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Why You Need to Treat Your Business Relationships Personally

The Upsell

Relationships: Personal, business and customer are all the same. Sure the intent is different but when it comes down to how we make those connect, it doesn’t really matter the situation, because people are people.

How to be a Leader Every Day for your Customers

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I recently did a motivational customer service workshop for Quilchena Hotel and Douglas Lake Ranch where the focus was all about employee empowerment and being a leader. It was a great day, being surrounded by a great group of people.

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4 Reasons Love Letters Make Your Customers Swoon

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What better way to show your customers you care than with a love letter. And it doesn’t just have to be for Valentine’s Day. Oh hello Valentine’s Day. That day when lovers demonstrate their affection with gifts, words of love or events to mark the occasion…or all three.

Equifax Breach Response Not So Customer Friendly

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A couple of days ago, Consumer Credit Report Agency Equifax, revealed that they had been breached, exposing personal information of about 143 million people in the U.S. and an undetermined number of Canadians and UK residents. Full disclosure: I used Equifax a few years ago to check my credit score.

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

You Can Absolutely Ignore Social Customer Care

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Is social customer care important to you? Recently, customer service king o’kings Shep Hyken, visited Social Media Marketing World in San Diego to speak on the customer experience and its changing nature.

How to Not Make Your Customers Feel Special, Courtesy of Canva

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Full disclosure: I used Canva to craft the header for this post. Dear Canva, I really do love your product and rely on it every day but your customer relationship building could use some work.

Your Customers Do Not Want to Make Friends with a Sociopath

The Upsell

If your business were a person, would it be a caring friend, or a borderline sociopath? To build relationships with customers, they must be thought of on a human level, not a transactional one.

How to Turn Loyal Customers into Brand Advocates

The Upsell

What are your tips on transforming loyal customers into brand advocates? That was the question posed to me by Ashley Kaczmar, Community Manager at MartechExec, for the “advocacy, loyalty and referrals” area of their website.

The Ten Commandments of Customer Service

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

How to Answer an Angry One Star Review

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Online Reviews. Google, Yelp, TripAdvisor, Facebook, Local Search Directories like City Search…there are lots of opportunities for your customers to share their first, 3rd or last impression of your business. These can be extremely helpful for a few reasons: Correct misinformation.

What Happens When You Ruin Breakfast for Your Customer

The Upsell

Breakfast is your first and most important meal of the day, and the experience can have a pretty big impact on your travel adventures. On a recent road trip, we took an unexpected pause in a cool little city that’s really defining its personality. Welcome to Olympia, Washington.

How Airlines Handle Trump’s Surprise Travel Ban

The Upsell

Recently, U.S. President Donald Trump issued a travel ban to the United States for citizens of seven mostly Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen, for 90 days. This ban also seems to include legal U.S. residents like green card holders and dual-citizens, from re-entering the country. But to be honest, it’s all a. The post How Airlines Handle Trump’s Surprise Travel Ban appeared first on The Upsell.

A Moment of Truth in 47b

MaritzCX

Recently, I was traveling from Frankfurt, Germany to Washington DC on a major airline. As I boarded the plane and took my seat (47B), the flight attendant was broadcasting a welcome message and bragging that this was a “new” state of the art passenger jet, the most advanced aircraft on the planet.

How to Build Great Customer Journeys

Make Each Touchpoint a Meaningful Experience

Improving the Respondent Experience

CX Journey

Image courtesy of Pixabay I originally wrote today's post for CallidusCloudCX. It appeared on their blog on March 24, 2017. There's a lot of talk about improving the customer experience.

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

ijgolding

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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5 Ways to Break Down Digital CX Silos

MaritzCX

What are some best practices for developing a digital customer experience across silos especially when different product owners have different roadmaps? In a perfect world, all organizations would operate like a well-oiled machine.

Lessons From Leaders At Brands Where CX Is Working

Storyminers

I’m always curious about what makes leaders of customer experience and transformation projects invest in what’s new. Oracle , in its recent “ CX FACTOR PROGRAM ” has done much of that research for me (and for you).

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5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Customer Experience Stickier

Tactics for Boosting Engagement and Brand Affinity.

Every Day Should Be CX Day

MaritzCX

An American song artist once wrote, “Every day I’m shufflin’ shufflin’ shufflin’”. Really, that sums up what customer experience (CX) should be—something you do every day. Having a pleasant CX experience isn’t a destination or goal you achieve, but rather, a mindset you have.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Customer Experience Management

Jacada

The customer experience manager is key to delivering the kind of service offering that can truly differentiate an organization. Here are some of the most important things that a CEM should (and should not) do. Read More. Jacada Blog

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Candidate experience is also customer experience

Customer Bliss

I have said this over the years, and recently, several of my podcast guests have also discussed it: there is an ever-increasing need to think of employees as customers as well, i.e. internal customers.

How “T-Rex Arms” Help Uncover Rich Customer Insights

Kerry Bodine

Half an hour after the first round of introductions and ice breakers, our customer journey mapping workshop was in full swing.

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.

Southwest Airlines gets a CX kudos during Hurricane Harvey

Customer Bliss

About 500 Southwest Airlines customers were stranded at Houston’s Hobby Airport last Sunday morning once the Hurricane Harvey flooding began and the FAA shut down Hobby. What did Southwest do? Something great from a CX perspective.

Silos don’t have to hurt your CX, but they often do

Customer Bliss

Let’s talk about silos for a second. The concept of silos is so pervasive in business that I don’t even need to define what they are for you — there’s nearly a 100 percent chance you already know. And, to be honest, they’ve been around for years.

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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Feeling Overwhelmed By Journey Mapping? You’re Not Alone

Kerry Bodine

Whenever we conduct one of our open enrollment journey mapping workshops , we start by asking attendees to list three words that describe their current feelings toward journey mapping. As you can see above, the top two responses are curious and excited. But overwhelmed is a close third.

5 Customer Satisfaction Templates You Can Use Right Away

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

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.

Why You Need To Measure Journeys—Not Just Touchpoints

Kerry Bodine

The concept of customer journeys isn’t new to the customer experience world. Yet it’s taken some time for organizations to evolve from simply creating journey maps to actively using the journey as a framework for how they do business.

Why Journey Maps?

Kerry Bodine

Journey maps have become one of the most popular tools for understanding and improving customer experiences. Case in point: more than 1,000 people have downloaded our free journey mapping template since the beginning of this year.) But why are journey maps so popular?

10 trends changing customer expectations

NewVoiceMedia

The essential principles of customer service are timeless, but consumer expectations are not. Customers have always wanted a friendly, efficient and reliable service, but with the development of new technology, their expectations have been raised. They want a more efficient service than before. They don’t just want friendly; they want to feel like the service has been personalized for them. The old adage of "know your customers" is also still as true today as it ever was.

Customer Experience Strategy: How to Measure the Immeasurable

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

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.

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More evidence that customer experience is about emotions

Customer Bliss

Some interesting, if not surprising, news from the customer experience world recently. Forrester recently released their US 2017 Customer Experience Index , which goes through data from 120,000 online consumers to rank 300 brands across 21 industries.

The New Evolution of CX: Measuring and Assessing CX Maturity in the Modern World

MaritzCX

Editor’s note: This is a chapter from the ebook, Unlock the Value of CX. You can download the entire book here. Customer experience is the next competitive battle ground… because while features, functions, and materials are easy to replicate, experiences are not.

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NPS: Using It Correctly

MaritzCX

Introduction In 2003 Fred Riechheld introduced the Net Promoter Score (NPS) as the “one number you need to grow” within the customer experience field. Since that time, many companies have adopted this measure.

7 Steps to Elevate Your Customers' Experience

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