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The finish is just as important as the start of any experience – Interview with Pauline Wilson of Virgin Holidays

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Today’s interview is with Pauline Wilson, who is VP of Operations at Virgin Holidays. Pauline joins me today to talk about going undercover, better understanding their customers, their customer journey mapping initiative and the improvements that have sprung from that. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Relevance, personalization and what many firms are missing when it comes to GDPR – Interview with Rob Walker of Pega – and is number 271 in the series of interviews with

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Tips on using your customer’s voice to create content that converts

This is a guest post by Brooklin Nash who writes about the latest tools and small business trends for TrustRadius. Versed in online platforms and social media, customers are getting savvier and more resourceful. They are looking for authenticity in vendors and versatility in their products. Direct mail and PPC still have a place in online marketing, but vendors will have to get to know their customers in order to stay on top of the content marketing game. Why is

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Relevance, personalization and what many firms are missing when it comes to GDPR – Interview with Rob Walker of Pega

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Today’s interview is with Dr. Rob Walker, Vice President, Decision Management and Analytics at Pegasystems, a leading provider of software for customer engagement and operational excellence. I spoke to Rob at Pegaworld, Pegasystems’ customer event in Las Vegas in early June, where we talked about customer relevance, personalisation, artificial intelligence, GDPR and what firms should be focusing on in this era of constant change. This is the second of three interviews that I conducted at Pegaworld (like last year) so

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How the emerging workforce ecosystem will impact customer experience

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Back in April, I talked to Anthony Abbatiello, principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, about Deloitte’s 2018 Global Human Capital Trends Report, some of the workplace trends that have emerged from their research and what they mean for leaders and entrepreneurs looking to build a business intent on delivering a great customer and employee experience. Now, whilst the report highlighted ten different trends, one of the most interesting ones was the emergence of the trend called The workforce ecosystem: Managing beyond

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Getting help is often fraught with friction. It shouldn’t be – Interview with Tom Martin of Glance Networks

Today’s interview is with Tom Martin, CEO of Glance Networks, an enterprise software company that provides a “visual engagement platform” for their clients that combines co-browse, agent video and screen share into a tool for contact centre and customer support agents that helps them interact with their customers. Tom joins me today to talk about the challenge of providing tech support to your parents over the phone, how their technology works, use cases and why they chose to ask Forrester

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Greatness lies in the edges of customer experience

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It’s becoming an increasingly familiar occurrence these days for businesses, like healthcare practitioners, utility and telecoms providers, that rely on appointments with ‘customers’ for them to send out reminders, either via text message, email or by phone call, in the run up to the appointment. There is sound logic in taking this approach as not only does it provide a perceived better level of ‘service’, there is a rule of thumb in these industries that around 10% of all appointments

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Digital transformation and the pursuit of customer centricity: Lessons from the frontline – Interview with Martijn Gribnau of Genworth Financial

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Today’s interview is with Martijn Gribnau, Chief Transformation Officer, at Genworth Financial, an S&P 400 insurance company that is focused on providing long term care insurance, life insurance, annuity retirement solutions and more. I spoke to Martijn at Pegaworld, Pegasystems’ customer event in Las Vegas in early June, where we talked about digital transformation, the pursuit of simplicity, customer centricity and leadership behaviour. This is the first of three interviews that I conducted at Pegaworld (like last year) so look

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A story about how doing less and adding a bit of theatre created a memorable customer experience

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My wife and I recently returned from a trip where, using a hired motor-home, we toured the North Coast 500, a recently established driving route covering some of the most northerly parts of Scotland. The trip was fantastic. On one of the nights we pulled into a campsite in for the night and went looking for a place to eat. We stumbled upon the Scourie Hotel and enquired if they had a restaurant in the hotel. They said that they

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Should you be considering using blockchain for your customer loyalty program? – Interview with Jessica Groopman and Jeremiah Owyang

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Today’s interview is with Jessica Groopman and Jeremiah Owyang, industry analysts and founding partners at Kaleido Insights. They join me today to talk about blockchain, customer loyalty programmes and why and when you should be considering learning more. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Every great business has a backstory that drives and compels the work they do – Interview with Bernadette Jiwa – and is number 267 in the series of interviews with authors and business

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