Beyond digital and what many CMOs should be considering putting into their 2018 strategic plan

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Last year I wrote a piece called 3 Customer Groups That Are Being Overlooked In The Customer Experience Whirlwind. In it I ventured that there were a number of different groups of customers (The Rich Elders, The Private and The Quick) that weren’t getting a lot of attention. One of those groups, The Rich Elders, came into focus again for me recently in a conversation with Bruce Fielding, founder of Sterling.Agency, an agency that focuses on helping brands engage with

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What 2017 Taught Us About the Live Chat Customer Experience

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This is a guest post from Jamie Edwards, the co-founder and COO of Kayako. It’s no secret that live chat is becoming more and more important in customer service. What used to be a relatively uncommon tool is now increasingly a part of the customer support agent’s arsenal. Consider the research: According to Twilio and the market research firm Vanson Bourne, live chat is the preferred channel for customer service in South Korea, the U.S., Singapore, and India. Millennials—who love

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3 Leading B2B Companies Share Their Secrets On How To Create A Personalized Customer Experience

Creating a personalized customer experience is a goal for many, if not all, firms as they strive to compete for, retain and deliver the best customer experience to their customers. But, if you have been to any conferences or have been reading analyst and commentariat articles lately, one would not be wrong in thinking that the way to achieve this was primarily through the use of software, data and analytics. This seems to be particularly true for firms that operate

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

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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

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Is 2% OK with you? Five ways to dramatically improve your customer feedback survey response rates

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Asking customers for feedback is an essential part of the improvement process for any business and, I’m pleased to say that, many companies now do ask their customers for feedback whether it is using methods like customer satisfaction surveys, Net Promoter Score (NPS) or Customer Effort Score (CES). But, many of them, despite working hard to deliver great service and build up trust with their customers, undo a lot of their great work through the way that they go about

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Customer experience investments, ROI and business results

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In a 2013 HBR interview, Jeff Bezos said “When things get complicated, we simplify by saying what’s best for the customer? And then we take it as an article of faith if we do that that it’ll work out in the long term.” However, most organisations are not like Amazon. Most organisations don’t do things as ‘articles of faith’. In fact, before they do anything new most organisations work hard to establish what will be the expected business impact of

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The implosion of trust and what to do about it

For the last 17 years, Edelman, a global communications marketing firm, has published it’s Trust Barometer, an annual survey of more than 33,000 respondents from around the world that investigates the state of trust and credibility that exists between individuals and different types of organisations (government, media, business and NGOs). Earlier this month they published the 2017 edition of the Trust Barometer and their results suggest that over the course of the last year there has been an implosion of

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Co-creation, innovation and when you should get your customers involved – Interview with Prof. Jan van den Ende

Today’s interview is with Professor Jan van den Ende, who is Professor of Management of Technology and Innovation at RSM (Rotterdam School of Management), Erasmus University, Rotterdam. Jan joins me today to talk about a research paper that he and some colleagues recently published and how ignoring customers’ opinions can lead to more successful products. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Behavioural insights and what is really going on in the minds of your customers – Interview

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How the customer experience vision gap is holding many organisations back

In a world that is moving faster and faster and where it seems like we have less and less time to think, there is better way to approach problems, particularly when it comes to those associated with improving and developing the customer’s experience. Doing so will allow organisations to develop an increased ability to deliver better and more sustainable growth, higher RoI and better outcomes for them and their customers. Back in September, I wrote an article called ‘Habituation And

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