customer experience

Right Data, Right People, Right Time

If you want to improve the customer experience, you first need to understand your customers and their experiences; to do this, I typically recommend three approaches, all of which go hand in hand:

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Keeping Employees Informed About Customer Experience Transformation Efforts

According to TechTarget, “Customer experience management is the collection of processes a company uses to track, oversee, and organize every interaction between a customer and the organization throughout the customer lifecycle.”

Gartner defines it as “the practice of designing and reacting to customer interactions to meet or exceed customer expectations and, thus, increase customer satisfaction, loyalty, and advocacy.”

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Customer Service Happens When the Experience Breaks Down

Understanding the difference between customer experience and customer service will save you money in your contact center!

There’s a quote (which I may have evolved over the years) from Chris Zane, founder of Zane’s Cycles, that goes like this: “Customer service is what happens when the experience breaks down.”

It’s a great quote for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is the fact that it nicely differentiates “customer experience” and “customer service,” which people often confuse to be one and the same. Not so.

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Futurelab joins forces with infinit.cx as an independent subsidiary

A couple of months ago, we announced that Futurelab had become a partner infinit.cx, a leader in complex contact centre solutions which has a long list of successful customer experience stories in Germany. Today, we are happy to announce that we have gone further in our partnership. From now Futurelab will be an independent subsidiary of infinit.cx GmbH.

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Futurelab’s founder will be judging at the International Customer Experience Awards 2019

Less than a month separates us from one of the most inspiring events in the CX world – the International Customer Experience Awards 2019. And this year our consultancy company will be again in the center of it. 

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Feedback Maps: Inventory and Make Sense of Your Voc Data

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CX Journey™ Musings: Hiring for Culture Fit

Is hiring for culture fit a good idea?

In the last several weeks, I’ve seen a couple articles – in reputable publications like Harvard Business Review and The Wall Street Journal – about the “dangers of hiring for culture fit.” They cited that hiring for culture fit destroys things like diversity, creativity, and innovation. And then I saw the responses on LinkedIn because it became a “today’s news and views” topic, and I was baffled.

Oh boy. I think we need to start with some definitions.

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CX Journey™ Musings: In the Name of Humanity…

As a customer experience professional, you focus a lot on the customer. You put the customer on a pedestal. You put the customer front and center. And rightly so; without customers, you have no business. But you have to remember this: in order to deliberately design a customer-centric culture, you must put employees more first. Only when employees have a great experience can customers have a great experience, too.

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Do Customers Really Want to Be in Control?

I originally wrote today’s post for Forbes. It appeared on Forbes on March 5, 2019.

“Customers are connected.” “Customers are more-informed than ever.” “Customers trust each other more than brands.” “Customers have the power.” “Customers are in control.”

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The “New” Purpose of a Business

It all starts with CEO commitment.

Customer experience professionals got an early Christmas present last week in the form of a revised statement on the “purpose of a corporation.” Well, it was a revision for the CEOs at the Business Roundtable, but many of us already know what the purpose of a business is.

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