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KANA acquires leading contact center company, Ciboodle

If you haven’t already heard the news, KANA has just completed its acquisition of leading contact center company, Ciboodle. It’s an important step in the continued build-out of KANA’s Customer Experience Management solution and a decision I’m excited about for KANA as a company, and on behalf of Ciboodle’s and KANA’s joint customers. Like KANA, […]

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The Curated Community…

How many times have you gone to the online support community of a business only to ask yourself once you get there: “Why am I here when I have Google?” Questions searched in Google will bring up threads from relevant corporate pages as well as from (sometimes more illuminating) discussions on those homegrown ‘support’ sites […]

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Your brand is an experience

When I Google “define: brand,” I get the following result: trade name: A type of product manufactured by a company under a particular name Is this definition accurate? Traditional marketers would agree with Google’s definition. These individuals spend lots of time and money developing a name—an image with which to brand their products and services. They […]

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Social Social everywhere – but Customer Service is nowhere

When you read the survey that says 71% of customer complaints sent via Twitter meet with no response, you realize that for many companies, having a Twitter account is more about lip service then any actual service. Of course, ‘no response’ doesn’t have to equate with ‘no reaction’ but with half of the surveyed group expecting […]

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Your Product is an Experience

All businesses sell products. Whatever they might be—a laptop, a phone, groceries, a trip to the Bahamas, dinner in a restaurant—anything that someone pays money for is a product. Or so we all thought. I am about to argue that your product is not a product. Your product is, in fact, an experience. Think about […]

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What if…?

Some questions for customer service and customer experience managers to think about… What if: your agents could follow the right process, just as you had designed it? your agents didn’t have to ALT_TAB through 15 applications on their desktop? your agents didn’t have to use Post-it notes or index cards or refer to training manuals? […]

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Lessons from famous brands – listening to the voice of the customer

At one point in time, the Singer Corporation had more than 12,000 people working in a single plant. They were selling more than a million sewing machines a year and had hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue. They were one of the most important manufacturers in America. It was fun …while it lasted! When […]

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Why Social, Listening and Customer Experience Initiatives belong in Customer Service

The new voice of the customer is putting a huge burden on the old ear of business. With the advent of social media, telling ten friends can now mean influencing ten million friends. The resulting tidal shift in the business-to-customer relationship has businesses scrambling to adjust: B2C companies are now employing new listening technologies, appointing […]

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Inviting customers to your internal meetings – all the time!

Do you find that you frequently make important business decisions without taking your customer’s point of view into account? And that as a good business leader, you want to factor in your customer’s voice, but don’t know where or how to start? Well, you could try an experiment. Next time you are in an internal meeting, […]

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A service experience where one size fits no-one

I’m a frequent business traveler who’s likely to rack up $30,000 in airline, car rental and hotel expenses every year. I also vacation with my family twice a year, which offers a potential value of $15,000 annually. That means that over the next three years my value as a customer is approximately $150,000. I’d say […]

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