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Not dealing with failure demand is hurting your customer experience

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In my 2016 How To Wow book I quoted research by Sabio and the Customer Contact Association, released in 2012, that found that between 25% and 40% of all calls to UK contact centers are either unnecessary or avoidable. According to that research, the most common causes of those calls included: customers chasing information about deliveries or updates on what was due to happen next in the purchase cycle; customers calling to clarify issues regarding pricing or terms and conditions;

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Are you willing to delight the specific? – Interview with Seth Godin about his new book: This Is Marketing

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Today’s interview is with Seth Godin, best selling author, teacher and sometime entrepreneur. Seth joins us today to talk about his new book: This Is Marketing: You Can’t Be Seen Until You Learn to See and we discuss the book’s main thesis, the challenge for marketers, what we need to learn, why it might be hard, why it matters and how we start to apply all of this in our businesses and our work. This interview follows on from my

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Loyalty is dead, long live loyalty!

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In a November 2017 interview with Mad Money’s Jim Cramer, Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff declared that “Loyalty is dead.” At the time, that comment caused a lot of kerfuffle and was used by many in the retail industry to validate their own claims that loyalty was dead. However, if you listen to the interview, when Benioff says that loyalty is dead he is referring to the idea of loyalty as a program. He suggests that loyalty is changing and is

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How to make your people SUPERENGAGED – Interview with Nikki Gatenby

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Today’s interview is with Nikki Gatenby, MD of Propellernet, a multi-award winning Brighton-based digital marketing agency that operates globally and the author a new book: Superengaged: How to transform business performance by putting people and purpose first. She joins us today to talk about the new book and what they have done at Propellernet to produce some astounding commercial and engagement numbers. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Design is how we treat each other – Interview

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One customer’s experience suggests that Infiniti is not yet brilliant at the basics

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Recently, I was invited to participate in a webinar discussing the role of emotions in customer experience. During the discussion, I made the point that while I believe we should pay close attention to the emotions of our customers, we cannot escape the fact that there is stuff that happens (i.e. what companies say and do) and then there is what we (i.e. customers) make those things mean. That very fact introduces a potentially huge amount of variety and complexity

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Design is how we treat each other – Interview with Rie Nørregaard

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Today’s interview is with Rie Nørregaard, a Managing Creative Director of SYPartners, a consultancy based in New York and San Francisco. For 20 years, they’ve helped business leaders, teams, and individuals pursue growth and greatness. Rie has recently started a podcast: Designing for Humanity, which aims to explore designing a future that’s made for all of us—and the best in us. They also say that design, at its heart, is an act of service and is the work of solving

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Is ‘Powered By Humans’ becoming a thing?

T-Mobile CEO John Legere addresses the audience at T-Mobile’s Un-carrier NEXT event at the T-Mobile Charleston Customer Experience Center on Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Rohit Bhargava has been publishing his annual Non-Obvious Trend Report since 2011. Rather than trying to compete with the normal avalanche of predictions that emerge at the end of every year, Rohit has developed a method where he and his team uncover and share a series of unexpected insights accompanied by explanations about how they may affect businesses in the year to come. In the 2018 version of the report that came out in January, there was one trend that

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Convenience helps you stand out and creates fierce loyalty – Interview with Shep Hyken

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Today’s interview is with Shep Hyken, who is the Chief Amazement Officer of Shepard Presentations and a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author. Shep joins me today today to talk about his latest book: The Convenience Revolution: How to Deliver a Customer Service Experience That Disrupts the Competition and Creates Fierce Loyalty, why convenience, the dimensions of convenience and how to use it to make a difference to your business’ service and experience. This interview follows on

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Should you be considering the use of blockchain to power your customer loyalty program?

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Distributed ledger technology, commonly known as blockchain, is a technology that has received a lot of attention in the last few months, particularly as the underlying technology powering crypto-currencies like Bitcoin. However, outside of crypto-currencies many entrepreneurs, large organizations, governments and technologists are exploring other applications of blockchain technology including everything from digital voting to the recording and protection of both formal and informal property holdings. Given the broad range of possible applications of this technology, I’ve recently been wondering

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