The Analytical Leader: Understanding Customer Experience Requires Thick Data

Overview Thick Data provides insight into people’s emotions, motivations and ways of thinking. For our organizations to have a realistic view of the marketplace and our customers, CX leaders need to provide and advocate the use of Thick Data to supplement operational Big Data insights. This allows companies to challenge the status quo and reveal game-changing

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Why you’ll never be a unicorn great at all 10 CX traits

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but as Steve Walker says in our bonus 10 Traits Recap podcast episode, “it would take a pretty special brand of unicorn.” At the recent Qualtrics X4 event, we took a group of about 40 B2B CX professionals through a self-evaluation exercise. And guess what? Not

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The business-savvy CX leader

As Customer Experience (CX) professionals, we all have some of the same tools at our disposal – journey mapping, surveys, design thinking, etc. But some CX pros just seem to be able to get more out of them. They are better able to connect the dots between customer needs and changes the organization needs to

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Your customer experience *is* your brand

Companies who aren’t moving their brand activity and their customer experience activity closer together are setting a course for failure. As catastrophic as this sounds, the convergence of brand and customer experience is taking up more space in business publications like Harvard Business Review, Fast Company and Inc. It’s here, it matters and it’s not

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The Analytical Leader: The Importance of Being Persuadable

Overview One highly recommended skill for effective leaders is persuasion – the ability to move others toward a position they don’t currently hold. Persuading others is a critical skill in all aspects of one’s life, but great leaders must also be persuadable – actively seeking alternative perspectives and evidence. Being an Analytical Leader I recently contributed

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What actions will have the greatest impact on your customers?

The “Big Three” customer expectations – Personalization, Ease, and Speed – came through clearly, but what actions are companies taking to meet the demands of customers? We asked this question through our Customers 2020 research. Here’s what we heard. In-depth interviews During the in-depth interviews we asked what companies are doing to prepare for the...

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The Objectives, Hypotheses and Design

The year 2020 is right around the corner. Are companies prepared to meet future customer expectations? What progress have they made? What work is still needed? These are some of the questions that prompted the progress check on Customers 2020, Walker’s 2013 groundbreaking report that predicted future customer needs and discussed what companies and customer...

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