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.

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

A different perspective on the real value of employee tenure

As we head into summer (at least in the Northern Hemisphere!) and the pace eases slightly, hopefully giving us a little time to reflect, develop and plan, I wanted to share two posts that relate to HOW we achieve our goals and WHAT we can and should expect from those around us in the process. Both… Continue reading A different perspective on the real value of employee tenure

The loyalty quandary faced by airlines

I recently undertook one of my crazy “fly-around-everywhere” weekends, which took hubbie and me to six countries on ten planes with four airlines. You might think I’m crazy to spend precious leisure time on flights and in airports (on that, I couldn’t possibly comment), but from a CX (customer experience) perspective, there’s a lot of… Continue reading The loyalty quandary faced by airlines

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?

Creating a coaching culture

If you wants to deliver a differentiated service to mark you out from the competition, the first place to look is within your existing team.  Your best  people deliver your values and behaviours in their customer interactions, but from a line manager’s perspective, it’s not easy to bring these aspects to life in brief weekly… Continue reading Creating a coaching culture

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?

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?

When your star performer moves on – 4 tips to keep your plans on track

It happens to the best of us: sometimes; without warning, your star performer decides it’s time to move on. With the words of Gloria Gaynor‘s famous anthem, “I will survive” ringing in your ears, here’s 4 tips on what to do to keep your business plans on track. Are they really going to move on?… Continue reading When your star performer moves on – 4 tips to keep your plans on track