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

Retention strategy, churn and renewal – simplifying the connection

It’s certainly not a new topic, but it’s still one of the most important aspects of managing your customer experience.  In times of strong growth, or tougher times in terms of revenue, which headline you focus (and thus where your teams’ effort will go) can have significant impact on your bottom line. Let’s start with… Continue reading Retention strategy, churn and renewal – simplifying the connection

What are you doing about the customer success gap?

This post is neither a sales pitch for my services, nor a rant about the gaps in customer success – but it is a wake up call to many business who are currently facing a customer success gap. I’ve had many conversations with businesses big and small, across a number of countries in Europe and… Continue reading What are you doing about the customer success gap?

4 role-plays mistakes to avoid when recruiting

When recruiting for customer-facing roles, I long ago fell in love with role-playing as a means to measure certain skills.  Maybe it’s the inner drama queen in me, but allowing a potential new recruit to demonstrate their customer centric soft skills before I offered them the job was a good thing.  And it certainly served… Continue reading 4 role-plays mistakes to avoid when recruiting

Why managing expectations matters more than ever

I love my newly adopted home country, Portugal.  The people, culture, food and wine and climate are all parts of why this is becoming a more popular business for business as well as leisure.  A friendly and accommodating workforce with high technical skills and low (comparative) salaries make for a perfect destination for oversees businesses… Continue reading Why managing expectations matters more than ever

Is B2B customer experience delivery different to B2C?

I attended a meet-up group recently where informal discussions fell on the difference between building an operation to support B2B versus B2C.  The group seemed quite divided – some suggesting that the difference was considerable, whilst others suggested that the differences (for operational purposes) are most cosmetic.  I heard lots of interesting view points, so… Continue reading Is B2B customer experience delivery different to B2C?

Customer Experience in Puerto Rico: Part Two – brilliant basics, magic touches

My husband and I were fortunate enough to have a wonderful holiday in Puerto Rico.  We experienced the wonderful old town of San Juan, the tropical rainforest of El Yunque and finally the small paradise island of Vieques.  I wanted to share observations on customer experience from my trip to Puerto Rico.  In last week’s post,… Continue reading Customer Experience in Puerto Rico: Part Two – brilliant basics, magic touches

4 reasons bosses are struggling to accept remote working

In this week’s post, I wanted to address a topic that our cousins across the Atlantic have pretty well put to bed, but in Europe and Asia, remains a tricky and sensitive subject: remote working.  Wherever you chose to work right now, at some point in the near future, ALL roles and tasks delivered by… Continue reading 4 reasons bosses are struggling to accept remote working