September, 2014

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Discovering What Customers Don’t Know Themselves

Beyond Philosophy

'How many times have you undertaken Customer research to discover what a Customer wants you to do to improve their Customer Experience only to discover when you implement this, it has no effect? What is going wrong here? Quite simply, on many occasions Customers don’t know what they want and will say the first thing that comes to their head. Therefore to discover this ‘hidden’ aspect of a Customer Experience you need to undertake a different form of research.

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Call Center Scripting Tips for Sounding Like a Real Person (Instead of a Robot)

Callminer

What can call center agents do to ensure they handle customer concerns efficiently? Sound like a real person (instead of a robot). Here’s how to do it.

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A Quick Customer-Facing Communication Checklist

Customers That Stick

'At the core of all customer experience is communication. Communication helps direct a customer to the right department, helps make a customer feel valued, and helps give context to a product or service. Communication is among the most important of variables and, in many cases, the easiest to improve. Sometimes, the simplest things get lost in the sea of complexity that is modern business.

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5 Ways Amazon Has Changed How Everyone Thinks About Customer Experience

Win the Customer

'If you don’t like change, your going to like irrelevance even less. If you’re looking for an example of the customer experience revolution, Amazon has shown the way to innovate and dominate by putting the needs of customers first. Making experience the heart of business strategy, Amazon has shown that customer service and customer experience really do matter […].

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Reimagine Your Communications With A Unified Platform

Cut complexity and boost efficiency while empowering your customers with Nextiva's unified communications platform. Nextiva streamlines workflows and centralizes customer interactions, all while simplifying business collaboration, increasing productivity, and reducing employee burnout.

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The magic of Disney – now that’s what I call a Customer Experience!

ijgolding

'I have often said in the past how lucky I am to have so many people share their customer experience stories with me. Sometimes the stories are difficult to hear. Sometimes the stories are inspiring. In all cases I believe that through the use of storytelling, it is possible to bring to life the significance of the customer experience in the organisations we work and interact with.

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Employee Culture: Why Amazon is on Top and Bank of America Isn’t

Beyond Philosophy

'Each year, we do a Global Leader Survey of top executives in Customer Experience Management. Last year’s survey revealed that Amazon claimed the top spot and Bank of America…well, didn’t. While I believe there are several factors at work here that make the difference between the two organizations, employee engagement is a big part it. That is to say, Amazon has it—and Bank of America doesn’t.

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Trust Isn't About Keeping Score

CX Journey

'Image courtesy of Dobi How is low trust impacting your organization? Your business results? I''ve written about trust at least a dozen times in the past. In response to my recent post, A Culture of Distrust , Richard Fagerlin reached out to me about his book Trustology : The Art and Science of Leading High-Trust Teams. He wanted to get my thoughts on his stance on trust.

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Faces of Customer Experience: Ali Banks

Customers That Stick

'Meet Ali Banks! Ali Banks’ began her career in architecture but left her real estate development job to pursue her love of food at Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. Her food adventure brought her back home to New York and now Chicago. Currently the Resident Chef for Sur La Table, Chicago, she teaches hands-on cooking classes to adults and children. Additionally, she is the recipe developer for Sitka Salmon Shares and enjoys experiencing the operation first hand by fishing in Alaska.

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Do You Know Exactly What Customers Want From Customer Service?

Win the Customer

'80% of companies say they deliver “superior” customer service, but only 8% of customers think these same companies actually deliver “superior” customer service. Though most brands believe that their customer service is adequate to keep their customers happy, it’s clear that most customers feel otherwise. When a person purchases products or services from a brand, the […].

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The 2023 Verint Experience Index: Retail

Reports of the death of in-store shopping have been greatly exaggerated. This year’s retail survey found that more than 60 percent of consumers start and end their journey by visiting a store. Retail customers value price above everything, but the importance of other factors varies for different brands. In-store shopping is valued highly by grocery and home improvement customers Technology retail customers place less importance on in-store experiences – for them it only ranks sixth Digital exper

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The simplicity of a smile – it’s great for you and your customers!

ijgolding

'Smiling – we all do it. Some of us do it more than others, but it is very likely that we will all smile at some point today. There are actually some very interesting facts about the facial expression we take for granted: Forcing yourself to smile can improve your mood. Smiling boosts your immune system. Smiling is contagious. Smiling relieves stress.

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Digital Government Best Practices for Meeting the Expectations of Today’s Multichannel, Multi-Device Citizens

ForeSee

'For over 10 years, ForeSee has been measuring and reporting on citizen satisfaction with the digital government experience. In that time, we’ve seen technology evolve – and with that comes. The post Digital Government Best Practices for Meeting the Expectations of Today’s Multichannel, Multi-Device Citizens appeared first on ForeSee.

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Right or Wrong? Protecting Yourself Against Other Passengers

Beyond Philosophy

'Two flights. Two grounded planes. Four angry passengers, one of them with a wet shirt. Two planes worth of delayed passengers. And one big question: Is it okay to recline your seat on a flight? I am referring to the two incidents a couple of weeks ago involving the issue of reclining a seat on a flight. The first event took place on a United Airlines flight and involved a Knee Defender , a device that a passenger can secure to the tray table to restrict the seat in front of them from reclining.

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Listen with the Right Intent

CX Journey

'Image courtesy of Unsplash | André Spieker When you listen to customers or to employees, do you really listen? Or are you already anticipating your response or your reaction before they''re finished talking? Stephen R. Covey said: Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply. Unfortunately, this is so true.

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Strategic CX: A Deep Dive into Voice of the Customer Insights for Clarity

Speaker: Nicholas Zeisler, CX Strategist & Fractional CXO

The first step in a successful Customer Experience endeavor (or for that matter, any business proposition) is to find out what’s wrong. If you can’t identify it, you can’t fix it! 💡 That’s where the Voice of the Customer (VoC) comes in. Today, far too many brands do VoC simply because that’s what they think they’re supposed to do; that’s what all their competitors do.

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Improve Millennials’ Experience with a Targeted Loyalty Program

Customers That Stick

'Guest Poster: Kristen Gramigna. Kristen Gramigna is Chief Marketing Officer for BluePay , a credit card processing firm, and also serves on its Board of Directors. She has more than 15 years experience in the bankcard industry in direct sales, sales management and marketing. Building a base of loyal customers can be one of the most effective ways to increase your profitability and optimize your customer acquisition costs, but what does it take to win the favor of Millennials (consumers who are

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4 Most Common Customer Service Complaints You Can Fix in One Day

Win the Customer

'Not only is it cheaper to keep a customer than to win a new customer, peeping customers happy is easier than fixing an angry customer. But let’s face it, no matter how much we try to keep disasters at bay, there will always be isolated cases where customers end up unhappy with the products and […].

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Emirates Vs Etihad – Customer Experience Review

ijgolding

'Many dinner table conversations about customer experience will end up talking about the airline industry. It is almost impossible to find a human who does not have an airline ‘story’ – and most of the time the stories are not particularly positive. An industry that appears to be amongst the most glamorous has consistently struggled over the years to deliver consistently good experiences.

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An Enlightening Customer Success Meetup with Venk Chandran

Amity

Wow! As one of the attendees said: “Venk Chandran had enough expertise, experience, and insights to fill a 2-day course!”. The Customer Success Meetup group has grown to nearly 200 members in it’s first year. It was great to see that the majority attendees at this session were new members that were engaged in Customer Success in some capacity. Last night’s speaker was Venk Chandran, Senior Manager, Strategy and Enablement, Customers For Life at Salesforce.

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SME Relationships: Proven Solutions for Seamless Collaboration and Success

Speaker: Tim Buteyn, President of ThinkingKap Learning Solutions

💢 Do you find yourself stuck in never-ending review cycles? Are you wondering if your Subject Matter Expert actually got that last review request? Are you having trouble trying to decipher impractical or conflicting feedback? 💢 If any of these scenarios sounds familiar, you may benefit from a crash course on managing SME relationships!

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How Sports Results Affect Our Decision Making

Beyond Philosophy

'Most of us think that people make decisions, especially big, consequential decisions, based on a rational assessment of the consequences of that decision. The stock market is a great example. Clearly it makes sense that who fares best in the stock market are those investors making logical, rational choices. Certainly with the types of investments that are made, the sophistication of the analytics that is undertaken and the vast sums of money involved you would want to think that that is the cas

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Reputation Management or Customer Experience Management?

CX Journey

'Background image courtesy of Unsplash Which should you focus on: reputation management or customer experience management? Or both? With sites like Yelp, TravelAdvisor, Angie''s List, and more (not to mention Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc.), companies have a myriad of options for listening to customers online and uncovering when and where good and bad experiences are taking place.

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From the Archives: Losing a Customer Means…

Customers That Stick

'…we have failed. Failed to listen closely enough. Failed to communicate effectively enough. Failed to provide enough value. Not every customer lost is a failure. Customers’ needs change. Some customers move out of the market, some lose the ability to pay, and some simply no longer need our product or service. Yet, if we look at why most customers are lost, a great many represent a failure of customer experience or of customer service.

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How Outsourcing Can Actually Help Your Customer Service Experience

Win the Customer

'US-based companies spend more than $300 billion every year on outsourced contact center services. Outsourcing has come light years from what most people imagine and contact center services providers often are the key to helping small and mid-sized organizations compete in the global marketplace. Radical changes have been happening in how customers buy and what […].

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Contact Center Dialers Demystified

Dive into the realm of contact center dialers with our infographic! Explore the various types – Preview, Predictive, Automatic, and Progressive Dialers – and unravel their roles in boosting call center performance.

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Customer Empathy – ignore it at your peril!

ijgolding

'Have you ever looked up the definition of the word Empathy? I would suspect that you have not! It is not often that we take the time to read dictionaries!! If you read the definition above, it is also likely that you will find it difficult to correlate many of the words used with organisations that you interact with on a daily basis. I often tell people how rare I think it is for companies to demonstrate ‘customer empathy’ on a consistent basis.

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Social Customer Service Rankings: Where Do You Stack Up?

Chad Schaeffer

It was May 2001 and I was just kicking off my first contact center software implementation as a project manager. Consumers were rapidly adopting email as an innovative communication method and big companies were trying to figure out how to manage this incredibly modern support channel. Overnight major brands were receiving millions of support emails a year.

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Are you Prejudiced?

Beyond Philosophy

'Humans are by nature prejudiced. However, the word prejudice conjures up negative images in most of our minds. When you read my title, you probably wanted to answer no, because we have been taught that prejudice is inherently wrong, and clearly there are a number of prejudices that are abhorrent; race and religion, spring immediately to mind. Unfortunately prejudice is natural within people.

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Are Your Customers Persona Non Grata?

CX Journey

'I originally wrote today''s post for Intradiem. It was published on their blog on May 19, 2014. Have you thought about this question: "In your company, are customers persona non grata?" OK, a little Latin refresher to start off. What does "persona non grata" mean? According to Wikipedia, it means an unwelcome person. I like the definition from BusinessDictionary.com, which defines it as: A person who is rejected by those whose acceptance of him or her is required in a situation.

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The New GTM Playbook: 18 Ways to Future-Proof Your Sales Team

Longer sales cycles. Increasingly discerning buyers. More meetings. Intensifying competition. Economic uncertainty. Go-to-market teams of every size, in every industry, are grappling with these challenges firsthand. Thankfully, there’s an answer. We’ve developed an entirely new way for GTM leaders to identify and execute proven, data-driven strategies that drive revenue.

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Is Training Hopeless for Some Reps?

Customers That Stick

'One of the (usually) fun things about being in the customer service/customer experience space is that friends, family members, and colleagues like to tell you about their newest customer service adventures — positive or negative. The following happened to a colleague of mine a few weeks ago. The setting has been altered slightly to protect the guilty.

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Don’t Run from Customer Service Reviews. Reviews Elevate Service to the Next Level.

Win the Customer

'In digital world, thoughts and opinions are processed at lightning speed, so with the very real possibility of a customer’s negative experience going viral, businesses are making exceptional (and proactive) customer service an operational necessity.

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‘Watch’ Out: Apple’s New Products are Poised to Impact the Mobile Customer Experience

ForeSee

'The ForeSee Mobile Team frequently has spirited discussions (er, debates) about mobile and wearable devices and the roles these devices play in the customer journey, and in lieu of Apple''s recent new product announcements (the Apple Watch, the iPhone 6 and Apple Pay), we felt it would be appropriate to illuminate what we think of it all. The post ‘Watch’ Out: Apple’s New Products are Poised to Impact the Mobile Customer Experience appeared first on ForeSee.