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CX Lessons From An Uber Ride

I have used Uber many times over the years. I always request a driver at the moment I need transportation. But recently, I tested out Uber’s pre-scheduling option for a ride to the airport. At the beginning of my journey, my experience was excellent. Then a glitch happened that shifted my Continue Reading →

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HOW 1 EXPERIENCE STARTED MY CX PASSION

My obsession for Customer Experience (CX) started when I received a package in the mail on a random afternoon. I was not anticipating the delivery of a large box with a label that said, “To Stacy, From Stacy.” Continue reading “HOW 1 EXPERIENCE STARTED MY CX PASSION”

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Are You Guilty Of 10 CX Mistakes?

10 Ways Companies & Employees Create Friction & How To Avoid CX Mistakes

Customer friction is a key factor in why people  abandon a website, leave a store without buying, disconnect from a monthly service plan, and the list goes on. In previous articles, I’ve written about the need to make the customer journey SIMPLE, EASY and PROBLEM-FREE. This includes the post-purchase return experience. Today, I’m pleased to share a guest post by Customer Service Expert & Author, Shep Hyken, who knows a lot about Customer Convenience. Continue Reading →

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What is the survey question that will prioritize your #CX roadmap?

Customers don’t always do what they say. Airline customers say they want healthy snacks onboard planes instead of the “bad” chips and Doritos. Yet, when you stock the plane with nuts and dry fruit, nobody chooses them. They say they value quality over price. Yet, they keep sorting the aggregate websites on price and buying the cheapest tickets. Customers have an image of who they want to be. However, their behaviors do not always reflect that image.

Perception vs. Action

As customer experience professionals, we need to factor in this disconnect when we design  surveys. And when we react to survey results. Jeanne Bliss covers this at length in her book Chief Customer Officer 2.0. She cautions against chasing the last survey result without digging deeper into the why the customer responded the way he/she did and the overall context of the results.

The NPS question – How likely are you to recommend our company? – is in almost every CX survey. Some brands ask the question at a specific touch point in an effort to gather more specific feedback. Others use this as the first question in a survey, then ask additional questions for each touch point.

The second approach is better. However, even in that order, we still do not have enough intel to know what to prioritize when we receive the negative results.

Chasing the Wrong Solution

Let’s say a customer said he/she did not like your checkout experience and your returns experience. How would you know which one to fix first? One approach is to identify the experience customers dislike more and fix that first. Another, is to identify the one that is the “low hanging fruit.” The low hanging fruit is the less costly and time consuming problem to fix. Alternately, a third approach is to fix what you can control and de-prioritize the solution that requires you to influence other departments.

All of these approaches are the wrong way to prioritize your results.

So, what is the one question that you’re not asking to help you prioritize your CX roadmap? It’s the follow up question to the NPS/bad feedback question.

Will They keep coming back?

To use the example above, the follow up question to the negative feedback about checkout is Will this bad experience make you choose another brand in the future?” If the answer is yes, you face the risk of losing a customer and must prioritize this pain point.

According to Salesforce, it is 6-7 times more expensive to acquire a new customer, than to keep the one you have. Smart brands risk digging deep to explore the consequences of the break in the customer experience. They do not chase the limited feedback they have gathered.

Do not let emotions dictate how you write or evaluate CX surveys. You should not let them run your CX roadmap, either. Instead, use surveys to gather as much context as you can around negative feedback. When you get that feedback, evaluate it strategically, and you will get better ROI than most. You will also have a working #CX business case, and that’s a roadmap for your organization’s success and your success as a CX professional.

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Return Policies Have BIG Impact on #CX. Apply Best Practices‼️

Online shoppers often determine what stores to buy from based on their understanding of return requirements upfront. According to UPS consumer surveys, “66% of shoppers review a retailer’s return policy before making a purchase. 15% abandon a cart when Continue reading “Return Policies Have BIG Impact on #CX. Apply Best Practices‼️”

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Create Your Tribe: How Great CX Makes a Lifestyle Brand

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series about retail CX during the holiday season. See the other posts in the series here and here.

Two weeks ago we talked about the underutilized post-purchase touch point of the customer journey. Brands rarely leverage it. At the end of my CX journey with HelloSpud the CEO used her inventory management challenge to make me a loyal customer. Today, we’re looking at other small businesses that leverage customer experience to gain loyalty and brand power.

Smaller brands cherish every customer they have.

Newcomers to the market realize that their business is only as strong as the growth of their customer base. With that in mind, senior leaders work hard to shorten the distance between them and the customer. The CEO of men’s apparel brand Masorini does this very well. And he is using email, a traditional method of communication, to standout in a crowded market place.

Masorini sends a personal thank you note from the CEO after every purchase. With it the small online store recognizes the value of every customer and every customer’s experience. By doing this, the CEO himself shows his personal commitment to his customers. He inserts himself into the customer journey in a unique and powerful way.

Gratitude Creates Relationships that Promote Brand Goals

With the thank you note, the Masorini CEO accomplishes three goals: create a relationship, build loyalty, and increase sales. The email creates a customer-brand relationship first by thanking the customer, then by asking for feedback. Connecting and listening in this way builds and promotes customer loyalty in the shortened space between brand and customer. Next, the email aims to increase sales by offering 20% off indefinitely, and delivering a memorable customer experience.

Lastly, in a pop up window on the website, the brand welcomes email subscribers to “the Masorini tribe.” Words matter. He has clearly thought through how he wants his customers to feel. Loyal. To their tribe. Buy more. Belong to the tribe.

Brand Culture and Values are more than Ideas

Many brands claim that they have culture and values. Some even paint those value statements on their office walls. Far fewer use them in their hiring and performance management processes. While that is good from internal management perspective, the real differentiator is sharing your mission and values with your customers on their journeys.

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This type of brand management requires a deeper dedication to the customer and his/her experience than any other expression of values. Shoes brand Thursday Boot Co. has done this in an exceptional way. It is exceptional, because it is bold. It takes courage for a brand to send its mission statement to every customers who buys a product.

Bold Brand Commitment

What if the customer does not agree with the brand’s belief system? Thursday Boot Co. is not trying to be everything to everyone. The brand knows who they want as a customer and that is who they are talking to. They are not out to get just anyone. This is how a brand has the opportunity to become a lifestyle brand. A brand with loyal followers, repeat purchasers, and loud brand ambassadors. I am one of them. Both my husband and I buy shoes from Thursday Boot Co. Guess what my mother’s Christmas present will be this year?

These are just two examples of great customer experience that were executed well and in a timely manner. Masorini and Thursday Boot Co. managed brand and sales expertly. In so doing, both companies are case studies for the ROI of CX. When brands nurture their customers, customers respond with their wallets.

The value of memorable experiences and well-managed customer journeys is powerful both for the customer and the brand. Aim to build more unique journeys for your customers. If you need help designing memorable touch points on the road, reach out to us. We love ideating, co-creating, and DoingCXRight with brands!

 

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Can One Email Build Loyalty? #MYWESTELM

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series about retail CX during the holiday season. See the other posts in the series here and here.

For retailers, the holiday season is make or break. As brands try to use their strengths to differentiate themselves in the crowded market space, winners and losers emerge. Today, we’re talking about one of the winners.

As consumers, we are inundated by emails offering, countless deals, and discount codes during the holiday season. Few stand out. Continue Reading →

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How a Personal Interaction builds Customer Loyalty

Editor’s Note: This post is part of a series about retail CX during the holiday season. See the other posts in the series here and here.

I’m as surprised as anyone by this customer loyalty story. Recently, I tried to purchase a few sets of mini crib sheets (as it turns out, new parents need more than I imagined!). When I visited the Hello Spud‘s website I could only find one design. Although I was disappointed, I bought what I could.

What happened next is the story of one small business doing CX right. This note came with the sheets I received in the mail:

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Prompted by what I suspect is web analytics insights, the company co-founder proactively reached out to me to help meet my needs and buy more of her products. Because of the data, she knew I did not have choice online. Sending me this personal note created a wow moment for me that put me on the path to engagement and loyalty.

Customer Loyalty Starts with Contextual Awareness

Melanie managed the delivery touch point utilizing contextual and customer data and creating a value proposition for her customer.  While brands today aim to use data across channels (web to mail), few are able to put it in action. The company founder understood who I was as a customer. Her customer experience data informed her about my on-site behavior, my needs, and my problem. She was able to act on it with a personal, relevant note and offer. Not only that, she created loyalty BEFORE I even used her product.

She used order and inventory data and reached out to me armed with information to resolve my problem (over time).  By doing that,  she converted me to an engaged HelloSpud customer, rather than a lost one. This shows how good data and the right approach to using it can create customer loyalty.

Customer Loyalty Comes from a Customer-Centric Priority

A customer-centric methodology is key to the successful outcome of my interaction with Hello Spud. It is the reason this story appears here, and not among the CX Big Fails! The company did not send an automated response. It did not deliver a message stating “sorry we couldn’t help you, would you like something else.” Instead, the company co-founder reached out to me personally across multiple channels (a handwritten note, followed by personal emails). She even offered to bring me samples so I wouldn’t have to wait until the next production run in January! This type of engagement puts customer-centric theories into practice. The brand created customer loyalty by making their customer a priority.

It is clear that customer loyalty matters to this small brand operating in a crowded field. Hello Spud is using data and outreach to create customer loyalty on the individual level and to grow an engaged customer base on the wider level.

Trust Breeds Customer Loyalty and Brand Advocacy

Hello Spud did something truly impressive. They made me a loyal customer by making me wait! The co-founder’s personal commitment to me made me feel connected to her success, almost like I was part of her team. I trust her commitment to me because of the way she communicated it.

In that state of trust, she then took the opportunity to engage me in a new way by recruiting me to support her business by sharing a review. This was a bold move (remember, I came to the brand seeking a product that they could not provide, and that their competition could).

Because the brand’s customer-centric culture was in place and supported by her action as a brand representative, it was a smart risk to take. The review I leave will be from a loyal customer.

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Customer Loyalty Begins In-House

Ten years ago, creating customer loyalty meant assigning a membership number customers fed back to brands at the time of purchase. Customers went through the trouble of keeping track of loyalty numbers, hoping to collect enough points along the Continue Reading →

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WeWork Does CX Right with a Wow Moment

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Coworking space WeWork is our latest example of how to do CX right. Customer-centric brands that are winning at CX, or as we like to say, the brands that are "doingcxright" use customer experience to deliver on brand mission and values. In other words, doingcxright brands like WeWork walk the talk. At its best, CX is much more than the passive delivery of brand-directed experiences. When a brand creates personal, relevant experience at exactly the right time, it can build a lifelong, loyal customer relationship. You are probably thinking about big data and machine learning right now, but sometimes, all a brand needs is people who genuinely care.

In our post about focusing on CX experiences over investment in "wow moments," we evaluated a Wow Moment that failed to achieve the customer experience impact the brand wanted (and needed). However, this does not mean that Wow Moments should not be part of the CX professional's portfolio.

Used at the right time and place along the customer's journey, the Wow Moment is an excellent retention technique. Co-working space WeWork understands this. As a result, WeWork may just have created an extremely valuable business relationship with me by doing CX right and using the Wow Technique at the right time and place on my customer journey.

CX Moments are Marketing tools

Last week, I booked a small working space with WeWork in our company building. I suspect I was the first person to use our partnership with WeWork. We completed the transaction pretty quickly on Monday. We moved in on Tuesday. On Wednesday afternoon, the WeWork team member came to our space with a present for my unborn BABY. Now that is what I call surprise and delight.

They never commented on my pregnancy. They just acknowledged it with a kind gesture. Apart from the word of mouth that this timely gesture generated, WeWork inspired me to write this blog entry, generating even more marketing for themselves. Are they perfect in terms of operations - not necessarily. But is that what I am writing about? No.

Did this Wow Moment make a difference in my perception? Absolutely.

When Doing CX Right is a Retention Tool

Another effect of the gift WeWork bought for my daughter is retention. Even if I do not keep the space I rented on behalf of my employer, my customer relationship with WeWork will not end when the temporary rental ends.

WeWork is a smart brand that understands this. The company is working with a much longer horizon in mind. I do not think that there is more personal gift for a woman than a gift for her unborn child. With it, the WeWork brand became part of my child's first moments and that will always bring a smile to my face. So if I ever need working space in the future, will I reach out to WeWork?

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WeWork is Celebrating WOmen - That's Doing CX Right

The world of business is finally embracing the true consumer power of women. Women-only co-working space, The Wing provides work and community space exclusively for women, both empowering women entrepreneurs and interacting with those entrepreneurs as the end consumer.

The Buzz is solving a decades-long safety challenge for young girls. With its timely Wow Moment, WeWork joined the ranks of those women-driven brands and will be rewarded for making that stand. One thing Millennials, Generation X and Generation Z value and reward is a brand that takes a stance.

Check the Nike's stock price this week and you will know what I mean.

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