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When the Customer Experience Goes Awry [Differentiation Through Service Recovery]

Forgive me for sounding braggadocious, but I AM PERFECTLY IMPERFECT! But then again so are you and so is your business. Unfortunately, some leaders either don’t know they are imperfect, or they seek to fool consumers into thinking their businesses are flawless. In those environments, team members read the invisible handwriting on the wall and…

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How to Drive Your Brand Voice Through Customer Experience {Infographic}

I’ve been working with a group of entrepreneurs to help them drive a branded customer experience at each of their businesses. During my last interaction with these business executives, I asked each of them to bring ten recent emails they had written, ten emails written by their team members for customer consumption, company blogs, and…

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How to drive your brand voice through your customer experience

Recently, I’ve been working with a group of entrepreneurs to help them drive a branded customer experience at each of their businesses. In prior working sessions, those leaders and I defined the optimal customer experience in the context of their respective mission, vision, and values. We also clarified brand personality, looked at core customer segments,…

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Recovering Business Trust: Listen, Admit, Apologize, Fix

This will be my third and final installment on what has become a mini-series about trust and business. Over the past couple blogs, I reported a trust gap, emphasized the need to extend trust to customers, and outlined an initial list of qualities possessed by trustworthy leaders. This week I’ll look at one of the…

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Winning Customer Experience – Simple Matters of Trust

Customer Experience and Trust…hmmm. Here’s three quick questions to engage your brain. 1) How would you answer the following?  “Most people can be trusted” – True or False? 2) What percentage of Americans answered “True” to that question in 1964? and, 3) What percentage of Americans answered “True” to the same question in 2016? If…

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{Infographic} Customer Value – Expanding across the 12 Standard Forms of Value

                                                                                           

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Customer Value: Expanding Across the 12 Standard Forms of Value

Great leaders often ask me to help them create “customer value”, while others ask me to help them create “profit.” For me, the only way to generate sustainable profit is by developing a core competency for customer value creation. Chasing profits is a tiring and stressful endeavor – creating value is an innovative and energizing pursuit.…

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The Future of Customer Service: Human Intelligence (HI) or Artificial Intelligence (AI)

I have been slow to accept that, from a service perspective, humans will ever be replaced by computers.  I’ve suggested that customers will resist “robots” and I’ve based my thinking in part on the “uncanny valley” hypothesis which postulates that the more robots look like humans the less humans will feel comfortable with them. I…

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