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.

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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…
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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…
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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).…
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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…
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Emoji Use in Business: a Research Report

Emoji, emoticons, icons and star and smiley ratings are all around us but how much do we really know about attitudes to their use in business? We wanted to find out! So we commissioned independent research; asking 1000 US citizens how and when…
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10 Customer Experience Conferences for 2020

It's often hard to find it worth the time, money and effort required to attend a conference, let alone to choose which one is best for you. We're always in touch with those in our industries online and we can collaborate without leaving our…
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Customer Experience Strategies to Boost Loyalty

The average cost for a business to acquire a customer is roughly 5-25 times the cost for retaining a customer, so it's safe to say that it's worth investing in customer loyalty. But how *do* you maintain loyalty in your customer base? You…
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How to Create a Survey with Customer Thermometer

Deriving actionable, insightful feedback from clients and customers can often be daunting, but Customer Thermometer makes it both simple and a lot of fun. Creating your first survey with Customer Thermometer can be achieved in minutes - and…
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5 Brilliant Customer Service Ideas

We're always reading about brilliant customer service ideas. If you are looking for a little bit of inspiration from our recent reading pile, here are some of our favorites. If you needed a little bit of motivation or just wanted to catch up…