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Customer Service Operations Rest On Mature Technologies, But Emerging Ones Add Differentiation

Kate Leggett July 27, 2018

Great customer service helps control costs as companies squeeze out operational efficiencies. It also fuels sustainable top-line revenue growth by providing differentiated experiences that keep customers loyal to your brand. We just finished assessing 20 of the most important technologies in customer service in terms of their maturity and business value. Here are some of […]

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Making Journey Maps Useful: CX Measurement Edition

Maxie Schmidt July 27, 2018

Of course you should use journey maps to define CX metrics — it’s the only way to define outside-in CX metrics that: Capture important pain or peak points. Measure the right CX drivers. Align operational metrics with customers’ expectations (e.g., how you measure delivery times). But why are only 39% of CX pros using journey maps […]

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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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Organizational Design Needs Deep-Rooted Change

Sharyn Leaver July 9, 2018

Every day, executives lean in and light up when we describe the virtues of operating with true customer obsession, vowing to make a change . . . . . . and then they return to their reality. The entrenched design of their companies’ organization holds them back. Our research asserts that any modern organization needs […]

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The Billion-Customer Digital Accessibility Opportunity

Gina Bhawalkar June 27, 2018

There’s a vast population that many companies can’t reach because they design experiences without accessibility in mind — it’s large and growing by the minute. And these potential customers have money to spend: Over 1 billion people worldwide have a disability, and they have over $1.2 trillion in annual disposable income. That number balloons to […]

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Retailers Still Struggle To Differentiate Through Customer Experience

Sucharita Kodali June 26, 2018

The barrier has never been lower for retail shoppers to compare offerings and try new companies. Superior customer experience (CX) helps foster loyalty, and at the end of the day, CX leaders grow revenue faster than CX laggards. However, we found that most retailers continue to struggle at delivering great experiences to their customers. Forrester […]

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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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There Are No Clear CX Leaders Among US Brands — For The Third Year In A Row

Rick Parrish June 19, 2018

Forrester’s 2018 Customer Experience Index (CX Index) for US brands reveals a worsening CX leadership gap: Not a single brand has risen to the top of our rankings and continued to move upward, and the overall quality of US customer experience is stagnating. The report is based on Forrester’s CX Index™ methodology, which measures how […]

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Don't Pay Employees For Delivering Good CX — Why Monetary CX Incentives Drive Worse CX In The Long Run

Maxie Schmidt June 11, 2018

Tying CX performance to monetary incentives backfires. Every time. Often in spectacular, unforeseen ways. And while we have seen some firms take the leap into a world without monetary CX incentives, tying accountability for CX to money is still a common shortcut in CX transformations. Unfortunately, that weakens employee morale and creates bad CX. In […]

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Don't Pay Employees For Delivering Good CX — Why Monetary CX Incentives Drive Worse CX In The Long Run

Maxie Schmidt June 11, 2018

Tying CX performance to monetary incentives backfires. Every time. Often in spectacular, unforeseen ways. And while we have seen some firms take the leap into a world without monetary CX incentives, tying accountability for CX to money is still a common shortcut in CX transformations. Unfortunately, that weakens employee morale and creates bad CX. In […]

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Customer Experience Trends In China, 2018

Riccardo Pasto June 8, 2018

What CX trends will affect customer loyalty and help you build competitive advantage? Look at what China reveals about the future of customer experiences. Until only a few years ago, most CX pros would have scoffed at talk of China as an innovator. But this has changed at breathtaking speed. Today, China has become so […]

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Get Ready To Activate Marketing Campaigns With Mobile Wallets

Thomas Husson June 7, 2018

In February 2015, Forrester predicted that the future of mobile wallets would go beyond mere payments. We argued that within five years, mobile wallets would become marketing platforms in their own right — a new channel where marketers mixed their offline and online marketing efforts. Despite the growing adoption of wallet solutions from Apple, Google, and Samsung, […]

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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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The US Federal Government Still Ranks Near The Bottom Of Forrester’s Customer Experience Index

Rick Parrish May 31, 2018

The White House requires federal agencies to “provide a modern, streamlined, and responsive customer experience across government, comparable to leading private sector organizations.” Unfortunately, results from Forrester’s 2018 US Federal Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) show that federal CX remains weak and uneven. The 15 US federal agencies and programs that we rated in this […]

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Why Looking For The Perfect CX Metric Is Futile — And How To Try Anyway

Maxie Schmidt May 30, 2018

What is the right top-line CX metric? I lead the CX measurement research at Forrester and get this question a lot. Usually clients ask whether Net Promoter Score (NPS)* is best, or whether customer satisfaction or effort make more sense, or whether there is something new and exciting coming up. So I thought I’d share […]

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Customer Experience Q&A: Etsy’s Abby Covert, Information Architect

Harley Manning May 30, 2018

If you care about CX, you have to admire Etsy. It was the top digital retailer in Forrester’s Customer Experience Index™ in 2017. It excels at differentiating itself with a unique set of products and a distinctive online store, where buyers routinely upload pictures of their purchases alongside gushing reviews. Unsurprisingly, Etsy is also one […]

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Customer Experience Q&A: Etsy’s Abby Covert, Information Architect

Harley Manning May 30, 2018

If you care about CX, you have to admire Etsy. It was the top digital retailer in Forrester’s Customer Experience Index™ in 2017. It excels at differentiating itself with a unique set of products and a distinctive online store, where buyers routinely upload pictures of their purchases alongside gushing reviews. Unsurprisingly, Etsy is also one […]

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VivaTech 2018

Thomas Husson May 22, 2018

From Thursday to Saturday, more than 70,000 visitors will attend the third edition of VivaTech in Paris, one of the largest digital and tech conferences in Europe. The aim is to celebrate innovation and to help startups and businesses grow. The lineup of speakers is pretty impressive, starting with Mark Zuckerberg, who will join a […]

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