What did you think the first time you heard the term Customer Experience? Many years ago, I was speaking with a marketing executive when they revealed how they really felt about this whole idea of “customer experience (CX).” In their view, CX was just another buzzword being tossed around as novel business jargon. You can […]
“Customer service shouldn’t just be a department; it should be the entire company” – Tony Hsieh (CEO, Zappos) The late, great CEO of Zappos promoted this idea and he was absolutely right. To deliver exceptional customer experiences, everyone in your organization needs to be on board. But what does that mean? And what’s most important
What is the backbone of CX success? They say in every relationship, it’s important to have more positive interactions than negative ones. In the healthiest of relationships, the ratio of positive to negative is 2:1 or greater. The same holds true for the relationship you have with your customer. In fact, your customer needs even
There are probably a million ways to improve customer experience in your organization, so where should you start? Before you do anything, think about this: Humans have a way of turning a nice idea into a complicated nightmare. Think of insurance – the idea of it is lovely. If we all chip in a little
Once upon a time, there was a leader. Maybe she looked like you and had your role. Or maybe he was the CEO. That leader had an epiphany about customer-centric culture. If we focus on customers, we will be a better organization. We will create happier employees who care deeply about those we serve. We
Are you treating customer experience like a sport? Are people in your organization who deliver the experience expected to start “winning at CX” in some way? If customer experience becomes a competition, either amongst your internal teams or worse, then the customer is the guaranteed loser. What do I mean about CX as a competition?
Netflix recently made news with their amazingly funny and warm cease and desist letter to fans of the show Stranger Things. While the intent of the letter was still clear, and technically a request from the legal team, the tone of the letter is what got people talking. It’s the most customer-centric thing you might
I’m often asked how or where a company should start improving CX. While the answer may be a little different for everyone, it’s critical to start out right! However, very few leaders take a realistic approach. Consider this way-too-typical scenario: Marcus decides one day to stand in front of his employees and request in no
I hate to break this to you, but we’re more than half-way through the calendar year. Have you done a mid-year review yet? This is a critical time to review your goals for this year and check your progress. But if you’re only looking at profits and growth, you’re only part of the way done.
There’s a part of your customer journey that is most likely inconsistent. It’s those pesky people. Going from one hotel front desk to the next or calling different customer service reps can have very different outcomes. Sometimes calling the same customer service rep on a different day means having a completely different experience! Are you dealing with