Telling the CX Story

Apple product launches have become highly anticipated events. Of course this is due primarily to the products themselves, and eager customers wanting to confirm all of the rumors leading up to...

What is customer engagement?

Customer engagement is a relatively new term in the Customer Experience world, but unlike survey metrics like NPS (Net Promoter Score), ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index), and the...

How Uniquely Valuable are the Best Strategic Account Managers? -- 'Count the Ways...'

In thinking about the best account managers; those managing growing, profitable customer accounts, thoughts naturally go to being skilled in communicating, relationship-building and sharing product...

Is Your VoC Program in Need of An Overhaul?

Customer Experience Professionals, may I ask, how is your Voice of the Customer program going? Are you content? Are things just humming along and don’t require a lot of attention? Do you feel like you...

Survey Says ...

Many of our clients use surveys to help them understand part of their customers' experiences. Typically, these surveys include sections that ask about different functional areas within the company -...

Tips to effectively work with Quality

People in Quality roles need customer intelligence that will align with internal metrics, but offer an external perspective. They need confidence that their efforts will result in a return for...

Most common areas in the company to drive results

Customer experience leaders looking to have broad impact should engage with business leaders in the following areas: Sales, including account management and sales operations Support, including...

The role of social media in CX

Social media can increase the value of CX by enriching the content, quality, and speed of insights delivered. However, before getting involved in social media activities, CX professionals must have...

Making it easy for customers is pretty difficult!

At a time when everyone is longing for simplicity, it seems the world has gotten very complex. Consider a few examples: Beer - 25 years ago there were only a handle of breweries. Now there are...

Three tips to help rise above the clutter

Here are three tips for getting people to take notice in the customer experience initiatives: Brand it. Come up with a good name and logo to represent your customer experience initiative. Too often...

Customer Experience Promoting Collaboration

Customer Experience (CX) leaders find themselves uniquely positioned to foster collaboration between functions and with customers. As one example, CX often builds an advocacy network of leaders from...

Six tips for customer due diligence the right way

Customer due diligence can be a powerful exercise that can add value not only during the negotiation and purchase of an organization, but also during the subsequent integrations (where most...

"I'd rather do it myself!"

The 1960's housewife screamed, "Mother, I'd rather do it myself!" to her mother or in-law trying to help in her kitchen. I remember how this byline in a headache medicine commercial was repeated...

Three information needs of the engineering organization

Here are three approaches to giving your engineers more customer insights: New Product Introduction (NPI) Feedback – In companies with a large product development focus, a lot of highly...

Four ways to enable customer-facing teams

Enable sales, account and customer support leaders to more effectively use customer feedback by: Sharing the right information and teaching them how to use it. Craft reports to hone in on the team's...

Innovative Brands Can Advertise Atypically with Success

I recently read an article titled “How Brand Innovativeness Creates Advertising Flexibility” by Michael J. Barone and Robert D. Jewell courtesy of the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Sciences.  In...

More than Just Silos – But the Entire Journey

I just read an article in the September 2013 Harvard Business Review titled, “The Truth About Customer Experience” by Alex Rawson, Ewan Duncan, and Conor Jones. This article really made me think about...

Working through others to drive customer-focused results

Over the past few weeks I have contributed a series of blogs featuring several personas, or key individuals that are the most common and important users of customer intelligence. These are a few of...

David – The customer-focused executive

Top customer experience professionals know how to get things done. In particular, they know how to work through others to drive results. In a series of blog posts I’m taking a look at several personas...

Dennis – The customer-focused quality manager

Top customer experience professionals know how to get things done. In particular, they know how to work through others to drive results. In a series of blog posts I’m taking a look at several personas...