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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

An alternative to customer effort score

The Customer Effort Score (CES) appears to be the new shiny object among customer experience professionals. With the urgency to simplify products and services, an attraction to this metric...

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...

Accelerators to help drive results

Accelerators get you where you need to go in a faster, more efficient way. These are the techniques, tactics, and tools that will speed up your journey to results and make it less painful. Goal...

Five questions to ask before you take action

Here are five key questions all Customer Experience (CX) professionals must ask. Do we have the right culture? Possibly the toughest aspect to control is the culture of the organization. The company...

The Value of Making it Easy

Recently, I had a billing issue that needed to be resolved with our health insurance provider.  I put off making the phone call for days, and waited until one of those rare mornings where I had enough...

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...

Is your leadership supportive of customer initiatives?

To know if your leadership is supporting the customer initiatives from your Voice of the Customer program, ask yourself the following questions: Is the CEO aware and engaged? Is the board informed...

Paying Employees to Leave

I am sure many of you have read by now that Amazon pays employees $5,000 to leave.  Technically they borrowed this idea from Zappos.  The idea is once a year you basically have a buy out period and...

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...

Foolish CX - What are our top blunders?

April Fools' Day will be here soon and I'm getting ready! No, I'm not planning any practical jokes to spring on my colleagues. However, we decided that for one day out of the year we could take a look...

Good Strategists Use Customer Performance Metrics

Today I read an article in the January – February issue of Harvard Business Review titled, “The Big Lie of Strategic Planning” by Roger L. Martin.  Martin’s article outlines the differences between...