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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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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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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Your Customer Survey is Biased: Here’s the Fix

Most customer satisfaction surveys suffer from uneven customer representation, which leads to inaccurate data. As the saying goes, “garbage in, garbage out.” And let’s face it, garbage should never be the basis of your business decisions. You deserve facts, not fiction. So here are a few ways to improve your customer survey sampling methods to […]

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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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Beyond Surveys: Capturing the Real Customer Experience

Customer feedback surveys are great because they can be objective and easy to implement. But they only capture the tiniest slice of the actual customer experience, especially when it comes to the experiences customers have with contact centers. According to CallMiner, companies may have 45 times more phone calls than survey responses per year. So […]

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Fix Common Survey Errors with a Smart Process

Is your customer satisfaction survey good? Really good? Customer satisfaction surveys are a multi-billion dollar industry. Unfortunately, most customer feedback is riddled with errors. From sampling issues to poorly worded questions, the state of customer feedback is weak. It’s especially unfortunate because, with a clear process in place, survey errors are entirely preventable. Watch our […]

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Your Survey (Probably) Sucks: 5 Survey Errors

We’ve written a lot about customer satisfaction survey errors, but, time and again, we see the same mistakes crop up. There are a lot of errors surveys make, but these are 5 of the worst. Check out our latest Slideshare about this topic and read on, because these are the kinds of errors that alienate […]

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