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  • Creating Customer-Centric Websites

    Ensure that Your Customers Can Easily Accomplish What They Came to Do

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    Your web site should clearly demonstrate that you understand what it is that your customers are trying to do—their key scenarios—as they relate to your products and services. Are you putting your customers’ scenarios front and center? And are you allowing them to progress through their scenarios without any detours or obstacles?
    Mar. 5, 2015
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  • Oracle Service Cloud Virtual Assistant

    A Good Solution for Oracle Service Cloud Subscribers

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    Here’s our evaluation of Oracle Service Cloud Virtual Assistant. It bundles good virtual agent/virtual assistant capabilities “in the box” with the Web Customer Service offering.
    Feb. 20, 2015
    Technologies
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  • When Comcast Insults Customers

    Who’s to Blame?

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    When customers are treated badly by customer service, something is wrong. But just where does the buck stop? With the CSR? With the company and its priorities and policies? With the customer? There is probably enough blame to pass around!
    Feb. 5, 2015
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  • Co-Designing Health & Care with a Community

    How a Prospective Provider in Boothbay Maine Is Gathering Customer Requirements

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    Boothbay Region Health Care is a start up non-profit chartered to provide primary healthcare for the residents and visitors in their region. They’re in the strategic planning stage of their project. Customer co-design is part of their planning process.
    Jan. 29, 2015
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  • Three Mistakes that Make Customer Co-Design a Waste of Time and Money

    Don’t Bother If You Aren’t Going to Take Advantage of Your Customers’ Input

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    Not every customer co-design initiative nets improved customer relationships and financial gains. Avoid these costly errors to reap the rewards you and your customers want.
    Jan. 22, 2015
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  • Salesforce Service Cloud

    Capabilities for Self-Service, Assisted-Service, and Social Customer Service

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    Salesforce Service Cloud provides a broad and deep collection of customer service capabilities across self-service, assisted-service, and social customer service channels, earning an excellent evaluation. Read the specifics in our 50-page evaluation.
    Dec. 19, 2014
    Technologies
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  • CVS Makes It Easy to Reap the Value of Loyalty

    Making Savings Relevant, Easy, and Obvious!

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    Does your organization offer a rewards program that encourages loyalty, spending, and makes customers feel good about doing business with you? You can learn some lessons from CVS!
    Dec. 11, 2014
    Strategies
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  • Designing Solutions for Aging in Place

    Part 1: Boothbay’s Awesome Seniors’ Initiative—First Year

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    How do seniors design services that will enable them to thrive in their own homes? They look at what they need. They look at what they have. They experiment.
    Dec. 5, 2014
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  • Unreasonable Customer Policy Stories from a Real Customer

    Why Justified Indignation Can Lead to Losing Business

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    Have you encountered customer-alienating policies from otherwise respected service providers? Our guest columnist, Irene Kopel, eloquently details her frustrations with ADT Security and PayPal.
    Nov. 19, 2014
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  • Educating a Generation of Change-Makers

    Meet Some Graduates of URDT’s Breakthrough Curriculum

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    For over 25 years, Uganda Rural Development and Training (URDT) has evolved and refined an educational curriculum that empowers people to become creators, leaders, and entrepreneurs. These young women are changing our world.
    Nov. 14, 2014
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  • How Customers Want to Buy More of Your Products

    Identifying and Measuring the Key Moments of Truth in Reorder/Renew/Replenish Customer Scenario® Patterns

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    What happens when a customer runs out of the needed product he gets from you; or a values service expires? There is a common set of action that customers want to happen to reorder and ensure that they never run out again. Learn more about this customer scenario pattern!
    Nov. 6, 2014
    Strategies
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  • How Good Is Apple Pay’s Ecosystem?

    How Well Does Apple Pay’s Ecosystem Meet Consumers’ and Partners’ Critical Needs?

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    How viable is the Apple Pay ecosystem? Will all 15 categories of players required to support mobile payments play together nicely? Will all of these partners align to support consumers’ four critical moments of truth for mobile payments?
    Oct. 31, 2014
    Strategies
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  • There’s Gold in Those Customer Metrics!

    Mine Them Well and Reap the Benefits of Loyalty and Increased Business

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    What do your customers care about and how do they measure how well you help them succeed? The key is capturing Customer’s Success Metrics. Once you have, you can keep track of how well you’re doing and identify new opportunities for your company.
    Oct. 23, 2014
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  • Framework for Evaluating Customer Service Software

    Delivering Answers and Solutions; Creating and Resolving Cases

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    Use this new version of our Framework for Evaluating Customer Service Software Products to produce actionable evaluations, comparisons, and selection. It’s adaptable to every type of customer service application.
    Oct. 15, 2014
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  • How Apple Pay Stacks Up

    How Well Does Apple Pay Meet Consumers’ Critical Needs?

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    Our preliminary Customers.com report card on the Apple Pay customer experience focuses on consumers’ four customer-critical moments of truth. Apple Pay Mobile E-Wallet earns grades from B+ in security to D in where you can use it.
    Oct. 11, 2014
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  • Secure for “Your Own Good!”

    Cumbersome Security Measures Create Difficult Customer Experiences

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    Bank of America doesn’t streamline customers’ address changes across BoA product lines. Comcast sets long, arbitrary router passwords and discourages customers from changing them—using “security” as a flimsy excuse.
    Oct. 1, 2014
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  • Building an Innovation Culture

    Learnings and Take-Aways from Patty’s Pioneers – Fall 2014 Meeting

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    For over 20 years, Patty Seybold has gathered a group of “Pioneers” with amazing track records in creating new platforms, products, and businesses. Here are practices they have in common that you can adopt to achieve similar success.
    Sep. 25, 2014
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  • How Customers Want to Get Their Products Fixed and Problems Resolved

    Identifying and Measuring the Key Moments of Truth in "Break/Fix" Customer Scenario® Patterns

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    When something breaks, customers want it fixed! And they want a common set of actions. Learn about this customer scenario pattern.
    Sep. 18, 2014
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  • 10 Requirements for Personal Information in Health & Fitness Apps and Patient Portals

    Personal Health Records Will Flip Control in the Healthcare Industry from Payers to Patients

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    Customers want control over their health and medical information. What’s needed for a new wave of health & fitness apps? 
    Sep. 11, 2014
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  • Contractor Do’s and Don’ts

    Why Customer Experience Is So Important When Choosing a Contractor

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    There are a lot of missteps that service providers can make when trying to win someone’s business. Here are tips on what to do and what not to do.
    Sep. 3, 2014
    Strategies
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