2016

Forgotten Facts & Fantasies of Customer Delight

C3Centricity

If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that I’ve just returned from a three-week visit to Peru. I had the privilege of being the keynote speaker at IIEX-Latam in Lima and decided to take time off to visit the country after the conference.

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Generation Z statistics: New report on the values, attitudes and behaviors of the post-Millennials

Vision Critical

Generation Z, the cohort born between 1996 and 2010, is ready for the spotlight. Finally escaping the shadows of the generations before them, many Gen Zers are now entering the workforce. As a result, their spending power, currently valued at $44 billion , is growing every day.

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What 1000 Consumers Say About Bad Customer Service

Kayako

CONTENTS. Intro: Word of mouth marketing. 1: The importance of getting it right first time. 2: Our experiment. 3: The results. 4: What this means for your business. 5: Is it too late to win the customer back? What you can do to rectify bad customer service. Takeaways. Intro: Word of mouth marketing.

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Live Chat Best Practices

BlueOcean

In a world fueled by technology and a culture plagued by busy-ness, where many people turn to texting and instant messaging as their first and fastest route of communication, it makes sense why live chat is a growing channel for customer support.

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How Plansource Uses AskNicely NPS with Salesforce to Transform Customer Relationships

In just nine months, Plansource raised customer happiness by 35%. Learn how.

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Legacy Schmegacy – What Will You Be Known For? {Infographic)

Michelli Experience

Business Customer Advocacy Customer Engagement Customer Experience customer loyalty Customer Service Employee Engagement General Human Performance Joseph Michelli Leadership Keynote Leadership Leadership Development legacy Michelli Experience The Michelli Experience

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When Salesforce® Lightning Strikes! The Top Three CX Improvements

inContact

Have you ever wondered what happens in your Contact Center when lightning strikes? No, this blog post is not about inContact Disaster Recovery (even though that would certainly also be an interesting topic).

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Top 30 Customer Service Books Every Team Needs to Read

Comm100

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” ” – Charles W. Eliot.

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Do Customer Journeys Drive Your Content Strategy?

Kerry Bodine

This journey map for the Exploratorium , a science museum in San Francisco, is one of my favorites.

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Getting to Iconic – How leading brands balance technology and human talent to deliver exceptional CX

The world’s most influential and customer-centric firms lead with technology, but do not let technology lead their customer relationships. Iconic firms – as such firms are labelled – recognize that providing exceptional customer experience is a key driver of increased revenue and brand loyalty. Register now to learn what strategies differentiate an iconic firm from other businesses

What Every Marketer Needs to Know about Brand Image, Equity, Personality & Archetypes

C3Centricity

Your brand is not what you think it is! It is what your customers think it is; its brand image, personality and its value to them. I was lecturing at Miami University a couple of weeks ago on brand image and personality. These are two vital elements of branding. They need to be clear and [.].

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How smart brands measure customer intelligence ROI

Vision Critical

In our e-book The 10 Smartest Brands: How They Use the Competitive Advantage of Customer Intelligence , we reveal how companies like D E WALT, LinkedIn and Salomon engage with customers to make better marketing, customer experience and product innovation decisions.

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The Subtle Differences Between Customer Support and Customer Service

Kayako

The term ‘customer service’ evokes nostalgia for sales clerks in long aprons in country town emporiums. Some see it as the old-fashioned version of customer support. Many people can’t distinguish between terms ‘customer support’ and ‘customer service’. It’s confusing!

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Are you serving your customers or smothering them?

NewVoiceMedia

The customer/company relationship is just that, a relationship. It’s one that is difficult to maintain and carries high expectations. On one hand, customers want to feel that they have a close, unique, real relationship with your brand.

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Executive Report: The Customer Data Too Often Overlooked by the C-Suite

A recent Calabrio research study of more than 1,000 C-Suite executives has revealed leaders are missing a key data stream – voice of the customer data. Download the report to learn how executives can find and use VoC data to make more informed business decisions.

Achieve Stellar Customer Service with the Aloha Principle

360Connext

Hawaiians have a reputation for delivering stellar customer service. They seem to always maintain a genuinely warm and friendly manner when dealing with their clients, making it virtually impossible to feel dissatisfied even after experiencing some sort of service failure.

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What Makes Great Customer Service Great?

Wired and Dangerous

Today’s wired and dangerous customers crave organizations that consistently deliver great service and create emotional connections with customers. Do you have people in your organization who consistently deliver great customer service?

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Digital storytelling: The unabashed power in CX

Customer Bliss

Digital storytelling is crucial in customer experience. Before we get deep into digital storytelling and how to maximize your processes around it, let’s briefly set up why storytelling as a whole — and especially digital storytelling — is important in the current business climate.

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The Art of Resolving Human Need

Michelli Experience

Our friends at Hippo Roller have asked me to mention a campaign to raise funds to purchase 200 Hippo Rollers for Haiti. In case you missed my original blog about the Hippo Roller…you can find it below. By the way, thanks in advance for considering to support this cause….

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Auror and NPS: The Ultimate Crime-Fighting Duo

Auror uses NPS to fuel business growth through customer happiness. See How.

What is the Most Important Contact Center Metric?

Heart of the Customer

I presented at the ICMI CC Expo last month in Long Beach. It’s always a great conference, and I look forward to it each year. In the afternoon after my journey mapping workshop I attended a Justin Robbin’s session on metrics. Justin began by asking attendees the most important metric they tracked.

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10 Warning Signs That Your Customer Service Sucks

Comm100

We all want our customers to be happy with our products and services.

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10 Steps To Mapping Your Current Customer Journey

Kerry Bodine

Of the four types of customer journey maps , the current-state map is the most ubiquitous. That’s not surprising, given how many organizations are trying to understand their customers’ current pain points and improve the customer experience.

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Give Customers What They Really Want Today

C3Centricity

As a customer centricity champion, just like you, I spend a lot of my time researching the topic. I’m always trying to understand exactly what customers want. My regular searches include customer service, customer satisfaction, customer care and similar areas. Google is my best friend!

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Study: The Health of the Contact Center

What does it take to engage agents in this customer-centric era? Download our study of 1,000 contact center agents in the US and UK to find out what major challenges are facing contact center agents today – and what your company can do about it.

The Authenticity challenge: 25 marketing, CX and innovation takeaways from the 2016 Customer Intelligence Summit

Vision Critical

Earlier this week, more than 400 professionals in marketing, customer experience, innovation and research gathered in Chicago for the 2016 Customer Intelligence Summit. The two-day annual conference featured keynotes and presentations by some of the world’s leading customer-centric brands.

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Why Customer Development Is Crucial to Every Businesses Success

Kayako

Customer engagement and feedback are powerful tools for every company—but many startups see them as an afterthought, focusing all of their energies on selling more products and gaining more users. But what these companies are missing is that customers are their best advocates.

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inContact Recognized as a Leader in Gartner’s 2016 Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) Magic Quadrant

inContact

For the 2 nd year in a row, inContact was positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s annual Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) Magic Quadrant. Positioning in the Magic Quadrant is based on two criteria: Ability to Execute , and Completeness of Vision.

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5 CX Strategy Killers You Need to Get Over

360Connext

It seems to be human nature to focus on the unnecessary but more attractive/compelling/interesting/entertaining distractions instead of the stalwart/steady/reliable but boring items in our everyday lives. How many moments do we give to social media, Buzzfeed, Candy Crush, etc?

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How Real-Time Customer Feedback Drives Fleetio’s Customer-Obsessed Culture

How Real-Time Customer Feedback Drives Fleetio’s Customer-Obsessed Culture Description: See how Fleetio uses AskNicely to create customer-first brand and product experiences.

National Customer Service Week Blog: Twenty Five Ways to Show Your Loyalty to Your Customers

Wired and Dangerous

Greetings, Welcome to this special blog marking National Customer Service Week – October 3 – 7. We hope you are delivering special care and appreciation to your customers this week but also every other week. Most customer relationships don’t end in conflict. Most vanilla to death.

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Voice of the customer: Your 4-point action plan

Customer Bliss

Customer experience work has been evolving for years, and it’s now on the radar of more execs than ever before. As such, you have a lot of thought leaders out there up-selling voice of the customer plans.

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We Are All In The Perception Business {Infographic}

Michelli Experience

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4 Ways to Hardwire Customer Service Success

Who's Your Gladys?

If you want to deliver strong customer service, it’s important to keep learning and improving. I’m personally committed to it so when my friend Lisa Mininni (President of Excellerate Associates) announced her two-day training about how individuals are naturally wired, I cleared my calendar.

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How to Create an Exceptional Customer Experience

Learn 5 actions your organization can take right now to improve the customer experience.