The Sales – Customer Success Dynamic, and 5 ways to fix it!

When I started my career, many moons ago, I was in sales.  I had a bolshy boss from London who typified the late 90s in attitude and behaviour.  His approach was to get the deal done, then let others sort out any issues.  My next job was in customer service, dealing with unhappy customers and… Continue reading The Sales – Customer Success Dynamic, and 5 ways to fix it!

Can data show that 1 + 1 = 3?

Sat in a meeting with digital colleagues, our customer experience manager and our data scientist, as I listened to the conversation, as often happens, my mind began to wander.  Earlier in the day, I’d read a communication talking about who bringing two teams together is like 1 + 1 = 3.  It just sounded daft… Continue reading Can data show that 1 + 1 = 3?

Four reasons why I love mapping customer journeys

I’ve recently been doing lots of customer journey mapping, from “as is”, to “to be”,  and “dream state” customer journeys.  It’s really rather exhausting (especially when we are doing via video conference) and involves a huge amount of thinking, debating and re-working.  At the same time, it’s a very satisfying process, with lots of lightbulb… Continue reading Four reasons why I love mapping customer journeys

How to clear your emotional debt

Here’s a question – why is that team building days so often involve doing physical stuff together? Surely so-called management away days should be all about building strategies, and time huddled around a flip chart brainstorming would be the best use of the day, right? We’ll come back to that question later, but in the… Continue reading How to clear your emotional debt

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?

Why data is the lynchpin between the client and customer experience

Some work in organisations that deal solely with businesses – whether that is start-ups, SMEs or corporate and enterprise-sized businesses. The world of clients has the challenge of diverse relationships per account, complex business structures or multiple sites – B2B is a complex environment in which to deliver strong reactive and proactive service.  On the other hand,… Continue reading Why data is the lynchpin between the client and customer experience

CX5/5: From reactive to proactive customer relationships

During this month, I’ve adopted a theme to my blogs focusing on various ideas, concepts and posts that I have shared in the past to help those of you considering customer experience transformation to take that leap of faith. In the fifth of five posts, I’ll focus on moving from reactive to proactive customer relationships. In… Continue reading CX5/5: From reactive to proactive customer relationships