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.

100 practical ways to improve customer experience CX review book
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100 Practical Ways to Improve Customer Experience: Book Review

Usually Customer Experience business books come out of the experience of a single person, and often also a single company, which has had a reputation for generating good CX results. This month, we've been reading a book on Customer Experience…
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10 things you can do this week to improve your Service Desk Experience

How much do you know about the service desk experience your customers receive? How much time do you put in to making sure it's the best it can be? It can be hard to know where to start to tackle such a mammoth task, so we've broken it down into…
Fanocracy Book Review
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Fanocracy: Turning Fans into Customers: Book Review

David Meerman Scott's New Rules of Marketing and PR is one of the books I often associate with the start up phase of Customer Thermometer. Meerman Scott's insights into content marketing and the concept of generating great content to bring…
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Creating a Product Market Fit Survey

Rahul Vohra's talk about how to create a product market fit survey for the Business of Software conference was one of the standout speeches of recent years (against some very strong competition). Rahul is the CEO of the email productivity…
Customer Thermometer The Ultimate Question Fred Reichheld
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The Ultimate Question 2.0: NPS Book Review

Fred Reichheld published The Ultimate Question in 2006, at a time when thought-leaders started investigating the impact of customer service on a company's success and profitability. Telephone complaints lines and long-form surveys had been the…
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5 Customer Experience Trends for 2020

We are at a pivotal moment for customer experience, with the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) and a very clear shift in relations between customer and company making it harder than ever to stay up to date with ever-evolving customer expectations. Customer…
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Blue Ocean Shift: Book Review

When Blue Ocean Strategy by W Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne came out in 2004 it was a seismic book. The thrust of Blue Ocean Strategy (BOS) is that companies must create and drive up elements of remarkable customer experience to be different…
Punk CX book review Adrian Swinscoe CT
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Punk CX: Book Review

Adrian Swinscoe writes on customer experience and customer service for publications like Forbes and the BBC. Punk CX is his second book covering the topic of CX. We've all read books where the author has hit upon a good business idea and…
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Quirkology: Book Review

So, this month we've taken a wander through Richard Wiseman's book Quirkology: The Curious Science of Everyday Lives. Richard Wiseman is a truly interesting scientist and psychologist. He explains complex points on human interaction in an…
Great Customer Experience Quotes Customer Thermometer
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20 Great Customer Experience Quotes

There are many good customer experience quotes around due to it being a key topic of discussion for a while now, and for good reason. We know that good customer service is more important than ever, with businesses who don't prioritize it not…
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How to Navigate the Feedback Economy

Why are ratings suddenly so important? In the UK alone, online reviews influence an estimated £23bn of transactions each year (source: FT). At the same time, Amazon has filed more than 1,000 law suits against reviews abuse (source: Fortune).…
Rebel Ideas Matthew Syed Review
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Rebel Ideas: Book Review

I loved Matthew Syed's book Black Box Thinking, (which we reviewed here) so I was excited to get stuck into his new offering, Rebel Ideas: The Power of Diverse Thinking. Syed was recently appointed to a very diverse board of thinkers advising…