Why You Must Create and Sustain a Customer-Centric Culture

Beyond Philosophy

Most companies today know that putting the customer at the heart of everything they do is vital. The fact is, improving your Customer Experience means you must also become more customer-centric. But what is customer-centricity and how do you do it? What aspects of the experience should you focus your efforts to improve? Creating and sustaining a customer-centric culture was the subject of a recent podcast.

Guest Blog: Building a Customer-Centric Culture Around CRM Software

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This week we feature an article by Dawn Gucciardo who took my model of Six D’s to Creating a Customer-Centric Culture and applied it to developing and implementing a CRM software. – Shep Hyken. Shep Hyken believes customer centricity must start on the inside, with your employees. As a reference, Shep defines the Six D’s of Creating a Customer-Centric Culture in his Customer Service Blog: Define it. Happy Customers.

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You Can’t Legislate Customer Centricity

Beyond Philosophy

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!

Customer Centric Internal Branding

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Customer Centric Internal Branding Lynn Hunsaker. Customer centric internal branding revolves around customer well-being. Internal branding has various meanings, such as becoming employer of choice, communicating the company’s marketing programs to employees, emphasizing core values, engaging employees for high morale and productivity, or aligning internal behaviors with what’s promised to customers. (By

Executive Report: The Customer Data Too Often Overlooked by the C-Suite

INTRODUCTION Business Transformation and Analytics: Driving Change in a Customer-Centric World | 3. understand new sources of customer data and. quickly act to meet new customer expectations. percent) and direct feedback from customers (39. the customer base.

What is Customer Centricity DNA?

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What is Customer Centricity DNA? What is customer-centricity DNA? And centricity means “being situated at the center; a position of central prominence or importance”. Accordingly, customer-centricity DNA means your business is customer-centered in all that it does. Your business can develop customer-centricity DNA. Weave customer-centered thinking and doing in everything everyone does. What is Customer-Centricity DNA?

Customer Centric Processes for Stellar Customer Experience

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Customer Centric Processes for Stellar Customer Experience Lynn Hunsaker. All processes within a company have the potential to impact customer experience. However far removed from the customer you perceive a process to be, there is a snowball effect for employees’ (and suppliers’ and partners’) behaviors that can eventually permeate end-users. Customer-facing employees are only as effective as the rest of the company enables them to be.

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.,

Customer Centric Employee Engagement

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Customer Centric Employee Engagement Lynn Hunsaker. Organizations that are centered around their customers know that it’s not a part-time role. To truly be customer-centric , everyone company-wide needs to have a deep understanding of the customer’s world. And beyond this sharp awareness, everyone needs to be constant in their personal alignment with the customer’s world, exemplified by their decision-making and behaviors.

Customer Centric Decisions

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Customer Centric Decisions Lynn Hunsaker. Do you have a customer-focus creed? In the conference room of a company I visited recently a poster served as a clear reminder for customer centric decision-making. Think about the highest priorities indicated by your most recent customer feedback, and how you could insert those priorities into a poster like this one: Our goal is to increase customer retention through product and service value creation.

Customer Centric Mission & Values

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Customer Centric Mission & Values Lynn Hunsaker. Customer-centricity is about priorities. Johnson & Johnson has an excellent way of communicating their customer-centric priorities: 1) doctors, nurses, patients, parents; 2) employees; 3) communities; 4) stockholders. Customers’ orders must be serviced promptly and accurately. We must experiment with new ideas.

Customer Centric Action Plans

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Customer Centric Action Plans Lynn Hunsaker. Monitoring voice of the customer is one thing, but can all your employees name the customers’ top ten wish list? Barclays’ personal performance reviews include a strategic satisfaction index, which includes a retrospective 3-month comparison to other banks and continuous improvement of the customers’ top ten wish list.

Guest Post: How to Build Your Customer Experience Roadmap

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This week we feature an article from Liliana Petrova , founder of The Petrova Experience. She writes about preparing a productive and successful customer experience strategy and why it’s important to have one. Wrong Customer Experience.

Customer Centric Sales & Service Policies

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Customer Centric Sales & Service Policies Lynn Hunsaker. For example, think of Zappos and LL Bean: for their customer-centric sales and service policies, they’ve earned widespread admiration among customers, as well as among executives across a variety of industries who’ve sought to learn from them. As we strive to win customers’ hearts and share-of-wallet, remember that kindness breeds gratitude , which builds customer enthusiasm for a brand.

Customer Centric Listening

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Customer Centric Listening Lynn Hunsaker. Listen to your customersexperiences at the highest levels in your company to set customer-centricity standards. There’s no substitute for fresh unvarnished customer stories in aligning your culture to customers’ values and concerns. I recommend prioritizing the listening effort by the cumulative lifetime profit of various customer segments.

Customer Centric Employee Engagement

ClearAction

Customer Centric Employee Engagement Lynn Hunsaker. Organizations that are centered around their customers know that it’s not a part-time role. To truly be customer-centric , everyone company-wide needs to have a deep understanding of the customer’s world. And beyond this sharp awareness, everyone needs to be constant in their personal alignment with the customer’s world, exemplified by their decision-making and behaviors.

Customer-Centric Innovation

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Customer-Centric Innovation Lynn Hunsaker. What defines a customer-centric organization, and why is taking a customer-centric approach increasingly seen as important? Clear Action’s Lynn Hunsaker and Patricia Seybold Group’s Matthew Lees argue the business case for a customer-centric organization. When the customer’s well-being comes first in your decision-making, you’re customer-centric. the customer’s world.

Customer-Centric Hiring Builds Trust

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Customer-Centric Hiring Builds Trust Lynn Hunsaker. When customer experience requirements guide the hiring process, a company is practicing outside-in thinking. In fact, most companies that are consistently listed as top customer service providers have very deliberate methods for choosing the right people who will properly represent the company’s brand promise. We take our customers and our competition seriously — not ourselves.”

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.

Customer Centric Culture

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Customer Centric Culture Lynn Hunsaker. What Does it Mean to be Customer-centric? To have the customer’s best interests as the focus of your attention — not to be pre-occupied in your own interests at the customer’s expense. To do this, you need to: (1) Really know the customer in order to anticipate their best interests. (2) Customer-Centric Primary Motives: Making it easier and nicer for the customer to get and use solutions.

Customer-Centric Cultures Don’t Just Happen

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The same can be said of customer centricity. Customer centricity doesn’t happen overnight. If you want to build a customer-centric culture at your company, then you’d better be able to live with process and incremental improvement. If we boil it down to its essence, there’s a five-step process to customer centricity. Customer-centric culture is a matter of commitment at all levels of your business.

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. The reason your organization is delivering the experience it does today is because of the way your organization is.

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.

Customer Centric Service Design

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Customer Centric Service Design Lynn Hunsaker. Imagine the power of pictorially summarizing your customer survey results so that stakeholders can understand possible customer experience improvements within 10 minutes! Reality Maps help your project teams learn about end-to-end customer experience and pain points in a storyboard format, with an eye toward future innovation. “By 3) How will the solution work for the customer?

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.

Free Webinar: Kickstarting Your Customer-Centric Culture

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Reuters Events are excited to announce their next free customer service & experience webinar: ‘Kickstarting Your Customer-Centric Culture.’. It is becoming clearer that top-class customer experience cannot be achieved without nurturing great employee experience.

Making Optimal Customer Experience A Focus of Your Company’s (And Your) Thinking and Doing: The Case for Foundation and Advanced CEM Training

Beyond Philosophy

Many b2b and b2c companies offer antiseptic, commoditized, vanilla experiences for customers. Some, through culture, discipline, and purpose have succeeded in creating consistent, positive experiences which are appealing to customers and which customers consider worthy of passing along through informal conversation and recommendation. Most brands and corporations get by on transactional approaches to customer relationships.

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. Using scents to help create a positive experience for your retail customers works for many different industries though. Don’t underestimate the scent in your retail experience design. Undertake what we call a Customer Mirror.

Becoming a Customer-Centric Organization

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The customer-centric mindset entails making major decisions while taking customer needs and customer journeys into account. This responsibility is not limited to the CSM (Customer Success Manager) alone, a company-wide disposition to customer satisfaction is crucial to customer success. This is as a result of greater customer trust which reduces churn, increases renewals, and bolsters user adoption through referrals and testimonials.

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

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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.”. An experiment was conducted with students to bet on “Heads or Tails”. How is this applicable to Customer Experience? Well, Loss Aversion is applicable to Customer Experience as well.

The Art of Listening: A Key to Customer-Centricity

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The Art of Listening: A Key to Customer-Centricity Lynn Hunsaker. Curiosity is the key to great listening skills that improve customer experience. When you’re truly curious about your customer’s opinions, expectations and requests, you’ll find the customer to be more pleasant, interesting and fulfilling to you as well. Consider internal customers as well as external customers in honing this skill. Practice Customer-Focused Listening Skills.

Customer Centric SWOT: Align Strategies to Customer Priorities

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Customer Centric SWOT: Align Strategies to Customer Priorities Lynn Hunsaker. Start with your customer in mind whenever you use a management technique. Strategies that start with the customer set the stage for daily behaviors that are customer-centric. The customer is left out of most templates you find in consultants’ toolboxes or business classes. 1) First, know your customers’ priorities and challenges and trends.

Yoga Pants Can Realign Customer Experience

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Lululemon is a brand with a loyal cult-like following, but Customers began to sour on the Lululemon brand last year. And it’s because they are realigning to their Customer-center. The new fit descriptions are designed to help Customers know which fit is appropriate for what activity. The new wall is in response to Customer Feedback that they were confused about how the pants should fit and sometimes bought them too big.

Being Customer Centric Doesn’t Mean What You Think It Does

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There is a major skill most organizations lack: Customer centricity. But if you want to remain competitive in today’s economic climate, putting the focus on Customers is imperative to your bottom line. It was 20 years ago when the realization that I wasn’t Customer centric hit me. Because of the three following reasons: I operated from a mindset of what was good for the company and ignored the impact on Customers. Operate with Customer in mind.

Connecting People: The Key to Customer Centric Leadership

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Granted, the company was small, with only around 150 employees, but little would I know how unusual these two men were to become in my work experiences going forward. I have spent the last five years working with companies – not as an employee, but as a consultant. People who seem to completely ‘get it’ — the need to become ever more customer centric to enable sustainable business growth. What the customer strategy is – or if there even is one.

Top 9 Customer Experience Influencers to Follow

Peter Lavers

We’re delighted to report that our founder Peter Lavers has again been featured by Capterra as one of the top influencers in the world in the field of Customer Experience. He didn’t set out to be an ‘influencer’ or ‘guru’ on the subjects of customer experience, CRM, CVM, and increasingly the applications of Artificial Intelligence in marketing. The post Top 9 Customer Experience Influencers to Follow appeared first on Think CX.

Philosophies to Improve Your Customer Experience in 2015

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I dedicate my career to helping organizations take their current Customer Experience to the next level, or Beyond the Philosophy of it and into the “real world.”. Philosophy drives my actions, of course , including the following five: Philosophy #1: Experiences are not just about the “what” but also the “how.”. It’s not just about the rational parts of the experience, like how many times the phone rings before it is answered or your hours of operation.

Truth Webinar

Peter Lavers

Our founding director Peter Lavers will be participating in the next Truth Customer Loyalty webinar on 2 June, 2pm BST. You are invited to join Truth’s CEO Amanda Cromhout as she debates with Peter, who is a renowned Customer Management and Customer Experience consultant and influencer.

Meet Janet LeBlanc: Our December 2020 Wall of Fame Honoree

Contact Center Pipeline

Contact Center Pipeline’s AUTHOR WALL OF FAME Janet LeBlanc is President of Janet LeBlanc + Associates, a consulting firm specializing in the design and delivery of a Branded Customer Experience®.

What Do The Pioneers of Customer Experience See for The Future

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What happens when you get three Customer Experience Pioneers together to discuss the past, present, and future of Customer Experience? This episode of The Intuitive Customer, for starters. The future of customer experience is infused with technology and data.