2018

How to Disrupt Your Competition

ShepHyken

Less than one week before the release of my new book, The Convenience Revolution: How to Deliver a Customer Service Experience That Disrupts the Competition and Creates Fierce Loyalty , so I thought it appropriate to share some thoughts on how being easy – or convenient – can give you a competitive advantage over your competition. When your customers can buy what you sell from others, that’s called competition. That also makes it a commodity.

2018 504

Millennial Generation Customer Service – The Ultimate Guide

TechSee

A day in the life of a Millennial. Ashley rolls over, checks her Fitbit Ionic to see the quality of REM sleep she experienced last night, and reaches for her iPhone to scan her messaging apps and social networks. She tweets about her sleep quality and messages her roommate that her share of the rent has been paid with Venmo.

2018 303

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How to Use Customer Insight to Drive Business Growth

Vision Critical

In a landscape full of disruption, growing your business could take a backseat to hedging your risks. New competitors can sprout when you least expect it, and choosing a growth strategy that fits your business model can be risky. At the same time, there are several strategies you can follow to grow your business, even when disruption abounds. But before you can grow, you need to keep a pulse on your customers.

Five Low-Cost Ways To Improve Your Customer Service And Customer Experience

Micah Solomon

[Originally published in Forbes.com. The author, Micah Solomon, is an author, consultant, influencer, keynote speaker, and trainer in customer service, customer experience, customer service culture, and hospitality. Here are three ways to reach Micah: email, chat, web). In honor of National Small Business Week ( #SmallBusinessWeek ), here are five highly effective, low- or no-cost ways to amp up the quality of your customer service experience.

2018 229

How Call Lifecycle Details Help Increase Customer Satisfaction

Do you want to better understand what your customers are experiencing on calls? Does your call center software lack key information, even if calls are recorded? Download this eBook now to learn how to gain insights on all your calls to increase your customer satisfaction!

How to Understand and Engage the Outliers in Your Organization

Customer Bliss

In my new Daily Dose video series, I explore the topics that chief customer officers must grapple with on a daily basis. Join me as I discuss what I’ve learned over the course of my 35-year career, so that you can more effectively do the work that needs to be done. The following is a lightly edited transcript of the video below. In each episode of my podcast , I ask my guests, “What do you know now that you wish you knew then?”

2018 263

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Four of the Most Successful Employee Engagement Strategies Also Drive Customer Experience

CX University

There are hundreds of best practices for employee engagement, and all of them are being practiced by firms across this good, green Earth: at some growing businesses, at some failing businesses too. My question is, “How do we know which best practices will most benefit our employee engagement initiatives? Which should I apply in my business?”. So my team and I embarked on a mission to exhume the real nuts and bolts of engagement.

2018 175

40 Customer Retention Statistics You Need to Know

GetFeedback

Learn about the top two customer surveys for predicting and increasing customer retention. Anytime a customer cuts ties, you experience the negative impact of customer churn. While some churn is a normal part of any business, a high churn rate can cripple the growth of any organization. It’s important for businesses to understand what contributes to churn in order to address those issues—and ultimately drive customer retention.

Forget About the Wow. What Should You Fix NOW?

Experience Investigators by 360Connext

Customer experience repair and improvement can be completely overwhelming! There are so many areas to tackle. Those surveys don’t develop and send themselves. Then you simply must understand the journey by undertaking a robust customer journey mapping process. And of course, don’t forget to educate the executives and employees throughout your organization! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg, right?).

2018 219

Four Ways to Increase Meaningful Interactions with Your Customers

CSM Magazine

Investing in overall brand experience for customers is one of the most important aspects of any business. By building a happy, loyal customer base that makes brand interaction easy and enjoyable, businesses can ensure that they have the edge over competitors. With the rise of challenger brands, this has become particularly important for the utilities industry over recent years.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

A Hopscotch Client Retention Strategy will not boost Client Success

One Millimeter Mindset

If you practice a hopscotch client retention strategy, do not get your hopes up. Making clients successful is hardly child’s play. Co-partnering in your client’s success involves more than adhering to a mostly-linear protocol. Rather, start by being better prepared to weigh risks against opportunities. As a result, serve your clients better and better over the duration of your relationship with them.

2018 169

Guest Blog: How Live Chat Can Improve Conversion Rate For Your Business

ShepHyken

This week we feature an article by David Olson who shares tips on how to use live chat software correctly. – Shep Hyken. The modern marketplace offers many different ways to make your business and employees more productive. From automation to artificial intelligence, now is an exciting time to explore all the possibilities. One of the most promising methods for improving your conversion rates is through live chat software.

2018 234

Taking Customers Beyond the Honeymoon Phase

Bold360

Comparing customer acquisition to dating isn’t a huge leap – you bring someone in with attractive offers and witty repertoire, but are you thinking about how you keep them? Are you putting in the same level of effort after prospects become customers? It’s at the point of conversion that most companies turn their focus to their next objective: landing another customer. Here’s why that MO is a no-go for your bottom line. You meet someone new — and you put your best foot forward.

2018 200

Uncovering the “why” delivers higher research ROI for CX leaders

Vision Critical

Note: This article is part of our ROI Matters series , which explores the value of research ROI to C-suite executives and leaders in product innovation , customer experience, marketing and customer insight. . It’s not enough to treat the symptoms of an illness—you need to understand the cause.

ROI 221

Customer Communities Elevate the Customer Experience

Speaker: Rachel Happe

An online community is an increasingly vital part of many leading companies’ support strategies. Creating a branded place where your customers can ask and answer questions, interact with each other, and search for the information they need is a great way to decrease the burden on your staff and allow them to focus on the customers that really need their help. Join us at 9:00 am EST on Nov 18th for this talk by Rachel Happe, founder of industry-leading strategists The Community Roundtable, you will learn the effectiveness of community in empowering your customers, and generating value for your business.

10 Customer Service Transformations That Can Overhaul Your Customer Experience

Micah Solomon

[Originally published in Forbes.com. The author, Micah Solomon, is an author, consultant, influencer, keynote speaker, and trainer in customer service, customer experience, customer service culture, and hospitality. Here are three ways to reach Micah: email, chat, web). Last week, I suggested quick wins that could improve your customer service and customer experience. Today, I’m going to challenge you to go deeper.

2018 224

How to Build the Employee Experience and Culture of Continuous Improvement with VP of CX & Loyalty at Hertz

Customer Bliss

How do you take insights from customers and drive better decision making and better product delivery? This is one of the many questions that Eric Smuda , VP of Customer Experience & Loyalty of Hertz car rental service had to ask when he joined the company to transform customer and employee experience. Before joining Hertz, Eric spent time conducting traditional market research work and realized he had a passion for customers and how we treat them.

2018 184

Is Your Social Customer Service Already Stellar?

BlueOcean

If you answered the headline with a yes – give yourself a major pat on the back. You are out there setting the standard for others to follow (And please, get in touch so we can get you signed on for a guest blog spot). If you answered “no, our social customer care is most definitely not kicking ass” – don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve curated five thought-provoking blogs that will help you get on the path to best-in-class social customer care.

2018 173

Connecting Customer Experience Goals to Financial Metrics to Prove ROI

CloudCherry

Social media, online reviews, product ratings—these platforms have transformed into the customer’s soapbox, empowering them to speak freely about a brand’s strengths and faults. Organizations eventually picked up on its impact, focusing now on creating delightful customer experiences for all who walk through their doors.

ROI 220

Busy Season? Keep Customers Satisfied with Great Support

A great customer experience drives customer loyalty. Learn how to keep your customers happy this holiday season by helping them through their channel of choice with seasonal support experts.

Improve Customer Experience with the Help of These 4 Teams

Kayako

When we talk about customer experience, many of us think about support. We think about the touchpoints between customer and business when the customer needs help buying or using a product. These interactions make up part of the customer experience, but not all of it. Customer experience encompasses the entire end-to-end journey a customer takes. That involves a whole lot more than just your customer service or support team.

2018 169

What You Need to Know to Reduce Customer Effort in 2019

Experience Investigators by 360Connext

It’s that time of year. We’re all making predictions and tracking trends in customer experience. What will happen in 2019? Which trends will matter? Which will fade away? One thing we predict will not change for a long time is the need to reduce customer effort.

2019 194

Is Your Customer Satisfaction Survey Dissatisfying Customers?

GetFeedback

Want happy, loyal customers? That makes all of us. But for the business with limited resources and a thousand different priorities, building a thriving customer base is easier said than done. It isn’t a one-and-done achievement—you have to devote constant attention to activities that drive customer satisfaction and loyalty. We know how hard it can be to monitor daily customer interactions as well as their underlying business impact when you serve customers across so many channels.

Confusing Customer Service Delivery with Customer Experience Delivery?

One Millimeter Mindset

Do we really understand the difference between customer service delivery and customer experience delivery? Or, do we use the two terms interchangeably? At times, our self-focused perception leaves customer service delivery up to everyone with “service” as part of their job titles. That means we assume customer service is someone else’s responsibility. Certainly not ours. After all, we have more important things to do, selling, engineering, coding, managing. Even leading. Oh really?

2018 167

Need to More Effectively Manage Your Call Center?

TASKE shares how you can rewind your real-time dashboard and watch agent and time activities in the past. Download the infographic here!

Retail Auto: Carmaker Mega-Bonus Incentive Programs Prompt Dealership Behavioral Changes

MaritzCX

There’s a “cultural,” or if you will, “behavioral” change going on at car dealerships being driven by a source that might surprise many. New, factory bonus incentive programs, such as GM’s EBE, ESE and PASE and Nissan’s Customer Experience Elements, are creating pressure on car dealers to bring “customer experience” to the same level of. View Article. Automotive

2018 281

Lesson #8: VoC Is Not The Same Thing As Market Research, But They're Converging

PeopleMetrics

The following is an excerpt from Listen Or Die by Sean McDade, P hD. Market research was developed a century ago to measure the effectiveness of advertisements and products. Today it’s used in similar ways—to figure out competitive positioning, determine the optimal price for new products, or to decide on the most effective advertising strategies (to name a few). However, market research and Voice of the Customer (VoC) are not the same.

2018 199

Is your brand customer first or do you just say that?

Vision Critical

We can all agree customers are critical to a brand’s profitability. Without them, there would be no brand. No business. No profits. You know they’re important. You know you should put them first. Yet, in a highly competitive retail environment, it’s also so easy to focus primarily on product development. Creating the best, most sought-after products consumers want is often front and center. Guess what? You can’t put both products and customers first. It has to be one or the other.

2018 185

3 Ways To Drive Adoption Right Now

Amity

It’s no secret that successful adoption plays a huge role in customer retention rates. As a CSM, improving product adoption should be a top priority for you in order to ensure your customers’ long-term success. Here are 3 proven methods you can use right now to encourage customers, both new and old, to use your product more effectively. Let's get started! Talk Things Out. Start at a place that’s familiar. Talk to your customers, don’t hide from them.

2018 156

B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.