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 [...]
The customer has always been at the heart of every business, be it a street vendor selling hot dogs or a multi-national firm selling a wide range of products. All business have taken necessary measures, so that customers become loyal, provide repeat business, and advocate their products & brand - thereby increasing the customer base. Business mantras [...]
Is it just me or do you find it weird when you search for someone on social media and you can’t find them? The same goes for businesses. If you don’t offer your customers numerous ways to contact you, the likelihood is the customer’s opinion of you is going to go down. Even if you [...]
I am still regularly asked if this 'Customer Experience thing' is really a 'thing' at all. Despite the growing waves of publicly available evidence that proves the positive effect a customer centric approach to business can have - and specifically the effect it has on financial performance - there will always be the doubters! As [...]
Allow me to start this post by asking a question. Do you 'like' your Telecoms provider? It is a very simple question - it contains only 6 words - yet I believe it is a question that opens a large can of worms. Let me ask another question. Have you ever recommended your Telecoms provider [...]
I am often asked how I find so much to write about on the subject of Customer Experience. Happily and sadly too many organisations make it very easy. So many of us experience great things (less so) and awful things (too often) on a regular basis, that I am inundated with stories that bring to [...]
Lessons in authentic leadership from ao.com: It’s not First Time Resolution – it’s Personal Resolution!
Social media has truly changed our lives in so many ways. For me personally, the last few days have demonstrated how the influence of what we see online has affected the way businesses operate. I had the pleasure of delivering a keynote speech at an event for a financial services company on Thursday. I was invited [...]
Never rest on your laurels (or your brand name)! How the Waldorf Astoria can serve as a lesson to all!
Doing what I do for a living, I am not easily shocked when I am exposed to unsatisfactory Customer Experiences - either my own, or those that are shared with me. This week, a good friend of mine shared a video clip that almost made me spit out the mouthful of coffee I had just [...]
It is very likely you have not heard of 47 King Street West - a French restaurant based in Manchester in the UK. Although you may not have heard of it, it is possible that the eatery will become infamous as an example of how NOT to respond to customer feedback. When an organisation considers [...]
Falling out of love with John Lewis – even the best find it tough to deliver consistently good customer experiences
This is not the first time I have written about John Lewis. A British retailer recognised by many as the epitome of a people (customers and employees) focused brand, their challenge for a long time has been to maintain their position as a Customer Experience leader for others to look up to and admire. Founded [...]