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. How glad I was that I took that decision, because I discovered that Peruvians are experts in customer delight! Peru is an understated yet remarkable country that deserves a more amazing reputation than I believe it has today.

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Report: 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings of Tech Vendors

Experience Matters

We just published a Temkin Group report 2016 Temkin Experience Ratings of Tech Vendors that rates the customer experience of 62 large tech vendors based on a survey of 800 IT decision makers from large North American firms. This is the fifth year of the ratings, here are links to the 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 ratings. Here is the executive summary […].

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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. Word of mouth marketing is one of the most valuable forms of marketing with 92% of consumers believing recommendations from friends and family over all forms of advertising.

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. That’s because the folks at the former design agency Adaptive Path (which was acquired by Capital One back in 2014) did a great job of highlighting two key things: 1) The entirety of the customer experience.

How Call Lifecycle Details Help Increase Customer Satisfaction

Do you want to better understand what your customers are experiencing on calls? Does your call center software lack key information, even if calls are recorded? Download this eBook now to learn how to gain insights on all your calls to increase your customer satisfaction!

The Cost of a Bad Customer Experience for an ISP

MaritzCX

Telecom Dream Becomes Nightmare But Has Happy Ending Recently, I needed to have a hard-wired internet line installed at my house to be better able to work remotely.

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7 Top Tips to Create a Customer-Centric Culture 

ijgolding

As customer experience has become increasingly recognised as a thing of tangibility, so has the need to adopt and embed the skills and competencies that make managing it (customer experience that is) a reality. Any ‘concept’ that becomes something requiring methodologies, approaches, tools and techniques, also requires the need for people to understand how to use, deploy and embed them.

5 Epic Employee Engagement Issues You Never Noticed

Experience Investigators by 360Connext

Highly-engaged employees will deliver better experiences to your customers, leading to increased loyalty, more referrals, and more business overall. Yippee! However, employee engagement is emotional and often hinged on the very last experience an employee might have – with his or her manager, with co-workers, with an angry client, or even with you. These simple moments add […]. The post 5 Epic Employee Engagement Issues You Never Noticed appeared first on Customer Experience Consulting.

9 Ways Millennials Have Transformed Contact Center Customer Experience

NICE inContact

As the fastest-growing consumer demographic, Millennials are poised to make a major impact on the American economy. By 2020, the spending of Millennials— those aged from roughly 18-to-mid-30s— will rise to 1.4 trillion annually. Years before this generation’s full influence will be felt, however, millennial preferences have already changed how contact centers think about customer experience.

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. Also known as Gen Z, iGeneration (iGen) or Net Gen, this cohort is massive and influential. In U.S. alone, there are 65 million of them. By 2020, Generation Z will account for 40 percent of all consumers in the U.S.

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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.

5 Ways to Improve B2B Customer Engagement Through Omnichannel Tactics

Customer Bliss

Guest Post by Robert C. Johnson: Robert is co-founder and CEO of TeamSupport.com , a cloud-based, B2B software application built to help customer-facing support teams serve clients better through stronger collaboration, superior teamwork, and faster issue resolution. Over the years, the B2B (business-to-business) industry hasn’t exactly taken to adopting the latest customer engagement technology as quickly as its B2C (business to consumer) counterparts.

The Kindness GAP: Differentiation by Practicing Civility in Uncivil Times

Michelli Experience

In addition to highly conflictual political discourse (which may have sunk to an all-time low in the US), I’ve recently observed a number of people making obscene gestures at one another, swearing, and ranting in stores as well as during miscellaneous business transactions.

Customer Emotions (Joy, Anger, Sadness, and Fear) Affect Contact Center Interactions

Experience Matters

As you may know, Temkin Group labeled 2016 “The Year of Emotion” in its annual listing of customer experience trends. Because emotion drives loyalty. And yet, despite its significant impact on customer loyalty, organizations do not focus on emotion enough. So to help increase organizations’ awareness of this critical area of customer experience, we […]. Emotion

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! Some businesses have rejected the term ‘customer service’ – in a bid to modernize an existing department – in favor of ‘customer support’ which sounds contemporary or even call it ‘customer success’.

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!

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. Wondering how you can get started mapping your own organization’s current-state journey map? Follow these 10 steps: 1. Identify an important problem area through existing (mostly quantitative) data.

Thirty Drivers of Value Perceptions, or Why Customers Love Your Company

MaritzCX

Customers love a company because they perceive value in their interactions with its people, products, and services. As customer experience (CX) professionals, we usually measure this sense of value with the Net Promoter Score®, or NPS®, which is a nominal indication of how likely the customer is to recommend the company to another person, and. View Article

Dashboards: Driving Your Business Like a Sports Car, Not a School Bus

AskNicely

Having the right dashboard can revolutionize your business in terms of success and your own enjoyment. A dashboard is meant to give you vital information and data at a glance, with users able to access everything from sales and marketing data to finance, inventory reports and website analytics. Essentially, a dashboard puts all your critical info into one spot in a neat and visual display so you don’t have to log into different systems to get all of the information you need.

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Customer Experience: The Differentiation Battleground

ijgolding

The Golding family car – a Renault Grand Espace we affectionately call ‘the beast’ – is reaching the end of its life. Despite transporting us to all corners of the UK; the entire length of France; and from La Coruna to Barcelona and Menorca in Spain; all good things come to an end. We have both accepted that the time has come to find a replacement. In looking for a new car, we identified a small number of criteria: Seven seats.

Busy Season? Keep Customers Satisfied with Great Support

A great customer experience drives customer loyalty. Learn how to keep your customers happy this holiday season by helping them through their channel of choice with seasonal support experts.

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. A recent Gartner report suggests that its presence as a customer engagement channel will increase from 2% to 10% of all interactions by 2018, with over 80% of companies making it available for their customers.

When Salesforce® Lightning Strikes! The Top Three CX Improvements

NICE 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). What we do want to share with you is a preview of what will happen in the Salesforce universe when Lightning strikes and why, contrary to the real world, you have good reason to actually WANT it to strike – the sooner, the better!

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. These companies understand that the more they know their customers, and the more they engage with them, the greater the benefits of customer intelligence.

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Achieve Stellar Customer Service with the Aloha Principle

Experience Investigators by 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. The secret may be that they have a sunny outlook on life that comes from living […]. The post Achieve Stellar Customer Service with the Aloha Principle appeared first on Customer Experience Consulting.

The 5 E's of Community: Support Forums and Beyond

Speaker: Angelica Coleman, Community Lead, Snowflake

In order to establish a robust community, you need to have strong community objectives in place that are supported with the proper types of programs; programs that will help your community succeed. But narrowing down on your community objectives can be difficult, let alone knowing how to structure your community programs and offerings in a way that supports them. Join Vanilla Forums on Friday, October 8th at 12 PM ET for a webinar led by Angelica Coleman, the Community Lead at Snowflake, as she walks us through the 5 E's that are essential to establishing your key community objectives: Education, Enable, Expand, Engage and Evangelize.

Make a Mouse: The Power of a Culture of Customer Experience Excellence

Michelli Experience

I’ve often said anyone can create a mouse. All you have to do is put a copious quantity of food and cloth scraps on your floor and, over time, a mouse will appear. The same can be said for great service cultures. Leaders are responsible for “creating the right environment” for world-class customer experiences to occur. Take Starbucks as an example. . .

The Changing Pattern of Consumer Communications

Experience Matters

For the past several years, we’ve been examining how U.S. consumers prefer to communicate with each other, analyzing their answers to the question, Which method would you most likely use to communicate with your friends? As you can see in the figure below: Text messages are on the rise (+8 points between 2012 and 2016), while […]. Customer experience

Activate Your Customer Service Superpowers with Kayako and Zapier

Kayako

Let’s face it: customer support is a superhero role. You make customers happy, remove roadblocks, and save the day when catastrophes arise. But it can be difficult to do all of that when your faithful sidekicks (in this case, the tools you use to do your job) don’t let you achieve your full potential. There are two superpowers that are essential for modern customer service: X-Ray Vision, and Telekenesis.

The proactive approach to customer complaints

Customer Bliss

Customer complaints are everywhere, and happen all the time. The word “complaints” is a bad word, yes — on the surface. But there’s power in customer complaints, just as there’s power in any feedback. Quickly, before we get to the action items on this post: think of your favorite brands. Consider brands that you love. You buy from them all the time. Or consider a restaurant/bar in your neighborhood that you adore.

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!