Is your AI chatbot just a dumb IVR call tree?

Most businesses are struggling to cope with the pressures of Covid-19 – few if any had planned for scenariuos such as Covid-19 in their operating model.  Long wait times for customers, poor or incomplete responses or simply shutting off customer access to support are a few of the worst ways businesses are responding.  But a… Continue reading Is your AI chatbot just a dumb IVR call tree?

4 tips on managing the “reality gap”

Anyone who has ever worked in a customer or client facing role will have faced many, many challenges.  Dealing with customers is a calling, not a career choice made by most.  For the most part, people who chose to be in a customer facing role want to help, and are adept at using their soft… Continue reading 4 tips on managing the “reality gap”

Why “let sleeping dogs lie” is not an option when dealing with customers.

In one of my earliest customer facing sales roles, and the first b2b role I held, I had a boss who thought himself shrewd, wily and customer -savvy.  He always achieved his numbers, often had the highest sales and the most “net new names” accounts.  His strategy was simple and effective – to put customers… Continue reading Why “let sleeping dogs lie” is not an option when dealing with customers.

Why you need to quit serving “helpful” customer service

Today’s post started out as a source of frustration, but on reflection, “helpful” customer service is something many of us are doing to our customers.  What do I mean by “helpful” customer service? Let me share an example.  It all started when I tried to contact an airline with whom I fly a lot.  My… Continue reading Why you need to quit serving “helpful” customer service

Blog # 250: Re-visiting the golden rules of customer journey mapping

I can’t believe that for the past 250 weeks, I have without fail (except the week of Christmas), published a blog post.  It seems incredible that I have that much content and creativity within me!   For this momentous occasion, I decided to re-visit one of my earliest articles, to determine how much has changed in… Continue reading Blog # 250: Re-visiting the golden rules of customer journey mapping

5 factors on what it takes to deliver premium service over standard service

In a recent post, I asked the question, “Should premium products come with premium service?”  I concluded that this would very much depended on what your product and marketing teams committed to your customer.  So if your business does positively  promote premium / luxury / high end service as part of your product or service,… Continue reading 5 factors on what it takes to deliver premium service over standard service

Annual review: genuine tool to motivate or tick box exercise?

Controversial title, perhaps, but those of you who have worked with me will know that I put a very, very high value on activities that support people growth and development.  Every large business I have worked in has missed opportunities to during the quarterly and annual appraisal processes to reward, motivate and define responsibilities for… Continue reading Annual review: genuine tool to motivate or tick box exercise?

#MentalHealth: managing workplace stress

I’ve spoken to so many former colleagues, acquaintances and friends about mental health, and the negative effect it can have on both home and work life.  It occurred to me that an approach that I was using to manage stressful situations in my dealings with work might also be helpful for others.  It’s not necessarily… Continue reading #MentalHealth: managing workplace stress

Chatbots & AI – can they replace humans in the customer experience?

With the evolution of technology, and the great leaps forward in Artificial Intelligence (AI), there’s been a lot of progress from the early days of clunky chatbots.  In fact, there are some seriously sophisticated models starting to appear on the market that might suggest a real opportunity to cut cost and complexity by removing human… Continue reading Chatbots & AI – can they replace humans in the customer experience?

Values and behaviours – why they really matter at work.

In the process of speaking with businesses, whether to work for them or with them, one thing I always check out are their values.  It’s a great indicator of what they hold dear, how complicated they make the internal culture (and a handy indicator of where past cultural issues may have been!)  For some, they… Continue reading Values and behaviours – why they really matter at work.