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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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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….

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.

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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The Challenges of Omnichannel: Why so Many Contact Centers Struggle with Digital Self-Service

To find how contact centers are navigating the transition to omnichannel customer service, Calabrio surveyed more than 1,000 marketing and customer experience leaders in the U.S. and U.K. about their digital customer communication strategies. Read the report to find out what was uncovered.

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 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.

Sometimes you win, sometimes you learn – a review of the 2018 UK Customer Experience Awards

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I have often written about the fact I feel truly blessed to be able to practice my vocation on a daily basis. I am afforded the opportunity to see and experience so many different things, in so many different places.

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.

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.

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.

How to Optimize CX Through the Voice of the Customer

Speaker: Faith Adams, Analyst at Forrester

Join Intouch Insight and special guest, Faith Adams with Forrester Research, on November 8 at 1 PM EST and learn how you can act on VoC data

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.

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!

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 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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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.

The Essentials to Scaling Your Customer Success Program

Most tech companies start with a barebone customer success ‘program’ that is reactive. As revenue grows and the go-to-market strategy is identified, founders quickly realize they need a proactive program that goes beyond basic customer services. By now the team may have a CRM program to manage customers and a basic set of steps they put the customer through. This simply isn’t enough to grow your customer relationships to their full potential value. You need a customer success program to grow quickly and to serve many through scale. This is where the right people, processes and technology come into play. Join Emilia D’Anzica, a customer success and engagement strategist, as she walks you through customer success essentials to consider as you grow your company and customer success team. During this webinar, you will learn core pillars of customer success by: Putting yourself in your customer’s shoes. Shifting your strategy to a Growth mindset. Building a scalable customer success framework. You'll walk away with actionable steps for you and your team to leverage immediately. When: November 14th at 11AM PT (2PM ET, 7PM GMT)

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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The Accidental Customer Experience

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I often write my blog posts and articles whilst travelling on either a train or an aeroplane.

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Into the Unknown! The parallel universe of self-publishing – the experience of publishing a book about customer experience!

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Regular readers of my blog know that being a customer experience specialist does not protect me from encountering lacklustre, frustrating and sometimes embarrassing experiences as a customer of the organisations I interact with.

‘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!

3 Important Things A Chatbot Can’t Do (But an IVA Can)

Chatbots are becoming increasingly popular, but it’s important to remember that they’re only as smart as the technology behind them. Download this Interactions LLC eBook to learn more about chatbots and how to select automated customer care technology for your company.

3 Steps to Making the Most of Machine Learning in Your Organization – by Jason McNellis

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Machine learning has in?ltrated ltrated our daily lives in a myriad of ways. Often, these machine learning predictions happen in the background and we rarely notice them. But what about at your place of employment? Has machine learning made you better at your job?

Has Marketing lost its way or is it just changing? A perspective by Bernard Page

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Where does Customer Experience (CX) ‘sit’ in an organisation? This is a question I am frequently asked.

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.

Doing the right things the right way. An interview with Genevieve Bruketa-Baskovic

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The launch of my first book has finally become a reality! ‘Customer What? The honest and practical guide to customer experience’ was published at the end of April 2018. I would never have been able to achieve my ambition without the support of many people.

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How Retailers Can Drive CX Excellence Through Store-Level Execution

Speaker: Jere Matthews, VP, Operations at Rutter's

Join Intouch Insight and Rutter's on October 25 at 2pm EST to learn how one of America's favorite convenience stores delivers on their brand promise.

4 Ways to Improve Customer Experience in 2018 – guest post from CCW NOLA

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In our modern business landscape, especially with the ever-growing presence of social media in our daily lives, providing consistent positive customer experiences has become critical to maintaining a favourable brand reputation.

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.

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.

Transform or Die! Business Transformation is No Longer Optional

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We live in a business world full of disruption. Whether you work in financial services, manufacturing, logistics or retail, no business today can ignore the rapid pace of change facing us all.

The Top 3 Ways to Forecast for Your Contact Center

Forecasting is no easy task. It can be difficult to schedule the right amount of agents at the right time. Download our ebook to learn how to reduce overstaffing and understaffing, lower customer wait times and improve the customer experience with proper forecasting.

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!

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.

Customer Experience – that’s all just fluffy nonsense, isn’t it?

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For much of my career, I, like many of my peers, have had to suffer what I like to call the ‘rolling eyes phenomenon’ on numerous occasions.

The Customer Experience Million Dollar Question: Will my customer come back?

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I make no secret of my love for all things culinary. In fact, if I did not also have a passion for running, I would quite literally be the size of a rather large house!

Executive Report: The Customer Data Too Often Overlooked by the C-Suite

A recent Calabrio research study of more than 1,000 C-Suite executives has revealed leaders are missing a key data stream – voice of the customer data. Download the report to learn how executives can find and use VoC data to make more informed business decisions.

Thinking and acting in the interests of the customer. Have you enabled your people to do it?

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I first started writing my blog six years ago. Since that time, I have crafted hundreds of articles – producing them, almost religiously, on a weekly basis. Regularly, I am asked how I generate the ideas behind the articles – ‘do I have a plan and schedule for the year?’

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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!!’

How designing a customer experience culture leads to sustained commercial success – a whitepaper by Cranfield School of Management and Pelorus Jack

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‘Culture by design’, a white paper by Pelorus Jack and prominent academics from Cranfield School of Management , explores how to connect organisations with their customers to create a consistent, world-class customer experience that leads to sustained commercial success.

The Customer Service and Experience Summit – a pan-European event focused solely on the changing face of customer experience and customer service

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During the last ten years, I have attended many Customer Experience (CX) events around the globe. In the early part of that decade, I would always leave conferences with at least one ‘nugget’ of inspiration.

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