The Importance of Customer Advocacy

Brad Cleveland

Customer advocacy refers to both how a company advocates for customers (doing what’s best for customers) and how customers advocate for companies (spreading the word about its products, services and brand).

Customer Advocacy: An Essential Ingredient

Brad Cleveland

Customer advocacy is one of those terms that can be confusing. Does the customer advocate for us, the business? Or is it the other way around? One of the past issues of The Edge of Service™ Newsletter suggests the answers to these questions is both!

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Rhonda Basler: From Adequate to Outstanding: 5 Ways to Inspire Customer Advocacy Through Customer Care

Bill Quiseng

This week’s guest post is from Rhonda Basler , director of Customer Engagement at Hallmark Business Connections. I have been a longtime fan of her blog so I’m honored that she is sharing her customer experience insight here. Put Yourself in the Customers’ Shoes.

Customer Advocacy: How High-Performing Companies Set Themselves Apart

Genroe

Net Promoter and customer advocacy are intimately linked. While I don’t subscribe to the idea that NPS is a measure of voiced customer advocacy it is definitely a measure of advocacy entanglement — how a person feels about a company. Today’s guest post from Seb Atkinson los closely at customer advocacy and how it is […].

Inside View: TCL North America

Contact Center Pipeline

Agent empowerment agent empowerment AHT average handle time call center contact center customer advocacy customer experience employee feedback QA processIf you are unfamiliar with TCL (The Creative Life), you probably won’t be for long.

5 Top Customer Service Articles For the Week of November 7, 2016

ShepHyken

Each week I read a number of customer service articles from various online resources. What’s stopping your customers from being loyal? Graham Jones) Most business leaders appreciate that 80% of their profits come from 20% of their customers. We’re trying to win the customer!

Guest Blog: Kaleidoscope Service

ShepHyken

Innovative service has the same emotional influence and poignant hold on customers. Kaleidoscopes have the attributes of the kind of experiences we all desire—as customers, employees, and colleagues. Customer Service customer advocacy innovative service kaleidoscope service

Amazing Business Radio: Christopher Elliott

ShepHyken

Christopher Elliott Talks about How to Get a Better Customer Experience. Shep Hyken speaks with consumer advocate, author, and journalist Christopher Elliott about how to get what you deserve as a customer. Elliott has earned the reputation of “every customer’s best friend.”.

Empowering Employees to Be Customer Advocates

Brad Cleveland

One of the most recent courses is on Customer Advocacy – what it is, how it’s done and how to maximize its benefits. If you are interested in how to empower employees to be customer advocates and how to encourage customers … Call Center Contact Center Customer Experience Customer Relationships Customer Service Leadership Organization and Culture Quality Management Brad Cleveland customer advocacy customer experience customer relationships Lynda.com

How Palo Alto Software Used Metrics to Improve Service

Toister Performance Solutions

A question posted on the Inside Customer Service LinkedIn group recently caught my attention. Celeste Peterson, a Customer Advocacy Supervisor at Palo Alto Software, asked: What do you think are the most important metrics to track for a small customer service team?

5 Essential Tips for Social Customer Service Communications

VocalCom

As customers continue to seek quick and effortless experiences on the go, social media channels shine as prime platforms for communication. The rise in smartphone use coupled with the explosive popularity of social platforms has transformed customer service expectations, as brands must engage better and faster than ever before. If you’re wondering just how your brand can keep up, consider these five tips for great social customer service communications.

Business-to-Business Customer Advocacy: Is It A Real Possibility Or A Real Oxymoron?

Beyond Philosophy

This often minimizes customer selection of vendors. So, aren’t BtoB customers more often “trapped” into supplier relationships compared to their BtoC customer counterparts? Twenty years ago, in their 1994 white paper entitled “Customer Loyalty:Toward an Integrated Conceptual Framework,” academics Alan S. In its current iteration, the company employing this model classifies customers, on a matrix basis, as Truly Loyal, Accessible, Trapped, and High Risk.

How Can Your Company and Customers Profit Most from Higher Employee Commitment?

Beyond Philosophy

Whenever this is surfaced, it’s useful to ask some relevant questions with regard to ultimate enterprise value, particularly the employee experience vis-à-vis the customer experience. What takes precedence, employees or customers? We’re not saying choose your people over your customers.

Are You Experienced Enough in Customer Experience #INFOGRAPHIC

Win the Customer

Organizations that continually excel in their customer experience and service delivery average increased growth of 4-8% in revenue over competitors in their industry. Are You Experienced Enough in Customer Experience? Higher than average customer loyalty.

The Best Way to Ask Employees About Training Needs

Toister Performance Solutions

I once worked with a payroll department that was struggling to serve its internal customers. Think about a problem you're trying to solve, such as improving customer service, reducing complaints, or improving customer retention. Monthly customers were also more likely to cancel.

"Follow the Leader" Featuring Shep Hyken

Call Center Weekly

What is the most important role of the Chief Customer Officer? In my mind, there three important areas for the Chief Customer Officer to focus on: culture, systems and customer advocacy. Customer service and experience must be woven into the fabric of the entire company.

Customer Experience Journeys: Map for Actionability

ClearAction

Customer Experience Journeys: Map for Actionability. How actionable are your customer journey maps? Yet I've noticed that many customer journey maps aren't really designed to get full mileage from them. How can you get your whole organization engaged in making a significant positive difference to customers, and subsequently to cash? Customer journey maps are a means to an end, not an end in themselves. Comments are Customer Experience Gold.

Now Revealed and Proven: (The True Marketing Value of) Return on Word of Mouth

Beyond Philosophy

Word of mouth long been proven to be a significant component of, and contributor to, downstream customer advocacy and brand bonding, which we at Beyond Philosophy believe is a direct outcome of customer experience. I’m grateful to my colleague, Richard Vanderveer, for making readers of his blog aware of an insightful report – Return on Word of Mouth, or WOM/ROI – recently issued by the Word of Mouth Marketing Association (WOMMA).

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Guest Blog: Speed Saves Relationships

ShepHyken

Berk about the importance of responding quickly to customer comments and reviews. Ask your customers to post online reviews. When providing customer service, speed saves relationships. When a customer writes a complaint online, review, tweet, post, etc.,

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. These are almost guaranteed not to be memorable, not to be talked about (unless neutrally or negatively), and not creating outside-in advocacy and value creation.

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Create Success – The Alphabet Soup of Customer Experience Acronyms-Part 2

inContact

First, let’s take another look at the right combinations of measure for your business, reiterating my previous post: Driving customer loyalty is one thing, while driving customer advocacy is another, and operational efficiency is yet again very separate.

Recipe for Success – The Alphabet Soup of Customer Experience Acronyms

inContact

Like chemistry, great customer experience measurement combines the right mixture of items in the right proportions to produce a transformative experience your customers will surely notice. Customer Experience Measures –. Customer Satisfaction (CSAT).

Comparing Perceived Value Drivers For Employees and Customers

Beyond Philosophy

Though played for laughs, this scene is all too representative of the value delivery perceptual gaps which often exist between suppliers and their customers. This significant difference was a telling clue into the degree of misinterpretation and misperception between customers and suppliers.

Are Popular Customer Experience Metrics Just “Immature”, Or Do They Have Bigger Challenges?

Beyond Philosophy

Based on insights from the Temkin Group report’s State of CX Metrics, 2015, a recent LinkedIn infographic post by CXPA co-founder Bruce Temkin labeled customer experience metrics as “Immature, But Improving”. Customer Effort, Net Promoter, and Thoughts About CX Metrics.

4 Powerful Rules to Create Employee and Customer Word-of-Mouth Programs That Work

Beyond Philosophy

It must also be recognized that people and processes in a business model, representing ‘inside-out’ advocacy creation with customers and ambassadorship with employees, are a priority before effective word-of-mouth initiatives can, or should, be launched. Blogs Customer Experience

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“U.S. Employee Engagement Reaches Three-Year High.” Where Customer Experience and Value Delivery Are Concerned, Shouldn’t We Ask: ‘So What?’

Beyond Philosophy

However, when this organization, and others in the employee engagement research, training and consultation space, makes claims that engagement, in and of itself, contributes to customer value and loyalty behavior, two important questions need to be asked.

The 20 Stakeholder Experience Emotions: Which Are Most Positive and Value-Enhancing, and Which Are Most Negative and Value-Destroying?

Beyond Philosophy

To offer a better gauge of perceived value and customer experience, and better understand purchase decision drivers, it was necessary to put greater emphasis on the emotional. In this post, we are addressing the perceived value influence of emotions and memory on b2b and b2c customers.

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The Preoccupation With Pre-Customers

Beyond Philosophy

Many companies devote considerably more energy and resources to capturing customers than they do to keeping them. But, all customers are not created equal; some have more potential value than others. The other prospect challenge is that of customer suitability.

Recipe for Success – The Alphabet Soup of Customer Experience Acronyms

inContact

Like chemistry, great customer experience measurement combines the right mixture of items in the right proportions to produce a transformative experience your customers will surely notice. Customer Experience Measures –. Customer Satisfaction (CSAT).

Solving Complex Challenges through B2B Customer Experience

ClearAction

Solving Complex Challenges through B2B Customer Experience Lynn Hunsaker. “Our customer experience team really wants to make systemic and strategic changes that span the company, so we only tackle situations that our normal business-as-usual processes are not normally suited to tackle.

6 Social Customer Service Rules Your Brand Needs to Know

VocalCom

What began as a fun and innovative way to communicate with friends is now an essential business tool for delivering customer service. Here are six social customer service rules your brand needs to know—and follow—right now. Social customer service must be a priority. As social media use continues to increase, so does the demand for customer service on these channels. On Twitter alone, customer service interactions have increased 250% in the last two years.

Why, Oh Why, Is ANYBODY Still Measuring Customer Satisfaction?

Beyond Philosophy

Retention is about behavior, the motivation to remain a customer, whether at lower, equal, or higher purchase levels. For decades, satisfaction has been a cornerstone of what we understand to be total quality in products and services, as perceived by the customer.

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