What do businesses of all sizes value the most? Growth. But how do you grow in today’s rapidly changing environment? CX Conversations is a business, marketing, and customer experience podcast packed with stories showcasing how modern businesses are using customer experience to drive revenue and create life-long connections. Tune in to hear the success stories of the brands you love, and draw practical knowledge from experts making strides across industries. Hosted and produced by Kustomer.
Reducing Risk Through Operational Excellence | Michael Popa
In this episode we talk about improving the customer experience and reducing risk through operational excellence, so we brought on Michael Popa. Companies can often go wrong in their strategy when structuring their teams and compensation. So it comes down to aligning on the responsibilities of sales all the way down to what are the metrics each one’s accountable for and how are they compensated for that. Michael gives his method for looking over and assessing business processes responsible, accountable, consulted, and informed (RACI). Make sure your different departments are communicating well so that customers don’t have to repeat themselves. The handoff is an important part of on-boarding customers.
Michael’s background 1:00Helping companies get to excellence 4:27Where companies often go wrong in strategy 6:07RACI 8:16Guiding more of the process and strategy 11:42“That’s where I typically start is understanding the objectives of the company. Understand where we wanna go, where we wanna take not just customer success but the entire customer life cycle and how we build a strategy in conjunction with sales and operations so that we’re investing in the right building blocks, the right milestones, in the right sequence.” 5:20
The Power of Identification to Build Employee and Customer Connection | Aaron Painter
Today we talk about the power of identification to build employee and customer connection, so we brought on Aaron Painter who is the CEO at Nametag. He explains what makes good customer experience and that comes down to how employees are treated and how they treat customers. Companies need to help employees feel and understand that their opinions matter, which will help create connection with the company and even create culture as these employees interact with the customer.
Aaron’s background 1:00What makes good customer experience? 4:40Building culture of happy employees 8:13Why is customer support such a hard job in today’s world? 11:44Benefitting both employee and customer and why he build Nametag 15:54“It’s crazy that in today’s world so much can happen from your mobile phone except actually proving who you really are, so it led me down this path of something I’ve been on a lot, which was cyber security and privacy and this intersection with identity and just understanding who customers are because we all know in our field of marketing more broadly, the better we know our customers, the better we can tailor the overall customer experience.” 2:06
Customer Processes Are Easy to Think about, But Harder to Implement | Ali Ghumman
In this episode we talk about building customer focused organizational processes with Ali Ghumman who is the Global VP of Customer Engagement and Innovation at SAP, a company that engineers solutions to fuel innovation, foster equality, and spread opportunity across borders and cultures. Companies have baggage of history, of technology, of positions, of growth, which can ultimately hold companies back when they’ve been around for a long time and are stuck in the old way of doing things. It can be hard to get shareholders and organization executives to want to adjust or shift how things are done to keep up with modern trends.
What it means to build customer focused organizational processes 4:45Why organizations don’t get the customer in mind, or don’t innovate right away 7:07Key factors to achieve alignment with your organization 8:40Advice for achieving some of these goals 13:06“Think about in retail organization that exists in today’s world. It’s trying to understand what the impact would be of running a marketing promotion on the traffic that they’ll get in their stores as well as on their site and what that means for the amount of product that they should have so that the customers don’t go empty handed when they’re there.” 6:16
Transformation in Customer Service with Crispin Thompson | Align Your Business to This Idea of Experience
Today we’re going to talk about transformation and how to really focus and align your business to this idea of experience. To do that, we brought on Cristin Thompson who is currently the Vice President of Sales Enablement and Customer Engagement at QSC. You always want to make sure you’ve captured what was said, what was written, or what was conveyed. Now, do we need the faster horse? Or do we need to build a car? That all comes back to what your strategy is for your company or organization. Whether to take the advice of your customers really depends on what type of business you’re running and where you’re wanting to go.
Crispin’s Background 1:00Where he goes when starting these initiatives 5:22Deciphering when to know that your way is better than what the customer thinks they want 7:25Why aren’t companies able to turn feedback into action? 11:11Final thoughts 16:29“If you’re thinking more about an outcome driven type exercise, meaning ‘I wanna help people get faster from point A to point B,’ I don’t necessarily care about the means of locomotion, that frees you up to interpret that as ‘Oh they’re saying faster horse, but guess what. This brand new thing I’m thinking about is gonna help us close that gap. It’s gonna change everything, and we’re gonna have to help them get there.’” 8:24
How to Relate to Customers in a Way That’s Unique and Scalable | Owen Robinson
In this episode we’re going to talk about how to relate to customers in a way that’s unique and in a way that’s scalable, so we have Owen Robinson on the show today, who is currently the Vice President of CX Strategy at Water Filled Tech. The key to a successful modern customer engagement strategy is not the old school, bullhorn corporate experience for a million people, but it’s about hand crafting a million experiences for one customer. It’s earning customer loyalty at the individual scale with a handcrafted customer experience conscious of their behavior, their priorities, and delivering what they want, where they want it, when they want it.
About Owen’s background 0:52
Have customers changed? 4:07
Where to start and measuring 7:16
The data we have matters 9:44
Having the right technology 11:41
“The advent of cloud technology, which has been around for a long time and other technical spaces really came into its form in customer experience within the last decade. What that allows us to do is really consume super sophisticated applications and technology like artificial intelligence and big data analytics, and natural language processing, and all these really cool things that in the past we could kind of do, sorta, in a premise environment if you had enough money and time to put into it, but now midsized and even small businesses can consume these sophisticated capabilities for a couple hundred bucks an agent a month. So it’s a really cool time.” 4:40
Improving Your Digital Presence with Good User Experience | Hannah McNaughton
Today we’re gonna be talking about good customer experience and how that can improve your digital presence, and to do that we brought on Hannah McNaughton. She is an award winning founder and currently the CEO of Metric Marketing, a recognized thought leader in a lot of digital aspects and overall digital marketing. She has trained a lot of professionals from startups to fortune 500 in different marketing strategies and is currently a member of the Forbes Agency Panel.
About Metric Marketing 1:14
How to grow and take the next step 4:16
Search Quality Evaluator Guidelines 12:22
“There are over 200 factors that Google says they use to rank websites, so knowing where to start can feel really difficult, but really what everything comes down to is user experience. Everything that Google recommends from the kind of content you create to the experience that people have on your website with the navigation, with the functionality, everything revolves around user experience.” 4:44
It’s obvious Gabe puts extraordinary effort in covering salient topics and finding guests that are authentic and truly care about being a positive force in this world - the insights they bring to bear are still mind-blowing every. single. time.
Gabe knows what’s up! I love that these podcasts are short and sweet. It seems basic but he knows what he’s talking about. Best business podcast.
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