concept. To understand customers, the effective enterprise needs to think in human, emotional terms. To make the brand or company more attractive, and have more impact on customer decision-making, there must be an emphasis on creating more perceived value and more personalization. Are customer experiences ‘human’ and branded?

My First 90 Days: The Secrets You Must Know About Your New Job

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“ Unlocking the Hidden Customer Experience: Short Stories of Remarkable Practices that Ensure Success” is designed to help organizations take their Customer Experience to the next level. Celebrating the launch of this new eBook, I am hosting a LIVE webinar focusing on what it takes to evoke the best emotions from your Customer Experience and the vital role of the conscious and subconscious experience with real-world examples. Hiring Customer Ready Employees.

4 Things We Can All Learn from a Retail Customer Experience

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Retailers have been at the forefront for understanding how to use the human brain and emotions to maximize profits from their Customers. Using smells in your Customer Experience is olfactory marketing, and it works. Smell is one of the fastest senses to process, and it is connected directly to the part of the brain that processes emotion. Using scents to help create a positive experience for your retail customers works for many different industries though.

5 Reasons Your KPIs Are Hurting Your Customer Experience

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Being Customer-Centric requires rewarding those that contribute to Customer-Centricity. Too many organizations are still not rewarding Customer Experience improvement because they don’t measure it. Focusing on rewarding these, however, is not conducive to Customer Centricity. 5 Reasons Your Current KPIs Are Hurting Your Customer Experience. The ratio is off between internal and Customer measures.

The Power of Servant Leadership to Build and Sustain Stakeholder Value

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During a recent series of stakeholder behavior instructional workshops conducted for our clients, one of the strongest areas of interest among workshop participants was how to gain senior management support and sponsorship for various customer-related and employee-related initiatives. Leaders of organizations desiring to be customer-centric, and managers wanting to help leaders achieve that worthwhile goal, would do well to follow these ideals and the principles of Greenleaf and De Pree.

What Does The Scottish Independence Vote Have to Do with Customer Experience?

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After so much campaigning, so many questions, debates, and emotions that moved currencies and markets, the Scottish said, “No!” Before I explain what I mean by that and how it has to do with Customer Experience, however, let me first tell you where I was born. 2] The study found price increases had twice the effect on customer switching, compared to price decreases.”. How is this applicable to Customer Experience? Well, there you have it!

How to Get People to Do What You Want

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As a leader or a marketer if you want an employee or a customer to change behavior, research says the best thing to do is give them positive reinforcement when they do what you want. If you threaten your employees or Customers with punitive action when they do something you don’t want, you are potentially encouraging them to lie to you. Your Customers have behaviors that cost your organization money. An excellent example is those Customers that still want a paper statement.

How to Make or Break Your Customer Experience

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All the little parts along the way in your experience are what make a Customer experience Customer-Centric. Putting the Customer first in everything you do applies to every part of your organization, from the way you greet them to the way you bill them. Overlook this, however, and you are not likely to end up with the Customer focus you seek. Naïve companies are the least customer-focused and Natural companies are the most customer-focused.

Watch A Great Emotional Ad That Is Critically Acclaimed

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Great ads create a great emotional connection, and many times, don’t even involve a product or service. Furthermore, they will donate all the proceeds from the sales of these commemorative chocolate bars to The Royal British Legion, a charity in Britain that addressed the social and emotional necessities of current and past members of the British Armed Forces and their families. These expectations are tied to the emotions they feel when they watch your ad.

Loyalty Programs!?! We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Loyalty Programs!!!

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Without fear of (much) argument, it’s a fair statement that all companies want, and try to generate and achieve, optimum loyalty from their customer base. They should want this because study after study shows the financial rewards of having loyal customers. Some companies reach this goal through superior value delivery, built on quality products and services and positive, consistent customer experiences. Customer loyalty programs are especially popular among retailers.

Like Just About All of Their Customers… I LOVE Wegmans!!!

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For anyone who appreciates a truly customer-centric organization, one that is invested in its stellar reputation for ongoing trust and value creation, customer experience optimization and building employee ambassadorship, Wegmans is the company to emulate. sorry for the rest of you that don’t have a Wegmans nearby), has succeeded in creating an almost cult-like bond with its customers. The post Like Just About All of Their Customers… I LOVE Wegmans!!!

What Target Is Doing to Regain Consumer Trust – – And One of The Most Effective Things They (and GM) Could/Should Do

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Target has issued press releases, and been on television, speaking to the fact that they are bringing in new senior IT execs to oversee customer data management. On the company web site, Target has begun posting information about initiatives and programs designed to offer customers greater purchase security. Here is one of the things they both could do to bring customers closer, and make them part of the image rebuilding effort. Michael Lowenstein, Ph.D.,

When B2B and B2C Key Performance Metrics Flatline….

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The company needs to understand the benefits, and overall perceived value, customers seek in the entertainment experience. This involves looking deeper into the emotional components of value delivery, as well as the functional. As basic customer experience processes were improved, the metric flatlined, offering no opportunity for further enhancement or competitive advantage. Web-based survey invitations were sent to the company’s current customers.

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The Meteoric Rise Of Content As A Driver of Buyer Behavior, Especially Rich Video: What Does It Mean For Marketers?

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Video creates consumer involvement, conveys rich information, and builds an emotional connection with a brand or company, often through advanced neuroscience approaches. Beyond video, there’s documented proof of how all elements of content can effectively leverage customer behavior. appeared first on Beyond Philosophy | CX Consultants | Customer Experience. Michael Lowenstein, Ph.D., CMC, is Thought Leadership Principal for Beyond Philosophy.

Why Most Customer Experience Programs Fail

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We work with Customer Experience (CX) professionals around the world and train them on how to go about implementing CX programs. The main reason that an organization fails to improve their CX is because of their lack of Customer Centricity. The symptom is a poor experience; the cause is their lack of Customer centricity. If you consider Customers transactions, guess what? What emotions does your current experience evoke from your Customers?

When ‘Push’ Marketing Goes Too Far

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A couple of years ago, our local newspaper, The Philadelphia Inquirer, ran a disturbing story about how a mortgage loan company in Phoenix had sent spam advertising messages which appeared on the screens of thousands of wireless phone customers. Not only were the messages not requested, but these customers had to pay to retrieve them. The text messaging address for each mobile phone is derived from the phone number assigned to each customer’s handset and the wireless company’s name.

The Power of Servant Leadership to Build and Sustain Stakeholder Value

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During a recent series of stakeholder behavior instructional workshops conducted for our clients, one of the strongest areas of interest among workshop participants was how to gain senior management support and sponsorship for various customer-related and employee-related initiatives. Leaders of organizations desiring to be customer-centric, and managers wanting to help leaders achieve that worthwhile goal, would do well to follow these ideals and the principles of Greenleaf and De Pree.

When Marketing’s Goal is to Emotionally Connect with Consumers…Content is the Once and Future King!

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Because, even if they are attracted, visitors won’t have a good usage and emotional experience, and they will be less likely to return or convert. All of this is designed to create and sustain emotionally-based relationships. In other words, consumers may shift back and forth from marketing to sales – and at their individual, emotionally driven whim. The post When Marketing’s Goal is to Emotionally Connect with Consumers…Content is the Once and Future King!

4 Ways to Gain Customers’ Trust in Data Security

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In other words, Customers will share data even though they don’t believe it is protected enough to get a better value from an organization. When Target had the data breach last December that affected over 110 million customers, and the latest issues with Apple’s iCloud, not to mention Home Depot’s latest breach, it seems the safety of everyone’s data is highly suspect. Trust and the Customer Experience. Emotions are an important part of any customer experience.

McKinsey Thinks Bland, Generic Loyalty Programs Are Killing Business – And They May Be Right!

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A recent Forbes article by McKinsey (“Making Loyalty Pay: Six Lessons From The Innovators”), showed that, based on the consulting organization’s recent study, loyalty program participation has steadily increased over the past five years (a 10% annual rate of growth), with the average household now having almost 25 memberships ( [link] ) For all of that growing popularity, there are huge questions for marketers: Are the programs contributing to increased sales? Michael Lowenstein, Ph.D.,

Five Proven Ways to Increase Your ROI, By the #1 Attraction on Trip Advisor

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Downie would tell you that it wasn’t his goal to be #1 on Trip Advisor, but instead to be the best experience for their Customers that they could. At the time they began their Customer Experience improvement process, the concept was relatively new and largely untested. Downie compares their journey to “driving a snowplow for Customer Experience in Scotland.” Embracing the emotional parts of the Customer Experience right from the start.

What Do The Pioneers of Customer Experience See for the Future: And What Should You Do About It?

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I recently participated in a Customer Experience Day webinar with two other leaders in our field, Joe Pine and Lou Carbone. You might remember how I came to this field of Customer Experience almost 20 years ago after years of working in the corporate world.

‘Top 50 Marketing Thought Leader’ Reveals Latest Trend

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could truly predict Customer’s behavior. For those of you that do not know about this, behavioral economics embraces the fact that often Customers make irrational decisions and as a consequence this affects what they buy. In short, you need to embrace the fact that Customers are irrational. Let us start with three simple questions: What emotions are you trying to evoke in your Customers?

Why Most Customer Experience Programs Fail

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We work with Customer Experience (CX) professionals around the world and train them on how to go about implementing CX programs. The main reason that an organization fails to improve their CX is because of their lack of Customer Centricity. The symptom is a poor experience; the cause is their lack of Customer centricity. If you consider Customers transactions, guess what? So the questions are, how Customer-centric are you and how do you know?

Why Most Customer Experience Programs Fail

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We work with Customer Experience (CX) professionals around the world and train them on how to go about implementing CX programs. The main reason that an organization fails to improve their CX is because of their lack of Customer Centricity. The symptom is a poor experience; the cause is their lack of Customer centricity. If you consider Customers transactions, guess what? So the questions are, how Customer-centric are you and how do you know?

Service Process vs. Service Experience: Solving the Customer’s Problem vs. Owning the Customer’s Issue

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Whether consumers articulate it or not, or whether it gets measured or not, emotions have become core to experience response and future consumer decisions. In a recent article, Robert Passikoff, CEO of Brand Keys, presented statistics which demonstrate the extent to which consumer response to experiences, and the resultant impact on decision processes, has become emotion-dominant. It is also an essential element of customer-centricity. Michael Lowenstein, Ph.D.,

eBay & PayPal’s Split is Good for Customers

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Coming out from under eBay’s shadow will let them blossom, into what I hope will become a Customer-centric organization. They have Customer-centric leadership. It’s great that their new CEO, Dan Shulman is coming from American Express, a highly Customer-centric company. Furthermore, he was a part of Virgin Mobile’s team, which is again very Customer-centric. Competition is great for Customer Experience.

Customers Want Better Customer Service…or Else!

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Consumers say Customer Service is important to them when choosing a brand and forming loyalty with it. 97% of Customers believe that Customer Service is important to them when they choose where they do business. consumers said they have stopped doing business with companies that blow it with Customer service. State of Multichannel Customer Service Report published by Parature and Microsoft Dynamics CRM, it’s not a moment too soon. Customers are a demanding lot.