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Customer experience futurist, author, and speaker Blake Morgan and I recently bonded over common views on women and customer experience.  (Our conversation is a part of Blake’s terrific Modern Customer podcast – check it out here.)  We ended up concluding that women are uniquely positioned to lead customer experience. […]

Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the past few years, you haven’t missed how dramatically the retail industry and shopping has changed.  But with so much change, it’s sometimes hard to tell the forest for the trees.  Thankfully the folks at RetailNext have identified five retail trends that you can’t afford to miss. […]

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Last week I debuted a new speaking topic, Power Up! Ignite CX & EX to Fuel Your Growth.  This talk outlines why and how employee experience (EX) excellence leads to customer experience (CX) excellence.  The client told me my presentation was exactly what the company needed to help its people understand the critical link between […]

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– the book:  The Service Culture Handbook:  A Step-By-Step Guide To Getting Your Employees Obsessed with Customer Service, a practical guide on an important topic – the brains:  Jeff Toister, customer service author, consultant, and trainer.  I met Jeff when we were both launching our first books — his was Service Failure: The Real Reasons […]

Looking for great CX quotes?  Quotes on storytelling?  Quotes on competition?  Quotes on grit?  The Qualtrics Insight Summit 2017 was full of soundbites from thought-leaders and celebrities including Clay Christensen, Angela Duckworth, Joe Pine, Omar Johnson (former CEO of BEATS by Dr. Dre), and Qualtrics’s very own CEO Ryan Smith.  Check out these great CX […]

Last week, I attended Dreamforce 16, the annual conference by Salesforce.  I had been told it was one of the most inspirational conferences ever, so despite not being a Salesforce customer, not being in a sales or customer management role, and not really being into software/technology/data, I really wanted to check it out. Thanks to the folks at […]

Apple has removed the word “store” from the names of its retail locations.  This suggests Apple may be thinking about itself less as a product company and more as an experience brand.  This video analyzes the significance of this change and gives you a look at the retail customer experience at the new Apple Union Square in […]

technology-enabled service

Marketing automation. Real-time analytics. Chat bots.  New technologies like these have created some tremendous capabilities in marketing, customer service, and the customer experience. But as I was reminded by several posts this past month, we must not become so enamored with technology-enabled service that we forget our first love must be our customers. We shouldn’t rely […]