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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?

A surefire concept for overcoming negativity in the workplace

Customer Bliss

Negativity in the workplace is brutal. I’m not even talking about the normal culprits like gossip or ineffective managers confusing ‘accountability’ and ‘scaring their employees.’

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6 Customer Service Facts for Every Business

Steve DiGioia

you won't be successful without them. This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. The world of business is fraught with a myriad of theories, quotes and snippets of information all designed to help wide-eyed junior entrepreneurs become successful.

How to engage millennials for customer insight and marketing

Vision Critical

If there‰’s one generation that marketers can‰’t stop talking about, it’s the Millennials. Brands of all sizes around the globe are trying to engage Millennials and understand what motivates them and drives their attitudes and behaviors.

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Forbes Insights: Data Elevates the Customer Experience

New ways of discovering and applying customer insights

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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.

Corporate Culture and the Customer Experience: A Delicate Balance

MaritzCX

Though the idea of culture has been around for centuries, it is only in recent decades that corporations have begun to speak of the notion of corporate culture. Probably the best way to define corporate culture is as the deepest thoughts and beliefs a company holds about itself.

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.

Contact Centers aren’t Ready for Omnichannel

Calabrio

The potential of “omnichannel” when it comes to contact centers is undeniable.

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

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.

Multichannel Support Will Burn Out your Customer Support Team in 2016

360Connext

Managing time and workload will be the biggest challenge that customer support professionals face in 2016. With the rise of multichannel support, there’s a risk that support professionals will burn out if they don’t take steps to manage their workload more effectively.

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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.

They’re Watching You…Are You Ready?

Steve DiGioia

and they're watching your employees too! This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. Sitting on that park bench on Sunday afternoon, what are you doing? Reading a book, feeding the birds, eating lunch, talking with a friend or loved one? Or maybe you’re just “people-watching”.

The Ten Commandments of Customer Service

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

4 storytelling devices to enhance your research reports and presentations

Vision Critical

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.

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

Comm100

Time and time again, we see evidence that great customer service experiences are critical in maintaining customer loyalty and satisfaction.

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Innovative Service: Emotional Connections for Great Experience

Wired and Dangerous

76% of wired and dangerous customers today say they view customer service as the true test of how much a company values them. Walk into one of your favorite service providers and you immediately feel the difference in the experience that makes this establishment one of your chosen few.

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!

How to Build Great Customer Journeys

Make Each Touchpoint a Meaningful Experience

Creating Employee Experiences That Drive Customer Delight

CX Journey

Image courtesy of mdennes Today I'm pleased to share a guest post by Maansi Sanghi of CloudCherry. Discover the importance of employee engagement and happiness in driving customer delight. Achieving customer delight is paramount to the success of a business.

Is silo mentality hurting your customer experience?

NewVoiceMedia

Silos may be a great way to store grain, but if you apply this idea to the organization of people, it can damage customer experience. From departments to regional offices to different communication channels, silos are an unavoidable part of business structure.

14 Critical Call Center Metrics You Should be Tracking

inContact

As a contact center manager, you’ve got a lot of metrics to choose from as your key performance indicators (KPIs). In this blog, we help narrow down this long list to help you focus on the metrics that, when improved upon, will really help your contact center thrive.

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.

5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Customer Experience Stickier

Tactics for Boosting Engagement and Brand Affinity.

7 Things Your Customers Wish You Knew About Them

360Connext

Heads up …when it comes to customer service, certain (painful) truths are universal. Customer service is such an important part in keeping people coming back to your business, and the specifics of your product or service don’t really matter.

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3 Leading Companies’ Method for Listening to Customers

Customer Bliss

In order to understand how customer-focused companies design processes for listening to customers, we need to start by thinking about the three types of listening: Unaided or volunteer listening. Aided listening. Experiential listening.

What’s The Difference Between a Customer and a Guest?

Steve DiGioia

there IS a difference? This original article was written by Steve DiGioia. How do you treat the people that enter your place of business? What do you hope to gain from them? Are you more interested in providing value or to just fatten your wallet?

These 3 obsolete market research practices are on their way out

Vision Critical

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.

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.

10 Warning Signs That Your Customer Service Sucks

Comm100

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

When Customer Expectations Are Unreasonable, Meet Them Anyway

Who's Your Gladys?

It takes self-control to handle a customer with over-the-top expectations. Regardless of the type of business you’re in, there’s much to learn from Edie, the group event coordinator at Bahama Breeze Island Grille Restaurant.

Your Customer Service Team Can Win or Lose you Business

Kayako

When you call in to speak with the customer service team of a cable company to cancel your contract, you might expect some hiccups, but overall would expect it to be relatively easy.