3 Ways to Get More from Your Mystery Shops

At conferences, I’m often asked about mystery shopping, and it got me thinking: there are a lot of misunderstandings about what mystery shopping can and can’t do. Some see mystery shopping as a simple check-in; others see it as too artificial for an accurate customer service evaluation. Many executives assume they get the same insights […]

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A Really BIG Customer Satisfaction Survey No-No

Our company recently began working with a website optimization service. As the introductory phone call drew to a close, our new account manager asked me to take a customer satisfaction survey—and told me, “That’s how I get paid.” This was useless, awkward, and inappropriate. It showed that what I had to say didn’t really matter. […]

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Customer Experience: Use The Right Metrics

If you’re not achieving your goals for the customer experience, you’re probably not measuring at the correct level; learn what that level is. Goals: Companies want to give and get value through the customer experience—what are your goals? To deliver proactive customer service? Reduce customer support calls? Increase customer loyalty? Sell more through each customer […]

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Starbucks: Your Customer is NOT Your Guinea Pig

It was the typical noon-time rush at my local Starbucks—certainly not my favorite time to stop, but I was hungry and needed a snack. I ordered a drink and a bagel, and moved out of line to wait. My drink came out quickly, but five minutes later there was still no bagel. I caught the […]

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Are You Benchmarking OR Innovating?

Benchmarking has a history of helping businesses compete in global markets. But these days, many companies are missing out on the opportunity to innovate due to an over-reliance on benchmarked metrics. The practice of benchmarking was born in the 1950’s with companies like GE and Toyota. Then, what was in vogue was a process called […]

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Genius Tips to Improve Your Customer Survey

An Analyst Perspective on Customer Surveys: Customer surveys make up a multi-billion dollar industry, and many of us get at least one per day. But just because surveys are everywhere doesn’t mean they’re always good. At Interaction Metrics, we often find that companies assume they’re ready to launch their customer survey as soon as they’ve […]

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What You’ll Never Get from NPS (Or Any Other Outcome Metric)

Every company has its own take on customer experience—what are your goals? Perhaps you’re looking to stage the customer experience to strengthen customer loyalty and retention. Or, maybe you need more proactive customer service to increase First Call Resolution (FCR). Sometimes, customer surveys paint a rosy picture, but your sales numbers tell a different story—and […]

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Unstructured Data: Mining the Gold

Unstructured data presents a goldmine of information, but mining that gold is no easy task—it requires coding with detailed text analysis. To be clear, unstructured data includes customer survey text comments, customer service calls, emails, chats, reviews, and other narrative sources of information.  It’s the data that doesn’t fall into neat, easy categories—so the signal […]

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Want to Fix Your Touchpoints? Lose NPS.

Last week I spoke at the Society for Service Executives Symposium in Chicago. As always, when the primary topic is customer satisfaction, there was a lot of talk about NPS (Net Promoter Score). As I have often said, it’s a tired customer survey question—and that’s just one of its shortcomings. Another issue, as Lori Bocklund […]

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Customer Comments + Intelligent Analysis = Gold

The point of a customer survey is to learn what you don’t know, and gain insight into what’s driving customer satisfaction and dissatisfaction. And while billions of customer surveys are issued each year—typically including open-ended comment fields—most survey programs lack research protocols for listening to and understanding what customers are actually saying in those comments. […]

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