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Are you doing personalization wrong?

Less is more

Personalization is becoming an increasingly important element in the pursuit of a differentiated customer experience. It has also come a long way, in recent years, according to Evergage CMO Andy Zimmerman who says that personalization has evolved from “delivering one-to-many experiences, aimed at broad groups of people – to being truly effective at the individual, one-to-one level.” This is backed by recent research by Evergage that found that 98% of marketers agree that personalization positively impacts customer relationships with the

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25 behavioural biases and how they influence the choices our customers make – Interview with Richard Shotton

Choice

Today’s interview is with Richard Shotton who is the Head of Behavioural Science at Manning Gottlieb OMD and author of the book: The Choice Factory: 25 behavioural biases that influence what we buy. Richard joins me today to talk about his book, a few of the behavioural biases in the book, why we should pay attention to them and how we can utilise them in our businesses. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Creating a learning environment

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Three areas where some contact centres may be overlooking their GDPR obligations

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In the run up to May 25 this year many people, including me, were inundated with emails from companies asking them to opt in to their email marketing lists or informing them of their new data, security and privacy policies. This was all due to the fact that the long talked about General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) framework came into force in Europe. After the dust started to settle and my inbox had started to return to normal, I began

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Creating a learning environment that drives better sales and customer success outcomes – Interview with Pat Lynch of MindTickle

Today’s interview is with Pat Lynch, VP of Enablement Excellence and Innovation at MindTickle, one of the industry’s most comprehensive readiness and learning solutions for closing the knowledge and skill gaps found in customer-facing teams. Pat joins me today to talk about learning versus training, the frustrations of Chief Learning Officers, what’s missing from the modern corporate learning environment, what is needed to get the most out of the Millennial and Gen-Z workforce and what MindTickle are doing about it.

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Customer service has an ROI too – but it’s not always easy to deliver

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This is a guest post by Matt Phillips, VP, Sales & Systems, Diebold Nixdorf UK/I. We are in the age of ‘now’, with customer demands shaping the competitor landscape, as well as entire business systems. This has never been more true than in the world of financial services – where net promoter scores stand for everything, where technology is advancing customer interactions at a rapid pace, and where physical touch points (especially those on the high street) are under increasing

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Applying design thinking to culture change and employee experience – Interview with Karen Jaw-Madson

DOWE Process

Today’s interview is with Karen Jaw-Madson, Principal of Co.-Design of Work Experience and author of a new book: Culture Your Culture: Innovating Experiences @Work. Karen joins me today to talk about the book, applying design thinking to the culture change process, the DOWE framework and what leaders and organisations should be doing to create a more innovative culture at work. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Delivering a personalized customer experience the Zappos Way – Interview with

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How to go from 800 to 5000 employees in 3 years and still deliver beautiful customer experiences

Voxpro

As more and more parts of the customer journey are digitized and automated, the role of front-line customer service staff is evolving. Through the use of clever technology they are seeing much of the mundane and repetitive parts of their jobs eliminated. This is allowing them to spend extra time on solving more complex customer issues as well as developing deeper emotional connections with customers. Given the changing nature of front-line customer service roles many companies are starting to question

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Delivering a personalized customer experience the Zappos Way – Interview with Alex Genov of Zappos

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Today’s interview is with Alex Genov, Head of Customer Research for Zappos.com. I spoke to Alex when I was in Las Vegas in June and talked to him about Zappos, personalization, what many folks are getting wrong, what Zappos has learnt with their personalization efforts and where they are headed. This interview follows on from my recent interview – Customer engagement, AI and GDPR Article 22 – Interview with Jeff Nicholson of Pega – and is number 273 in the

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Top challenges of working in a contact centre

This is a guest post by Swati Kungwani, who is the business analyst and content manager for iTouchVision. Supporting the ‘Support’ Staff Deliver Better Experiences! The customer service industry has always been a hot potato. With newer technologies and changing trends, there is a huge pressure on the customer service agents to be on their toes. Talking about customer service, contact centre holds a primary position. The contact centre agents are the frontline employees dealing with the customers. They are the

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