The Customer Experience ‘7 Year Itch’! A frank and honest assessment of the CX profession

As we approach the end of another calendar year, it is always appropriate for bloggers, writers, thought leaders and professionals in general, to reflect on what has passed, as well as what is to come in the future. As a prolific writer on the subject of Customer Experience, I feel as though every article I [...]

Customer V Owner – Who wins? You decide! (in other words, is the customer always right?!)

I am very lucky to live in a beautiful city in the North West of England. Yes… I am not actually there as often as I would like, but when I am, I do not take for granted that my children are being raised in a lovely environment. Founded as a Roman Fort in 79 [...]

‘Welcome to our kitchen’! Would you have the courage to invite customers into the inner workings of your company?

Allow me to start this post by asking a question. What happens when two Customer Experience Professionals visit a restaurant together for the first time?  Whilst this is not the opening line to a bad joke, I can already anticipate your 'snorting' and 'chuckling' from here! 'A right royal pain in the butt', is most [...]

Customer Effort: How to Make Things Difficult for Customers, by Premier Inn

This is the not the first article I have written about the subject of Customer Effort. In 2014, I wrote a story that still makes me break out in a cold sweat today. On that occasion, Vauxhall provided the case study to bring Customer Experience ‘theory’ to life. You can read the story here… In [...]

WANTS and NEEDS – When it comes to customers do you really know the difference?

Last week, on more than one occasion, most of us would have heard someone saying, writing or shouting, words to the effect of ,"I just need Ryanair to get me to xxx!" Getting passengers to their chosen destination is the most basic of basic needs an airline is expected fulfil. In yet another PR disaster [...]

With customer experience design, functional is good. But don’t stop there – by Beth Richardson

"Focus on the whole journey, not just the transaction".  In the world of Customer Experience (CX) you will hear this phrase frequently.  But what does it mean? It’s the difference between a task and a purpose.  The difference between a user story like the one above, and meeting a customer's overall goal.  It is important to [...]

Generate Repeat Business by Providing Additional Information: Guest Post by Richard Shapiro

Without repeat business, your company will cease to exist. One of the easiest ways to generate repeat business is to answer your customer’s questions and provide additional information. When a customer asks a question, sales associates are presented with an opportunity to build a relationship with someone who is fully engaged in the purchasing process. [...]

Eurostar est Shambolique: It’s not just the airlines who need to get their act together

I have just returned from a wonderful four-day city break to Paris. Family time, glorious weather (in the main) and one of the world's most beautiful cities, made for a quite fabulous combination. I have been to the French capital many times, but this trip topped them all. From our lovely boutique hotel; to the [...]

Role model customer centric leadership: why I am a huge fan of Jeff Bezos!

Most human beings have a small number of people they consider to be their 'heroes'. For some, it is a relative - their mother, father, brother or sister, husband, wife or partner - it may be a long departed uncle who flew Spitfires in World War II. Others may have heroes from the sporting arena, [...]

Actions MUST speak louder than Words: United Airlines eat humble pie!

Last week I wrote an article on the subject of 'common sense'. To be more accurate, I wrote about the lack of common sense and how it's absence was continuing to destroy customer experiences all over the world. One of the stories featured in the article was about United Airlines and their much publicised [...]