Customer Voice is More Important Than Ever—Here’s Why

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The customer voice, also known as Voice of the Customer (VoC) , is at the core of any successful customer experience (CX) program. It refers to the customers’ needs, wants, and expectations as it pertains to a company’s products or services.

Customer Voice Management: Enabling Heroic Customer Relationships from the First Contact to the Last

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Businesses are rapidly adopting these new channels to interact with their customers, but they all have one major characteristic: a delay between when a question or a statement is posted and the response. Connect to your customers in real time with a personal touch.

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What You “Know” about Your Customers Probably Isn’t True

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The post What You “Know” about Your Customers Probably Isn’t True appeared first on Heart of the Customer. Voice of the Customer choosing a journey consumer journey contest customer Customer Experience customer voice CX data quality journey map journey mapping moments of truth VoC workshop

Develop a Killer Metric to Drive CX Action

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As our book gains traction, readers tell us they appreciate our focus on starting journey mapping by targeting an identified business problem and using this to drive customer-focused change. The post Develop a Killer Metric to Drive CX Action appeared first on Heart of the Customer.

Worst Example of Inside-Out Thinking Contest

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As CX leaders, fans and enthusiasts, we naturally believe that everybody should embed the voice of the customer in decision-making. Sometimes, companies “follow their gut,” doing things that clearly don’t stem from customer needs.

Does Your Brand Experience Align with Customers’ Voices? Elizabeth Arden Shows How

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Article by Ernan Roman Featured on CustomerThink.com “Our leaders quickly realized that before we could use digital to transform our customers and the world, we needed to transform ourselves.” And, per Boff, “When we apply these technologies in our teams and facilities, our customers and markets can reach their potential.” So, the action companies must take is to share customer listening insights across all departments involved in product development and marketing.

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May is (Journey) Mapping Month!

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We’ll have events both in-person and online, to share the journey mapping best practices outlined in our book, How Hard Is It to Be Your Customer? Using Journey Mapping to Drive Customer-Focused Change. appeared first on Heart of the Customer.

The customer feedback experience – an experience not to be taken for granted!

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CX Measurement CX Strategy customer experience customer feedback customer surveys Net Promoter Score NPS VOC VOE voice of the customer voice of the employee voice of the process VOP Last week I made a telephone call to my bank. A routine query, I chose to pick up the phone and call with my question, rather than use any other channel open to me.

How Journey Mapping Differs from Traditional Market Research

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The post How Journey Mapping Differs from Traditional Market Research appeared first on Heart of the Customer. We find a lot of confusion in the marketplace around journey mapping.

Are You Ready for Your Close Up? Using Video to Bring the Customer Experience to Life

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This post, written by Heart of the Customer B2B Practice Lead Nicole Newton, is the third in a week-long series about some of the ways journey mapping differs from traditional market research. Using Video to Bring the Customer Experience to Life appeared first on Heart of the Customer.

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What Wells Fargo (and the Rest of Us) Can Learn from Samsung

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Michael Lawder, SVP, Customer Care, Samsung Electronics America Both these speakers began their […]. The post What Wells Fargo (and the Rest of Us) Can Learn from Samsung appeared first on Heart of the Customer. “Who knows what happened to us two years ago?”

Is Customer Experience a Missed Opportunity?

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My immediate answer to this is no – there’s a ton of good work happening to improve customers’ experience. Unfortunately, if you read surveys about the current state of the customer experience, you may come away with a different […]. appeared first on Heart of the Customer.

Interview with Marlanges Simar

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Marlanges Simar is the Director of Customer Experience at Prime Therapeutics (Prime) managing their CX (Customer Experience) Architect team. I interviewed her to better understand their role, and how they help Prime improve the customer experience.

Defining Scope: Should You Map an End-to-End Journey or a Specific Sub-Journey?

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You can read more about our book at [link] Mapping the Right Journey At Heart of the Customer, we recommend starting a journey mapping project by answering these five questions: What is the business problem or opportunity behind mapping? […]. appeared first on Heart of the Customer.

Too many see journey mapping as an employee workshop.

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appeared first on Heart of the Customer. What is journey mapping? That may seem like a strange question from a blogger whose title is “Mapper-In-Chief,” but there’s so much confusion on the topic that it’s a question that needs to be asked.

Who’s the Right Customer to Map? Your Third Journey Mapping Question

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Note: We’re celebrating the upcoming launch of our new book “How Hard Is It to Be Your Customer? Using Customer Journey Mapping to Drive Customer-Focused Change,” by Mapper-In-Chief Jim Tincher and B2B Practice Lead Nicole Newton. The post Who’s the Right Customer to Map?

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Is Your Customer Experience Program Making Your Customer Experience Worse?

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The post Is Your Customer Experience Program Making Your Customer Experience Worse? appeared first on Heart of the Customer. Customer Experience CCW customer customer experience tip customer feedback customer voice CX CX tip engagement feedback NPS

Journeys are for Action, not Maps

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In preparation for the upcoming Customer Contact Week, CCW shared their special report on journey mapping with me. The post Journeys are for Action, not Maps appeared first on Heart of the Customer.

How to Recruit and Interview B2B Customers for your Customer Journey Mapping Project

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This post, written by Heart of the Customer Project Manager Corey Pawlak, is the first in a week-long series about some of the ways journey mapping differs from traditional market research.

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Two Days to Journey Mapping Mastery

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The Heart of the Customer blog is a place where we share our insights on journey mapping, offer best practices based on our experiences, and share CX practitioner interviews – and we don’t normally place promotional items here.

How a 10-page Report Can Help You Win Your Customer

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This post, written by Heart of the Customer Program Manager Cathy McLane, is the second in a week-long series about some of the ways journey mapping differs from traditional market research. Guest authors Corey Pawlak, Cathy McLane and Nicole Newton will share their expertise in recruiting and interviewing B2B customers, why 10-page reports are better […]. The post How a 10-page Report Can Help You Win Your Customer appeared first on Heart of the Customer.

What is Voice of Customer and How Can You Leverage It?

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Whenever a customer offers feedback, they are giving you an opportunity to make them happy—or at least happier. That’s why customer-centered teams value Voice of Customer (VoC), the process of requesting, gathering, and analyzing customer feedback.

How can you put customers in position to guide your direction?

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Have you noticed that your customers have changed? 79% of customers say they want brands to demonstrate that they care before they will consider a purchase. They have raised the bar on how they view customer experience. The kind of service that takes the customers’ breath away!

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Stop Bribing Your Employees for Good NPS Scores

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We’re early in Customer Experience (CX) capability development, and I absolutely love it! Some actually hinder the goal of improved CX – to create loyal customers who love […]. The post Stop Bribing Your Employees for Good NPS Scores appeared first on Heart of the Customer.

Customer Experience Measurement – Why it is Vitally Important BUT Badly Done!

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When it comes to the profession that Customer Experience has now become, one of the most important and significant competencies required by all organisations is that of measurement. Failure to measure sufficient ‘voices’! Failure to measure the true ‘end to end’ customer journey.

“Now, why exactly do you need to talk to customers?”

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I was talking with a prospective customer last week, and I walked through our customer journey mapping process – first you collect companies’ hypothesis and existing data, then go out to their customers to interview them in their places of work (they’re a B2B company), and finally bring that voice of the customer back to […]. The post “Now, why exactly do you need to talk to customers?”

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The Many Voices of Customer Experience

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Image courtesy of karith There are many voices you need to listen to when developing your customer experience strategy. You listen to your customers and to your employees. Think those are the only voices you should be listening to in order to improve the customer experience?

It’s not Necessarily a Design Issue

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This request comes from a good place, a desire to educate the company about the customer’s journey, but after a few questions, it quickly falls […]. The post It’s not Necessarily a Design Issue appeared first on Heart of the Customer. Customer Centric Culture Change Customer Experience Customer Journey Map Customer Personas CX vision Voice of the Customer brainstorm brainstorming customer journey customer voice CX CX tip journey map journey mapping

Bringing Your #VoC Program up to 2020 Standards

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Continuous improvement is just important for your VoC initiatives as it is for your entire customer experience journey/transformation. Yes, even customer listening programs become stale and must be updated. Don't assume you know what's important to your customers.

The Definition of #CX Insanity

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Know the definition of customer experience insanity? Sadly, this is a concept that voice of the customer and customer experience professionals are quite familiar with. I spoke at an event last week on the topic of disrupting voice of the customer programs.

Improving the Respondent Experience

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There's a lot of talk about improving the customer experience. And there's a lot of talk about using surveys to listen to customers so that we know where we need to improve the experience. It wouldn't hurt to actually map the survey experience from the customer's perspective.

Do You Employ Actionability Thinking in Survey Design?

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You’ve been running your voice of the customer (VoC) program for the last couple of years, and you’re frustrated because you can’t seem to move the needle on the customer experience. Why are your customers still unhappy? Why don’t your customers recommend your company?

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The Biggest VoC Problem. and How to Solve It

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Why do we listen to customers and other constituencies today? It doesn't get transformed into anything digestible that can then be used to transform the customer experience. Customers don’t expect you to be perfect. Do you know about the biggest problem with VoC today?

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Emotional Intelligence in Customer Experience Leadership

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Motivating Customer Experience Improvement. If you’re a customer experience leader, that duality is important to understand. Making Meaning Out of Customer Centricity. more often in your customer experience strategy can help you develop empathy for every party involved.

Listen with the Right Intent

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Image courtesy of Unsplash | André Spieker When you listen to customers or to employees, do you really listen? And in the customer conversation, that part is often missing. Use those cues, combined with what is being said, to form your response - after the customer is finished talking.

Questions to Consider Before Forming a Customer Advisory Board

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There are a lot of different ways to listen to customers and employees. One of my favorite approaches is via a customer advisory board. What is a customer advisory board? Running a customer advisory board is really a full-time job.

Are You Putting Marbles in a Bowl?

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Probably the most important component of listening to the voice of the customer is acting on what you hear. When we ask customers for feedback, it''s imperative that we make the most of that conversation. survey design surveys voice of customer voice of employee

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The Other Golden Rule

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We often hear customer experience professionals talk about the fact that there''s a great emphasis to - and a greater return if we - focus our efforts on the customer experience for B2C companies. And the knowledge that a great customer experience yields great benefits for the company.

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Straight from the Horse's Mouth

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Well, they're not dead (yet), but companies are certainly looking for alternative approaches to customer and employee listening in light of the fact that survey burnout is a real problem. Customer Advisory Boards Advisory boards offer benefits to both customers and to your company.

The Best Customer Experience Strategies Are Invisible

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In this post, we’ll talk about how that theory applies to customer experience. Customer experience strategy should be approached in the same way. Great customer experience takes a lot of work. It just means that the customer only sees the result.