Delivering operational transformation without budget or headcount

In my last post, we discussed why headcount increase should be your last resort, because extra headcount costs money, and instead you can almost always improve on efficiency, automation and cross-skilling / up-skilling.  A lean operation is a well run operation, and in normal times, everything runs smoothly and your customers and people are happy. … Continue reading Delivering operational transformation without budget or headcount

Why headcount increase should always be your last resort

In a recent conversation with a well-respected local CEO, I was asked for my honest input into his company staffing model.  The question focused on whether he needed to increase headcount in the customer-facing teams in order to drive up the quality and calibre of his customer experience.  My provisional response was no, and he… Continue reading Why headcount increase should always be your last resort

A different way to start your data strategy

Given the value of data to any organisation, you’d think we’d no longer need to prove how important it is, especially in the world of SaaS businesses.  But getting data, linking it together then using it effectively is still a really, really hard thing to do.  When a head of engineering asks me what data… Continue reading A different way to start your data strategy

Part 2 of 2: Three key factors to scale your customer success operation

In the last post, We went over the four core pillars required to build your customer success operation.  If you are struggling to see the value from your customer success function, it’s worth going back over each one to see what might be missing. Once you are confident that you have an effective customer success… Continue reading Part 2 of 2: Three key factors to scale your customer success operation

Part 1 of 2: The four pillars of customer success in SaaS

In a conversation that started out amongst a couple of colleagues, but spilled over into web chats with peers on LinkedIn, I was attempting to bring simplicity and clarity to an often-asked question – what do you need to get a customer success function up and running?  Of course, I could spend a whole article… Continue reading Part 1 of 2: The four pillars of customer success in SaaS

Part 2/3: Core elements you need for your customer communication quadrant

In my previous post, I introduced the concept of the customer communication quadrant, representing the four core reasons for a customer to interact with a business, and the four business levers this impacts.  I walked through the level of importance for the business levers on the first two factors, Connect and Resolve, so this post… Continue reading Part 2/3: Core elements you need for your customer communication quadrant

Blog # 250: Re-visiting the golden rules of customer journey mapping

I can’t believe that for the past 250 weeks, I have without fail (except the week of Christmas), published a blog post.  It seems incredible that I have that much content and creativity within me!   For this momentous occasion, I decided to re-visit one of my earliest articles, to determine how much has changed in… Continue reading Blog # 250: Re-visiting the golden rules of customer journey mapping

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

5 factors on what it takes to deliver premium service over standard service

In a recent post, I asked the question, “Should premium products come with premium service?”  I concluded that this would very much depended on what your product and marketing teams committed to your customer.  So if your business does positively  promote premium / luxury / high end service as part of your product or service,… Continue reading 5 factors on what it takes to deliver premium service over standard service

Chatbots & AI – can they replace humans in the customer experience?

With the evolution of technology, and the great leaps forward in Artificial Intelligence (AI), there’s been a lot of progress from the early days of clunky chatbots.  In fact, there are some seriously sophisticated models starting to appear on the market that might suggest a real opportunity to cut cost and complexity by removing human… Continue reading Chatbots & AI – can they replace humans in the customer experience?