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How customer experience experts creep out potential customers

You might know I’m a huge fan of Twitter. You get to meet a lot of people, learn lots of new things, and listen to myriad points of view. It’s a great educational and networking tool.


Except when people forget how to relate to potential customers as human beings rather than sales prospects. Let’s consider these two private messages I received from the same person a few weeks apart.

Always great connecting with another CX professional Annie! We at COMPANY would love your feedback on our new eBook on customer-centric measurement and analytics to help with your customer improvement efforts to reduce churn, increase engagement and fuel growth. 

Message 1: First, it’s nice that the person took note of my human name rather than my Twitter name. Kudos on that. However, I’m curious why they would love my feedback on a CX ebook since I don’t really do any work in CX. Why do they want my feedback? Why do they want my feedback for free? And, wow, what a pretty series of buzzwords – reduce churn! increase engagement! fuel growth! I won Business Bingo with one DM.

Now let’s dissect the followup private message I received a few weeks later.

https://c5.staticflickr.com/4/3490/3724372180_d3306085a7_b.jpgHi Annie. I noticed you didn’t download my prior offer. Well, here’s another one that might be more relevant to you. I’ve summarized my decade long research efforts on the Net Promoter Score in a free white paper, “TITLE OF WHITE PAPER”. One NPS myth is that many customer-centric professionals believe the claim that the NPS is the best predictor of growth. In reality, only 25% of customer-centric professionals believe that claim. Download the free whitepaper to see the other four NPS myths and learn what you can do to improve your customer analytics efforts. Be sure to share it with your colleagues; you’ll be a hero. LINK

Message 2: STALKER ALERT! Apparently they’ve been watching their email list for ME. Checking whether I personally downloaded their ebook. (Ignore the fact that I regularly use an unnamed email account to download these sorts of things because newsletters aren’t my thing.) If I didn’t already download it, but was planning to, those plans just got canceled. Second, their offer? You mean the ebook they wanted me to download so I could give them free feedback? That’s not an offer. That’s free consulting. And lastly, share with my colleagues so I’ll be a hero? My, we think highly of ourselves, don’t we! For a company focused on customer experience, the experience that this potential customer had was less than stellar and less than heroic.

I actually like it when people share links to webinars, ebooks, and white papers. But I don’t like presumptive strangers telling me what I like or what I need or what they think I’m doing. And I definitely don’t like being stalked. So to end on a more positive note, I took a stab at rewriting those marketing messages in a way that is more human, and less stalky.

Tip #1: Get rid of the you and your words that imply you know what I need or want or do.
Tip #2: Never, ever, ever indicate or imply you are stalking. Even though we all do it.

Always great connecting with another CX professional Annie! I just wrote an eBook on customer-centric measurement and analytics to help with customer improvement efforts to reduce churn, increase engagement and fuel growth. If that sounds interesting to you, download it here. Maybe we could chat about it.

Hi Annie. I prepared a free white paper based on my decade long research efforts on the Net Promoter Score, “TITLE OF WHITE PAPER.” One NPS myth is that many customer-centric professionals believe the claim that the NPS is the best predictor of growth. In reality, only 25% of customer-centric professionals believe that claim. Download the free whitepaper to see the other four NPS myths and learn what can be done to improve customer analytics efforts. Feel free to share it with any colleagues who are interested in the NPS. LINK

This lesson in relating to people in a non-stalking way is brought to you by the letter circle and the number orange.

“ICE”ing On the Cake -De-Constructing and Disrupting the Customer Experience by Anne Kossatz and Lesley Haibach #MRIA14 #MRX

Live blogging from the #MRIA national conference in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Any errors or bad jokes are my own.saskatoon

“ICE”ing On the Cake -De-Constructing and Disrupting the Customer Experience
Anne Kossatz, Manager Strategic Marketing Research, RBC

Lesley Haibach, Vice President, Ipsos Reid Loyalty

  • the customer experience had flat lined, results were very stable especially at the corporate level
  • wanted agent level feedback, needed faster presentation of results
  • what makes an experience GREAT?
  • focus is on the experience – pre-call and post-call also have an influence on telephone customer experience
  • you need to focus on far more than just corporate level – apple and disney focus on the individual consumer
  • are you thinking about the music playing, what the line will be, what the store smells like
  • need to look at where in the interaction someone feels they’ve had a good experience
  • what do you THINK the line will be and what would be better – 10 people in line imagined versus 5 or 0 to make you feel better
  • 3 stages of study – understand expectations vs reality – key stakeholder interviews conducted
  • move to customer observation and interviews with an ethnographic experience, had consumers do an information gathering phone call
  • final stage is frontline staff validation sessions – brought in staff from all departments and found the pain points and what could be done to fix those
  • customer journey extends beyond the experience itself – IVR to live agent to transfer – people expect ease of navigation, empathy and engagement, warmth of transfer
  • also what is motivating them to make the call, is there any follow-up – these also matter
  • what are the door openers in the experience – what is the mood, headspace during the precall – transaction you don’t recognize, fear or anger or stress, 1 or 5 rings really matters. if you’re just changing your address while you watch TV at the same time, the mood is totally different.
  • people would prefer to stay on the line with an agent rather than stay on line with the agent, when you go to the branch you are technically put on hold but the teller keeps you engaged
  • client validation – you have to give your personal details several time even before you get to the right person – need to wait to hear the issue before the person is validated and has to give their personal information
  • client experience – it must be client first, need a warm transfer, sometimes problem is resolved but the client doesn’t realize it’s been fixed
  • HR realized it needed to hire not necessarily entry level people, but those with the ability to engage and delight customers
  • it’s time to rebuild the experience and the measurement of that experience

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Building a customer-centric company culture by Kevin Thompson #CMACX #MRX

Live blogging from the MRIA/CMA #CMACX customer experience conference in Toronto. Any errors or bad jokes are my own.

Building A Customer-Centric Company Culture Within The Organization

Kevin Thompson,Vice President, Customer Experience and Development, Barneys New York

  • The customer is in control, so now what?CMA
  • Struggles from the great depression impacted people their entire life, 80 years. You can’t shift back and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Makes us more responsible about the products we sell.
  • Sales dropped 40% in two years during the recent recession. Got a new CEO and COO, both from Gucci.
  • “Why” has a lot to do feeling, they buy the “why” before the “what.”
  • Apple is the perfect example. They communicate the “why.” They rarely show the whole ipad. It’s the voiceover that matters, it’s a part of your life, it’s the experience of living. Tapped into a feeling of owning apple products.
  • We need to understand the feeling of shopping at Barneys. Needed to reboot the entire company. It had not been customer focused. Barneys tried to dictate cool instead of seeing what cool was. We weren’t being “nice” to our customers – we’re barneys, we tell people what’s cool. That fit the style of luxury retail.
  • This snob appeal worked for a long time and they become famous for it. It bit them in the end. Customers changed how they spent their money and the store didn’t.
  • The client IS the business.
  • 2400 customers spent 80 million at barneys last year. we cannot lose these people. need to maintain these relationships. But really needed new customers. 5% of customers spent 50% of the money.
  • spoke to 4000 employees and customers in the first 6 months via surveys, interviews, mystery shop, phone monitoring, and focus groups from C level to stock room employees
  • Heard from customers that had been treated rudely.  One focus group was so negative that every person refused the thank you gift of a $500 gift card. That needed to be shown to the executives.
  • Some people want a present sales associate but not someone who holds their hand. Other people do want the hand holding. You need to understand both. [I want someone who catches my eye and then leaves me alone until i’m ready]
  • Southwest and Harley Davidson are great at customer segmentation
  • Have you ever bought a pair of Nike’s and then just slotted it on top of all your other Nike boxes?
  • Why do we like farmer’s markets? We have few choices but it’s a family event, in the country, the fresh air. Buy an apple at Whole Foods? Sure, why not. More choices, but it’s not a family event, it’s a bit intimidating if they all fall off the shelf. Whole Foods knows this so they train their associates on it. Anywhere you buy an apple feels different.

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How to Create A Great Customer Experience – A Rant of Sorts

A kind friend recently gave me a $100 gift card from a major credit card company. The company obviously knows how to create an endearing and delightful customer experience that encourages life-long loyal users so I’m excited to spread the love and share the joy with all of my friends. Here is what I learned.

  1. Ensure the safety of the gift card. Brands should force the gift receiver to visit the brand’s website and register the card before it can be used. Ignore the fact that the purchase contract was between the credit card company and the purchaser. Insist that the gift receiver, an unaware third party, share their first name, last name, birth date, and email address so that their personal and private information may be added to a marketing database.
  2. Make the shopping experience the focus. In my case, I spent a good half hour choosing and trying on jeans, and after realizing that none of them fit well anyways, I took the best of the worst to the cash register and pulled out that $100 gift card.  My new jeans actually cost $103 so I slapped 3 loonies on the counter and grinned. Woo hoo! $3 jeans! I watched as the cashier carefully wrapped and packed the jeans like they were the were most precious jeans on the planet. The cashier took the gift card, swiped it 7 times, and then asked, “Would you like to pay some other way” because the gift card didn’t work.mr bean marketing
  3. Create opportunities for engagement. I had to void the purchase, return home, and call my friendly neighbourhood credit card representative to inquire about the problem. After enjoying  some lovely tunes for 20 minutes, I was able to speak to someone and tell them my gift card didn’t work. He asked my name but was not satisfied that I wouldn’t tell him because I didn’t want it added to their marketing database. He insisted on a name for his records so I told him John Smith. Unfortunately, he informed me that John Smith wasn’t the name the gift card was registered with. So I told him my name was Private Private. Finally, he was willing to speak with me because that was the name I had registered the card with. Thank goodness I remembered because I register all kinds of things with all kinds of fake names, fake birthdays, and fake email addresses. Finally, he was allowed to tell me the problem with my non-working card. The problem was that I should have paid the $3 cash first and then the card would have worked. Of course, why didn’t I know that? All gift cards work exactly like that!
  4. Create new joyous shopping experiences. This time, I wasn’t naive. I didn’t spend half an hour tediously picking out an item. I needed new runners. I picked out new runners. $105. But I was wise. I brought the runners to the cash register, slapped a $5 bill on the counter, and helpfully informed the cashier to use the cash before the gift card. But she ignored me. She swiped the gift card first. Which worked. The first time.

So now I have a new pair of shoes and I still need new jeans. But let me tell you. If I ever want to give someone the fun of a gift card, it is absolutely not going to be that brand. Unless I need a gift for someone I don’t like. In that case, I will give the gift of annoyance. Hey….. Wait….

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