The five crucial things successful CX companies do every day

> Most successful CX companies do these things to lift their game
> Steve Towers shares the winning strategies
> Model your own strategy based on leading CX next practices
This article is a build on terrific feedback from my recent piece ‘5 Critical Failures of 80% of Customer Experience initiatives’.
(You can see that here: https://bit.ly/CX5Results)

George Bernard Shaws observation is pertinent

“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.”

So with that in mind, let’s move beyond the mistakes and uncover the winning strategies and how best we can implement those insightful approaches.
Based on our recent work and research my report from the CX front line should help you rethink your approach in our collective endeavor to get more scientific about the customer experience.
In the earlier article, we identified five major errors and causes of failure. Let’s review how winning CX companies reframe those into successful strategies.
1. Top teams understand CX success and get out of the way of their people to let them get on with it.
To achieve strategic CX success, it is necessary to understand the limitations imposed by industrial-age thinking (getting better at doing the wrong stuff faster, functional specialisms, outdated reward systems) and help the organization migrate to Outside-In thinking and practices. At Zappos, for instance, it is more important to meet the customer (see Zappos hits the road.. http://bit.ly/Zappos2017), gather insights, and provide input to reshape the organization. The top team is actually out there “We want to shake the customers hands, give them really big high fives and meet their friends — delivering happiness and memorable experiences along the way,” said Kristin Richmer, Senior Brand Marketing Manager, Zappos.
The task then is not overlaying the new insights onto an industrial age siloed world. It is actually to reshape the organization, its people, the reward systems, processes and systems to better deliver successful customer outcomes. Tony Hsieh reinforces this feed-forward approach “we actually want to talk with customers more as 70% of our business are repeat buys. Hiding our contact details and making it difficult to talk is not our way” http://bit.ly/TonyHseih
2. Customer needs are understood and developed to create the organizational alignment towards successful customer outcomes.
Leading CX Companies have developed an a-b-c strategy when boiled down includes
(a) stop asking customers what they want
(b) get your head around current customer expectations, and
(c) articulate customer needs even when the customer doesn’t know what they are.
This effort is not a ‘one and done’, it is about continual learning and then the development of services and products that anticipate customer needs rather than following the outdated mantra of those organizations seeking more and more (often meaningless) feedback.
And Disney provides a demonstration of this a-b-c approach.
Consider this:

Disney World Orlando, is about 43 square miles, about twice the size of Manhattan. 30 million guests per year enjoy 4 theme parks: the Magic Kingdom, the Hollywood Studios, Epcot and the Animal Kingdom.

You can navigate to these parks by car, bus, monorail, boats and a ferry depending on your hotel – and that in itself includes over 20 themed for your delight. Coupled with Disneys new wearable “Magic Bands” (see http://bit.ly/MagicBand) you receive a smooth personalized experience where ever you are.
This collection of entertainment is a dynamic living system focused on successful customer outcomes. With digital real-time feedback, Disney offers an integrated experience built around a co-ordinated set of business and customer outcomes, from the time you think of a trip, to the time you are back home with the kids.
3. Being customer-centric isn’t about projects – it is a state of mind.
A great mistake of many is approaching customer experience as an initiative, something with a clearly defined start and end point. Appreciating CX is a state of mind for the whole company is a major differentiator and allows successful organizations to continually tweak and evolve, rather than live in a permanent state of project stop-start crisis. The guiding principle is, at the heart of CX, change is desirable, welcomed and systematic. It impacts everyone and everything all the time.
4. Successful CX transcends measures and implements a rigorous feedback/feed forward framework.
A recent analysis in the banking industry suggested that more than 85% of the total key performance indicators measured outputs – things that get produced from activities.
Successful CX companies however have a very different profile and focus, their attention is on measuring outcomes – the result of what is produced. To these companies this is not a semantic distinction, it underpins the total CX strategy. As a result, the measurement systems are simplified, and the focus on results rather than activity moves the dial towards customer centricity so much more quickly. Programs such as Disneys True North set a direction with supporting metrics, and rather than measure everything that moves they focus on the results and outcomes that need to be delivered to achieve successful customer outcomes. In this context, more than 75% of measures are ‘Outcomes’ with less than 25% outputs.
Test this for yourself in the call center. What are your top ten measurements, are they output-oriented or outcome-based? The former would be things like average handle time, abandon rates, downtime and so on. The latter would be the delivery of customer need, queries completely resolved (not the piece mean partial interim ‘first call resolution’ type things measured with a functional bias).
In summary, CX leaders have fewer measures and the majority are now Outcome-based.
5. CX is both the strategy and the operational objective to overcome needless complexity.
A recent Forrester survey says 81% of CX professionals are mapping experiences from the customer’s perspective, but only 21% are mapping the ecosystem (processes, people, technology). In this context there are two opportunities that successful CX companies exploit:
i. CX can only be successful if you build a complete CX ecosystem map (we call that a CXecomap) which includes cause and effect and connects the people who deliver the customer experience with those people and systems who provide the means for it.
ii. CX Current state crisis. Successful CX companies can clearly articulate the what and how the organization should be doing to deliver great experiences. They do not become mired in the exercise of mapping all the current external and internal processes and systems (which can take years to complete and provides little in the way of direction for what should exist.)
These companies understand the reality that the current structure and systems were never created with excellent CX in mind but were in fact designed around an industrial age, production system based model. Accordingly, next practice is to utilize design principles that envision what should be, and then progressively mature and migrate the organization to that vision.
To conclude CX success doesn’t come from wishful thinking. It is a deliberate and sustained effort to understand and articulate the ever changing customer. To build a new trust with them that goes beyond the platitudes of the past. In the near term it is about becoming more scientific about the customer experience. In the longer term it is a guarantee of business success.
We have codified these CX next practice approaches into the CEMMethod (now version10). You can access that as a resource with others below.
The earlier article can be viewed here: ‘5 Critical Failures of 80% of Customer Experience initiatives’. http://bit.ly/CX2017
Other useful resources on this theme:www.bpgroup.org (workshops, accreditation, and certification)www.stevebtowers.com
www.successfulcustomeroutcomes.net (blog for all things customer experience)
www.cemmethod.com (CEMMethod v10)
www.outsideinthesecret.com (Free copy of ‘Outside-In. The Secret’)
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Accredited CX Professional, Masters & Champions (ACXP, ACXM, ACXC) Program

An internationally recognized program with proven track record delivered by been there and done it coaches more than 180 times, in 64 cities with delegates from 118 countries.
The program, now in its eleventh year, utilizes the BP Groups approaches and framework to help you and your organization win the triple crown – simultaneously reduce costs, grow revenues and enhance service.
Producing Immediate and sustainable business results across any industry and sector.
 
Become a qualified CPP-Master or ACXP and demonstrate your professionalism http://www.bpgroup.org/training.html

Leveraging Analytics to Create the Ultimate Customer Experience Ecosystem

Dr. Durrell Ramrathan, Ph.D

Dr. Durrell Ramrathan is for many an unsung hero carving a path for the rest of us to follow as he takes CX and Analytics to the next level. This recent keynote is exactly what |I am talking about, chokka block full of useful practical guidance and some great stories at the same time.

Watch the presentation here and download the transcript below.

You can reach out to Durrel at: Durel Ramrathan, Ph.D
and he is part of the groundbreaking CX team headed by Roland D. Naidoo over at #Multichoice.

Get the Transcript: https://bit.ly/CXAnalyticsTransacr


To upskill to the latest ‘Next Practice’ Find out more: https://bit.ly/GCCACXP


There are always more questions than answers 😉 However, in the ACX Masters program, we cover all the bases and provide a set of tools and approaches that enable you to WIN THE TRIPLE CROWN in every CX initiative
Join us soon!

THESE ARE THE TOP 3 QUESTIONS CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE LEADERS ASK…

CONSISTENTLY IN THE TOP FIVE, THE ANSWERS MAY GIVE YOU THE INSIDE-TRACK

I am going to do a one-minute Q and A today. Do you know what the toughest questions Customer Experience Leaders Ask?

OK, Here we go.

Find out more: https://bit.ly/GCCACXP

Firstly,

QUESTION 1: Why do so many organizations struggle to become truly customer-centric?

ANSWER: They are using an out-of-date mindset. The thinking is borrowed from the industrial age when optimizing production and throughput was the thing. That way of thinking is about production management, efficiency, effectiveness, and waste elimination. Does that sound familiar? The mindset is not exactly customer focussed.

Next

QUESTION 2: What is (probably) the biggest hurdle to becoming Outside-In and customer-focused?

ANSWER: It is getting passed this industrial age mindset and all the things that come with it. For instance, it is our reward structure. It’s the approach to employee empowerment. Another one is rigid out of date linear processes and systems. I think you get the picture.

Alright, one more concern.

QUESTION 3: If listening to the customer is so important, then what is ‘best practice’ and the emerging next practice?

ANSWER: Often times many companies try to drive forward by only looking in the rear-view mirror. That is by listening to subjective perceptual historic feedback rather than paying attention to every interaction 100% of the time.

The GOOD news is…

In the ACX Masters program, we show you step-by-step how to handle these challenges so you don’t have to Fall into the Bear Pit.

You can get the full scoop and preview here at the BP Group site.

Cheers for now!

There are always more questions than answers 😉 However, in the ACX Masters program, we cover all the bases and provide a set of tools and approaches that enable you to WIN THE TRIPLE CROWN in every CX initiative
Join us soon!

Check it out here: The ACX Master – online, in the room, live and interactive

https://bit.ly/GCCACXP


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WHAT IS THE MOST COMMON CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE PROBLEM CX PROFESSIONALS FACE?

SEEING THE WORLD AS IT IS CAN BE A CHALLENGE FOR SO MANY PEOPLE

The other day I was rewatching The Matrix – can you believe that was released in 1999?… but I digress.

One of the most interesting scenes is where Morpheus presents Neo with a choice of the red pill or the blue pill. What was Neo’s response to the offer? 

As described by Morpheus: “You take the blue pill…the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill…you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Neo chooses the red pill and joins the rebellion.

What will your choice be – Red or Blue?

Yes, he chose to see the world as it really is, not as it appeared to be….

That’s a lot like the choice companies face now. Do they carry on living in the blissful ignorance of a collective hallucination from the industrial age, or do they see the world as it really is now.

Maybe I’m geeking out on this a bit…

But when you’re as immersed as I am into Outside-In and Customer Centricity you just start seeing these little lessons everywhere… even in popular films.

We do a lot more about moving beyond the hallucination during the ACX Masters 4 day program. 

Check it out here: The ACX Master – online, live and interactive

https://bit.ly/GCCACXP


The One Template To Rule Them All?!

Simple things can be very very effective and that is certainly the case with this ‘go-to’ template. Based on the Next Practice of some of the worlds leading companies completing this could change the way you think and do business forever.

It is my first interaction with Top Teams and Leaders and I use it as my first conversation with anyone who says they are tasked with helping transform their organisations (and themselves sometimes!)

You can get this template and watch the overview mini video at:
https://experienceprofessional.com/northstar

Is this the One Template to Rule Them All? You tell me 😉

This neat 30-second video might give you a clue as to its origins…

Finding Your North Star

Do you want to embrace advanced Customer-Centric thinking and become Outside-In?

How You Can Become ‘Outside-In’… https://bit.ly/WhyOutsideIn

Start here and follow these simple steps:

Step #1 – Review the upskilling options to become an ACX Professional & ACX Master: https://bit.ly/GCCACXP

Step #2 – Get The Book: Outside-In The Secret *FREE* https://bit.ly/OI2021now

Step #3 – Get the Software:

Parallel | http://bit.ly/Parallel2021

Step #4 – Connect With The Community:

https://linktr.ee/SteveTowers

Step #5 – Keep Pace with Change:

Recent Keynote – The Hard Benefits of XM | https://cemnext.com/xmroi2023

THIS 4-DAY course MAY CHANGE THE WAY YOU DO PROCESS FOREVER

WITH YOUR COACH STEVE TOWERS & BECOME A CPP MASTER

Four days to become a Certified Process Professional Master (CPPM) https://bit.ly/CPPM2022

#cppmaster #cpp #pmi #certifiedprocessprofessional #bpgroup

The Certified Process Professional Master (CPP Master) program.

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MULTICHOICE SENIOR EXECUTIVE BECOMES THE WORLD’S FIRST FULLY ACCREDITED OKR COACH

[PRESSRELEASE] DENVER, COLORADO – August 31st, 2022

BP Group, the leader and creator of the CEMMethod® in 2006, announced that Multichoice Group Executive Head of Customer Experience and Operations, Roland D. Naidoo, successfully completed all the requirements to qualify as an Accredited OKR Coach fully.

For the full Press Release, go here OR click the button below.

Roland D. Naidoo, OKR Coach

In addition to this CXObession blog, there is now a ‘shorty’ video source at CXManSteve (@cxmansteve) TikTok | Watch CXManSteve’s Newest TikTok Videos

Also reach out for further #CX and #XM resources here: ​https://linktr.ee/stevetowers


Do you want to embrace advanced Customer-Centric thinking and become Outside-In?

How You Can Become ‘Outside-In’… https://bit.ly/WhyOutsideIn

Start here and follow these simple steps:

Step #1 – Review the upskilling options to become an ACX Professional & ACX Master: https://bit.ly/GCCACXP

Step #2 – Get The Book: Outside-In The Secret *FREE* https://bit.ly/OI2021now

Step #3 – Get the Software:

Parallel | http://bit.ly/Parallel2021

Step #4 – Connect With The Community:

https://linktr.ee/SteveTowers

Step #5 – Keep Pace with Change:

Recent Keynote – The Hard Benefits of XM | https://cemnext.com/xmroi2023

How to embrace and apply the key fundamentals of Customer Experience and XM success

When Steve Jobs kicked off the Customer Experience (CX) movement in 1997 (video here), he crystallized the idea of understanding customer NEEDS before doing anything else.

In addition to this CXObession blog, there is now a ‘shorty’ video source at CXManSteve (@cxmansteve) TikTok | Watch CXManSteve’s Newest TikTok Videos

Also reach out for further #CX and #XM resources here: ​https://linktr.ee/stevetowers

At the same time, another CX genius, Jeff Bezos, was three years into creating the most profitable company on the planet and precisely understood the working backwards imperative.

A young fresh-faced Jeff Bezos


There is this Need (even though customers don’t know it yet), and I can create the desire and meet that Need now. The rest is history. Watch the 2-minute video here.

Jeff Bezos

Do you want to embrace advanced Customer-Centric thinking and become Outside-In?

How You Can Become ‘Outside-In’… https://bit.ly/WhyOutsideIn

Start here and follow these simple steps:

Step #1 – Review the upskilling options to become an ACX Professional & ACX Master: https://bit.ly/GCCACXP

Step #2 – Get The Book: Outside-In The Secret *FREE* https://bit.ly/OI2021now

Step #3 – Get the Software:

Parallel | http://bit.ly/Parallel2021

Step #4 – Connect With The Community:

https://linktr.ee/SteveTowers

Step #5 – Keep Pace with Change:

Recent Keynote – The Hard Benefits of XM | https://cemnext.com/xmroi2023

The Complexity of Corporate Communication: How to get your message across!

The complexity of corporate communications

Corporate communication is a broad field that deals with the different public and internal facing aspects of a company. It involves various methods and approaches to share information about a company’s brand, products, services, employees, and so on with a broad internal and external audience.

Communication as a whole is complex as it involves many stakeholders and audiences. Moreover, effective communication requires strong connections between people at all levels of the organization.

To be able to communicate effectively within your organization and with the outside world, you need to understand what corporate communication is, its benefits, and how you can implement it in your organization.

That is why in this article we will discuss everything you need to know about corporate communication so you can get your message across!

What Is Corporate Communication?

When we talk about communication in business, we are primarily referring to two things – one is the process, and the other is the outcome of the process. The process consists of the steps involved in communication, for example – sending the message, the channel through which it is sent, the time frame, and so on.

The outcome of the process refers to the impact that the communication has had on the person who received it.

That is why communication is often described as a process through which we create an understanding between people who are not in the same place at the same time. In this sense, corporate communication is the process and activities through which organizations create a strong connection via employees with the outside world for the purpose of brand building, increasing reputation, and the acquisition and retention of customers.

Why is Effective Communication Important?

Communication is the process of exchanging information and ideas between two or more people. For this process to be effective, certain factors need to be in place. To start with, there should be an understanding between the sender and receiver of the message.

Communication is all about sharing information, and if the information is not understood, it won’t be useful to anyone. We have a saying that ‘a message without meaning is like a bird without wings’. It is because of this that communication is an important aspect of any business venture.

The right words, carefully selected and strategically placed with the correct tone, can be a very powerful tool. They can make for an excellent culture, your brand more recognizable, and encourage customers to buy your products and services.

Benefits of Effective corporate communication

Stronger relationships – The biggest benefit of effective communication is that it strengthens relationships. Whether you communicate with the members of your team, customers, or anyone in between, a strong connection will lead to better results.

Greater productivity – When people understand each other and have a clear idea of what their role is within the organization, productivity increases. This is especially true for organizations where employees have a say in shaping the communication process – for example, when they have the opportunity to voice feedback and suggestions, and when they have the power to participate in the decision-making process.

Better decision-making – When communication is effective, decision-making becomes much easier. This is because the information you share will be well-understood.

Better brand recognition – A strong connection with your audience will not only bring them closer to your brand, but it will also make them more loyal to it. Moreover, the brand of your business will become more recognizable as you take part in various communication activities.

Types of Corporate Communication

Internal communication – This is the communication that happens between employees. It can happen in a number of ways, including one-on-one meetings, group meetings, emails, and so on. Internal communication is important because it helps people work together more effectively and efficiently.

External communication – This is the communication that happens between your organization and the outside world. This could be in the form of marketing campaigns, public relations, social media posts, and more.

Customer communication – This is communication between your customers and your organization. It can happen in a number of ways, including through a company’s customer support or customer service department, through social media posts, and more.

Summing up

Communication is an essential part of any business venture, and it can make or break an organization. The success of your business relies not only on the quality of your products or services but also on how well you communicate that quality to your customers.

When you have strong relationships with your audience, when you can make better decisions, and when you can recognize your brand better – you have stronger communication.

To achieve this, it is important to implement effective goal-driven communication in your organization. This can be achieved by focusing on the type of communication you engage in and by making sure that your communications are all aligned to Successful Customer and Business Outcomes.

Develop Your Dream Team: Goal-led Collaboration Strategies

Collaboration is a crucial component of any endeavor, yet it may be difficult. In this blog post, we’ll look at ways to work with people who can help you reach your goals.

Collaboration is an essential part of any project, but it can be challenging. Not everyone has the same skill sets, so finding the people who can work together effectively can be challenging. To be successful, you need to collaborate with the right people. In this blog post, we look at how to collaborate with the people who can help you achieve your goals. We’ll look at the different types of collaboration and how to develop your dream team. No matter where you are in your collaboration journey, you can take steps to improve your effectiveness. Let’s get started.

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What is collaboration?

Collaboration is when two or more people work together to achieve a goal. This can take many forms, including team brainstorming sessions, project meetings, and regular collaboration activities. The most critical factor in successful collaboration is finding the right people to work with. Finding the right people to collaborate with requires carefully assessing skill sets and personalities. Find out where your strengths lie and hire people who can support your strengths. If you have a strong sense of communication or project management skills, find people who have those skills. You can also look for other ‘soft’ skills, such as cultural understanding, different life experiences, and emotional intelligence. These can be the difference between collaboration and a breakdown due to poor collaboration. You’re less likely to have issues when you hire people with similar skills to you, rather than trying to hire people who have a completely different skillset from you.

Why is collaboration essential?

Collaboration can help you better understand your team and each other. This can help you find your strengths and hire people who can support you. It can also help you identify areas where you need to develop skills. This may seem like common sense, but it’s essential to understand why collaboration is important. Poor collaboration can lead to misunderstandings, missed deadlines, and other problems. These issues can be costly. For example, if you hire new people, they are likely to want to work with people who are effective collaborators. If you’re not a good collaborator, then they may not fit in with your team. Poor collaboration can also lead to high stress. Working with people who aren’t effective collaborators can lead to high stress, leading to burnout or poor performance.

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Finding and working with collaborators

First, you need to find collaborators. Finding the right people is a challenge, but it can be done by carefully assessing skill sets and personalities. Next, you need to work with your collaborators. Working with your collaborators requires effort, but it’s important to remember that collaboration is a skill. If you’re not working on your collaboration skills, then you’re likely to fall back into old habits. One way to work on your skills is through deliberate practice. This means putting in the effort each day to improve your collaboration skills.

Collaboration types

There are different types of collaboration, which can be useful to know. We’ll look at the most important types of collaboration in this blog post. –

Long-term or permanent collaboration – The classic collaboration type is working with one or more people for a specific period of time. This is likely to be the most common collaboration type. –

Short-term collaboration – Another type of collaboration is working with one or more people for a specific amount of time. This is likely to be the type of collaboration that you’re most likely to experience. –

Co-location collaboration – This is working together in the same physical location. You may want to co-locate with your collaborators to increase collaboration. The advantages of co-location are often related to the advantages of working together in the same physical location.

Finding the right collaborators for your team

Now that you know the types of collaboration, you can start finding the right people to work with. Start by identifying the skill sets and personalities that matter most to you. For example, if you want to work on a team with a specific skill set, you can start using that skill set on a résumé or LinkedIn profile. Next, identify people with the skill sets you want. One way to do this is to identify people who have skills similar to yours. For example, if you’re going to work with data people, find data people applying for jobs. If you have multiple skill sets that you want in your dream team, then you can identify people who have those skill sets. You can also look for people with skills that are different from yours. This can help you identify people who have different skill sets that you want in your team.

Strategies for developing your dream team

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Now that you’ve identified the people you want to work with, we can talk about developing your dream team. You can work on building your dream team by deliberately practicing collaboration skills. This means putting in the effort each day to improve your own co-operation skills. You can also work on building your dream team by actively communicating with your team members. This means exchanging ideas with your team members and actively listening to them. You can also work on building your dream team by actively building your team.

Wrapping up

Collaboration is essential, but it can be challenging. Not everyone has the same skill sets, so finding the people who can work together effectively can be difficult. To be successful, you need to collaborate with the right people. You can identify the right people by carefully assessing skill sets and personalities.