The keys to customer success

Success

In December of last year, I was asked to participate in an expert panel on customer success team performance. The invite came from Darren Noy, Chief Science Officer of Kannetic, a start up that is building solutions that tap into the power of collective intelligence to help build high performing teams and organizations. Using a process similar to the Delphi-method, Darren asked myself and 14 other participants to answer three surveys (one 10-minute, one 20-minute, and one 30-minute survey) where

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How to make phone conversations with customers better

phone service

Despite the introduction of all sorts of new technology, a myriad of new channels and a host of self-service options, when things go wrong, get complicated or become difficult for customers most of them will want to pick up the phone and talk to another human being. That behaviour makes phone conversations an integral and hugely important part of the whole customer experience, whether the conversations take place at the beginning (sales), middle (service) or the end (renewal) of the

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Creating a customer obsessed culture and going from NPS -4 to +80 – Interview with Amy Downs of Lifesize

Obsessed

Today’s interview is with Amy Downs, the Chief Happiness and Customer Success Officer of Lifesize, a provider of enterprise & business-class video, audio, & web conferencing solutions, software, equipment & support. Amy joins me today to talk about customer obsession, Lifesize’s transformation and what it takes to turn an Net Promoter score (NPS) of – 4 into a score of +80 in roughly 730 days. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Non-obvious trends and what they mean

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Fostering a listening culture is the best way to deliver better customer and employee outcomes – Interview with Rob Pace of HundredX

Today’s interview is with Rob Pace, the founder and CEO of HundredX, a technology platform/app that works with major brands such as professional sports teams, Mary Kay and the University of Notre Dame, to provide listening solutions and collect real-time feedback from customers and employees. Rob joins me today to talk about a number of things including customer feedback, HundredX’s research, listening, outcomes and why they use emojis rather than numerical scales? This interview follows on from my recent interview

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Many brands are losing touch with crucial ‘moments of truth’ – Interview with PV Kannan of [24]7

Today’s interview is with PV Kannan, the co-founder and CEO of [24]7, a customer engagement platform which assists several hundred million visitors across all channels, and engages in 1.5 billion conversations annually, most of which are automated. PV joins me today to talk about [24]7, what they are up to, utilising AI and intelligent assistants in the deliver and improvement of customer experience, the balance of tech and the human touch in customer experience and his view on achieving the

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The three best gifts that you could give your customers

I’ve been starting to wonder about gifts in the last few days. Not as a result of all of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday hoopla but gifts for another set of occasions ……gifts for my nieces’ and god-daughter’s upcoming birthdays, another for a good friend’s upcoming 40th as well as gifts for friends and family for Christmas. Now, given that I’ve been thinking about gifts, I also started to wonder more broadly about what constitutes a ‘good gift’. Personally,

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How doing less is delivering more for this business, it’s employees and it’s customers

We now live in an always on, always connected, 24/7/365 world. And, to compete in such a world, a company needs to have a real-time omni-channel presence, where it constantly monitors, matches and meets the ever changing needs of it’s customers. Right? Well, that seems to be the prevailing wisdom. But, isn’t there a problem with that? If everyone is trying to do more and more to become better and better does it not, at some point, become harder and

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What does customer engagement really mean?

We’re now firmly in the last quarter of the year and many firms will be busy thinking about strategy and budgets for next year. Amongst all of the planning and strategy making, how to improve customer service, customer engagement and customer experience are likely to be playing a large part in many of the discussions. Now, customer service and overall customer experience is pretty easy to understand. At least, it’s pretty straight forward to gauge what is good, what is

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Over 50% of a customer’s experience is driven by how they feel – Interview with Colin Shaw

Today’s interview is with Colin Shaw, Founder and CEO of Beyond Philosophy™, a global customer experience consultancy. Colin joins me today to talk about his new book (The Intuitive Customer: 7 Imperatives For Moving Your Customer Experience to the Next Level – co-authored with Ryan Hamilton, a Professor of Marketing at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and a Beyond Philosophy colleague) and what insights companies can draw from neuroscience and behavioural economics to make their organisations and customer experience better.

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