Blog Posts

Cut half of your meetings to engage more with customers

Bored Meetings

This is a guest post from Kevan and Alan Hall, authors of a new book: Kill Bad Meetings. In 23 years of working with organisations around the world to improve their engagement with customers and internal staff, time and again the issue comes back to meetings. Meetings are where collaboration and decision making happens and where we spend on average two days a week, half of it wasted. If we can get our meetings right we can have a significant impact

Continue Reading

Overcoming the barriers to delivering an excellent citizen experience – Interview with Ryan Hollenbeck and David Moody

Motherwell Civic Centre

Today’s interview is with Ryan Hollenbeck and David Moody from Verint Systems, a global technology firm that provides Actionable Intelligence® solutions, to both public and private sector organisations, with a focus on customer engagement optimization, security intelligence, and fraud, risk and compliance. David and Ryan join me today to talk about citizen experience, overcoming barriers to implementing successful digital strategies, particularly in the government and public sector arena and what government and public sector organisations could be doing better. This

Continue Reading

What do the Bee Gees, words, a train company and customer experience have in common?

Bee_Gees_1992

The Bee Gees once sang “It’s only words, and words are all I have to take your heart away”. The sentiment in the Bee Gees words offer a lesson to companies wanting to improve their customer experience. The reason being is that the words that we choose to write to our customers are probably one of the most important elements that define the experience that our customers have with us. However, many businesses tend to ignore them, the extent of

Continue Reading

Heroes and the craft of customer support – Interview with Nick Francis

support

Today’s interview is with Nick Francis, CEO and co-founder of Help Scout, a Saas software company that provides an email-based customer support platform, knowledge base tool, and an embeddable search/contact widget for customer service professionals. Nick joins me today to talk about the ‘craft’ of customer support, making support and contact centre agents heroes and their latest Customer Support Survey. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Marrying self organising teams and customer obsession – Interview with Andrew

Continue Reading

Customer experience is all about empathy, here’s how to harness it

Text

This is a guest post from Oisin Lunny, Chief Evangelist, OpenMarket. Let’s face it: Mobile has changed everything. Today, if you can’t reach a personal contact quickly, it’s extremely frustrating. Likewise, when it comes to brands, if you can’t instantly get a hold of an airline, retailer, or bank–it’s infuriating. While many brands have caught on and adopted a mobile-first approach to customer service, many are still failing to meet customers’ expectations. They may be creating new ways to engage

Continue Reading

Marrying self organising teams and customer obsession – Interview with Andrew Lawson

Handshake

Today’s interview is with Andrew Lawson, Chief Product Officer of Zopa.com, a UK online personal finance peer-to-peer lending company founded in 2005. Andrew joins me today to talk about customer service, customer obsession, what it means to them and the shift to self-organising teams that they have recently undertaken. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Customer service and moving from the enterprise to the flexiprise – Interview with Keith Leimbach – and is number 230 in the

Continue Reading

Customer experience, opaque AI and the risk of unintended consequences

Rob Walker keynote at Pegaworld 2017

In recent days we have seen an escalation in the war of words between Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg surrounding the dangers of artificial intelligence (AI). Musk worries that if unregulated AI will grow and grow in influence and could ultimately pose an existential threat to humanity. As a result, he is advocating that governments need to start regulating the technology. Zuckerberg, on the other hand, disagrees on the need for more regulation and is more sanguine about the prospects

Continue Reading

Customer service and moving from the enterprise to the flexiprise – Interview with Keith Leimbach

Work at home

Today’s interview is with Keith Leimbach, CEO of Liveops, a leading virtual contact center solutions company for the financial, health care, insurance and retail industries. Keith joins me today to talk about the human and tech balance in customer experience, striking the right balance and maintaining quality standards when you are managing a network of 20,000 virtual agents. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Understanding a customers context is the key to self-service success – Interview with

Continue Reading

Bridging the employee engagement gap through effective communications

Employee engagement

This is a guest post from Maurice De Castro, the Founder of Mindful Presenter. Employees are the lifeblood of any business. Regardless of an organisation’s size and function, employees’ health and outlook will have a huge impact on productivity. In recent years, employee engagement has become a key area of focus for HR and management. Some reports suggest that as little as 13% of the world’s workforce are feeling engaged in their current role. This leaves employers questioning how they

Continue Reading

Site Footer