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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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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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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Break Your NPS® Routine

NPS® is a routine question used in customer feedback surveys. Nearly everyone has seen it: How likely is it that you would recommend us to a friend? This question assumes that customers think in terms of their likelihood to recommend companies—but all too often, it’s not realistic, and it’s not how people think. For instance, […]

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“Talk Your Walk” with Branded Customer Service

Your company’s brand: it represents the qualities and values of your products and services. So shouldn’t your customer service showcase your brand? Branded customer service gives your brand substance and depth. While your competitors are busy showing their brand simply through advertising, you’ll be cementing your brand through the lived customer experience. This is critical […]

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The Interaction Metrics Difference

Federico Muchnik of Mighty Visual Media just finished a dynamite video (below) that explains the difference between the usual simplistic ways of measuring customer experience and our nuanced approach. It’s not about MORE data, it’s about SMART data—and Federico drives that point home. First, watch Fed’s video. Then, contact us to discuss whether a serious, research-backed […]

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