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Six Ways to Show B2B CX Value

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After more than 150 hours of interviewing CX leaders – and surveying 200+ more! – it’s clear that one thing separates the best from the rest: The best CX programs start, end, and do everything in between, based on how their efforts will add value to the business.

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Learn Everything You Need to Know About CX From ’80s Music

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I admit it – I’m a child of the ‘80s. We’ve got 150+ stations on our satellite radio, but it stays tuned to 80s on 8 or First Wave, except for those rare occasions when I stray to the ‘70s or ’90s stations. Much to the chagrin of my wife, who has broader musical tastes.

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Interview: Kate Nightingale of Style Psychology

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Heart of the Customer’s Jim Tincher sat down with Style Psychology Founder and CEO Kate Nightingale recently, to discuss the role of emotions in the customer experience. But it’s 2021, so of course “sat down with” means “met on Zoom.”) Below is a lightly edited transcript of that conversation.

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Turn Your Dashboards Up to 11

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Does it take you five hours to update your customer health dashboard, only to have three people barely glance at it? Worse yet, did someone else send out an Excel report that everyone read instead, even though you have a dashboard for their use? In other words, is your dashboard on mute?

Why Is Patient Engagement Important? | Frontline Group

There are 5 critical opportunities to unlock the full power of patient engagement, which can improve your patient retention, as well as improving their health outcomes. In this eBook you will learn about: What Is Patient Engagement? How Does Patient Engagement Improve Outcomes? Why Is It Important to Include Patients in Their Care? What Are Patient Engagement Tools? What is Patient Engagement technology? Download Now this informational resource and start using a patient engagement platform to give yourself as a Provider higher satisfaction scores.

One Size Fits All? Not for Metrics!

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Imagine if your HR partners told you they were going to use one metric to measure all of your employees, and that should be how you determine each one’s overall effectiveness. You’d push back immediately.

Interview: Creating a Clean Experience

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How would you respond if your deliberately behind-the-scenes customer experience efforts were suddenly thrust to the foreground? That’s the challenge Office Pride Commercial Cleaning Services’ CEO Todd Hopkins faced when COVID changed the way we all think about cleaning.

Rich Emotions Can Overcome Poor Quality

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Customer experience has three components: Effectiveness, Ease, and Emotion. But too often, CX programs focus only on the first two. Because they’re simpler to address. Emotion is more elusive and complicated. But it’s where true loyalty is earned (as opposed to just preventing disloyalty).

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Customer Journey Maps: The Top 10 Requirements

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CX Needs Change Management

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You probably moved into customer experience (CX) because of a passion for customers. You chose this space because you know that if you can improve customers’ experiences with your company, they will be happier, they’ll stay with you longer, and both the business and your customers will prosper.

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!

Don’t Leave Your Customers in the Dark!

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At Heart of the Customer, we work across many different industries – in the past six months alone, we’ve partnered with life insurance, SaaS software, healthcare delivery, property and casualty insurance, non-profits, and staffing enterprises.

Learn From West Elm’s Missed Opportunity

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One of the most critical findings from our 100+ interviews with CX pros over the course of 2020 was the importance of selecting one emotional outcome for your experience and using it as a design target. This is because emotions are the heart of your customer experience.

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2021: The Year of CX Data

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Given the year we’ve had, we need to talk hygiene. Because I suspect you’ve been neglecting it. Not because of the sweatpants you wore in that Zoom meeting, or that you don’t always sing “Happy Birthday” twice when you wash your hands. I mean digital hygiene, and the need to clean your data.

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What Is a Living Journey Map?

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Once you find out what a living journey map can do, you won’t have any trouble understanding why it’s so important to the success of your CX initiatives. So what can it do? Unlike a static journey map, a living journey map doesn’t remain fixed in particular point in time.

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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!

An Effortless Experience Isn’t Enough

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In CX, we all focus on making the experience easier on our customers. (We We even made it the title of our book.) But building loyalty isn’t as simple as removing friction. Don’t get me wrong. It’s definitely worthwhile to simplify your customer experience.

The Truth About Moments of Truth

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After reviewing The Journey Mapping Playbook earlier this month, it struck me that one of the biggest misses in the book (outside of the flawed methodology) was its failure to touch on Moments of Truth.

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What’s in a Name? Your Ability to Please Your Customers

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I’ve always been a big reader, but the pandemic has given me even more time to indulge my passion. I recently devoured Conscious Capitalism, by John Mackey and Rajendra Sisodia.

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Empathy.

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A key outcome of our work at Heart of the Customer (HoC) – and the essence of CX as a discipline – is to create empathy. That’s how we help our clients better understand their customers. When empathy is high, organizations are more likely to serve their customers better.

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.

Five Ways to Make Your Surveys Matter

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Most survey programs provide information: “Our Net Promoter Score (NPS) is 25, up from 22, compared to our competitive benchmark of 30.” While those figures might be interesting, they don’t provide the context that is essential for prompting action.

CX Loses a Visionary

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As I’m sure many of you were, I was shocked to hear of Tony Hsieh’s untimely death this past weekend. In case the name doesn’t ring a bell, Tony is the recently-retired CEO of Zappos.

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5 virus-related CX tips you need TODAY

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We’ve been in customer experience quite a while now. To paraphrase Liam Neeson – we have a very particular set of skills, skills we have acquired over very long careers. And we’d like to use what we know to help you help your customers when so much is out of your control.

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What Can the CX Tech Stack Do for You?

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CX is all about driving customer-focused change in your organization, with initiatives that drive top or bottom-line value. And in today’s world, 10 out of 10 of those initiatives will involve technology in some way.

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!

Enable CX Action by Removing Barriers

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On our continuing journey exploring John Kotter’s 8 Steps to Accelerate Change and how you can apply them to the CX world, we have reached the fifth step: Enable Action by Removing Barriers. Catch up on earlier posts in the series here!)

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Enlist a Volunteer CX Army

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One thing about being in CX – you’re unlikely to have a huge staff. Typically, that’s deliberate. CX doesn’t – and can’t! – own the entire experience. That’s what all those other departments do. Your role is to influence them, and align the entire organization on CX objectives.

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Create a Compelling CX Vision

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Fun Read/Flawed Approach (Book Review)

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As an avid reader dedicated to continually expanding my professional knowledge, I’m always interested in new books relating to customer experience.

Customer Perceptions of the Community Experience

Speaker: Mike Ellis, Vanilla Forums Marketing Manager

What do your customers actually want? In a land of ever-changing customer behaviors and expectations, brands need to understand the experiences customers value the most, and how these can impact their business outcomes. Join us on May 26th at 12 EDT for an in-depth discussion led by Vanilla's Marketing Manager, Mike Ellis. Mike will walk you through this research and guide you on community usage in terms of the most valued customer experience aspects.

Culture Is the Cart, Change Is the Horse

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There’s no doubt about it – culture change is sexy. So sexy, that it’s where most customer experience programs focus. But starting with culture is putting the cart before the horse. And we all know you’re not going to get anywhere that way.

Three Ways to Show Business Impact for Your CX Program

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Here’s a story I’ve seen played out multiple times: An executive believes in the power of customer experience (CX). Perhaps they read an article, or they heard about a CX program another company offered, or saw a competitor speak at a conference.

Customer Health Dashboard Tips

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Far too many companies with CX programs cannot show that they are making a difference to the business. This prevents them from being included in decision making and contributing to the health of their companies. There’s a solution to this problem: customer health dashboards.

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The Secret of CX Success

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Swing for the fences! Shoot for the Moon! You got this! During my many years as a high school and collegiate lacrosse player and coach, I heard (and said) encouraging platitudes like these more times than I can possibly count.

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Customer Engagement Is a Two-Way Street

Two-way engagement means creating opportunities for conversation. Go beyond the obvious step of responding to complaints and comments; your customers want and deserve more than that. Implement these four tips to boost your two-way engagement.

Don’t Just Drive CX Success, Sustain It

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We’re in the homestretch of my series on how to apply John Kotter’s change management work to customer experience! The penultimate seventh step, Sustain Acceleration, is an important reminder that you can’t rest on your laurels.

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