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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What post channel customer experience means for your contact center?

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This is a guest post by Katie Sekelsky, graphic designer at VHT. There is a revolutionary shift underway regarding customer expectation, and it’s called the post channel customer experience. Although you may not be familiar with this term, understanding the transformation and how it’s unfolding will allow you to capitalize on this unique moment. But first, let’s look at what the post channel customer experience is. What is the Post Channel Customer Experience? Customer service used to be split across

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The customer experience breaking point

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This is a guest post from Kris McKenzie, Senior Vice President and General Manager for EMEA at Calabrio It’s no secret that companies are prioritising the customer experience. In fact, 72 percent of businesses say that improving customer experience is the top priority. And it’s clear that this emphasis is driving digital transformation efforts. Making CX improvements is based on the ability to identify customers’ pain points and implement the right mix of technology and customer service processes to drive

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In customer experience, boring is the new cool

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This is a guest post from Oisin Lunny, Chief Evangelist, OpenMarket, and follows on from a discussion that Oisin and I had about the annual tech prediction cycle. This is #BoringIsCool article No. 2. No. 1 is here. Customer Experience in 2018 is all about the latest new tech baubles, right? Sure, if you want to forget about your actual customers. CX conferences are full of the latest variations on isolated themes within the customer journey, and companies’ quarterly forecasts

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Communities will become a core engine of commerce, innovation, experience, loyalty and service – Interview with Rob Tarkoff

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Today’s interview is with Rob Tarkoff, President and CEO of Lithium Technologies, a digital customer experience platform company. Their technology both powers some of the world’s largest online communities and helps some of the worlds largest brands with social customer care and publishing. Rob joins me today to talk about some recently published research, engagement, what it is, what it isn’t, what brands should be doing more and less of to help them engage more with their customers and the

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Delivering a great customer experience is not really a technology challenge any more – Interview with Mark Smith

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Today’s interview is with Mark Smith, President of Kitewheel, which is the world’s only cloud-based Customer Journey Hub designed for innovative agencies and brands looking to move in step with the modern digital consumer. Mark joins me today to talk about the state of the customer journey, the rising amount of attention being placed on retention and what we can learn from a recent piece of research they have released. This interview follows on from my recent interview – You

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The most successful companies start by improving one customer journey at a time – Interview with Don Schuerman

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Today’s interview is with Don Schuerman, CTO and Vice President of Product Marketing at Pegasystems. I had a chance to sit down and chat with Don when I met up with him at Pegaworld earlier this month. We talk about what companies, in the midst of the customer experience maelstrom, should be doing more of and what they should be doing less of, the balance of the human touch and technology in customer experience as well as the emerging ethical

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The keys to customer success

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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

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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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