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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Measuring NPS vs CSAT: A video with Adrian Swinscoe

Our Founder, Lindsay Willott, met with CX consultant and author of Punk CX, Adrian Swinscoe, to help us understand a little more about how to get the best from using Net Promoter Score surveys to measure customer satisfaction. Often, people…
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The Ultimate Service Desk Quotes for Inspiration

A major challenge for IT Service Desks is to provide excellent customer support with often quite technical and complex IT solutions to problems. From upskilling employees across the business around digital transformation, right through to how…
How to get home working feedback from employees customer thermometer feedback
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Best Practice for Service Desks Infographic

We love hearing from our Service Desk customers about the amazing response rates they get using Customer Thermometer surveys, but what's also inspiring are the best practice strategies to maximize effectiveness. Thorough customer feedback contributes…
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Service Desk Experience Management for ITSM and ITIL

The idea of implementing a 'continual improvement' strategy across the entirety of an IT service management organization lies at the heart of both ITIL and ITSM. (If you're not familiar with these terms, they are a set of practices for IT…
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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…
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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…
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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…