Customer Experience & VOC

  • Top 12 CX Issues for Business Customers

    How to Improve Customer Experience thru your Customer's Lifecycle

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    What does it take to satisfy your business customers? A lot. First, you need to understand who they are, what jobs they are doing, and where your products and services fit in. Next, you need to know where the pitfalls are likely to be in the customer journey as they engage with your firm and your products throughout the lifecycle of their relationship with you. We have worked with thousands of businesses and their customers over the past three decades. We have identified recurring customer experience expectations and patterns from these co-design sessions. In this article, we summarize the dozen customer-critical customer experience issues that are cuurently the most prevalent in B2B accounts. Then we report on what customers' expectations are and suggest ways you could meet those expectations.
    Aug. 8, 2015
    Strategies
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  • Next IT Alme, Version 2.2

    Virtual Assistants Deliver Personalized Service through Simple and Complex Interactions

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    We evaluate Alme--a virtual assistant that supports single question-single answer interactions and complex, directed, goal-based dialogs in nearly any language. Alme delivers answers, resolutions, and actions.
    Jun. 24, 2015
    Technologies
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  • Unsubscribe Me!

    How Easily Do You Let Customers Go, and How Well Do You Entice Them to Come Back?

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    Suffering from email overload? Start using those unsubscribe links on most email communications. But you will find that it is easier to get off some companies’ lists than others.
    Apr. 2, 2015
    Strategies
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • How Customers Want to Find and Purchase Your Products/Services

    Identifying and Measuring the Key Moments of Truth in "Select & Buy" Customer Scenario® Patterns

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    Each customer’s context is different, but there are patterns to what they care about in common scenarios. Measure how well you meet these customer priorities to ensure success.
    Aug. 14, 2014
    Strategies
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  • Ten Steps that May Save (or Improve) Your Life

    Prepare Now to Engage as a Patient and/or Advocate for Someone You Love

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    Let Patients Help! by Dave deBronkart with Dr. Danny Sands is a valuable patient engagement handbook. This little book should be a key resource for you and your family. You’ll learn about important steps in taking charge of your own health.
    Jul. 10, 2014
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  • Do You See What I See?

    Why Customer Service Reps Need to Be Able to Access What Customers Actually Saw

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    When customers can see information within their account pages on your website that your support agents can’t see, how can they trust your CSRs to really help when there are problems?
    Jun. 19, 2014
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  • Customer Service Supplier and Product Update 1Q2014

    1Q2014 Quarterly Overview: Renewed Focus on Customer Service Integration

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    Our review of customer service suppliers in Q1 2014 pinpointed a renewed focus on customer service integration. Integration of all customer-impacting information expands and streamlines the customer service experience.
    Jun. 5, 2014
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  • Customer Journey Mapping

    How to Ensure that Your Customer Experience Journey Map Reflects Your Customers’ Scenarios

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    Here’s how to create a Customer Experience Journey Map. Map the ideal experience for key customer segments. Identify the customers’ Moments of Truth in each Customer Scenario. Combine these as the backbone of your end-to-end customer journey.
    May. 23, 2014
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  • Do’s and Don’ts of Telephone Support

    Making It Easy to Navigate through IVR Hell and Get a Positive Telephone Support Experience

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    Think you provide great customer service? When did you last check out what your customers experience when they call your support line? Are they stuck in an infinite IVR loop? And, when they get to a real person, are their issues resolved?
    May. 15, 2014
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  • Leading an “Issues and Vision” Discussion with CAB Participants

    Tips for Gaining a Lot of Customer Context in a Short Time

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    Want to kick off a Customer Advisory Board session the right way? Start by leading an Issues and Vision Discussion to surface customer issues and to create a bonding experience that will result in a thoughtful and successful CAB meeting.
    Apr. 2, 2014
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  • Customer Service Supplier and Product Update 4Q2013

    4Q2013 Was a Good Quarter for Customer Service

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    4Q2013 was a good quarter for customer service for suppliers Clarabridge, Creative Virtual, eGain, IntelliResponse, KANA, Moxie, Next IT, Nuance, Oracle, and Salesforce.com. Verint acquired KANA in the 4th quarter of 2013.
    Mar. 7, 2014
    Technologies
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  • How to Offer a Little Extra to Delight Customers

    My Most Recent Favorite Customer Experience Practices

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    Go beyond good – surprise and delight people with unexpected customer service. See examples from Amazon.com, Trader Joe’s, CVS, and BoltBus, with extrapolations for B2B organizations.
    Feb. 19, 2014
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  • Interviewing End-Customers

    Tips and Sample Questionnaires

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    Interviewing customers is the best way to understand what they do, what they need, and what they care about. But effective interviewing is an art and a skill to be nurtured. Here are tips and samples to help you get the most out of customer interviews.
    Feb. 6, 2014
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  • How to Use VOC to Create Fitness Fans for Life

    Blair McHaney Uses Daily VOC to Improve Customer Experience and Front-Line Engagement at Gold’s Gyms in Washington

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    Meet visionary customer advocate Blair McHaney. He uses customer metrics and methods in daily operation, leveraging a customer-centric culture and Medallia VOC software.
    Jan. 23, 2014
    Strategies
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