June, 2016

USAA and Publix Top 2016 Temkin Customer Service Ratings

Experience Matters

USAA earned the highest score in the 2016 Temkin Customer Service Ratings for the fourth year in a row. These Ratings evaluate the customer service of 277 companies across 20 industries based on a study of 10,000 U.S. consumers (see.pdf with full list of companies). You can see all of the company data on the Temkin Ratings website. […]. 2016 Temkin Ratings Customer experience customer service

Are Your Bad Sleep Habits Ruining Your Contact Center Career?


Humor us for a moment and set down that mug of steaming coffee before you keep reading. You know as well as we do that no amount of caffeine will perk you up if you’re feeling sleep deprived. Whether it’s late night work, midnight Netflix bingeing, a crying baby, or snoring partner, stress, or any other regular disruption to quality sleep, it’s likely your bad sleep habits are ruining your career. The importance of sleep is a big topic these days.


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The Social Media Customer Service Opportunity

NICE inContact

Earlier this year I had an issue with an airline so, as many of us would do, I called them. I was greeted with an automated message telling me that the wait time is expected to be 90 minutes. Naturally, I did what many of my fellow millennials would do and took my issue to social media. Twitter was my platform of choice and I simply posted something to the effect of, “Hey @airlinename, I’m stuck here and need you help to resolve this, please talk to me.”

The 3 Customer Service Skills of Brilliant Support Teams


This is a guest post by Lindsay Willott, founder of Customer Thermometer. I recently read the unputdownable The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, famed founder of tech VC Andreessen Horowitz. In one chapter Ben describes how, during his time at Netscape, he became frustrated with his product managers.

The History of the Word "Hacker"

According to one of the best English etymological dictionaries available, the word "hacker", with the sense of evil/good and brilliant computer programmer, was born in the halls of MIT. This fact alone reminds us that culture and words begin in actual places. At that time, to hack code, or hack out code, had a negative connotation. Where did this come from? Read this eBook to learn how the word "hacker" has evolved.

6 Stats That Show Employee Engagement’s Impact On Customer Satisfaction


The idea that employee engagement has a measurable impact on customer satisfaction and retention is intuitive. We understand a disengaged employee is less likely to provide a positive service experience (and even less likely to provide an exceptional one). When Sue is unhappy at work, she isn’t motivated to go above-and-beyond for a customer. She’s. View Article

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Whirlpool and Samsung Earn Top Customer Experience Ratings for Major Appliances

Experience Matters

We recently released the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings that ranks the customer experience of 294 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. Of the 10 major appliance companies we looked at, Whirlpool earned the highest score with a rating of 60%, putting it in 153rd place overall out of 294 […]. 2016 Temkin Ratings Customer experience Bosch Electrolux Fujitsu GE Haier Hitachi LG Samsung Toshiba Whirlpool

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4 storytelling devices to enhance your research reports and presentations


The days of data tables, 100-slide presentations and 300-page reports are done. Today, storytelling is the key to communicating research findings in ways that create impact. Storytelling is the best way to engage your audience and ensure that your message is received, understood, passed on and acted upon. One challenge researchers have to address is using storytelling in the context of evidence-based decision making.

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Call Quality Monitoring Dos and Don’ts

NICE inContact

Customer experience is a huge factor in bringing consumers back into the fold as repeat customers. A major facet of a customer’s experience is the customer service exchanges they have with your company’s representatives. Any employee that a customer talks to is the face of your business during that interaction.

The 3 Customer Service Skills of Brilliant Support Teams


This is a guest post by Lindsay Willott, founder of Customer Thermometer. I recently read the unputdownable The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, famed founder of tech VC Andreessen Horowitz. In one chapter Ben describes how, during his time at Netscape, he became frustrated with his product managers.

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!

Personal Brand Vetting – THEY are Listening

Michelli Experience

As I help business leaders deliver branded customer experiences, I often start with the premise that brands are nothing more than what people say about us when we’re not around. From there, I work with leaders to determine what they want to be known for and what they want to hear their customers say about them. For years companies have been trolling social media to see what customers post about brand experiences.

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15 Top Customer Service Training Courses for Your Agents (Half Are Free)


Time and time again, we see evidence that great customer service experiences are critical in maintaining customer loyalty and satisfaction. According to research conducted in 2015 by Aspect Cloud Solutions , 76% of respondents see “customer service as a ‘true test’ of how much a company values them.” ” And customer service training is vital to maintaining excellent customer relations. But not every team has the resources or time to create their own training regime.

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UPS Earns Top Customer Experience Ratings for Parcel Delivery Services

Experience Matters

We recently released the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings that ranks the customer experience of 294 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. Of the 4 parcel delivery service companies we looked at, UPS earned the highest score for the third year in a row with a rating of 70%, putting […]. 2016 Temkin Ratings Customer experience DHL FedEx U.S. Postal Service UPS USPS

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These 3 obsolete market research practices are on their way out


Ray Poynter, director of Vision Critical University, is no stranger to the Customer Intelligence Summit. One of the top influencers in market research , Poynter has delivered some of the most popular and most provocative presentations at the past Summits. We’re delighted to announce that Poynter will once again join our star-studded lineup of keynote speakers this year. He’ll be appearing in Sydney on July 21 , in London on September 15 and Chicago on September 22.

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.

Speech Analytics: Changing the Game for Contact Center Technology

NICE inContact

Speech Analytics allows customer support organizations to analyze audio of customer interactions for mentions of keywords or phrases, call themes, as well as the sentiment and emotions of callers. In the past, organizations have relied on humans (i.e., agents and employees) to listen and score calls and conduct this type of analysis. The highly manual nature of this process has meant the scope has been limited to small samples of overall call volume.

Marketing Research and Single Women Buying SUVs


Earlier this week, Bloomberg reported on insights that a MaritzCX program provided to the auto industry – that single women were responsible for an increasing percentage of small SUV sales. I’m a college student, interning at MaritzCX and part of the CX Café team. Last semester I took my first marketing research class (for the. View Article

The Muhammad Ali Experience: 5 Lessons to Win By

Michelli Experience

Muhammad Ali was not only a civil rights advocate and exceptionally talented boxer – he was and will be an enduring brand. From an advertising perspective, his equity extended in commercial endorsements of brands like Louis Vuitton, Porsche, Apple, Coke, Gatorade, and Pizza Hut. So what can every business leader learn from the brand experience consistently delivered by Muhammad Ali?

Communication, communication, communication! Why you cannot ‘over’ communicate when it comes to Customer Experience


I have written many times in the past about the importance of effective communication if an organisation has an intention to deliver consistently better Customer Experiences. Whilst much of my writing has been focused on the importance of the communication relationship between a company and the customer, I have not been as vocal about the almost equal criticality of the communication between a company and it’s employees.

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!

Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and JetBlue Earn Top Customer Experience Ratings for Airlines

Experience Matters

We recently released the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings that ranks the customer experience of 294 companies across 20 industries based on a survey of 10,000 U.S. consumers. Southwest Airlines, Alaska Airlines, and JetBlue Airlines deliver the best customer experience in the airline industry, according to the 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings, an annual customer experience ranking […].

Changing Customer Behavior: Your Brain Loves a Story

Experience Investigators by 360Connext

The following is a Best of 360Connext post Brains are fascinating. The very thing that allows me to write this blog is both an abstract idea to me and a very concrete part of my anatomy. They are simple muscles in one regard and totally complex, almost spiritual, machines in another. The more we learn about […]. The post Changing Customer Behavior: Your Brain Loves a Story appeared first on Customer Experience Consulting.

The Customer is Changing: Decipher the Clues

NICE inContact

No, this is not another story about how customers are changing because of iTunes, hands-free calling, mobile shopping, show-rooming or what Zappos and Amazon are doing now. This is a story about finding the hidden gems in your customer interaction data. And the good news is you don’t need “Big Data” to find them. Every customer interaction has value from an intelligence perspective. So, what should you do with it? Digging into daily interactions can bring new meaning to your business.

Customer retention: 35 data-backed approaches

Customer Bliss

I talk often about customer experience , but recently I’ve heard from some followers that they’d like a bit more on customer retention. The first thing to understand about customer retention is that obviously it comes straight from customer experience. In short, if the customer experience is good, the customer retention is there. Also there: referral. These are paths to growth in most industries.

Leadership Panel: Lessons Learnt from a Global Support Community

Speaker: Panel hosted by Adrian Speyer, Head of Community, Vanilla Forums

Are you struggling to support your global community? Or, are you not even sure where you should start. Establishing a global support community comes with many many questions. How do you encourage your customers to help others? What are the key metrics to measure? What are the biggest challenges? Our super panel consists of community leaders from around the world, each of whom, have experienced and overcome the challenges of a global support community. They are ready to share the trials and triumphs, and everything in between, on the road to a successful community.

Encouragement = the “Miracle Grow” of Employee Morale

Steve DiGioia

This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Complaint after complaint is heard about today’s workforce; they are lazy, spend too much time on social media while on-the-job and they have no work ethic. Employee morale is at an all-time low. True or not, it is a fact of business. Today’s employees; regardless of their social status, geographic makeup or millennial segmentation, face a vastly different work environment that those of 30-40 years ago.

Nice to meet you! How well do you know your colleagues?


I recently wrote an article for my column on CustomerThink entitled ‘How Well Do You Know Your Customer?’ – the premise was around the significance and necessity of creating customer personas. You can read the article here. If you do not want to read it, the conclusion to the article was that there is most definitely a need for everyone in an organisation to have a clear understanding of who their customers are – the customer persona is a tool to make that understanding a reality.

Reflections of A Practitioner: CX Maturity, Customer Expectations and the Use of Predictive Analytics


Following my four years leading the CX practice for, arguably, the best airline in the Americas, JetBlue, the transition to the “provider” side of things since last May has been very interesting. My experience has provided a unique perspective into the various levels of CX maturity in organizations across many different industries. It has also. View Article. General

3 Ways to Update Customer Experience for Millennials

Experience Investigators by 360Connext

Do millennials really approach everything differently than generations before them? Or are the challenges of designing for them simply the same challenges as designing and delivering experiences for any group? Yes, millennials approach the world a little differently. But so does every generation. What should we remember as we design workplaces as we update customer […]. The post 3 Ways to Update Customer Experience for Millennials appeared first on Customer Experience Consulting.

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.