The Best-Managed Contact Centers: #4 – They Build Plans and Services Around Evolving Customer Expectations

One of the most critical — and difficult — aspects of managing a contact center is to provide services that satisfy changing consumer demands. Those who fall behind pay a brutal price: dissatisfied customers, insufficient support from the organization and low morale in the contact center. But those who stay ahead of the curve enjoy strong customer loyalty and the …

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Traits of Successful Customer Advocacy Initiatives

When implementing your own customer advocacy initiatives, it can be helpful to learn what was worked well for others. This video explores ways organizations have structured their advocacy programs and five traits of successful initiatives. The video is from my LinkedIn Learning Course Customer Advocacy. Traits of successful customer advocacy initiatives from Customer Advocacy by Brad Cleveland

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Putting Yourself in Your Customers’ Shoes

Many of the best decisions you make as a customer service leader will come by putting yourself in your customers’ shoes, really seeing things as they do. In a recent LinkedIn Learning Course that I recorded, Customer Service Leadership, I include some suggestions for doing that and some sources of insight to consider. Each source of insight has a story …

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12 Principles for Building Profitable Customer Relationships

Over the past decade, ICMI has studied, codified and periodically published a summary of the most important principles behind building strong, profitable customer relationships. Lately, I’ve been asked, are these principles less important? Have evolving customer expectations, social communities, new channels and other developments changed the fundamentals? Not at all! These 12 principles are as important as ever, in large …

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The Power of Brand Advocacy

Do you know who your company’s brand advocates are? Do you recognize and engage with them? If you answered no to these questions, you may be missing a huge opportunity. Customer advocacy creates what some refer to as your most powerful sales force. Learn more about the benefits of brand advocacy in this recent Lynda.com video from my course Customer …

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Transform Knowledge into Intelligence and Support

As a primary customer touchpoint, the contact center has enormous potential to provide other business units with valuable intelligence and support. This can include input on customers, products, services and processes — information that, when captured, identified, assimilated and turned into usable knowledge, can literally transform an organization’s ability to identify and meet customer expectations and demands. The benefits can …

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Cultivating Customer Advocates

Consider these numbers: Word of mouth drives 20–50% of all purchase decisions. (McKinsey) Advocate customers spend 2 times more than regular customers, and because they stay longer, have a customer lifetime value 5 times greater than regular customers. (Bain & Company) Advocate customers are powerful. They benefit your organization in direct ways (e.g., greater lifetime value) and indirect ways (e.g., word of mouth). You can (and …

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