What does a data scientist have in common with Miss Marple?

Chatting with a colleague recently, I was struggling to explain how to make the most of a data scientist. Working with analysts and actuaries, who are used to manipulating spreadsheets, downloading data and extrapolating trends, it’s not so easy to explain the wondrous skills of data science. I wracked my brains and reflected on the… Continue reading What does a data scientist have in common with Miss Marple?

If you need to say it to your customer, you probably don’t really mean it.

There I was, hanging on the phone, waiting for someone, ANYONE to answer my call.  The financial services company had forced me through an annoying process of automated identification, and a clunky IVR, and now I was stuck waiting to speak to someone, listening to bland elevator music.  Suddenly the music stops, and a voice… Continue reading If you need to say it to your customer, you probably don’t really mean it.

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?

Why a CX strategy doesn’t guarantee revenue growth & retention

A while ago, I was engaged in a conversation with a colleague. As always, I was evangelising the customer’s position, challenging current convention. We’d been discussing a marketing campaign that had been targeting a certain demographic, attempting to drive the email recipients to put money into savings accounts to build for their future. At a… Continue reading Why a CX strategy doesn’t guarantee revenue growth & retention

3 phases of a Voice of the Customer programme

Following a recent discussion with a contact on how to get started with a Voice of the Customer programme, I realised that many businesses have still yet to initiate a major programme to engage customers in the evolution of products and services. During the conversation, as I explained how (and why) a Voice of the… Continue reading 3 phases of a Voice of the Customer programme

Are low sales due to bad choices you impose on your customer?

In every customer experience, there are good parts and bad parts.  Sales, marketing, servicing, technical, distribution, compliance, legal and finance departments all conspire to make the customer experience into a complicated and tangled web, leaving the customer confused, frustrated and ultimately failing to engage in your customer experience.  As a customer experience practitioner, I’m constantly… Continue reading Are low sales due to bad choices you impose on your customer?

3 examples of when above & beyond service drives loyalty

When talking about customer experience, bringing the story to life with real world examples is a really useful way to help people “get” what you are trying to achieve. It’s not always easy to do in a public forum such as a blog – I need to be mindful of individual’s privacy and customer reputations,… Continue reading 3 examples of when above & beyond service drives loyalty