Why more retail businesses are turning to customer success

In the run up to Christmas, like many people, I’ve made quite a few purchases online.  Convenience, ease, speed of delivery (and return), as well as great pricing have changed my shopping habits.  The thought of shuffling along the high street, in the cold and wet, fighting through crowds in the vain hope that the… Continue reading Why more retail businesses are turning to customer success

The many shades of engagement – what’s the magic metric?

I’m sure I’m not the only one out there who is seeking the holy grail of customer experience – a single metric that shows the level of engagement reached across the customer base.  There’s many providers who claim to deliver the magic metric, or a system that will deliver the magic metric, but I’ve yet… Continue reading The many shades of engagement – what’s the magic metric?

Why robots won’t take over customer success!

With the evolution of technology, and the dawn of Artificial Intelligence (AI), the media is awash with statistics on how many of today’s jobs will be lost to “robots”.  In apocalyptic headlines, humans will be marginalized in the working world, leaving many of us on the scrap heap, apparently. Quick! Best we find a new… Continue reading Why robots won’t take over customer success!

Why customer success is NOT the new “customer service”

A well intentioned colleague recently referred to customer success as “the new customer service” in an attempt to show that customer delivery has moved on.  The sentiment is right, but the message is wrong – customer success is SO MUCH more than a better version of customer service.  It’s not just a team, it’s a… Continue reading Why customer success is NOT the new “customer service”

4 reasons why creating customer fans is like shooting fish in a barrel

I’m not sure what got me thinking about the phrase, but “it’s as easy as shooting fish in a barrel” is an odd concept. It conjures up a feeling of sadist pleasure and cruelty, and although it has the same meaning as “taking candy from a baby”, seems altogether more extreme.  For this reason it… Continue reading 4 reasons why creating customer fans is like shooting fish in a barrel

The importance of a warm welcome

My very good friend Steven always jokes that as a a lowly Blue member with British Airways Executive Club frequent flyer scene, the only perk he can expect is “an extra warm welcome.”  It’s a phrase rattled off every time you board a British Airways flight: “…and an extra warm welcome to our British Airways… Continue reading The importance of a warm welcome

Back to Basics: Customer Lifetime Value

In a recent post on Calculating Customer Health Scores, I had discussed the basic consideration and factors to weigh up in building your customer health score.  Whilst incredibly powerful, customer health scores have limitations, most notably that no single formula for calculating the score can be applied to all businesses.  Instead, you need to work out… Continue reading Back to Basics: Customer Lifetime Value