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The Subtle Differences Between Customer Support and Customer Service

Kayako

The term ‘customer service’ evokes nostalgia for sales clerks in long aprons in country town emporiums. Some see it as the old-fashioned version of customer support. Many people can’t distinguish between terms ‘customer support’ and ‘customer service’. Customer support’ appears cooler because it has been popularized by new technologies and software.

Customers Today Crave Consistency!

Wired and Dangerous

Customers today are more powerful than ever! And they base the majority of their decision on where to spend their hard earned dollars on the customer service experiences they encounter. Recent research shows 97% of customers say that customer service is very important or somewhat important in their choice of and loyalty to a brand! Do you? trk=prof-post.

The 2017 Customer Experience Outlook

Kerry Bodine

I’m thrilled to announce the publication of our latest FREE eBook: The 2017 Customer Experience Outlook. My friends at Doberman and I recently reached out to our favorite customer experience authors, designers, and industry leaders shares to see what they’ve been thinking about at the beginning of 2017. Download your free copy of The 2017 Customer Experience Outlook  today!

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Customer Service Trends 2017: An Effortless Customer Experience is Vital for Loyalty

Kayako

Customers expect top-notch service, with no patience or loyalty for companies that don’t provide it. The result is that businesses lose customers instead of the growth they’d planned. Customers value the quality of customer service as much as price and quality of products. Yet, relatively few contact centers have focused on providing a consistent customer experience.

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7 Steps to Elevate Your Customers' Experience

Learn how to walk through your customer's journey in order to improve their satisfaction and engagement

Customer Service; Customer Experience; Customer Centricity – what is the difference between them?

ijgolding

It is difficult to deny that these three terms are becoming increasingly visible in the language of business: Customer Service. Customer Experience. Customer Centricity. I say that they are becoming increasingly visible – in reality, organisations have been throwing them all around like ‘confetti’ for many years now. So what is Customer Experience?

The 17-second customer experience strategy

Customer Bliss

I’ve been doing customer experience strategy and customer-facing, customers-as-growth-engines work for north of 30 years now. I’d never claim in reality that you can ‘hack’ the system in 17 seconds. You unite the silos and align the experience around the value of the customer. Customer Experience Strategy, Level 1: The Five Competencies.

14 Articles to Help You Deliver Flawless Customer Experiences in 2017

Kayako

It’s easy to rush into 2017 without appreciating the good parts of 2016: there is now a lot of great content out there that supports you, the customer advocating superhero! There’s been a lot  of development around the customer support world this past year with more blogs, conferences, podcasts and consultancies popping up everywhere. Varun Shoor, Founder.

Customer experience improvement program: 2017 assets

Customer Bliss

know most of you have already started 2017 strategy planning (or finished it), but I wanted to put together a bunch of customer experience improvement program assets in one place. Customer experience improvement program: The basics. I won’t get entirely self-promotional until the end of this post, I promise. Customer experience improvement program: For the auditory learner.

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Customer Experience Strategy: How to Measure the Immeasurable

How do you go about creating an awesome customer experience strategy that works for your own customers Take a second to reflect on the brands you love.

Forget Customer Feedback!

Customer Bliss

The customer thinks he’s just given a generic greeting…sort of the other side of “Good morning, how are you?”  And, management thinks they have another satisfied customer. The 5 Myths of Evaluative Customer Feedback. What’s wrong with soliciting evaluative customer feedback?  It is a piece of superstitious corporate behavior built on five myths. Guest Post by Chip R.

How 6 marketing leaders plan to improve customer experience

Vision Critical

Two-thirds of CMOs are now on the hook for improving customer experience (CX). Just eight percent of marketing leaders have taken the crucial step of auditing and assessing the end-to-end customer experience. For too many marketers, improving customer experience means making the buying experience more ‘seamless’ or having ‘less friction.’ Customer service is marketing.

Customer Experience Is… What, Exactly?

360Connext

What is customer experience? According to Wikipedia, it’s this: Customer experience  ( CX ) is the sum of all experiences a customer has with a supplier of goods and/or services, over the duration of their relationship with that supplier. Yes, it’s the actual experience you have as a customer with a particular brand or organization. Customer Journey Mapping.

Customer strategy: Crawl, walk, run

Customer Bliss

Hopefully you have eyes on a customer strategy for this year. Like much of what I do and speak about, it’s rooted in the five-competency framework.  I’ll show you the five-competency maturity map in a second, but you can also think of this customer strategy as “crawl, walk, run.” Customer strategy: The five-competency maturity map. Unite and build.

The Omnichannel Customer Engagement Playbook

The recent evolution of customer experience (CX) has been fast-paced and transformational

How Does Customer Experience Impact Angry Customers?

BlueOcean

Specifically, remember that moment you contacted customer service because of some error, mishap, or malfunction, only to hang up the phone feeling even more irritated. In our previous blog post, we took a look at customer mapping – we’re building on that in this post and asking how does the experience of the angry customer inform your strategy. Customer Experience

3 Ways to Expand Customer Experience Consciousness

360Connext

This is a particular challenge in customer experience. Not only do you only know what you know – but your customers are each individual human beings, too. The post 3 Ways to Expand Customer Experience Consciousness appeared first on Customer Experience Consulting. You only know what you know. That’s the insurmountable truth about each human’s perspective. Think about it.

Tactics that Kill Customer Relationships

Who's Your Gladys?

While many companies like to combine stellar customer service with a subtle up-sell to grow their sales, there’s a fine line between an up-sell and a turn-off. The post Tactics that Kill Customer Relationships appeared first on Who's Your Gladys? Here’s a great example of what not to do. I had 10 minutes to squeeze in a quick call.

Voice of the customer: Your 4-point action plan

Customer Bliss

Customer experience work has been evolving for years, and it’s now on the radar of more execs than ever before. As such, you have a lot of thought leaders out there up-selling voice of the customer plans. But how exactly do you get to voice of the customer correctly? Voice of the Customer Step 1: Data. Voice of the Customer Step 2: One-company leadership.

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5 Customer Satisfaction Templates You Can Use Right Away

Begin or improve your customer satisfaction program with these 5 ready to use templates

The 7 Essential Differences Between Simply Responding to Customers and Providing True Customer Service

C3Centricity

It describes one recent personal example of disinterested client support, from which I have drawn seven learnings for everyone wanting to deliver true customer service. I can’t understand why any organisation would still have trouble offering [.]. A longer post than usual this week, but one that will make you smile, if not laugh out loud!

15 Customer Retention Strategies for Long-Term Customer Loyalty

Comm100

Your customer retention is super important to your bottom line—after all, customer loyalty is well-known for being more valuable than customer acquisition. With stakes this high, it’s essential that you build a solid customer retention plan that can lead to long-term customer loyalty. Give customers one-on-one attention. Enhance your blog. eBooks.

Time for a Customer Service Makeover?

Who's Your Gladys?

Does your customer service need a makeover? Even in high-end service environments, a seemingly tiny disconnect between a customer and a service provider can cause a customer to walk away from your business. The post Time for a Customer Service Makeover? Here are a few ways to minimize these types of service disruptions. It was a. appeared first on Who's Your Gladys?

Is silo mentality hurting your customer experience?

NewVoiceMedia

Silos may be a great way to store grain, but if you apply this idea to the organization of people, it can damage customer experience. What is avoidable, however, is “silo mentality,” in which departments are isolated, proprietary, and competitive, and which can have a negative impact on customer experience. Unite Your Silos—and Provide a Unified Customer Experience.

Are Your Technology Decisions Killing Your Customer Experience?

Read this eBook to learn how your database technology decisions can affect your ability to deliver either a transformational customer experience or a lackluster, dissatisfying encounter that benefits your competitors, not your bottom line

Customer Analysis: How about creating a customer room?

Customer Bliss

Customer analysis is no doubt an important topic in CX. ” Basically, this is the major benefit of a customer room: it will become a tangible depiction of your customers’ journey with you. The power of the customer room: Visual storytelling. Grab a hard copy of my book  Chief Customer Officer 2.0   and flip on over to page 175. Aided listening.

Customer Experience Commitment – 2016 Customer Centricity Research Findings

ijgolding

When it comes to the subject of Customer Experience, there are many questions I would like to know the answer to. So this year, I wanted to explore another aspect of Customer Experience that I find extremely interesting. The number of organisations and their leaders who have started to ‘talk’ about Customer Experience has steadily increased over the last few years.

How to Boost Customer Retention with Unified Customer Support

Kayako

When you give your customers exceptional support, they are 4 times more likely to reward you with their loyalty. Because helpdesks encourage your staff to see customers as faceless support tickets.  . But customers are people, just like you and me. From your customer’s perspective, self-service channels provide support that is both convenient and easy to access. Maybe.

7 Guaranteed Ways to Lose a Customer

Steve DiGioia

You worked hard for years to build a loyal customer base and now look at you.  Your customers are leaving in droves.  You stopped doing the things that brought you success and took your customers for granted.  How did you get into this position? I bet if you asked your customers why they stopped shopping with you these are the reasons they would give. What happened?

3 Powerful No-Sweat Customer Experience Quick Fixes

360Connext

Working day after day on the same set of projects and goals can make us a little complacent about what customers really need from us. Customer experience is huge and all-encompassing, so many think of improving it […]. The post 3 Powerful No-Sweat Customer Experience Quick Fixes appeared first on Customer Experience Consulting.

Why the Best Measure of Customer Value is the Value You Provide to Your Customers

Storyminers

When a company gets to this point, a lot of people overlook one key element in the equation; the customer. What is it that the customer wants?  . The idea of “customer value” can mean a lot of different things to different people. For business people, it’s all about how much a customer is worth to the business. But customers don’t care what they’re worth to you.

What 1000 Consumers Say About Bad Customer Service

Kayako

Intro: Word of mouth marketing. 1: The importance of getting it right first time. 2: Our experiment. 3: The results. 4: What this means for your business. 5: Is it too late to win the customer back? 6. What you can do to rectify bad customer service. We wanted to test word of mouth marketing to see if it could be used to rectify a customer’s bad experience. CONTENTS. Takeaways.

When Customer Expectations Are Unreasonable, Meet Them Anyway

Who's Your Gladys?

It takes self-control to handle a customer with over-the-top expectations. The post When Customer Expectations Are Unreasonable, Meet Them Anyway appeared first on Who's Your Gladys? customer loyalty Customer Service Uncategorized above and beyond service customer care Customer Experience marilyn suttle

Customer Delight: Do the Math!

Customer Bliss

Stewart and Patricia O’Connell,  authors of  Woo, Wow, and Win: Service Design, Strategy, and the Art of Customer Delight. Surprise and delight” has become a mantra for customer experience. We say forget about surprising customers – just delight them. DESIGNING FOR CUSTOMER DELIGHT. Customer delight is a function of customer experience and technical excellence.

Customer Experience Isn't Just About Customer Service

CX Journey

One of the biggest mistakes that I see made by well-meaning folks in an effort to shift organizational thinking toward a greater focus on customers is the inability to distinguish between customer service and customer experience. Instead, I hear a lot of misplaced ideas and excuses; one that I hear often is: "But we have a customer service department. Customer service ?

Customer retention: 35 data-backed approaches

Customer Bliss

I talk often about customer  experience , but recently I’ve heard from some followers that they’d like a bit more on customer  retention. The first thing to understand about customer retention is that obviously it comes straight from customer experience. In short, if the customer experience is good, the customer retention is there.

Blending Your Customer Success And Advocacy Strategies

Influitive

Customer success isn’t about saving your customers from drowning. In his 2016 Advocamp Amp Talk, Lincoln Murphy, former Customer Success Evangelist at Gainsight, explains how to align your advocacy and customer success strategies to keep both your customers and your business. It’s about making sure they don’t fall into the water in the first place.

6 Customer Service Facts for Every Business

Steve DiGioia

Here are my… 6 Customer Service Facts for Every Business. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~. “ I recognize that my paycheck comes from the customers who buy my product or service. ” We are here to serve the customer and to ensure their needs, wants and desires are taken care of.  If not, they will take their business elsewhere.  you won't be successful without them.

Handling Challenging Conversations with a Customer Service Focus

Who's Your Gladys?

It isn’t always easy to keep customers happy. Your ability to handle challenging conversations can make the difference between forming a stronger customer relationship and sending them to your competition. The post Handling Challenging Conversations with a Customer Service Focus appeared first on Who's Your Gladys?