2017

How to Start Improving CX in the Real World

Experience Investigators by 360Connext

I’m often asked how or where a company should start improving CX. While the answer may be a little different for everyone, it’s critical to start out right! However, very few leaders take a realistic approach. Consider this way-too-typical scenario: Marcus decides one day to stand in front of his employees and request in no uncertain terms how everyone needs to be more customer-focused. “Help customers love our company and brand more!” ” says Marcus.

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Follow the CX Tea Leaves

MaritzCX

Capitalizing on Small Wins for Agility and Growth Unifying the customer experience across every channel doesn’t necessarily have to start with a fully baked, end-to-end CX plan. In many cases, the best evolution happens as you follow the proverbial tea leaves—reading what the future holds and letting each initiative guide you to the next. View Article

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Purposeful People Are More Loyal Customers and Employees

Experience Matters

Temkin Group has labelled 2017 The Year of Purpose, so we have been examining the topic of purpose across many different angles. One of the areas we are interested in is the impact that a person’s level of purpose and meaning has on how they behave as an employee and customer. It turns out that it has a pretty significant impact in both of these areas. In our latest U.S.

Companies showing great CX in the wake of natural disasters

Customer Bliss

Last week, we highlighted what Southwest Airlines was doing for those displaced by Hurricane Harvey , and now we have a few more examples to share: Mattress Mack: This story has gotten some attention , and “Mattress Mack” (real name is Jim McIngvale), who owns several Houston-area furniture stores, has opened his doors to those displaced by Harvey. He told NPR that between his two locations, 400 people were residing there — and might be for weeks.

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!

Listening to Customers Tells You Everything You Need to Know… - Transforming the Customer Experience

Kristina Evey

LISTEN to your Customers. Listening. We all know how to do it… but few know how to do it well … and it could be driving your customers away if you don’t do it well. Listen well and you’ll increase sales and customer loyalty. Even though communication involves two parts – speaking and listening – I believe that listening is actually 2/3 of successful communication. Someone can speak all they want.

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Customer V Owner – Who wins? You decide! (in other words, is the customer always right?!)

ijgolding

I am very lucky to live in a beautiful city in the North West of England. Yes… I am not actually there as often as I would like, but when I am, I do not take for granted that my children are being raised in a lovely environment. Founded as a Roman Fort in 79 AD, Chester is one of the best preserved walled cities in Great Britain.

Lessons From Leaders At Brands Where CX Is Working

Storyminers

I’m always curious about what makes leaders of customer experience and transformation projects invest in what’s new. Oracle , in its recent “ CX FACTOR PROGRAM ” has done much of that research for me (and for you). It’s in the form of a dozen interviews with company leaders whose brands are excelling at the customer experience. I was invited to ask questions of the customer experience leaders on their success tactics.

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Interactive Voice Response – What it is, What it does, Where it’s going

NICE inContact

Interactive voice response (IVR) has been a staple of customer service for many years. While its requiem has been composed many times in the past, it is still around, alive and kicking. Together with its “big brother”, the voice portal, IVRs have been part of contact center solutions for decades, and there is no reason to believe that they will go away any time soon. In case you wondered: IVR and voice portal are similar, but not the same.

Is Emotional Intelligence Key To Outstanding Customer Service?

Kayako

Working in customer support can leave you feeling like an unrecognized or unsung hero. Praise is often in short supply and there is a lack of awareness about areas of responsibility and how much work the support team does. Within a brief conversation the agent is expected to engage each customer, fix their problem and move on swiftly to help others. It’s as if they’re expected to pull answers from an infinite memory bank and come up with instant answers.

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.

10 trends changing customer expectations

NewVoiceMedia

The essential principles of customer service are timeless, but consumer expectations are not. Customers have always wanted a friendly, efficient and reliable service, but with the development of new technology, their expectations have been raised. They want a more efficient service than before. They don’t just want friendly; they want to feel like the service has been personalized for them. The old adage of "know your customers" is also still as true today as it ever was.

Celebrating One Year in Business

Lumoa

On 14 November 2016, exactly one year ago, Lumoame Oy was registered in Helsinki. This year has been an amazing journey for us and we wanted to share this important moment with you. No surprise, the main discussion topic at #LumoaAnniversary was Customer Experience. We celebrated our first year with our supporters, friends, and customers. Customers have been at the center of all our operations since the very beginning.

How to Implement Experiential Marketing and Brand Loyalty Into Your CX Strategy

MaritzCX

Today’s connected world and ever-present technology have changed the way we think about engaging with companies. Whether you’re a major corporation, or a bustling startup, people expect their interactions to be something that wows them. Simple ads are important, but they are just a piece of the puzzle. In today’s world, companies need to create. View Article

Report: Five Steps For Building A Strong CX Metrics Program

Experience Matters

We published a Temkin Group report, Five Steps For Building A Strong CX Metrics Program. A robust customer experience (CX) metrics program allows an organization to systematically measure the quality of the experience it delivers to customers and provides insights that help companies spot improvement opportunities, prioritize investments, track CX progress, and unify the organization around a common goal. Despite these benefits, few organizations have actually built a strong metrics program.

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!

Develop and Commit to a Set of Core Values to Elevate Customer Experience

Customer Bliss

Last month, Forrester released a new report, “ Predictions 2018: The Crisis Of Trust And How Smart Brands Will Shape CX In Response, ” and it was a great read – it confirmed many of the things that myself and other CX experts alike have been touting for years. There’s an increased focus on customer experience these days, and many companies are just beginning to implement a customer experience process.

Crafting a customer experience roadmap

Jacada

Delivering exceptional customer experience is the holy grail of modern business, but like King Arthur’s knights, you are unlikely to find what you seek without an effective map. Read More. Jacada Blog

Mastering the Public Apology: The Most Epic Apology Letters of Our Time, and What Your Business Can Learn from Them

Comm100

rawpixel.com. From Papa John’s NFL apology to Louis C.K.’s s apology (or non-apology ) for sexual assault; brands in every industry are learning that the apology letter is an extremely difficult art form to master. Whether it’s due to not wanting to admit fault, fear of losing fans or investors, or simply not knowing how, corporations and public figures often fall short of what people want and expect out of a public apology. But why is that?

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Taking Ownership – key to the success of your approach to Customer Experience

ijgolding

As we head into the middle of September, as many people are reaching towards the back of their wardrobes to find their winter jumpers as are looking for their shorts and t-shirts. Whether you are revelling in the thought that summer is coming, or despairing at the reality of short days and long nights, the month of September is an annual signal of impending change. Whilst most human beings see the 1st January as their annual calendar moment to make commitments (often hollow!),

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.

Customer Experience Lessons from a Crew Regatta -

Kristina Evey

Crew Takes Teamwork – Just Like CEX. Customer Experience Requires Teamwork. Teamwork was the focus of my weekend recently. Two of my kids just finished their last crew regatta of the fall season. We were up in the Leelanau Peninsula in Michigan and the scenery couldn’t have been better. We caught the last part of the colors and the temperatures were crisp and best of all… NO RAIN. But, the reason I bring up the regatta is how essential teamwork is in the sport of crew.

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5 Tips to Lower Contact Center Attrition

NICE inContact

Agent attrition is not a new concept in the contact center. The average lifespan of a contact center agent is traditionally short, resulting in human resource departments trying to understand this costly trend, usually turning to some kind of retroactive metric. But these do not offer predictive insight. These metrics can show why an agent left, but not how the company could have kept them.

How to Write a Compelling Customer Support Email

Kayako

When you’ve worked in support for a while, especially for the same company, it can feel like Groundhog Day. You feel like you answer the same questions day in and day out. That’s because you probably are! But that doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Practice makes perfect and setting yourself the challenge to improve keeps you interested. There are always things you could be doing better in your conversations.

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Likely to Recommend vs. Actually Recommending: Loyalty vs. Advocacy

Michelli Experience

I am a huge proponent of the concept behind the Net Promoter Score® (NPS)®. As you likely know the NPS® is calculated by asking customers: How likely is it that you would recommend our company/product/service to a friend or colleague? Respondents are given choices on a zero to 10 point scale. Those who indicate 9 or 10 are classified as promoters, 7 and 8 are referred to as passives, and respondents who answer 6 or below are viewed as detractors.

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.

Lumoa Just Got Better.

Lumoa

Have you seen the new update? We are happy to announce the product update that our team has been working on for the last months. The update touches all your favorite features and turns them into even more a productive toolset, so you can dive deeper into your customer feedback analysis and execute accurate actions based on that. Watch the video below if you want to know how to get actionable insights with the help of the new and updated features. Let’s go through the updates one by one.

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How Voice Interaction and the Internet of Things are Changing User Experience

MaritzCX

Voice input and connected devices are changing how people interact with software and each other, altering our notions of UX Design. If you grew up watching Star Trek you saw Captain Kirk speaking directly to his ship. Not only did he give the ship commands, but the ship would speak back. While at the time. View Article

Customer Centricity Requires All Four CX Core Competencies

Experience Matters

As most readers of this blog will likely know, customer-centric organizations must master Four CX Core Competencies: Purposeful Leadership, Compelling Brand Values, Employee Engagement, and Customer Connectedness. It turns out that you’re only as good as your weakest link. Here’s what it looks like when you fall short in one of these areas: Without Purposeful Leadership the company is Stagnant. Lacking alignment, very little progress is made.

The CX topic we need to address more

Customer Bliss

As I’ve been doing more episodes of my customer experience podcast , I’m increasingly hearing more stories about omni-channel collaboration and experiences. I love that. Silos need to align for the customer to have the best experience possible, and when the customer has that best experience possible, that’s really the place where revenue and growth reside. There can’t be a “digital team” vs. a “brick and mortar team.”

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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!