‘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 [...]

Customer Experience 2017 Reality Check – Evolution or Revolution?

This post is part of the Customer Experience Professionals Association’s Blog Carnival celebrating customer experience. It’s part of a broader celebration of Customer Experience Day 2017. Check out posts from other bloggers at the blog carnival. And learn more about CX Day at: http://cxday.org On the 3rd October 2017, the world will once again celebrate [...]

What does it really mean to be a Customer Experience Professional?

This post is part of the Customer Experience Professionals Association’s Blog Carnival celebrating customer experience. It’s part of a broader celebration of Customer Experience Day 2017. Check out posts from other bloggers at the blog carnival. And learn more about CX Day at: http://cxday.org Last week I had the honour of being a judge at [...]

By |2017-10-02T12:46:10+01:00October 2nd, 2017|CX Leadership, CX Professionals|2 Comments

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 [...]

Taking Ownership – key to the success of your approach to Customer Experience

As we head into the middle of September, as many people are reaching towards the back of their wardrobes to find their winter jumpers as are looking for their shorts and t-shirts. Whether you are revelling in the thought that summer is coming, or despairing at the reality of short days and long nights, the [...]

By |2017-09-12T09:23:38+01:00September 12th, 2017|CX Leadership, CX Professionals, CX Strategy, People|2 Comments

6 Things All Customer Centric Leaders Do

Looking back through my articles over the last few months, a great number have made the connection between strong, customer centric leadership and the ability to drive an effective and sustainable approach to Customer Experience. It is no secret that I am a huge admirer of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon – in May [...]

Engaging your people with CX: Introducing the Customer Experience Game

  A perennial problem for any Customer Experience Professional around the world is to find an effective way to engage people with the significance of the subject. Whilst many profess to ‘get’ Customer Experience (CX), they tend to do so instinctively, intuitively and accidentally. In other words, they ‘understand’ what CX is, but do not [...]

A (CX) Tale of Two Cafes, by Beth Richardson

In 1859 Charles Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities, where citizens rise up in revolution. As a teenager studying for A-levels, I spent many hours tearing my hair out trying to decipher it! This is not a tale of two cities, but rather of two cafes, and a quiet revolution where small businesses cannot [...]

By |2017-08-02T16:09:00+01:00August 2nd, 2017|CX Measurement, CX Strategy|0 Comments

Connecting People: The Key to Customer Centric Leadership

Over the last 22 years, I have worked in and with businesses of all shapes and sizes, across multiple industries, all around the world. I secured my very first full-time job in the financial services industry in 1995. Among others, I was interviewed by the company chairman and the managing director. At the time, as [...]

By |2017-07-26T07:24:57+01:00July 26th, 2017|CX Leadership, CX Professionals|2 Comments
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