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Execs Still Don’t Get Customer Experience

360Connext

The following is a Best of 360Connext post. Many executives are interested in improving and understanding customer experience. They want to know how to increase loyalty and revenue and all that good stuff.

Key Factors to Improving Employee Engagement in Field Service

Astea

Employee engagement is probably one of the largest challenges facing field service companies currently. Despite the latest excitement regarding worker engagement, few businesses understand the impact or the way it may drive company outcomes.

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18 Reasons to Map Customer Journeys

CX Journey

Image courtesy of GrantVernon Have you started journey mapping yet? Or are you still wondering why it''s an important tool to have in your customer experience management toolbox?

Keeping the “Dream” in Your Dream Team

Who's Your Gladys?

When your goal is to build a customer service dream team, and keep it going strong – it makes sense to learn from those who’ve already done it. That’s why we’re sharing concrete strategies from Dialog Direct, a company that offers a range of customer.

Forbes Insights: Data Elevates the Customer Experience

New ways of discovering and applying customer insights

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4 Steps To A Customer Focused Company Culture

Help.com

Micah Solomon guest post: . A customer-centered company culture is overwhelmingly resistant to being knocked off by your competition. This makes it more powerful than almost any other competitive advantage, which will likely be ripped off–sooner rather than later.

Harnessing the Voice of Employees to Improve Customer Experience

MaritzCX

In recent blogs, I’ve been sharing results of the 2014 Voice of the Customer Challenges and Practices Survey conducted by Maritz.

Innovative Service: Delivering Service that Creates Customer Advocates

Wired and Dangerous

We walked into the Marriott Windsor, Connecticut on a Monday about 8:20pm after a two hour flight from Atlanta to find a crowd at the Front Desk. Looking for dinner we headed directly to the restaurant and requested our favorite server, Lacey.

5 Ways Amazon Has Changed How Everyone Thinks About Customer Experience

Win the Customer

If you don’t like change, your going to like irrelevance even less. If you’re looking for an example of the customer experience revolution, Amazon has shown the way to innovate and dominate by putting the needs of customers first.

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

What IS a Customer Touchpoint?

360Connext

The following is a Best of 360Connext post. Touchpoints within the customer journey help define a lot of moments, both good and not-so-good.

The Impact of the Internet of Things on Field Service

Astea

The future is now. Using mobile devices you can remotely adjust your home thermostat from Your car can send an email reminding you to schedule an oil change or other needed maintenance. Home monitoring systems allows your remote access to your security and other systems via your mobile phone.

Customer Experience: Art or Science?

CX Journey

Image courtesy of Mickey75017 I originally wrote today''s post for InsideCXM. It appeared on their site on August 12, 2014. Do you think there''s a little art and a little science involved when it comes to delivering a great customer experience? I do.

Take a Look Around to Improve Customer Service

Who's Your Gladys?

If you were asked to describe the details of your customer’s experience, how accurate would you be? Are you clear about the look, messaging and ease of navigation on your website? Do you know the current condition of the walls, halls and spaces in and around your brick-and-mortar buildings.

The Ten Commandments of Customer Service

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

Never Under Estimate the Power of a Thank You Note to Boost Customer Loyalty

Kristina Evey

Thank You Notes Show You Care About Your Customers. Remember Thank You notes? The things that we encouraged to write as kids every birthday or holiday when we received gifts from relatives or friends? My own personal experience is that I didn’t enjoy writing them at all.

Employee Engagement Shows on Bottom Line

Storyminers

‘Sweeping the steps of Customer Experience in 2014? – out with the old and in with the new for 2015

ijgolding

As we approach the last 24 hours before the end of 2014, I feel it is time to reflect on the last twelve months in the world of Customer Experience. Twelve months is not a particularly long time in the context of a lifetime of experiences, yet it is remarkable what progress can be made in 365 days.

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Help.com Interview With Buffer

Help.com

Recently Help.com sat down with Buffer Happiness Hero Åsa Nyström to discuss Buffer’s excellent customer service. Listen to the full audio of the interview here: Åsa Nyström ).

What Makes a Successful Voice of the Customer Program

Learn how to build, maintain, and sustain an effective results-driven VoC program.

What is the Purpose of Customer Satisfaction Surveys Anyway?

MaritzCX

Recently I completed a customer satisfaction survey for United Airlines after a particularly bad experience even by airline standards. I actually wanted to be contacted by the airline, but there is no place in their survey for a hot alert (request to be contacted).

Let the Front Line be Human

Customer Bliss

The front line has been programmed to get a certain output. It might be closing the call within a time frame, a quota of customers in a certain time period, some kind of up-sell or cross-sell goal.

4 Non-Negotiable Traits of Customer Focused CEO’s

Michel Falcon Experience

To be customer focused, a CEO must pay great attention to past, present and future customer behaviours, motivations and aversions. Take a moment to think. Do you work with a customer focused CEO? I mean, not one who says he is but one who backs up their word with action.

10 Must-Reads for a Better Customer Experience in 2015

360Connext

We had a great 2014 but more importantly, customers did, too! Leaders of all types of organizations began to walk the talk around improving their customer experience. We know they craved information which helped them take action and get results, and that’s what our blog is all about.

How to Build Great Customer Journeys

Make Each Touchpoint a Meaningful Experience

How to Manage and Optimize Your Third-Party Service Outsourcing Strategy

Astea

Meeting expanding field service demands can put a strain on your service center and other resources.

The Secret to Customer Retention

CX Journey

Image courtesy of featureset I originally wrote today''s post for InsideCXM. It appeared on the site on September 15, 2014. Want to know the secret to customer retention? I''ll tell you, but first a story. I grew up on a farm in Ohio and, as a young girl, had many horses over the years.

One Employee Can Alienate a Customer and You Won’t Even Know It Happened

Who's Your Gladys?

According to a study conducted by the Rockefeller Corporation of Pittsburgh, 68% of customers stop doing business with a company because of an attitude of indifference by an owner, manager or employee. Customer Service guest blogger Bill Quiseng Customer Service Articles customer service training

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Improving Customer Service: How to Handle Upset Customers Successfully

Kristina Evey

Improving customer service requires the fine art of working with frustrated and upset customers. We’ve all had them. We all know the principle that if you can successfully turn around an upset customer, they’ll be more loyal to your company than if they never had an issue at all. . .

5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Customer Experience Stickier

Tactics for Boosting Engagement and Brand Affinity.

Happy Customers Live in the Cloud

Win the Customer

There was a time when customer service consisted of a row of operators answering calls, using a bank of telephones. If the call center was understaffed, customers would wait for nearly an hour to talk to a representative.

Customer Effort – it’s real meaning through real stories (Vauxhall might want to read this!)

ijgolding

This is not the first time I have written about the concept of customer effort. I doubt it will be the last. A few months ago I shared a story that described my interaction with an organisation as a little like having a tooth extracted – you can read that particular story here.

Just Surprise Me!

Help.com

Guest blog by Chip R. Bell: How would you like receiving a birthday present without any wrapping or colorful bow…just a Post-it note on the present with handwritten: “Happy Birthday?” What would an Easter egg hunt be like if the location of all the eggs were clearly marked with a red flag?

Emotion > Rationality (Sometimes)

MaritzCX

I purchased a “previously owned” Land Rover LR3 and I have had nothing but problems ever since I bought it. Nothing major—the “tyre pressure sensor” goes off sporadically even though I am compulsive about ensuring the right pressure in all “tyres.” I had to switch out spark plugs, the suspension compressor is need of replacement, View Article

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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.