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Reviews Completed on Your Phone Are More Emotional

Beyond Philosophy

How we share information is affected by the medium that we use to communicate it. We can see this concept manifest in customer reviews and advertising response behavior. The technology through which customers write reviews and interact with your organization influences the content produced and information shared. . We discussed the findings of the interface of technology and human beings with Professor Shiri Melumad on a recent podcast.

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Six principles of system design

Intercom, Inc.

The start of any journey begins with consulting a map. But if you’re a product designer starting out on a new project, you might find yourself with a blank page, and the job of drawing the map: of defining the high-level design direction that your team is going to use to chart their course. Mess it up, and you could find yourself quickly marching your team off a cliff.

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Learn Everything You Need to Know About CX From ’80s Music

Heart of the Customer

I admit it – I’m a child of the ‘80s. We’ve got 150+ stations on our satellite radio, but it stays tuned to 80s on 8 or First Wave, except for those rare occasions when I stray to the ‘70s or ’90s stations. (Much to the chagrin of my wife, who has broader musical tastes. But marriage is compromise, right?) During the pandemic, I’ve been listening even more, […].

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Facemasks, safety signs, and hand sanitizers won’t keep your customers

Bill Quiseng

Facemasks, door signs, floor decals, partitions, and hand sanitizers won’t keep your customers. Such safety protocols in response to the pandemic are expected from your customers. While failing to implement them will cost you customers, maintaining those standards will not guarantee that you keep them. Your competitors are doing the exact same thing which means what you are doing is average, heightened like everyone else, but still average.

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Reimagine Your Communications With A Unified Platform

Cut complexity and boost efficiency while empowering your customers with Nextiva's unified communications platform. Nextiva streamlines workflows and centralizes customer interactions, all while simplifying business collaboration, increasing productivity, and reducing employee burnout.

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On Being an Accountable Customer Service Leader

Customer Service Life

Image by Daniel Reche from Pixabay. I recently wrote an article about a new quality process where I coached my team without showing them a score. So far it’s going great and the team has been receptive to the coaching. The other day I was reviewing emails sent to our customers to make sure they were doing all of the following behaviors (Coincidentally, these are the behaviors on our quality form): Making a human connection.

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5 Great Customer Experience Automation Cases

Lumoa

Within customer experience management there are many manual and repetitive activities that have the potential to be automated. We'll explain why you should automate activities within customer experience management, and we share real-life cases of customer experience automation.

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6 Simple Tips For Customer Service Emails With A Personal Touch

Win the Customer

Customer service is one of the most important things to get right as a business – these moments of interaction with customers and clients leave a long lasting impression in individual hearts and minds. The sum total of these impressions is incredibly important to how your brand is perceived, and as people become more outspoken than ever on digital platforms, that counts.

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Customer Experience Indexes: Modern Thinking

ClearAction

Customer Experience Indexes: Modern Thinking Lynn Hunsaker. Why are customer experience indexes powerful? To paint a concise picture of growth strength. An index is like an executive summary of your voice of the customer research. It says: overall, our propensity to grow is increasing or decreasing. One size does not fit all. There are many types of customer experience indexes, and they each communicate something specific, based on certain assumptions, with greatest usefulness to one or more gr

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Medtronic Puts Humans FIRST in Heroic COVID-19 Response

eglobalis

The number of companies willing to help us humans during the COVID-19 crisis is truly amazing. Medtronic is an amazing exception by going the extra mile, in their customer experience. The post Medtronic Puts Humans FIRST in Heroic COVID-19 Response appeared first on Eglobalis.

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Think You Can’t Afford to Improve CX? Think Again!

Taylor Reach Group

By Peg Ayers. Everybody wants to improve the Customer Experience (CX) they provide, right? But maybe you believe it’s just too expensive to even think about it. Your organization is doing its best with the resources it has. What else can you do? Plenty! Providing poor CX is incredibly expensive! A 2019 survey, which interviewed more than 6,000 consumers in Australia, Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States says 72% of respondents said, “I am loyal to a certain brand, but as soon as

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How Retailers Are Transforming Customer Experiences with Data & AI

Speaker: David Azoulay, Marc Stracuzza, Román Tejada, and Guest Speaker Sucharita Kodali

Imagine a retail landscape where every interaction is personalized, every decision informed, and every opportunity maximized 🤔✨ Join us for an exploratory journey into the heart of AI-driven retail innovation. We’ll unveil the transformative potential of AI and data analytics in shaping the future of omnichannel personalization and e-commerce.

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How will COVID-19 change customer behavior and habits?

Beyond Philosophy

Just over a decade ago, just as the world was coming out of the deepest recession since the Greatest Depression, we carried out significant research across the globe with the largest container shipping company in the world. We repeated the research a year later when the economy was in full speed recovery mode and while some key drivers remained the same we found a noticeable and consistent change in every model we ran.

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Product Judgment: How some people can repeatedly create product success

Intercom, Inc.

Let’s talk about that trickiest of subjects: Product Judgment. Also known as Product Intuition or Product Instinct or Product Taste, it is the idea that you can use your own judgment to (1) accurately predict what your customers need, want and value, and (2) design and ship the right solution for them. Here, I will tackle some of the common questions around it: Does it exist?

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CX Needs Change Management

Heart of the Customer

You probably moved into customer experience (CX) because of a passion for customers. You chose this space because you know that if you can improve customers’ experiences with your company, they will be happier, they’ll stay with you longer, and both the business and your customers will prosper. But actually improving the experience is hard. […].

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5 Strategies for CX Excellence

PeopleMetrics

After writing my book, Listen or Die , which outlined 40 lessons that turns customer feedback into gold, I often got the question: "what are the small handful of strategies that provide the biggest impact or provide the most insight on driving CX excellence?". Here they are! Measuring the customer and employee experience is a continuous process, not an event.

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Strategic CX: A Deep Dive into Voice of the Customer Insights for Clarity

Speaker: Nicholas Zeisler, CX Strategist & Fractional CXO

The first step in a successful Customer Experience endeavor (or for that matter, any business proposition) is to find out what’s wrong. If you can’t identify it, you can’t fix it! 💡 That’s where the Voice of the Customer (VoC) comes in. Today, far too many brands do VoC simply because that’s what they think they’re supposed to do; that’s what all their competitors do.

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Getting Started with a Customer Success Program at Lucid

Totango

In our latest installment in the CXO Series , we sat down with Stephanie Comardelle, Vice President of Customer Experience, Success, and Solutions at Lucid to discuss what it takes to implement a stakeholder engagement plan at a time when there is so much going on as well as how they are managing their new customer success program. . Lucid bridges the gap between global questions and human answers by connecting buyers and sellers in one central location for survey sample groups.

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How Can YOU Make The World A Little More Beautiful?

Kerry Bodine

This post celebrates Service Design Day and everyone who’s working to create our new normal. While walking across the Millennium Bridge in London a few years ago, I noticed a group of people standing around and looking down curiously at a man who was laying at their feet. My first thought was concern: Is this man alright? Is he sick? Does he need help?

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Why You Should Hire Agents Based on EQ Not IQ

Fonolo

When hiring new talent, it’s easy to get caught up in qualifications and work experience. However, customer service professionals need more than smarts to be successful — especially when working in a contact center. Empathy is one of the hottest topics in the industry right now, with the pandemic revealing how important genuine human connections are.

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The Best Customer Service Phrases That Will Help in Any Tough Situation

Win the Customer

Being an exceptional customer service representative comes with specific requirements. One of them is understanding the effect of using service phrases. Your goal as a customer service employee is to hear problems and bring solutions. As long as you know how to solve the issues arising, you’re successful. However, communicating well 24/7 can be difficult.

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Software Composition Analysis: The New Armor for Your Cybersecurity

Speaker: Blackberry, OSS Consultants, & Revenera

Software is complex, which makes threats to the software supply chain more real every day. 64% of organizations have been impacted by a software supply chain attack and 60% of data breaches are due to unpatched software vulnerabilities. In the U.S. alone, cyber losses totaled $10.3 billion in 2022. All of these stats beg the question, “Do you know what’s in your software?

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Instantly regain control of a conversation and de-escalate using this technique

Myra Golden Media

When customers are venting, they’re stuck in the right side of the brain. We’ve talked about the right emotional brain and the Communication Chain. Here’s a tactic you can use to move on. Ask your customer three closed-ended questions back-to-back. Closed-ended questions are questions that can be answered in one word: “Do you like Italian food?” is a closed-ended question.

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Is Your Diversity and Inclusiveness Real, or Imagined?

eglobalis

Culture Experience Is Your Diversity and Inclusiveness Real, or Imagined? Customer Experience Human Experience. The post Is Your Diversity and Inclusiveness Real, or Imagined? appeared first on Eglobalis.

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Engaging Employees at Any Distance

Taylor Reach Group

‘ By Peg Ayers. If you had a way to increase sales by 20%, be 21% more profitable and increase your customer satisfaction scores by 10%, would you do it? How about improving employee retention by 24-59%, lowering absenteeism by 41% and increasing productivity by 17%? According to the Gallup Organization, you could do all this and more by making your way to the top quartile of employee engagement.

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Re-Imagining Your Customer Experience in a Time of Change

Beyond Philosophy

Some people watch things happen, some make things happen, and some say, “what happened?” Some organizations out there concerning the pandemic (and maybe other things, too) are falling into that third category. In this issue, we will discuss how to avoid being one of them. There’s a silver lining in everything, even this pandemic. We discussed this subject in a recent podcast.

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7th Annual CX Report by The Northridge Group Uncovers Priority Training Focus

JUST RELEASED! New research reveals 92% of business leaders would like to provide additional training to their customer service representatives. Soft skills training stands out as a priority area of investment and/or improvement. Check out The Northridge Group’s latest CX research report —the 7th annual CX survey of 1,000 customers and 250 business executives—to see additional statistics as well as insights that businesses can use to benchmark their customer service and improve the overall exper

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Conversational design for better products

Intercom, Inc.

We all know what a conversation between two people sounds like. “Hey, can you help me a sec?”. “Sure. What’s up?”. “I just can’t make sense of this dashboard.”. Human conversation is a sequence of verbal exchanges – what linguists call turn-taking. This rhythmic exchange is deeply hardwired into our social neurophysiology, as call-and-response bonding in animals is likely hundreds of millions years old.

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The Secret of CX Success

Heart of the Customer

Swing for the fences! Shoot for the Moon! You got this! During my many years as a high school and collegiate lacrosse player and coach, I heard (and said) encouraging platitudes like these more times than I can possibly count. But I think many CX professionals – myself included – could benefit from a reminder of just how much confidence […].

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55% of American Workers are Unhappy with Their Employer's Response to COVID-19

PeopleMetrics

Today PeopleMetrics announced survey results of 1008 full-time employees across the United States on how their employer is handling the COVID-19 pandemic. PeopleMetrics' new study found that 55% of American workers are unhappy with their employer's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. S tudy highlights include: Less than half (45%) of employees are satisfied with their employer’s response to COVID-19.

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Five Ways to Thank Customers — And How to Find Opportunities in Your Organization

Experience Investigators

When our waiter flagged us down by the door, I assumed we had left something behind or forgotten to sign the credit card slip or something. My husband and I were walking out of a restaurant with our two boys, who were 9 and 12 at the time, while on vacation in Florida several years ago. I was so surprised when our server made such an effort to stop us to say that he appreciated how polite our boys were. “Please’s and thank you’s aren’t very common anyway, but especially

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When Customers Win, You Win: How to Deliver Value That Transforms Your Customer Experience

Speaker: Donna Weber - Customer Onboarding Expert

Customer onboarding is so much more than going live with your product and driving adoption. The truth is, onboarding is the most important part of the customer journey. When you set positive first impressions, establish trusting relationships, and quickly deliver meaningful outcomes, you create customers for life. Invest an hour with Donna Weber to learn why your customer onboarding is critical to your success.

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What is a good SaaS Churn Rate?

SixteenVentures

Is 5% a good monthly SaaS Churn Rate? Read on to learn the answer… As a consultant to SaaS and Cloud providers that are looking to grow, I get asked what an acceptable SaaS churn rate is all the time. This article was originally written in 2013 and has been updated several times over the years. The lessons are accurate even in 2020. As I stated in 2013, the answer to “What is a good SaaS Churn rate,” was, “you want a churn rate to be ‘as low as possible.'” In

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3 Reasons Why Agent Satisfaction is the New Customer Satisfaction

Fonolo

We spent the last couple of months asking influencers and industry leaders how they thought the pandemic had impacted customer service. One recurring theme was that of agent satisfaction. Our research for The State of the Contact Center 2020 Report indicates that the change to remote work, along with increasing public scrutiny and growing corporate EQ, will cement Agent Satisfaction as the ‘Master KPI’ on which all other metrics depend.

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Integrate Live Chat & AI to Your eCommerce Business [& Learn How to Do It Right]

Win the Customer

2018 saw the eCommerce industry grow by over 25 percent with 2019 showing no signs of a slowdown for the industry. The eCommerce boom has resulted in lots of competition. Businesses need to rise to the challenge to stay relevant. This article will look at why a business should integrate live chat as well as AI to their eCommerce business as well as how to integrate them correctly to your eCommerce business.

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How to Give a Customer Bad News with Surprising Confidence (and without negative backlash)

Myra Golden Media

We have to give customers a lot of bad news these days. “No, we can’t cover your machine that is 12 years past warranty.” “We’ve temporarily closed a number of our call centers for the safety of our employees. As a result, we are no longer supporting customers over chat.” (True story). “I can’t let you board this bus without a mask.” “Due to our COVID-19 safety measures, we now have to push your service appointment out two weeks.”

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The Hidden Costs of Poor Customer Onboarding

Churn starts within the first 30 days of customers purchasing a product. A lot of it comes down to the first impression customers get through the onboarding process. A poor experience can result in losing current and future customers, and unnecessary overhead. It’s important to know what a poor onboarding experience looks like, the associated hidden costs, and how to build a top-tier onboarding experience for your customers so you can avoid losing hard-earned revenue.