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Customer Journey Mapping – are ‘static’ maps a waste of time and money?

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Customer Effort: How to Make Things Difficult for Customers, by Premier Inn

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This is the not the first article I have written about the subject of Customer Effort. In 2014, I wrote a story that still makes me break out in a cold sweat today. On that occasion, Vauxhall provided the case study to bring Customer Experience ‘theory’ to life. You can read the story here….

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Customer V Owner – Who wins? You decide! (in other words, is the customer always right?!)

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I am very lucky to live in a beautiful city in the North West of England. Yes… I am not actually there as often as I would like, but when I am, I do not take for granted that my children are being raised in a lovely environment.

Introducing Unforgettable: a CX Video Series from Oracle Customer Experience

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If you have ever met me; or heard me speak; or read something I have written; you will know that I am a HUGE advocate of the principle of knowledge transfer.

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A New Segmentation Model for Customer Onboarding

In this eBook, we will show you a new framework for building a customer onboarding program, including how to segment users and drive long-term value and retention through education.

Taking Ownership – key to the success of your approach to Customer Experience

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As we head into the middle of September, as many people are reaching towards the back of their wardrobes to find their winter jumpers as are looking for their shorts and t-shirts.

The lost suitcase – the sad reality of customer experience evolution

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According to Wikipedia , the term, ‘seven year itch’ can be described as follows: The seven-year itch is a psychological term that suggests that happiness in a relationship declines after around year seven of a marriage.

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The importance of customer culture – an interview with Chris Brown

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This year, Ian Golding (that’s me), will officially become the author of a book. A lifetimes ambition, I am beyond excited!! However, I would never have got to the point of being on the brink of achieving my ambition without the support of many people.

Is your organisation interconnected? The employee – customer chain

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I am extremely fortunate to be afforded the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion all over the world. This year, the number of countries I have worked in over the last 6 years will hit the 40 mark.

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Why most companies miss the biggest financial benefits of customer feedback – by Guy Letts

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Customer experience is important, that much we know. Readers of this blog won’t need persuading of the link between a company’s success and a great customer experience. Happy customers stay longer, buy more, they tell their friends, and your company grows.

A Practitioner's Guide to Sustainable Customer Experience in the Contact Center

To make contact center conversations great, you need to set-up the right environment for success. This involves your contact center design, the data you use, and some critical customer-centric capabilities.

NetCNS: a crucial new metric to maximise your competitive edge, by Stephen Hewett

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The whole idea of the Net Promoter Score (NPS) is based around asking customers the question ‘How likely is it that you would recommend our company/product/service to a friend or colleague?’ and proposing to them a variety of response options based on a zero to ten scale.

With customer experience design, functional is good. But don’t stop there – by Beth Richardson

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“Focus on the whole journey, not just the transaction” In the world of Customer Experience (CX) you will hear this phrase frequently. But what does it mean? It’s the difference between a task and a purpose.

The Human Experience (HX) – the result of all other experiences

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There are certain things in life that are indisputable. Money does not grow on trees, is just one example. The earth is round, is another. Additionally, it cannot be denied that we – that is you and I – in fact all people on the planet – are human beings.

The future of VOC measurement – don’t let organisations do it themselves!

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When it comes to the subject of Customer Experience (CX), everyone has an opinion. Differing opinions are not a bad thing – it is incredibly healthy for there to be differing perspectives on all things in this life.

How a Top 25 Most Trusted Brand Handed Their CX to AI

Speaker: Brian Morin, CMO, SmartAction & Patty Kleinfeldt, Director of Q&E, AAA

One of the most trusted brands in the world, AAA, took the most critical aspect of their Customer Experience and handed it over to an AI-powered virtual agent for omnichannel self-service. In this webinar, we will hear from Brian Morin of SmartAction and AAA's Dispatch Operations Manager, Steve Bennett. They will dive into how AAA handled this transition and the effect its had on CX.

Customer Journey Management – it’s not just about the mapping!

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Customer Experience is now recognised as a profession – as I am sure many are bored with hearing me repeat over and over again!

Why a VOC program is vital to your B2B business – by Kimberly Holbrook

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In the ‘Customers 2020 Progress Report’ ( Walker ), it is predicted that Customer Experience (CX) will surpass price and product as the key differentiator by the year 2020.

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How NOT to survive in a disrupted world – the case study of UK retailer, FatFace

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The word ‘disruption’ is one of the most commonly used with reference to business and commerce around the world today.

Customer unhappiness and how to create it. A masterclass by Emirates

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Before I even start this article, I must make it clear that Emirates are not the only airline to make customers unhappy. In fact, they are far from being alone in any industry around the world at creating masterclasses in customer dissatisfaction.

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How to Leverage Quality Management to Transform the Customer Experience

When was the last time you took a step back to examine quality management (QM) in your contact center? Determining behaviors that are critical to successful customer experiences, and then coaching agents to exceed that standard on every customer interaction, is the key to running a great contact center. Download this eBook and uncover how winning organizations are improving Customer Satisfaction, NPS, and other key metrics.

What really makes customers happy?

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Over time, several words have been used to describe the organisational focus on customers. They include: Customer Experience. Customer Focus. Customer Centricity. Customer Service. Customer Success. Customer Outcomes. Customer Relationship Management. Customer Management.

So What?! There are plenty more customers where he came from!

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Since I published my new book at the end of April , I have intentionally held off adding to my social media content. In fact this post will be the first in June 2018!

7 Top Tips to Create a Customer-Centric Culture 

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As customer experience has become increasingly recognised as a thing of tangibility, so has the need to adopt and embed the skills and competencies that make managing it (customer experience that is) a reality.

‘Welcome to our kitchen’! Would you have the courage to invite customers into the inner workings of your company?

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Allow me to start this post by asking a question. What happens when two Customer Experience Professionals visit a restaurant together for the first time? . Whilst this is not the opening line to a bad joke, I can already anticipate your ‘snorting’ and ‘chuckling’ from here!

Why Community is a Strategic Asset Against Your Competitors

Speaker: David Spinks, Founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy, and Adrian Speyer, Head of Community at Vanilla Forums

Join Vanilla Forums as Founder of CMX and VP of Community at Bevy, David Spinks, and Head of Community at Vanilla Forums, Adrian Speyer talk about how the best companies in the world are building strong cross-channel communities to successfully protect their most valuable assets: their customers, partners and stakeholders.

Customer Experience: The Differentiation Battleground

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The Golding family car – a Renault Grand Espace we affectionately call ‘the beast’ – is reaching the end of its life.

The Distance Between Prawn Crackers and Preferences in Most Customer Experiences Today. By Greg Moore, Episerver

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We are all customers. We buy products and services. We buy brands. When it comes to our own organizations, however, we disconnect our consumer self with our business self. Out in the wild” we know that our customer experience is shaped by the perception we have in each interaction with a brand.

Customer Experience Design: 3 essential (design) skills for creating a great customer experience

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Engaging your people with CX: Introducing the Customer Experience Game

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A perennial problem for any Customer Experience Professional around the world is to find an effective way to engage people with the significance of the subject. Whilst many profess to ‘get’ Customer Experience (CX), they tend to do so instinctively, intuitively and accidentally.

Get More Value from Contact Center Performance

This whitepaper has provided some suggestions for KPIs that you may want to use. Once you’ve chosen your KPIs, make sure that you’ve communicated the importance of these metrics to all employees in your contact center, as well as how you expect them to be achieved.

The current state of Customer Experience in Retail: The ForeSee Experience Index (FXI)

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The business world as we have always known it is changing. Many would argue that is always has been – changing that is. Since the dawn of time, human beings have been interacting with each other, exchanging money for goods and services.

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Customer Experience: Can We Fix It?

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As anyone with young children will attest, the well-known TV character ‘Bob the Builder’ is best known for coining the phrase ‘can we fix it?’, ’, followed by the cry of ‘yes we can!!’

Introducing MapTrack.One: Adding accountability & predictability to the organisational approach to CX

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Having worked with my good friend, Stefan Osthaus, for many years, it is never a surprise to constantly find him looking for new, innovative ways to help others improve their effectiveness in the field of customer experience.

Embedding Customer Centricity: The Customer Experience Jigsaw Puzzle

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As someone who spent 17 years working in a corporate environment, I have experienced enough metaphors and analogies to last me a lifetime. Often, the use of both come across as either patronising, irritating, or indeed both!!

3 Reasons to Prioritize On-Demand Customer Training

On-demand training is a powerful tool you can leverage to support new customer onboarding and ongoing education through the customer lifecycle. In this eBook, we’ll delve into the 3 key benefits of on-demand training for your customer onboarding process.

Understanding the Employer Journey — The Employee Engagement Loop

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Last week I had a fascinating conversation with a peer of mine – a fellow Customer Experience Professional. James Dodkins is as passionate about transforming organisations to become sustainably customer centric as I am.