March, 2017

Customer Experience Labs: Your Strategic Weapon

Customer Bliss

When I work with clients, I always set up a “customer room,” which is another way of thinking about customer experience labs. I’ve written about this idea a few times , including in Chief Customer Officer 2.0.

The Role of Digital in Customer Experience, by Sandeep Kuvvarapu

ijgolding

The customer has always been at the heart of every business, be it a street vendor selling hot dogs or a multi-national firm selling a wide range of products.

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Top 20 Customer Service Experts to Follow on Twitter Right Now

Comm100

Like customers, customer service experts come from a wide range of backgrounds, each with their own unique perspective and take on the industry.

Increasing the Efficiency of Digital Customer Service

Jacada

Today, digital innovations have sparked a transformation in the rules of customer engagement, a new age of customer service being driven by the customers, themselves.

The New Standard: Why Employee Obsession Matters

We often hear about putting the customer first, or the famous saying: the customer’s always right. But at TaskUs, we put the employee before our customers and before our shareholders. Read our eBook to learn more about why we focus on the employee experience.

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What’s the State of Work-at-Home in Customer Care in 2017?

BlueOcean

About five years ago, we entered a discussion with a prospective client. They had been outsourcing their customer service to a call center with a predominantly “work-at-home” (WAH) model and one of the first questions they asked us was about work-at-home agents.

3 Myths that Prevent You from Understanding Customers

360Connext

I get a lot of “what a cool job!” when I describe what I do. It sounds so glamorous. And everyone is a customer, so of course I hear about the worst customer service they ever had, or less frequently, the very best they’ve experienced. It is awesome. I love what I do.

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Top 5 Customer Service Expectations in 2017

Jacada

Customer service trends are today driven by the need to meet consumer expectations. However, the evolution of technological innovation together with the shift in the demographics of consumers has led to quickly changing expectations.

Engaging Your People in Customer Experience Improvement Activity: 6 Key Questions 

ijgolding

In this, my exclusive column for CustomerThink, I continue to explore in detail my perspective on seven ‘tips’ that will enable any organisation to become genuinely customer centric.

Customer Experience Transformation in Telecoms

Transforming CX: Critical success factors mobile operators are looking for.

The Top Trends in Technology at SXSW

ReviewTrackers

South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals in Austin, Texas, continues to amaze its attendees. This year, the ReviewTrackers team once again conquered SXSW.

8 Customer Service Skills to Boost Your Career

Kayako

Continuous professional development can transform your career trajectory. For a customer support rep, you can become better at your job in ways you never expected by developing the right skills.

Want To Sell Service Design? Get A Trojan Horse

Kerry Bodine

This post originally appeared in my regular column in Touchpoint Journal , published by the Service Design Network.

The talent strategy side of customer experience

Customer Bliss

If you’ve been listening to my podcast — I can’t believe we’ve done 41 episodes — one of the topics that comes up a lot is talent strategy. That is somewhat of a broad term, but here I take it to mean “getting the best people possible and retaining them.”

The Ten Commandments of Customer Service

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

Digital Engagement on the Voice Channel

Jacada

Jacada is dramatically improving the experience of customer service at contact centers around the world. By providing the option to pivot an inbound call to a digital session, customers are able to bypass long hold times and effectively self-service their inquiry.

How Contact Center Customer Experience Will Evolve in 2017

inContact

Contact centers will continue to evolve and improve as the need for better customer support continues to grow. And, since the need for customer support has never been higher than in 2017, it’s unlikely that improvements are going to slow down anytime soon.

How to Respond to a Negative Review

ReviewTrackers

“No business is immune to a negative online review.”. Even those with a 5-star reputation receive the occasional scathing comment from a customer-turned-critic (or a bitter ex-employee-turned-hater.).

4 reasons why customer experience programs fail (and how to avoid them)

Vision Critical

Failing customer experience initiatives are keeping business leaders up at night. According to an Accenture-commissioned study by Forrester Consulting, only seven percent of business leaders think that their company’s shopping experience exceeds customer expectations.

5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Customer Experience Stickier

Tactics for Boosting Engagement and Brand Affinity.

7 Crucial Questions to Ask in the Contact Center Procurement Process

BlueOcean

Some of our most popular blog posts are the ones that help potential clients navigate their way through the procurement process for contact center services – especially content that looks at what questions to ask potential vendors.

Why Values Matter to Your Customers

Customer Bliss

Guest Post by Rocky Romanella, author of Tighten the Lug Nuts: The Principles of Balanced Leadership. Your character and reputation are a direct reflection of your values. Rocky Romanella, author of Tighten the Lug Nuts: The Principles of Balanced Leadership.

Digital Engagement and First Visit Resolution

Jacada

The ‘Holy Grail’ of customer service has always been first contact resolution – digital channels offer a new way to achieve this. Read More. Jacada Blog

Are Car Dealerships Incentivizing Bad Behavior?

MaritzCX

What a great time of year to buy a car – its incentive season! Usually here in Michigan we only have 2 seasons, winter and construction. Both bad for traffic. However, car companies offer a variety of incentive seasons throughout the year. There is always a sale and If you need a little push to.

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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.

Customer Success Story: Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

ReviewTrackers

There is a vital shift happening right now in healthcare. People are bringing technology-fueled expectations to their patient experience, and they are demanding innovation in the way care is delivered and managed.

You’re Probably Measuring Customer Satisfaction Incorrectly

Kayako

How satisfied your customer is can depend on a lot of things: your product, your customer support team, your marketing and advertising, your branding, their interactions in your store, your website, your in-store staff… the list goes on.

Customer-led rebranding: How Price Chopper uses customer insight to thrive in the grocery industry

Vision Critical

What do you need to succeed in a traditional and established multi-billion dollar industry like the grocery market? Price Chopper Supermarkets, an American grocery chain with 136 stores, has one answer: customer insight.

Senior VP of AARP Customer Experience, With Jim Pendergast- CB41

Customer Bliss

Episode Overview. I’ve known Jim for many years and regularly cross paths with him, like many in our space. I truly believe those doing customer experience and customer-driven growth work are a community, and Jim and I represent that in this podcast. We share fearlessly with each other.

5 Customer Satisfaction Templates You Can Use Right Away

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

Transitioning voice customers to the digital channel

Jacada

The millennial generation is vastly different from those that came before it. Far more technology focused than their predecessors, millennials understand what technology can achieve and therefore have far greater expectations when it comes to issues around service. Read More. Jacada Blog

If a Picture is Worth a Thousand Words, What’s a Video Worth?

MaritzCX

The old saying about a picture being worth a thousand words is true, a picture provides an additional “sense” of the story, adding context to help our understanding of an event or situation. We all know what it is like to read the answers to a survey or a transcript of an interview. Sure, there.

Why Ford is Building an Engaging Customer Experience

ReviewTrackers

In case you haven’t heard, there’s a shift taking place in the automotive industry. After a century of the car being the center of the American dream, a symbol of individual freedom , automotive manufacturers are facing a new challenge.

CX Journey™ Musings: No Budget for #CX Improvements

CX Journey

Image courtesy of aliceheiman No customer experience budget? I haven't written a CX Journey™ Musings post lately, but I found a topic that warrants a bit of reflection.

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?