Customers Emotions are Predictable

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Science has begun to predict the intensity of emotions in others with accuracy. This fact is important because when you can predict emotions, you can also plan for them in your Customer Experience. Why do we need to plan for emotions? Over 50% of any Customer Experience behavior is driven by emotions. It’s emotional and because of that, we assume it’s unpredictable. Here’s where predicting the intensity of negative emotions comes in handy.

How To Measure Customer Emotions

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Measuring customer emotions for your Customer Experience is a vital activity for your organization. We discussed how to measure customer emotions on our recent podcast. The most common way to measure emotion is the Net Promoter Score (NPS).

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The Secret of Measuring Customer Emotions

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Unless you serve robots exclusively, your customers are humans. Human feelings influence our actions and drive customer behavior. Therefore, you must design a Customer Experience that makes your customers feel a way that drives value for your organization. In our global Customer Experience consultancy, we have said for nearly 20 years that customer’s emotions account for over half of the outcome in any Customer Experience.

What Customer Emotions Drive the Most Value

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What Customer Emotions Drive the Most Value. The person asking understood what I was saying about evoking the proper emotions in a Customer Experience. We discuss what we found in our research on this episode of The Intuitive Customer. We learned there are 20 emotions that either drive or destroy value in a Customer Experience. The twenty emotions are each part of one of four clusters.

How Can We Measure Customer Emotions in Our Digital World

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How Can We Measure Customer Emotions in Our Digital World. However, the happier medal winner is the bronze medalist, and the reason we know this is the subject of this episode of The Intuitive Customer. With guest Dr. Bill Hedgecock, professor at the University of Minnesota in the Carlson School of Management, we explore the power of facial recognition with facial expression analysis software and what it can do to help you improve your Customer Experience.

How to Measure Customer Emotions

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Some businesses look at the bottom line with customers. Companies that are and will be most successful going forward will optimize something besides margins and profits: The Net Emotional Value. The Net Emotional Value (NEV) refers to the single number that represents the emotional value you provide to your customers. The “Net” in NEV refers to the net effect of those emotions for customer loyalty and retention. But what are these emotions?

3 Tools to Measure Authentic Customer Emotions in Real-Time

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I am routinely gobsmacked by the number of organizations that don’t measure customer emotions. To measure something like customer emotions in your Customer Experience, you need the proper tools. We talked about measurement tools in a recent podcast , and how you can employ them in your Customer Experience. Let’s take a look at a few different ways you can get feedback on customer emotions. My Advice for Customer Emotions Research.

How To Measure Authentic Customer Emotions In Real Time

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There is a big challenge when measuring customer emotions as you are asking customers how they felt in an experience, as this is done retrospectively, a while after they had the experience. Many times, Customers don’t remember how they felt or, for several reasons, they don’t want to tell you. Using technology, you can now measure customer’s emotions in real time! Critically you can measure their AUTHENTIC emotions, i.e:

How to Measure Customer Emotions

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Some businesses look at the bottom line with customers. Companies that are and will be most successful going forward will optimize something besides margins and profits: The Net Emotional Value. The Net Emotional Value (NEV) refers to the single number that represents the emotional value you provide to your customers. The “Net” in NEV refers to the net effect of those emotions for customer loyalty and retention. But what are these emotions?

Why We Think Things Are Good When They Are Bad

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As the usability interface worsened, I started to make excuses for them as a loyal customer. It creates a conflict for customers, which is terrible for your customer-facing employees on the front lines. Remember that customers can’t always tell you what they want.

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.

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. .

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.

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 $$$$.

Music: A Marketing Tool

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When it comes to branding there might be no better way than using music to help a Customer remember your brand promise. Here is the ad, in case you missed it: Part of the reason these studies showed the link is because music activates many centers across the brain, including the emotional ones. In addition, music has the ability to take us back in time to emotions we felt, even to the music of our parents or grandparents as is depicted in the Apple ad.

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.

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

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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. Seven key customer experience questions.

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. All organizations are on a journey from being Naive to Natural in the way they focus on the Customer, passing through each of four stages: Naïve, Transactional, Enlightened, and Natural.

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 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.

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.

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?

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.

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?

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.

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. Here is the ‘executive summary’ version of some conditions of each stage, and how the movement to customer obsession takes place within the enterprise.

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.

Subconscious Clues That Call People to Action

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Helping your Customers make a decision is an important element in your Customer Experience design. Zhecho Dobrev, one of our consultants published his musings on this concept. All channels for your Customers make up your Customer Experience, including websites. By paying attention to the subconscious ways you help your customers make a choice they are happy with, you create a win win for everyone involved.

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.

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.

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. Unless the KPI philosophy has its basis in Customer Experience measures, it isn’t going to help improve the experience.

Where Is Gamification Going? Some ‘New Rules’; Or, Stated Another Way….

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just how jaded and seeking for social interaction have customers become, in their relationships with vendors and their loyalty and engagement programs, that experiences need to always be fun and inclusive? In studies of loyalty program participation, high percentages of customers have said they would spend more with vendors that offer points for activities other than making purchases. This trend works well for building more strategic, bonded relationships with customers.

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.,

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. We use an assessment for our clients called Naive to Natural that looks at each organization and how they focus on the Customer.

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.

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.

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!!!

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.