Keeping Your Customer Advocates Engaged

Our customer advocates trust us. If they didn’t, they wouldn’t be advocates. They want that trust to continue and we need to do our part of this. Sadly, businesses lose advocates daily. Often, this stems more from neglect than from anything we do. The video below looks at five principles for maintaining trust and keeping the momentum going. This video …

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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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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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Customer Advocacy: An Essential Ingredient

Customer advocacy is one of those terms that can be confusing. Does the customer advocate for us, the business? Or is it the other way around? One of the past issues of The Edge of Service® Newsletter suggests the answers to these questions is both! Take a few minutes to read this issue (The Edge of Service® Newsletter Issue 21: …

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Four Keys to Retaining Millennial Customers

It was great to be included in an article Telus International put together on retaining millennial customers. The article focuses on the financial services industry, but the principles apply to many other industries. Lindsey Groepper of BlastMedia and John Rampton of Due were also interviewed for the article. You can read it here.

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Customer Service, Brand Loyalty and Long-Term Success

Here are some powerful statistics that demonstrate the links between customer service, brand loyalty and long-term success. 97% of global consumers say that customer service is very important or somewhat important in their choice of and loyalty to a brand 62% of global consumers have stopped doing business with a brand or organization due to a poor customer service experience. …

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Providing a Poor Customer Experience Is Costly

When customers go through what they consider to be major customer service failures, the company providing the poor experience pays a heavy price. According to a recent study by SDL: 64% of customers stop recommending the company, start looking for alternative brands, or actively disparage the company via word of mouth, social or other means. Only 10% spend more with …

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