Voice of Customer

Maybe the Voice of the Customer Isn’t

Criticizing Voice of the Customer (VOC) programs is like speaking out against motherhood and apple pie. The last time I criticized VOC programs, someone left a comment chastising me for presuming that a bank could know what its customers wanted without asking them.

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If You're Not Scared, Try Harder

Today I'm pleased to present another guest post from Sarah Simon.

"I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear."
-Nelson Mandela

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VOC: Shifting from Asking to Listening

What is your VOC approach? Are you listening to customers, or still/only asking?

As part of the CX Day celebration earlier this week, I moderated two Google Hangouts, one for Australia and one for the Pacific Time Zone. In the former, we discussed the state of customer experience in Australia, while in the latter, our topic was the shift in VOC efforts, from asking to listening.

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Customer Experience: What Can We Learn From An Organisation That Kills It’s Customers?

I am coming out of my self imposed August retirement to write about something that calls to me, deeply. And to share with you insights and learnings which show up for me as being valuable if you are up for improving service, orchestrating a caring customer experience, and improving organisational effectiveness.
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Who Are We Doing This For?

Earlier this week, over the course of just four hours, I had two separate client conversations that had me scratching my head and asking: "Who are you doing this for?"
 
The two conversations went something like this.

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Listening to Customers & Employees During Times of Change

Has your company been acquired, merged with another company, ousted its executive team, or just been wading through changes that executives are trying to instill across the organisation?

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Putting the Customer at the Center of Every Conversation

You know the drill: Put the customer at the center of every conversation and every decision made by your company. How many companies are really doing this?

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What Does It Take to Make an Impact as the Chief Experience Officer?

Allow me to introduce you to Lonnie Mayne, Chief Experience Officer at Mindshare Technologies. As his bio says “Lonnie Mayne influences each and every interaction involving Mindshare’s valued clients—from front-desk greetings to printed marketing materials to everyday sales calls to impromptu gifts of friendship.”

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Building the Button to Nowhere

Have you ever heard of the Bridge to Nowhere? I think most of us have; if you haven't, you will momentarily.

I recently discovered the Button to Nowhere. Have you ever had this happen while using a software platform or a mobile app: You click on a button that seems clearly and intuitively labeled, fully expecting it to do one thing and, instead, it did something else?

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Planning for a Successful Customer Experience Journey

This post was originally published as a guest post on Jim Tincher's Heart of the Customer blog. I have updated it for this repost. As we close out the summer of 2012 travel season, I thought this was a fitting time to share this whimsical post on planning your Customer Experience Journey.

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