Cut half of your meetings to engage more with customers

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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

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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

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Bridging the employee engagement gap through effective communications

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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

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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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How to rapidly scale and still maintain the highest customer service standards – Interview with Ed Ariel

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Today’s interview is with Ed Ariel, VP of Customer Service at ezCater, the only US-wide marketplace for corporate catering. We talk about preserving your customer service standards through a period of rapid growth, ezCater’s unique elements within its culture that have supported that growth, empowerment and what it means for them. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Customer experience, personalisation and how not to be creepy – Interview with Tara Kelly – and is number 226 in

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