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What is the Google Home Service Ads Program?

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Change has a funny way of sneaking up on you. Especially when you work in an industry with as many moving parts as digital media marketing. When it comes to digital, change is more than just inevitable — it’s a way of life.

Local Search vs. Universal Search: Are You Choosing the Wrong Strategy?

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Do you want it? A steady stream of customers and sales from Google? A never-ending supply of leads, customers and sales for your local business? Who wouldn’t want that? It’s yours for the taking, if – you choose the right strategy.

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5 Local Marketing Strategies for Non-Local Businesses

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Do you remember the shame? The feeling of rejection inside you when others decide you’re not good enough? It’s something almost all of us go through. We all want to be part of the group. We all want to fit in.

How Local Businesses Create Legendary Customer Relationships

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Admit it. You’d love to have an army of eager, passionate customers. The kind that tells anyone and everyone they meet about your business. These customers are in love with your product or service. They trust you implicitly, never haggling or complaining about price.

5 Tips for Hiring a Great Customer Support Team

Customer support is the most important job in your company, so it pays to hire right

Want Amazing Reviews? Make a Face-to-Face Request

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You’ve worked wonders for your customer. Now it’s time to ask for their feedback. Which usually triggers our fears of rejection. Many of us take the easy way out. We send out a quick email asking for a review It’s fast, convenient and free.

Are You Losing 5 Star Reviews to Hidden Customer Expectations?

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Why won’t they do it? Why won’t most customers write a review for your agency? How do you get reviews for your clients? It seems like getting customers to respond is an uphill battle. You’ve under-promised and over delivered.

Your Employee Gets Called Out In a Review. Now What?

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Pick one, quick. Your company has just received a negative review. One where the customer says some pretty terrible things about one of your employees. Your employee is an all-star as far as you’re concerned. On the other hand, your customer may be right.

Tapping into the Loyalty Program for Glowing Online Reviews

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Loyalty deserves to be rewarded. Especially when that loyalty is what keeps a business afloat. There are plenty of ways to offer value to customers beyond the sale of products or services, but one of the most popular methods that business owners use is the loyalty program.

The Ten Commandments of Customer Service

This cheat sheet covers ten fundamentals of customer service to help your business excel.

How to Take Amazing Photos for Your Local Business

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Customers are judgmental. In fact, we’re all judgmental, it’s scientifically proven. Contrary to popular belief, being judgmental is necessary. When customers look at your business they make a judgment call, automatically. Yes, No or maybe.

Align CX to Drive Tangible Business Results

MaritzCX

Depth of Insight + Breadth of Influence = Speed of Success Register Now – June 22, 2017 Based on the 2016 CXEvolution Survey by MaritzCX, only thirty-eight percent of customer service (CX) professionals say their programs are successful.

Hypothesis Journey Maps: Necessary AND Dangerous

Kerry Bodine

I recently received this question from a reader in the UK: Which is more effective, creating journey maps based on actual customer stories or creating journey maps based on stories created (imagined) by employees? That’s a great question.

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

Kayako

“In the old world, you devoted 30% of your time to building a great service and 70% of your time to shouting about it. In the new world, that inverts.” ” – Jeff Bezos CEO of Amazon. Customers expect top-notch service, with no patience or loyalty for companies that don’t provide it.

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5 Methodologies to Kick-Start Your CX Program

MaritzCX

Editor’s note: This is a chapter from the ebook, Unlock the Value of CX. You can download the entire book here. Using analysis techniques for CX programs allows data to be transformed into information and knowledge.

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What Makes a Successful Voice of the Customer Program

Learn how to build, maintain, and sustain an effective results-driven VoC program.

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). Despite all the recent buzz about CX becoming a bigger part of the marketing function, however, CMOs have yet to really step up to the plate.

How Voice Interaction and the Internet of Things are Changing User Experience

MaritzCX

Voice input and connected devices are changing how people interact with software and each other, altering our notions of UX Design. If you grew up watching Star Trek you saw Captain Kirk speaking directly to his ship. Not only did he give the ship commands, but the ship would speak back.

3 Ways to Win Big When Customers Are Furious

360Connext

Have you ever had to deal with a customer who was really angry? While most days aren’t perfect, if generally takes a lot for us to get red-in-the-face angry. Of course there are exceptions to this rule, and some people are just plain nasty.

Customer-to-Employee Recognition: A Revolutionary Approach to Engagement

MaritzCX

Customer centricity is the idea that organizations should not only serve their customers, but also get “close to them” — understand what they value, deliver exceptional experiences and memories, and work to build relationships.

How to Build Great Customer Journeys

Make Each Touchpoint a Meaningful Experience

SVP Member Experience at Peloton, With Brad Olson – CB54

Customer Bliss

Episode Overview. Brad Olson talks with me about his work to velocitize the member experience at Peloton, and creating a movement and a beloved brand.

Customer Experience Labs: Your Strategic Weapon

Customer Bliss

When I work with clients, I always set up a “customer room,” which is another way of thinking about customer experience labs. I’ve written about this idea a few times , including in Chief Customer Officer 2.0.

What Makes a Successful Customer Experience Leader?

360Connext

I’ve been so fortunate to work with some really great people. Many of these were clients who were charged with leading customer experience change within large companies. There are so many challenges in these positions.

How to Improve Customer Experience with Marketing

ReviewTrackers

Customer experience looked very different in the early 1900s than today. At that time, customers were just beginning to experience the option to return items, for example. This type of experience was unique and part of a new type of consumer culture.

5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Customer Experience Stickier

Tactics for Boosting Engagement and Brand Affinity.

How to Be 2 Steps Ahead in Anticipating Your Customer Needs

Kayako

This is a guest post from our friends over at FieldBoom. Josh Brown will walk you through ways to analyze your customers and their needs. Consistently exceeding expectations is what any entrepreneur or startup should aim for to increase customer bookings and enjoy growth.

Unite the silos: The channel-by-channel curse

Customer Bliss

eConsultancy just put out a guide around customer experience best practices , some of which are detailed in this blog post. Two stats jumped out at me right away — and those two stats are indicative of problems that some CX teams are having.

In Between Design Thinking And Design Doing

Kerry Bodine

A few years ago, one of my best friends bought me a poster. It arrived in a large envelope, folded up into quarters. As I pulled it out, I could see that one side was blank white and, as my fingertips soon discovered, the other side was covered in a thick carbon film.

Customer experience examples: 8 relevant ones

Customer Bliss

I just hit Episode 50 of my customer experience podcast. It’s been so interesting to talk to CCOs and SVPs in different industries and get actionable customer experience examples from them. After 12 episodes (feels long ago), I did a recap post.

How Does Customer Experience Impact Angry Customers?

Let's look at how the customer experience of an angry customer informs strategy, and how companies can transform frustrated customers into delighted ones.

More on the positive ties between good CX and revenue

Customer Bliss

I wrote a few weeks ago about how good CX is tied to revenue gains. I firmly believe that and preach it to all my clients and anyone I ever work with.

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The problem of real-time data in CX

Customer Bliss

There’s a new report out called “The Evolution To Real-Time Customer Experience,” which is a joint production of Forrester Research (consulting firm) and DataStax. There’s also a summary of the report here. What can we learn?

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What Makes Customers Unhappy? Avoid These 3 Pitfalls

Customer Bliss

Guest Post by Michael Becker, content strategist at Sharpen. Better customer experiences equal happier customers. And happier customers are what carries business forward. They buy more, buy more often, and share their experiences with others.

Why Are Some Companies Succeeding at Customer Experience?

MaritzCX

Brands are all hyping customer experience and many are succeeding.

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.

Positive customer experience > cost-cutting approach

Customer Bliss

Let’s talk for a second about positive customer experience. We all know what it looks like and feels like, and (hopefully) we’ve felt it ourselves too. It means each channel is consistent, each touch point makes sense, each rep knows what they’re discussing, etc.

The Value Of Experience Design Improvement Is On The Rise

Storyminers

In the last decade, many brands have used customer experience processes and perspectives to complete corporate turnarounds and experience make-overs. Some have seen their fortunes rise. Some have even stayed at elevated levels. They all use the six customer experience pillars.

Customer Experience & Service Design: Let’s Be BFFs

Kerry Bodine

For the better part of a decade, I’ve had courtside seats to the evolution of two interrelated disciplines: customer experience and service design. From my vantage point as a both a designer and industry analyst, I’ve seen the potential for these fields to complement, learn, and benefit from each other. A Natural Partnership. The two fields’ respective objectives are, in my mind, the cornerstone of this seemingly natural partnership.

Building a Culture of Customer Care Isn’t Easy

Kayako

This is a guest post by Mary Grace. She will guide you through why customer care is so important and how teams can feel empowered to help their customers. You love doing everything that you can for your customers.

5 Customer Satisfaction Templates You Can Use Right Away

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