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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Leaders should experience what it is like to be one of their own customers more often – Interview with Shaun Belding

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Today’s interview is with Shaun Belding who is the CEO of The Belding Group of Companies and the author of 6 books including a new book: The Journey to WOW: The Path to Outstanding Customer Experience and Loyalty. Shaun joins me today to talk about The Journey To Wow, why he wrote it as a story, what we can learn from the trials and tribulations the characters go through and how we can apply that to our businesses. This interview

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Where to start when thinking about being brilliant at the basics

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Just short of a year ago I wrote a piece called: When it comes to customer experience in 2018, can we make boring the new cool? The piece advocated for brands to “consider throttling back on our obsession with what’s next, what’s new and what’s hot and start to focus more on the present.” As a result, that would lead to brands focusing on “being brilliant at the basics and delivering better and more consistent outcomes for customers and employees.”

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Is your culture hurricane fit? – Interview with Jonathan Rowe of nCino

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Today’s interview is with Jonathan Rowe, Chief Marketing Officer at nCino, a cloud based bank operating system. Jonathan joins me today to talk to me about nCino, the experience of going through the recent Hurricane Florence, what happened, how their customers reacted and why he is so proud of their employees. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Getting the human and tech balance right in customer experience – Interview with Julia Ahlfeldt – and is number 285

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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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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?

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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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How to achieve the holy grail: True integration of customer service

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This is a guest post from Monika Götzmann, the EMEA Marketing Director of Miller Heiman Group. In today’s sales environment, where competing based purely on product and price is no longer sufficient, the customer experience you deliver is arguably the key competitive differentiator. Not only can it generate loyalty and repeat business, it can also improve your organisation’s reputation and sales effectiveness. Indeed, the level of customer service you provide goes a long way towards determining overall success or failure.

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A new model of business and leadership is needed: Lessons from one of the UK’s best companies to work for – Interview with Jason Stockwood

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Today’s interview is with Jason Stockwood, Group CEO of Simply Business, the UK’s leading B2B insurance broker and among the Tech Track 100 of the nation’s fastest-growing tech companies. He has also just published a new book: Reboot: A Blueprint for Happy, Human Business in the Digital Age, which aims to counter much of the news that predicts the massively negative effect that Artificial Intelligence and automation will have on jobs and shows how any organisation can think freshly and

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