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With the speed at which technology is moving, companies are finding themselves armed with more data and possible touch points than ever before. It can be challenging to keep up with the latest trends in customer experience, yet not doing so can result in losing prospects to competitors who are more informed on new experience channels and how they work to enhance the customer journey. On our Movers & Shakers podcast, we like to ask our guests,...

Agencies find themselves in an interesting spot with regards to customer experience. On the one hand, they are responsible for delivering a great experience for their clients. But, on the other hand, in many cases they are responsible for delivering a great experience for their clients’ customers. In this episode of Movers & Shakers, we speak to Noah Weiner, the VP of Client Strategy at Be Found Online about the importance of customer advocacy. We also...

  Customer service doesn't need to be a dirty word. In our most recent episode of Movers & Shakers, we chat with Nina Alexander-Hurst, the Vice President of Customer Service & SWAT at BaubleBar about rethinking the way that companies provide service to their customers. We'll also go in-depth to learn just how Nina went about transforming customer service from a cost center to a revenue generator through the creation of BaubleBar's revolutionary SWAT program....

A slice of NPS, Customer Effort, Journeys and Contact Channels Customer Experience can be a voyage through a fog for many companies today. It's unclear who is in charge of it: Is it Marketing? Is it Customer Service? Should it come from the top? Should there be a department that is dedicated to it? It's unclear what technology serves it: Is it part of my CRM? Do I need a web survey? What about telephony and web engagement? Emails? It's...

As a growing number of businesses begin competing more on Customer Experience and less on price, we expect to see a shift in the mindset of companies. Whereas in the past, Customer Experience might have been the responsibility of a single person or department, we fully expect to see responsibility spread and take hold across the entire organization. This seismic shift means that there will soon be more individuals involved in influencing the Customer Experience than ever...

Over the last decade, the role of Chief Marketing Officer has rapidly evolved. New technologies allow for better personalization, which 86 percent of consumers say play a role in their decisions to buy. Traditional marketing approaches—like “spray and pray” tactics where marketers create messages and simply hope their customers will respond—no longer work. Company leadership has taken notice. According to Gartner, a CEOs’ No. 1 priority for CMOs today is to lead customer experience at their...

Remember the movie Back to the Future II? Filmmakers created a landscape of what they thought the world would look like 30 years into the future. They got some things wrong (they were only a year off on their Cubs world series win prediction) and there were other things they got just right. In one scene, Marty McFly talks to his boss on a two-way video chat interface. While the filmmakers correctly predicted that video chat...

A few days ago, Geoff Teehan, Product Design Director at Facebook, posted an update on the UX Fund experiment he and his former company (Teehan+Lax) conducted 10 years ago. For those of you unfamiliar with the UX Fund, it was essentially a stock portfolio comprised of the 10 publicly traded companies that embodied user experience (specifically on the design side) above all else. The experiment consisted of buying $5,000 in stock for each of the 10 companies,...

Automation is the name of the game in 2016. Companies like Domino’s and Macy’s are increasing efficiency by using bots as a part of their customer service process. In fact, you’ve likely interacted with one while trying to reach a desired party through an automated phone system. Through an Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, callers can often access the information they desire without having to talk to a real person. Before you start worrying about bots...

According to the most recent Accenture Global Consumer Pulse Survey measuring the experience of 24,489 customers in 33 countries across 11 industries, “52% of consumers have switched service providers over the past year due to poor customer service”. In the United States alone, Accenture claims that the estimated cost to companies for customers making this switch is $1.6 trillion in lost revenue. But, what do these customers mean when they cite poor customer service as the reason...