Roles to help drive results

Regardless of size and structure of your company, there are several roles that can effectively drive results. Executive sponsor – A chief customer officer or senior executive that is the key...

Mind-numbing Consistency and CX

Recently, my daughter's swim coach had a parent meeting. During the meeting he talked about one of his coaching philosophies, which the described as mind-numbing consistency. For him,...

What Does Substantial Impact Mean To You?

One of our goals at Walker is for all of our clients to agree that their Customer Experience initiative is having substantial impact on their business. So, what is substantial impact?  The dictionary...

Practice What You Preach

As with anything in life, it's easier to say things than do them. And, customer experience is no different. It is easy to say companies must improve customer experiences in order to create...

Customer experience roles of the future

With changing customer demands, the roles and responsibilities of the customer experience team will need to evolve to include the following roles: Chief Customer Office (CCO) - there must be someone...

EMC - A company that gets it

When it comes to the application of customer experience strategies, companies tend to fall into one of three camps: Customer experience, huh? These companies are clueless. They don't understand why a...

Why You Might be Interested in Customer Engagement

You have likely started to hear about Customer Engagement. Leslie Pagel defines what we mean at Walker by Customer Engagement here.  And, she compares "customer experience" to "customer engagement" in...

Making an Impact and Telling About It

The question,“What impact is the CX program making on our business?” is being asked of customer experience professionals more and more. The immediate thought is to demonstrate the financial return of...

Paying Employees to Leave Part 2

Several months ago I wrote a blog about paying employees to leave. LocalJobNetwork.com radio read the blog and conducted a short interview to dive into this topic into more detail.  You can listen to...

Five things I like about the CXPA

The Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) is a global, non-profit organization that has helped solidify Customer Experience as a necessary and critical role profession. As one of the...

The ROCX (Return on Customer Experience)

There are a lot of ways to explain "Customer Experience." You can use analogies, comparisons, an elevator pitch...you get the idea. Regardless of your approach, the best way to draw attention is...

Working on your customer experience fitness

There is no doubt that more and more business-to-business companies are focused on creating a competitive advantage through the experiences they deliver to their customers. But, what does this really...

Common sources of customer information

Do you use a wide variety of information sources to gain the best understanding of your customers? Here is a list of common sources of information you can use: Customer service interactions such...

Are Customer Engagement and Customer Experience the Same?

The short answer is, no. The Customer Experience is like an umbrella. It encompasses the interactions, feelings, and perceptions that customers have with a brand, its products, people, and processes....

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...

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...

The Top Things You Thought Were True About CX

There are a lot of ideas out there about the role of CX in today’s environment.  In this blog, I discuss seven myths about CX that can get businesses distracted from driving the most...

Tips to using analysis to help interpret customer intelligence

Do you conduct analysis to accurately interpret the customer intelligence you gather? Here are some tips to consider when using analysis: Make sure you are clear on what issues or problems you are...

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...

Is your company really focused on customers?

To know if your company is really focused on customers, can you answer yes to the following questions? Do customer issues take priority? Are market developments closely watched to constantly assess...