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3 Things Great Companies Do for Customers

Beyond Philosophy

According to trendwatching.com, the feelings a Customer has when they are getting excellent Customer service are the same as the feelings they have when they feel love. I couldn’t agree more. Most excellent Customer Experiences leave Customers feeling valued and important, or, in other words, feeling the love. There are three things that great companies that have excellent Customer Experiences do in common to make Customers feel the love. They are: They always do more for Customers.

From Theory to Practice – Ten Steps for making customer journey mapping happen

Peter Lavers

Customer Experience Management is a hot topic in many companies, who have realised that they are no longer ‘in control’ of all the channels, media or messages that their customers utilise to engage with their brand. Understanding and “managing” customers’ cross-channel journeys sits at the heart of Customer Experience theory, and numerous different approaches have been taken to map out the current and desired experience. Some common mistakes.

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People Are Watching

CCNG

In our previous post, we reviewed the keys to being an effective communicator. We start with a foundation of respect, empathy, reliability, responsiveness, and assurance.

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12 Rules to End Bad Customer Service – Part 1

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Much has been said and written about the “ secret to customer service ”. Do this, don’t do that. Customers want this and don’t like it when you do that. Many offer some great, and probably very useful, ideas that will fix the issues of service. Well, I don’t know about “the secret” but here are my rules to end bad customer service.

How Call Lifecycle Details Help Increase Customer Satisfaction

Do you want to better understand what your customers are experiencing on calls? Does your call center software lack key information, even if calls are recorded? Download this eBook now to learn how to gain insights on all your calls to increase your customer satisfaction!

Long-Term Cost Management

Contact Center Pipeline

Managing expenses in a contact center is tricky business. We have to remember that the transactions we handle are done in a partnership with our customers, so the changes we make directly impact the customer experience. Yes, there are opportunities to trim costs while also improving contact satisfaction—implementing better self-service options is a great example. […]. Cost Management call center contact center cost management

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5 Principles for Great Restaurant Customer Service

Customers That Stick

Restaurants are one of the few truly universal industries because almost everyone has familiarity with them. From a customer service perspective, this makes restaurant customer service particularly challenging because almost every customer has both established service expectations and well-formed service triggers. Those expectations are often pegged to price or to impressions created by the physical environment. In many cases, expectations are derived from the industry segment.

How to Attract New Customers (Even on a Limited Budget)

Joe Rawlinson

How do you balance a limited marketing budget while still attracting new customers? Is this even possible? Ideally, you’d crack the code and be able to put a $1 into your marketing machine and get more than that dollar out in profit from sales. However, when you’re just getting started and haven’t quite figured out that magic formula, you can still attract new customers even on a limited budget. Manual Work. Customer acquisition doesn’t have to be paid acquisition.

How to start using Social Media for Customer Service

Bill Quiseng

This week’s post is written by Ravi Shukle. In my posts, I provide advice to improve face to face customer interactions. But today’s customers are expecting service on-line and on the social media channels that they use. One of the great benefits of social media is connecting with people who we would otherwise not meet. Since I certainly am not an expert on how to use social media for customer service, I reached out halfway around the world to someone who is, Ravi.

Marketers, Do You Know Everything You Should? From the 5Ps to the 7Qs.

C3Centricity

Marketing is a great profession. I’ve worked in or with marketing teams for most of my career. From the outside, they are seen as the department that comes in late, parties every night and gets to talk about advertising at conferences in exotic places. For those in operations or finance, they don’t seem to be that [.]. The post Marketers, Do You Know Everything You Should? From the 5Ps to the 7Qs. appeared first on C3Centricity.

The Connected Journey: Developing your Empathy to Strengthen Strategies for Customer Relations

Speaker: Esther Kieft, Delivery Manager (Group Technology) at Domino's Pizza Enterprises

It is well known that empathy is a key ingredient in creating lovable products, yet not all products offer the best customer experience. From meeting stringent deadlines to insufficient resources being available to carry out customer research, there is a range of reasons why customer empathy could be missing in product development. Join Esther Kieft, as she breaks down using empathy at a distance to evaluate the problems that customers are experiencing during this global health crisis.

People wranglers or individual contributors? What’s the difference and who is most important?

Kayako

Implications of the traditional team structure. Companies are finding new ways to improve the way they run. One of those ways is rethinking the way the company is structured and review the opportunities for career progression. In the most basic form, companies have the choice of opting for a flat or hierarchical structure. A flat structure is where there are fewer layers of management. It might only be the case that there is one layer between front line workers and senior managers.

Improving Employee Experience with Better Results

Beyond Philosophy

Performance reviews are part of most employer/employee relationships. However, recent developments show that improving employee experience involves finding new ways to give employees feedback to improve motivation and success. Annual reviews are likely to get a resigned sigh out of most managers. After a less than insightful review, most employees might sigh as well.

Forging the link between Customer Experience and Innovation – Six Crucial Principles

Peter Lavers

There’s a view that ‘real’ innovation is all about anticipating what customers will want before they even know that they want or need it. That’s only partly true! A stumbling block that customer-focused businesses are pondering over at present is the conflict of management attention and resource allocation between “fixing the basics” and “moving on and innovating” It is undeniable that innovation is a top strategic priority in the industry.

Who Will Take on the $4 Billion Challenge?

CCNG

“You must spend money to make money.” – Plautus The 2015 CCNG Executive Summit was a success because attendees shared their experiences, both good and not-so-good. So much so that on my flight home, my head spun with industry buzzwords and emerging trends. But one in particular stood out for me: Agent inefficiencies continue to … Continue reading Who Will Take on the $4 Billion Challenge? → Agent Experience Customer Experience featured

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The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

12 Rules to End Bad Customer Service – Part 2

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Once again, time to discuss how to end bad customer service. Have you followed any of my first 6 rules in Part 1? I h ope so, because I know they work. Strap yourself in; here’s Part 2. . ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. 7 ► Be “a person” to your customer, not just “the waiter” or real estate agent or store clerk. Your customer will like a waiter but feel a connection to “a person”. Scripted conversations can easily turn off most customers.

Valuing the Frontline Role

Contact Center Pipeline

Generally speaking, many contact centers do an excellent job of discovering and rewarding great performance. Whether through reports, monitored calls or customer satisfaction surveys, we almost always take the time to find and show appreciation for noteworthy performance. While performance recognition is important, it is different from recognizing the importance of the job role. Unfortunately, […]. Staff Appreciation agent role agent value call center contact center employee appreciation

Meet Your Customer Experience Goals: A Four-Step Guide

PeopleMetrics

Every blank page in our shiny new calendars promises untapped opportunity, achievement, results, CX awesomeness. We have 12 months to kick butt with our customer-centric goals. To become NPS Olympians. To gear up, plan our journey, and climb to the summit. Sure, we CX professionals are a hopeful bunch. But, as they say, hope is not a strategy. So, we thought we would share our practical guide to reaching our goals. And who knows, you might find a benefit for your own approach this year.

Faces of Customer Experience: Nicole Miller

Customers That Stick

Meet Nicole Miller! My name is Nicole Miller and I graduated in 1990 at Marymount University where I received a bachelors degree in business and fashion merchandising. Since graduation, I have always been in the retail industry and am currently the district manager for the Once Upon A Child stores. I am fortunate and proud to work for the original, owner and founder of resale, Lynn Blum. This year the company is celebrating 30 years of business.

Busy Season? Keep Customers Satisfied with Great Support

A great customer experience drives customer loyalty. Learn how to keep your customers happy this holiday season by helping them through their channel of choice with seasonal support experts.

Is Your Business Customer Centric?

Joe Rawlinson

What is your company’s primary focus? Before you respond with an automatic “why, the customer, of course,” stop and formulate a completely honest reply. Many businesses sincerely believe that they are customer-centric–focussed on the customers they serve–when, in fact, they aren’t at all. Once you fully understand what a customer-centric company looks like, you will be better equipped to formulate a truthful answer.

In customer service, your people are NOT your most important asset.

Bill Quiseng

In the book Good to Great, Jim Collins writes that “People are not your most important asset. The right people are.”. Customer service is all about building relationships – relationships with superiors, direct reports, vendors and customers. Stephen Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, claims that success in any job is 20% knowledge and 80% interpersonal skills. Ultimately success in customer service is all about interpersonal skills.

How to Use Marketing Quotes to Inspire and Catalyse Action

C3Centricity

Posts which include quotes are amongst the most shared on social media. Everyone seems to love them. This is because they are short, simple and often inspiring. They also usually fit conveniently into the 140 word limit of Twitter posts. C³Centricity is no exception; our marketing quote posts are always the most popular, year after year. [.]. The post How to Use Marketing Quotes to Inspire and Catalyse Action appeared first on C3Centricity.

Ignorance, Disbelief and Failure – lessons in how NOT to lead from the Orient – Leyton Orient!!

ijgolding

One year ago I wrote a blog post about leadership. It was a delight to write with great clarity about how an organisation had achieved remarkable things through strong, committed, innovative, focused and inspirational leadership. I was using this organisation as a model example of how leadership can deliver success to a business and inspire its employees and ‘customers’ to become even stronger advocates or ‘fans’ of the organisation.

The 5 E's of Community: Support Forums and Beyond

Speaker: Angelica Coleman, Community Lead, Snowflake

In order to establish a robust community, you need to have strong community objectives in place that are supported with the proper types of programs; programs that will help your community succeed. But narrowing down on your community objectives can be difficult, let alone knowing how to structure your community programs and offerings in a way that supports them. Join Vanilla Forums on Friday, October 8th at 12 PM ET for a webinar led by Angelica Coleman, the Community Lead at Snowflake, as she walks us through the 5 E's that are essential to establishing your key community objectives: Education, Enable, Expand, Engage and Evangelize.

The Big Mistake Most Organizations Make with Employee Engagement

Beyond Philosophy

It seems most organizations have a Customer Experience program and an increasing number have started Employee Engagement programs. The issue for me is these are not combined nor complimentary, which is a huge mistake. Because the experience you give your Customers is the same experience you should give your employees. It’s not only good for employee engagement, but it can mean your Customers are more satisfied with you—and how much they spend with your brand.

Create a culture of action in your Customer Insight Team

Peter Lavers

Customer Think is a really interesting hub of guest bloggers on customer related topics (especially US writers). I’ve recently started sharing content on there and its been a positive experience with active engagement. Having been selected as Editor’s Pick for both my first two articles has of course warmed me to the site. My most recent post was an older one from this site, encouraging those implementing Customer Effort Score programmes to learn the lessons of what happened with NPS (i.e.

The Psychology of Service Recovery

CCNG

Our story begins on an unseasonably sunny hot spring day in the Port of Miami. In the chaos that is embarkation, my family dumps two pieces of luggage to a porter to begin a welcomed gorgeous transatlantic cruise. The porter physically writes our cabin number on the luggage tags, attaches said paper tags to our … Continue reading The Psychology of Service Recovery → Customer Experience Customer Service featured

This is Why Cheerleaders Give the Best Customer Service

Steve DiGioia

get your pom-poms out! This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Last Monday I was fortunate to get out of work early enough to rush over to watch my daughter’s cheerleading squad perform during the high school football game. Then, at the conclusion of the game, I saw something that I never thought much about at earlier games I’ve attended….

6 Ways to Secure (More Of) a Budget for Your Customer Education Program

Whether you’re looking to kickstart or expand your customer education program, you need access to a budget. Learn how you can demonstrate the positive ROI of customer training and make the case for securing a larger budget in our latest eBook!

Plan For Change

Contact Center Pipeline

We love to conduct technology strategy projects and have shared how important we think those are for contact centers. We emphasize alignment of technology strategy with operations and business goals. But how do you build a strategic plan when each day brings a new direction from leadership, a new challenge from external forces, or internally-driven […]. Change Management call center call center technology change management contact center strategic planning

5 ways to retain your customer support staff

Kayako

Many companies face the same challenge with their customer support team: how to prevent the support staff from leaving. Common reasons for this boil down to burnout, the feeling of ineffectiveness and lack of accomplishment. Failure to successfully prevent these will lead in your support staff to be unhappy, dissatisfied with opportunities for personal growth and eventually want to leave the team altogether. The key is preventing burnout.

In Customer Service, Is Ordinary Now Extraordinary?

Customers That Stick

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