Earlier this week I attended a CXPA Customer Experience networking event and the discussion topic was customer experience technology- how it can help or harm the customer experience. 12 CX leaders across industries and verticals shared some of their current technology pain points and opportunities. We then honed in on the major takeaways and go forward actions from the discussion. As I reflect back on CX technology discussions over the past 10-15 years, the focus has often been about cost reduction. Specifically, how we can minimize the cost of human resources by getting customers to self service, go online and/or use IVR functionality. There wasRead More →

I was recently asked what my personal, key tenants or beliefs are about providing a great customer experience. After pondering this for a few moments, I came up with 4 primary themes which evolved into this week’s blog post on 4 Key Tenants That Drive Positive Customer Experiences: 1) Employees first: We won’t make any progress if we focus on the customer experience without first ensuring that we have a team of satisfied and engaged employees with the right training, tools, leadership and information to succeed. Employees deliver the customer experience. Therefore, employees are the customer experience. 2) Communicate, communicate, communicate: Any customer facing situation, noRead More →

Are you looking for the most interesting and active Customer Experience thought leaders on Twitter? I have created a list of some of my favorites who share high quality content about retention, support, wow experiences etc., on a regular basis. If I missed anyone, please add his or her Twitter handle to the comments section. I find that Twitter is a fantastic tool to stay up to date on client experience trends and to learn about local and global CX events and conferences.  In addition to following these 15 thought leaders, you may also want to try searching for client experience related key words in the Twitter feedRead More →

Skills to manage customer escalations need to be part of any successful manager’s toolkit. Google’s Dictionary defines escalation as “an increase in the intensity or seriousness of something; an intensification”.  When customer expectations are not met or they feel that their views have not been heard, it is human nature to want to “intensify” and escalate to the next level. There is a general belief among many customers, that if they escalate to a senior leader, then action will happen faster. However, this is not always the case. Your first priority as a leader is to prevent un-needed escalations from occurring. If the experts closestRead More →

Next week I am participating in the Consero Customer Experience Forum with a number of other Customer Experience leaders across industries. As part of the event, I am participating in a panel discussion about the future of customer experience and related trends. We will discuss what customers want and need, and why, now and in the years to come. In preparation for the conference, I completed external research and benchmarking, looking at what customer experience experts have to say. I also considered my own personal experiences and observations. This led to the identification of the following 8 customer experience trends for 2016 and beyond, whichRead More →

It’s not all about the SLAs or speed of resolution. When we consider options to improve the customer experience, discussions often lead to complex process improvements or expensive tool enhancements, but there is something we can all do that is relatively easy and almost free. This is to keep our customers well informed during the problem solving progress. There are three major components to the act of keeping a customer well informed: Acknowledge that work has begun on their problem. Share the problem solving activities. Set and follow through on time frame expectations. When I receive feedback in customer satisfaction surveys and directly from clients, keeping customersRead More →

Flying into every meeting with the right charts and graphs, waving the influence wand to make products defect free and removing those boulders of productivity.. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s “CustomerSat Kat“…one of the first, customer support intelligence superheroes. Do you have the goods to create customer support intelligence superheroes in your department? Every customer contact, every e-support request, every tech support problem should be considered a learning opportunity for the organization at large. More specifically, an opportunity that can help the organization improve products & services, elevate the customer experience, reduce costs and drive sales revenue. You can make this happen, byRead More →

In most cases when I have to call a customer service or tech support department, I expect the worst…..long and confusing phone menus (cable TV), continual transfers to get you to the right person (banks), long wait times (the recording, “we are experiencing higher than average call volume”, is always on) and frustrating conversations with employees who may or may not have the appropriate training. But, I absolutely LOVE Go Daddy technical support. I store all of my domains with Go Daddy and use them for website and blog hosting. Because I use so many different services across numerous sites, I occasionally need help andRead More →