To Change or Not to Change? That is the Question

Consumers are creatures of habit, often seeking out their favorite restaurant, hotel or store, because they know they’ll have a positive experience. These positive experiences make them loyal — whether it’s a perfectly grilled steak, a service associate who helps you find that perfect gift, or the ease of pre-selecting your hotel room in advance […]

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Customer Experience Is Not Our Responsibility

Recently a client asked me how to engage Human Resources, Legal/Risk and Finance in their customer experience journey. When my client had approached these groups about their contributions to the customer experience, the response was essentially: “We are very in favor of focusing on the customer experience and are glad that our sales and customer […]

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The 2015 Customer Experience Risk Study is now available!

  The Verde Group, together with LoyaltyOne, partnered with Dr. Deborah Small from the Wharton School of Business to conduct a retail consumer study to assess the financial impact associated with poor customer experiences in the U.S. across key retail formats: Grocery Store, Mass Merchandise, Pharmacy, Department Store, and Specialty Apparel. The study finds that […]

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Which “Silent Experiences” Are Killing Your Customer Loyalty?

Which Experiences Are Your “Silent Killers”? In my last post, ‘The Complexity of Customer Simplicity‘, I pointed out that one of the chief obstacles for companies that seek to “simplify” the customer experience is the difficulty in knowing what customers want. Customer simplification efforts need to address the issues that aggrieve customers the most. These […]

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The Complexity of Customer Simplicity

Last week I had to call my cable company to accomplish what I thought would be a simple task: getting a replacement modem. I was quickly reminded why most consumers hate their cable companies. I’ll save you the gory details of the experience and just provide the bullet points: • three days • seven calls […]

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NPS: The Danger of its Singularity

After Fred Reichheld published The One Number You Need to Grow in the Harvard Business Review, many customer experience professionals thought they had to ask only a single question: “How likely is it that you would recommend company [x] to your friends and colleagues?” Gone were the “overall” questions that had dominated customer surveys, as […]

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