Put the customer in your customer journey map

Mapping the customer journey is not complete—or valuable—without the customer. It’s true that journey maps are the product of internal, cross-functional teams joining together to think and act like customers, but all too often companies stop short of validating their journey map with actual customer input.   Depending on the situation and company, the methods

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Customer Experience: What It Looks Like When It Works

Customer experience has come of age. It is now commonly accepted as a key differentiator right alongside product innovation, service and price. A lot has been written on the challenges and failures of CX. In this post, I focus on where CX works best with a goal of sharing a couple ideas that we can

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Who Is Your CX Architect?

We all know that CX is so much more than deploying a customer satisfaction survey. However, many times an organization’s journey to launch CX starts with just that. What we chose to measure is typically based on who has requested – or insisted – there needs to be a survey. Maybe it’s your support organization,

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It’s Time to Be Intentional About Customer Listening

What is the single most important source of customer insight that an organization has? Is it the conversations salespeople have with customers? Perhaps it’s nested in the thousands of comments customers provide in surveys? Or maybe it’s from all the RFPs you receive that signal evolving market requirements. Having a hard time answering this question?

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Creating Business Value: Key Takeaways From the 2018 CXPA Insight Exchange

Last week was the 2018 CXPA Insight Exchange in New Orleans. As always, the spirit of ‘CX’ was alive and the networking and sharing of the latest trends and best practices in the field were immense. This year, the group focused on how we as CX professionals can continue to create business value. We challenged

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Make it real, and other pro tips for developing a customer-centric culture

Corporate culture is a funny thing: firmly entrenched, yet always evolving. Culture can also make or break a CX program, especially a new one. In a perfect world, every company would start right out of the gate with a customer-centric culture. In the real world, this is not the case. But more and more companies

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Success in CX means harnessing the power of people: my CXPA Insights Exchange takeaway

Success in CX means harnessing the power of people. For those who weren’t there and those who were, that is my biggest takeaway from the just wrapped up CXPA Insight Exchange in New Orleans. Session after session, speaker after speaker, this theme emerged. I’ve used two ‘big bucket’ categories to boil down what I heard.

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Take a vacation from your CX program

You know that feeling of fresh perspective that you have immediately after you return from a vacation? Everything seems a bit clearer. Priorities are in focus and life is in perfect balance – even if just for a few days. At home, you zero in on the things that need to be done and do

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Accelerate Time to Value for Your VoC Program

The best long-term business strategy is focusing on learning and improving your customers’ experience. And companies that truly make the customer experience a priority outperform the market. You can use many different methods to start better understanding and learning from your customers: focus groups, surveys, social media, operational data, observation, communities, journey mapping, actually talking

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