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Join Me In London Next Month To Discuss The Ethics Of AI

Brandon Purcell October 10, 2018
In about a month, I will have the honor of presenting my research on “The Ethics Of AI: How To Avoid Harmful Bias And Discrimination” to attendees at CX Europe 2018. The event will take place in London on November 13 and 14 and will feature several of my esteemed analyst colleagues, as well as […]
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Best Practices For Effective Employee Engagement Surveys: Advice From Your Peers

Adele Sage October 2, 2018
Employee engagement surveys help employee experience (EX) and customer experience (CX) pros keep a pulse on how employees feel about the company and leadership, their jobs and career paths, tools and training, and their roles in delivering a great customer experience. Recently, we hosted a discussion where we brought together EX and CX leaders to […]
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The Platform Economy — What CIOs Need To Know

Matthew Guarini October 1, 2018
Nary a day goes by without someone talking about their efforts to build a platform. We cannot argue: Platforms can contribute massive value to customers, the ecosystem, and the company that creates the platform. More so, as a consumer, I rely on platforms for so much of my working life that I often don’t even […]
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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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Money For Nothin’ And Stocks For Free

Vijay Raghavan September 25, 2018
JPMorgan enters the retail investing price war.
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Nine AI Marketing Use Cases That Have The Potential To Deliver Business Value

Xiaofeng Wang September 25, 2018
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in specific marketing applications such as programmatic real-time bidding is now commonplace. Although marketing has yet to adopt it more broadly, new use cases are gathering momentum. My latest report, “Leverage AI To Improve Marketing Efficiency,” covers the nine AI marketing use cases that have the potential to deliver […]
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How To Use Emotion To Deliver Your Brand Promise

Thomas Husson September 24, 2018
In a recent workshop with the marketing team of a large European brand, we discussed the importance for marketers to deliver their brand promise. About 45% of marketers now report to be in charge of the customer experience. Whether they officially own CX or simply orchestrate CX talent and resources does not matter. In that […]
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Disruptive Innovation: Enterprise Success Stories

James Staten September 24, 2018
As I’ve reported, the degree of tech-driven market disruption has never been a higher priority for every company, across every industry, than it is today. Thanks to rapidly evolving emerging technologies such as AI/ML, IoT, and blockchain, as well as the megacloud vendors who offer priced-per-hour access to tech innovation chains, everyone now has the ability to craft new […]
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Adobe Changes Its Marketing Cloud Trajectory With Marketo Acquisition

Lori Wizdo September 21, 2018
I am still catching my breath. Adobe has agreed to acquire Marketo for $4.75 billion. The deal is the biggest in Adobe’s history and a massive encore to the acquisition of Magento for a mere $1.7 billion in May. On the one hand, I find myself proud to be a B2B marketer — to think that […]
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Customer Experience Index Reveals Brands Lack Human Connection

Victor Milligan September 5, 2018
Forrester’s 2018 Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) results continue to show that companies are struggling to create and sustain a human connection with their customers. This is not a question of delighting customers as an endgame or some fluffy sense of emotional attachment; this is a crass and clear story of financial risk. Taking a step […]
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Can Emerging Technologies Turn The "Seamless Experience" Unicorn Into A Reality?

Jennifer Wise August 30, 2018
A few weeks ago, I opened my inbox to find an email from The New York Times telling me it had updated its homepage, saying it wanted to give its subscribers a “seamless experience: Whether you visit on your phone, tablet or computer, you’ll now see the same groups of stories across all of your […]
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Beyond The Hype, AI Will Spark A Marketing Renaissance

Thomas Husson August 30, 2018
Marketing technology (martech) vendors are heavily pitching AI. However, AI per se is not new and won’t solve CMOs’ problems overnight. In fact, many marketers use AI without even knowing it, when they use AI-powered algorithms for programmatic ad buying! The reality is that AI will scale existing data-driven marketing approaches and give modern CMOs […]
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Join Us At CX SF 2018 For Insight Into Seamless Experience

David Truog August 15, 2018
You know that people’s experiences with your company, your products, and your services make all the difference in whether they decide to stay with you or switch to a competitor. It’s why you strive to make those experiences seamless and immersive — but that’s a tall order, which is why we’re tackling the problem head on […]
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Bad CX Surveys? Not With This Checklist!

Maxie Schmidt August 8, 2018
CX surveys are the butt of jokes in dinner party conversations and comedy sketches. On social media, people gleefully tweet examples of surveys gone wrong. Just type the three words “CX,” “survey,” and “fail” into a Twitter search . . . But this is no laughing matter if you are in a CX role. Bad […]
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A Reality Check On Natural Language For Conversational Computing

Leslie Joseph August 7, 2018
Conversational computing has our attention. We have been talking to machines since as far back as 1961, when the world’s first digital speech recognition system, the IBM Shoebox, was released. The Shoebox could recognize digits and a grand total of 16 words. Cut to half a century later: Humanity is trying hard to fall in […]
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The AI Revolution In CX Measurement

Maxie Schmidt August 3, 2018
This is part 4 of my blog series on the future of CX measurement (read part 1, part 2, and part 3). Let’s face it, most CX measurement programs could use a revolution — AI or otherwise. Because CX measurement programs are: Crumbling. CX measurement relies too much on surveys. But transactional surveys capture only between 2% and 7.5% […]
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Apple’s Earnings Are Amazing But Not Enough

James L. McQuivey August 1, 2018
Apple’s Tim Cook announced stellar earnings yesterday, exceeding analyst estimates but not surprising us at Forrester. We have predicted for a while that Apple was poised to become the world’s first trillion-dollar company (at the moment of this writing, the company’s market cap stands at $982 billion). Apple’s products are outstanding, and its revenue outlook […]
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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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