Customer Service

Customer service used to be just a single department in most organizations. Those days are long gone, and now good customer service and customer centricity are the mantras of many of the world’s largest businesses. With competition for customers fiercer than ever, this makes a lot of sense.

It’s often said that leading companies focus their energies on the problems that buyers are willing to spend money to solve, rather than on selling more or worrying about the competition. In this section, we provide a wealth of articles that focus on exactly that. Here you’ll find features on delivering great service for your customers, book reviews on some of the newest texts and lists of awesome resources you can use to turbo-charge your customer centric approach.

CX NYC 2019 Conference Agenda
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CX NYC 2019 Conference - our top picks

The agenda for the imminent Customer Experience NYC 2019 conference is now available from the Forrester.com website. Here’s our breakdown of what’s taking place. (And don’t forget that this is your opportunity to come and say hello to…
Combatting MSP churn
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Combating MSP churn

We’re into the second full day of Kaseya's ConnectIT 2019 event. One of the major topics of content and conversation here at the event so far has been how to combat MSP (Managed Service Provider) churn. In a world where customers are deeply…
How MasteryPrep raised the bar in feedback excellence
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How MasteryPrep is raising the bar in feedback excellence

College prep is a serious business, especially in the US. However, only one in four students score college-ready on the ACT (The ACT is a standardized test used for college admissions in the United States) For low-income and minority students,…
When to Send a Customer Satisfaction Survey
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When to Send a Customer Satisfaction Survey

Customer satisfaction survey response rates are influenced by a multitude of factors, many of which we’ve discussed previously. One of the most important is timing. The day of the week, the time of the day along with the time delay between…
Kaseya Connect IT 2019 - what we're looking forward to
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Kaseya Connect IT 2019 - what we're looking forward to

It's less than a week to go until we join our integration partner, Kaseya, for their flagship annual user conference in Las Vegas, Connect IT! We're excited to be sending a Customer Thermometer team to the show, and we'll have a booth at…
ParentPay CSAT
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ParentPay Passes CSAT Exam With Flying Colors

Schools have undergone a cashless revolution since ParentPay launched its innovative payment solution in 2002. As a result of removing cash, schools have saved millions of hours of time accounting for meals, trips, uniforms and other school…
Customer Service Trends in 2019
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Customer Service Trends in 2019

The latest, 3rd edition of the Salesforce Research ‘State of Service’ report surveyed over 3,500 customer service agents and decision makers around the world, between November 27th and December 15th 2018. They were asked for their feedback…
How to Wow: Book Review
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How to Wow: Book Review

This month we review the excellent How to Wow: 68 Effortless Ways to Make Every Customer Experience Amazing by Adrian Swinscoe. Adrian is an ex-teacher, economist and manager with experience in organizations such as Shell, the FT and the…
5 Inspiring TED Talks to Drive Customer Success
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5 Inspiring TED Talks to Drive Customer Success

We love TED talks, and we are not alone. Back in 2015 TED talk videos were viewed more than 3 million times per day and that number has grown enormously. We like TED talks because we always learn something and they are quite short in length,…
12 Great Customer Success Conferences for 2019
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15 Great Customer Success Conferences for 2019

You may be wondering whether you can justify the cost, the time away from work and the travel necessary to attend professional conferences. After all, we can easily stay in touch with people in our industries online. We collaborate and interact…
5 Excellent Customer Success Books to Read
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5 Excellent Customer Success Books to Read

If you are a regular reader of the Customer Thermometer blog you will know that we are avid readers. We love discovering new perspectives from insightful authors who often provide alternative, thought provoking viewpoints. We are constantly…
Customer Success and Customer Service Drive Customer Experience Excellence
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What's the relationship between Customer Success, Customer Service and Customer Experience?

In today’s increasingly competitive markets we all know that businesses need to pay special attention to their customers to foster valuable loyalty and keep up with ever changing demands. Great customer service is widely recognised as just…