A case study in how not to deliver service disruption

I generally try and avoid negative mentions of any specific businesses or brands in my weekly posts – we all have ups and downs and making changes for the better is always a challenge. But recent events in a large UK business have warranted a case study in how not to treat your customers. When… Continue reading A case study in how not to deliver service disruption

CX Portugal 1: Process before customer

As it’s been 4 months since I started my new life in Portugal, I thought it would be fun to write a short series of posts to share how, as a foreigner, it feels to experience Portuguese service and culture.  In the first of this series,“Process before customer”, I’ll focus on some of the actual… Continue reading CX Portugal 1: Process before customer

When is the right time to automate?

In previous posts, I’ve talked about deciding on outsourcing or keeping in house, and I’ve also talked about which team owns different aspects of your customer journey. Following a colourful discussion with a former customer this week, I thought it would be interesting to talk about when it’s the right time to automate your customer… Continue reading When is the right time to automate?

Banishing Your Inner Barbara

Why “if it ain’t broke…” thinking can only get you so far… Firstly, a small disclaimer – I have nothing against those in this world called Barbara. The mindset I’m really talking about could apply to any Percy, Georgie, Mary-Lou or Sally our there. When I talk about ‘Barbara’, I mean the persona that represents… Continue reading Banishing Your Inner Barbara

Have we become too familiar with our customers?

Have you experienced any of the following recently in conversations with friends or relatives – sarcasm, flippancy, disrespect, unhelpfulness? Perhaps the relatives out-stayed their welcome when visiting over Christmas; or perhaps a friend got a bit too merry at the Christmas party and came across in a bad way.  Whilst we (for the most part)… Continue reading Have we become too familiar with our customers?

Observations on Customer Experience in the USA

Over the festive period, I travelled a fair bit, and as always, I closely observed the service and experience delivered.  This year, my travels took me to Florida, to escape the chilly British winter.  The approach to customers in America is very different to that in the UK, with a relatively formulaic approach often used… Continue reading Observations on Customer Experience in the USA

Three things you shouldn’t say to your customers

My husband and I made our annual pilgrimage to Helsinki to celebrate Finnish independence day, and I decided to book us into a hotel chain that we don’t usually use, just to have a different experience.  With fantastic views, pretty decent reviews and an uber-cool cocktail lounge, we were looking forward to a fabulous weekend.… Continue reading Three things you shouldn’t say to your customers