What true motivation is (and is not)

As a leader you have to be able to motivate your team members. In fact you probably need to be able to motivate others well beyond those who formally report to you. You may be asking yourself, how on earth can I get people to do things they may not want to do? But that’s not motivation. That’s coercion. Motivation …

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Execute a Voice of the Customer Strategy

Feedback from customers and employees is like oxygen. Your organization must have it to survive and thrive. Whether you’re a print shop with three employees, a government agency with 3,000, or a multinational company with 300,000, you need a strategy to fully leverage feedback. Voice of the customer, or VOC, is the term often used to describe this process. In …

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10 Components of a Customer Access Strategy

It could be that you have just a few people in a small department or company, handling interactions with customers. On the other hand, you might have thousands of agents working across multiple sites. In either case, or any point in between, you need a Customer Access Strategy. Just think about the inter-related decisions related to rolling out a new …

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Understanding customer expectations

An important part of customer service leadership is understanding what customers want, and ensuring your delivery and experiences meet their expectations. But what do customers expect? How are those expectations changing? This video from my LinkedIn Learning course “Customer Service Leadership” explores customer expectations and how you can shape services that truly meet the needs of your customers. Understanding customer …

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Quantifying customer lifetime value

Quantifying customer lifetime value, or CLV, provides powerful insight into the impact of customer experience initiatives. Put simply, CLV measures how valuable a customer is to your organization over time, rather than just one purchase. You can learn more about a basic approach for calculating CLV in this LinkedIn video from my course “Calculating the Value and ROI of Customer …

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Clarifying customer experience responsibilities

An insurance company was eager to improve customer experience. They knew what was frustrating their customers, but customer satisfaction scores were stuck. They weren’t moving in the right direction. After speaking with their associates, I observed that everyone was being held responsible for customer experience at a general level, but it wasn’t clear how they were expected to support the …

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Establishing Your Customer Feedback Goals

Managing customer feedback effectively requires that you establish goals. You can then identify the steps and resources necessary to achieve them. This video discusses six goals that can help you get the most out of your customer feedback efforts. The video is from my LinkedIn Learning course “Customer Service: Managing Customer Feedback.” Establishing your goals from Customer Service: Managing Customer …

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Motivating Your Team: The Role of Rewards and Incentives

Successful leaders put their efforts into creating an environment in which their team members’ intrinsic motivators can flourish. However, rewards and incentives, which are extrinsic motivators, can be effective, and a fun supplement to your efforts to create and support an intrinsically motivated culture. If you’re considering a team-based reward incentive initiative, this video has some important recommendations. Learn more …

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Creating Customer Advocates

Connecting with advocates doesn’t happen by accident. You need a plan, and a person or a team who’s responsible. And they should be collaborating with and part of the same efforts you’re putting into motion internally to improve customer experiences. Connecting and engaging with advocates is a strategic decision. It takes leadership to define its importance, and how you’ll approach …

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Three Overarching Levels of Value in Customer Service

As you begin to explore the value and ROI of customer service, I encourage you to ask your team, “How does customer service create value?” You’re probably going to get a range of answers. Some may say, “Customers that get great service tell others, so that’s like free marketing, right?” And someone else may suggest that service is a way …

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