CX Portugal 2: Take a ticket – the customer nemesis

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 focused on some of the actual barriers… Continue reading CX Portugal 2: Take a ticket – the customer nemesis

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?

Is a personalised customer experience always necessary?

Anyone working in marketing, sales, customer service or customer success will be familiar with the modern mantra about making every experience delivered to client and customer must be personal.  Social media giants perpetuate this message, with Google, Facebook and Apple all extolling the virtues of a personal customer experience.  Many small business worry that they… Continue reading Is a personalised customer experience always necessary?

Is your purpose clear to your customer?

It never ceases to amaze me – businesses new and old, big and small seem to loose sight of why they are here. From the smallest and most humble beginnings, there was a really relevant and specific reason why every company was created. And for those that are successful, that purpose, that raison d’être was meaningful enough… Continue reading Is your purpose clear to your customer?

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!

What are the raw essential ingredients in a customer journey?

When you start a start a new role in customer experience, one of the first things you’ll do is to establish how well-defined & managed the customer experience is.  It’s easy to get bogged down in detail, so this week’s post aims to help us make an initial assessment (or review ongoing progress) of our… Continue reading What are the raw essential ingredients in a customer journey?

CX Learnings from Wine Tasting in Napa Valley

On a recent holiday to California, my wonderful friends in LA had organised a few days of wine tasting in the Napa Valley.  I’d previously only done wine-tasting (at vineyards) in Europe, so as well as a great opportunity to compare “old world wines” with “new world wines“, I thought I’d share what I learned… Continue reading CX Learnings from Wine Tasting in Napa Valley

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”

Customer satisfaction versus profits – an aviation perspective

As most readers know, my “hobby” revolves around airports, airlines, business lounges and planes.  So I was looking forward to the latest results from Skytrax, who produce an annual ranking system, based on approximately 20,000,000 customer reviews.  Here’s three observations I made from the 2017 Skytrax results: Customer satisfaction comes from delivering the right experience… Continue reading Customer satisfaction versus profits – an aviation perspective