The Death of Inbound Marketing (& What You Can Do About It)

Sales pro, Jill Konrath

OK, so Grant Cardone may love cold calling, but most of us hate it. (And, frankly, I find Cardone’s approach seriously off-putting). So, like many people, I was thrilled when “inbound marketing” became a thing. I had fantasies about never having …Continue Reading →

How To Make Sure An Acquisition Doesn’t Hurt Customer Experience

When you're part of an acquisition, how to you keep customer experience high?

What Impact Will Kaiser Permanente’s Acquisition of GHC Have On Customer Experience? Seattle-based Group Health Cooperative (GHC) has been in business for over 75 years; longer that Kaiser Permanente, which recently acquired it. In today’s podcast interview with GHC’s Customer Experience Designer, …Continue Reading →

Does The Government Really Care About Your Opinions?

Most of us have been in a long government service lineup at some point.

Who hasn’t stood in a lineup trying to access a government service? It’s so easy to bash government service departments, especially when you’ve spent an hour in a lineup only to be told you are missing something and have to start all …Continue Reading →

How To Really Piss Off a Customer

Don't let business slip away because of bad customer experience

Don’t Make These Stupid Customer Service Mistakes If you want to lose business, check out today’s podcast (and/or read the blog post). Yes folks, this really happened. Please don’t make these mistakes! On July 31 I bought a product that …Continue Reading →

How Upping Their Customer Service Led to Growth in a Recession

Craig Nadeau, of Maxim Constructors

Can Customer Service Recession-Proof Your Business? There are an awful lot of empty offices in oil capital Calgary these days, but a company that does tenant improvements has managed to grow anyway, thanks in part to an increased focus on …Continue Reading →

Cyber Attacks Knocked Out Huge Sites Recently. Is Yours Safe?

Are Russian Hackers & Cyber Criminals Putting Your Customers at Risk?"

When Sites Like Twitter Are Vulnerable to Cyber Attacks, Should We Just Give Up? Last Friday huge sites like Twitter, Netflix and Spotify were down for a while thanks to a massive cyber attack on domain provider, Dyn. According to an article …Continue Reading →

How to Find Process Problems That Irritate Customers

PeopleShock customer experience book hits Amazon #1 best-seller lists

Process Problems Upset Customers AND Hurt Profitability Process is the 3rd P in the 3P Profit Formula I discuss in the book PeopleShock: The Path to Profits When Customers Rule, and it is one of the biggest areas where organizations fall down …Continue Reading →

How to Keep Customers Happy After a Merger: Travelocity & Expedia

Can You Reconcile Quality vs. Quantity After a Merger? When your company has built its reputation on great customer service, what happens when you’re in a merger with a bigger company that has a different focus? That’s the challenge Martin …Continue Reading →

How Can a Bank Convince Customers It Really IS Different?

When all banks seem the same, how do you convince customers yours is different?

Yeah, sure you’re different from all the other banks. (This is part 2 of my interview with Dave Mowat, CEO of ATB Financial. Click here for Part 1.) ATB Financial, a government owned financial institution with about 5,300 employees and $46 …Continue Reading →

What?! This Bank WANTS its Employees to Break Rules?

Dave Mowat, CEO of ATB Financial, says in this week's interview that sometimes it's a good idea for employees to break rules!

It’s hard to find an industry much more risk averse than banking (especially these days), so it was startling to hear ATB Financial CEO, Dave Mowat, tell me that he’s trying to encourage employees to break rules! The key, obviously, is …Continue Reading →