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The New Digital Model For Brand Experience

Dipanjan Chatterjee February 5, 2019
The Journey From Energy To Experience In the summer of 2017, I, along with my Forrester colleagues, wrote up the results of our year-long endeavor to build an analytically sophisticated, data-driven framework for emotion-led branding. In my report entitled “Emotions Fuel Your Brand Energy,” I outlined three components of a brand’s “energy” and its ability […]
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Align Martech Investments With Your Digital Transformation Strategy

Rusty Warner January 29, 2019
Customers demand that marketing coordinate with sales, service, and commerce to deliver better experiences. That’s why enterprise marketing technology (martech) is melding with customer experience (CX) to deliver consistency and relevance (see Forrester’s “Predictions 2019: B2C Marketing” report). Martech is a direct line to consumer touchpoints, and marketers should embrace and leverage it to drive […]
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The CMO’s Guide To CES 2019: Customer+Brand+Tech

Dipanjan Chatterjee January 23, 2019
Each thing you see at CES may be wondrous, but after you’ve seen five variations of the same hundred things, the net effect is clutter and confusion. Let me help sort things out. I’ve had a week away from mood-lit Alexa-enabled toilets, from fierce ping-pong-playing robots, and from the jingle-jangle morning of walking through unending […]
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The Race To Innovate CX In Brokerage And Wealth Management

Harley Manning December 26, 2018
Recently, Forrester published our CX predictions for 2019. Our first prediction was that stagnating CX quality will cause short, destructive price wars. We cited Fidelity’s two new zero-fee investment funds as an example of how this is already starting to play out. We also noted that Vanguard responded to Fidelity by highlighting its many funds […]
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2018 Marked 20 Years Of Customer Experience Research At Forrester!

Harley Manning November 26, 2018
I didn’t want to leave 2018 without noting a milestone for all of us here at Forrester who cover customer experience. It was 20 years ago, all the way back in September of 1998, when we inaugurated our customer experience research by publishing our first report about CX. That report, “Why Most Websites Fail,” introduced […]
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Predictions 2019: Customer Experience Comes Under Fire

Harley Manning November 5, 2018
Let’s face it: 2018 was not a fabulous year for customer experience. On average, CX quality was flat, with Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) scores showing little movement for the third year in a row. And what little movement that did happen was toward the middle of our scale, where 62% of brands bunched up in […]
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Stop Trying To Get Every Customer To Love You

Ryan Hart November 1, 2018
Very quietly last month, Path, the social media network founded by Shawn Fanning (Napster) and former Facebook executive Dave Morin, closed its doors after 18 years. What differentiated Path in the early days was that it limited the number of users’ connections to the seemingly arbitrary number of 150. Adding any additional contacts required that […]
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Join Us At CX Europe 2018 For Insights Into Customer Understanding And Other Key CX Priorities

David Truog November 1, 2018
Forrester’s customer experience Forums are in their 10th year — from our first one in 2009 in New York, they’ve grown and spread to San Francisco, London, Singapore, and other cities around the world and have become yearly destinations for CX pros far and wide. CX Europe 2018 is just 12 days from now — Tuesday and Wednesday, […]
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This I Tell You, Brother; You Can’t Have One Without The Other: Brand And CX Together At Long Last

Dipanjan Chatterjee October 24, 2018
“Love and marriage, love and marriage They go together like a horse and carriage This I tell you, brother You can’t have one without the other” – Frank Sinatra The New Yorker once wrote of Sinatra that “he sounds the way you would sound if you could speak the things you feel.” In my line […]
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Marketers — Get Your Heads Out Of The Clouds!

Rusty Warner October 16, 2018
It’s frustrating when a customer exhibits purchase intent but doesn’t buy because of friction in the customer journey. It’s worse when a store manager or contact center agent is unaware of a digital promotion. Nearly 40% of CMOs say that a lack of consistent customer experience (CX) prevents greater online sales revenue. Empowered customers now […]
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How To Get Your Customers To Do Your Selling For You (Previewing Our B2B Forum)

Laura Ramos September 29, 2018
“Say, Tom, let me whitewash a little.” “No — no — I reckon it wouldn’t hardly do, Ben. You see, Aunt Polly’s awful particular about this fence . . . it’s got to be done very careful; I reckon there ain’t one boy in a thousand, maybe two thousand, that can do it the way it’s got […]
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In XD Providers’ Emerging Technology Work, Machine Learning And Chatbots Mature Fastest

Andrew Hogan September 26, 2018
Experience design (XD) providers we surveyed told us that among emerging technologies, clients most often ask them about machine learning, chatbots, the internet of things (IoT), and augmented reality (AR). Providers also reported that chatbot-related terms “intelligent agents” and “voice interfaces” drew significant interest, as well. However, the providers’ revenue is coming more from machine […]
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Make Your Brand “Voice” Loud And Clear

Dipanjan Chatterjee July 23, 2018
Voice is marketing’s most significant paradigm shift this decade — one that has far-reaching implications for how brands engage customers and prospects. Read Forrester’s latest report on voice to learn why voice will flourish, what that means for your brand, and how to get ready to win in the world of voice. Get Ready For The […]
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Make Your Brand "Voice" Loud And Clear

Dipanjan Chatterjee July 23, 2018
Voice is marketing’s most significant paradigm shift this decade — one that has far-reaching implications for how brands engage customers and prospects. Read Forrester’s latest report on voice to learn why voice will flourish, what that means for your brand, and how to get ready to win in the world of voice. Get Ready For The […]
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Banking CX Is Stagnating

Alyson Clarke June 19, 2018
Customer experience leaders grow revenue faster than CX laggards, drive higher brand preference, and can charge more for their products. Based on a survey of more than 110,000 US adult customers in 2018, Forrester’s Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) methodology measures how well a brand’s customer experience strengthens the loyalty of its customers so that […]
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Avoid Bad HiPPO Directives With Insights and Prioritization

Ryan Hart June 5, 2018
CX professionals often fall victim to the top-down HiPPO approach to prioritization; HiPPO being an acronym for the “highest-paid person’s opinion” — when priorities are set by the CEO or other senior management based on gut and experience rather than actual underlying data. Case in point, Hilton Hotels’ digital team often received “suggestions” from executives around […]
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When Piloting Colocation, Measure Customer Impact

Ananda Chakravarty June 4, 2018
When Piloting Colocation, Measure Impact To Location, Customers, And Operations It’s been interesting to see creative real estate colocation ideas such as the recently announced pilot for ALDI in 10 Kohl’s stores. As Kevin Mansell, former CEO of Kohl’s, explained, “We believe the opportunity to leverage our real estate through this effort has benefits.”[1] But […]
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Countdown To Forrester’s 10th Annual CXNYC Forum June 19–20

Harley Manning May 18, 2018
Back in 2009, Forrester launched its first customer experience forum. We picked New York as the location because for years we’d put on a financial services event there, and we knew that our attendees from the banking, brokerage, and insurance industries all had CX on their minds. We didn’t know how well the new event […]
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HaiDiLao Cooks The Competition With Memorable Customer Service

Riccardo Pasto May 7, 2018
How do you differentiate your brand in highly competitive markets, especially when competitors promptly copy anything that works? Learn from HaiDiLao, China’s most popular chain of hot-pot restaurants. HaiDiLao evokes positive emotions from customers with memorably crafted human interactions. The company empowers its staff to personalize experience delivery as customers or scenarios demand. Let me […]
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Amazon Flirts With Banks And Their Customers: Here’s What You Should Do

Peter Wannemacher April 3, 2018
Like a football team captain at a junior high dance, Amazon just sauntered up to a big group of people and started dropping hints about its sweet moves on the dance floor . . . Okay, that’s not exactly what’s happening here, but it sure felt like that to many bank executives who heard the […]
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