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EEA Youtube Show: Why CX Is So Bad and What to Do About it

This candid discussion on the poor state of customer service and what to do about it with experts at the front lines provides the financial reasons for and principles to support a strategic and systematic approach to customer engagement. While the Environmental, Social, Governance (ESG) movement has focused on employees and the supply chain, customers and distribution partners are every much as important to organizational success and have a direct connection with employees. This EEA Youtube Show, “Essentials in Customer Experience,” is designed for management at every level seeking to understand the principles for success. Click here for the show.
According to the American Customer Satisfaction Association (ACSA) surveys, the average level of customer satisfaction in the US hasn’t budged from the low 73% in 26 years or more, despite the Internet, social media, chat, customer relationship management technology, and large expenditures in customer service technology and personnel. Rick Garlick, Vice President of Magid, a people advisory firm and Chief Research Advisor to the Incentive Research Foundation; Alex Mead, a prolific CX thought leader on Linked in with extensive hands-on experience (including as a call center employee) and head of CX for a “stealth” digital startup in the Middle East, and Barbara Porter, Managing Partner, Customer Experience, EY, who has also owned a call center company, help explain why and how to address the opportunity to improve customer service through a strategic approach to customer experience across the enterprise in this EEA Youtube show.
While the regulatory and disclosure authorities define human capital as employees, the concepts of Enterprise Engagement, ISO 10018 People Engagement, and Stakeholder Capitalism metrics equally include customers, distribution, and supply chain partners.

Here are key takeaways from this EEA Youtube show:
Without the enthusiastic support of the CEO and leadership team, success is impossible, because great experiences are a direct result of a clear customer-focused vision, highly engaged employees who buy into the organization’s mission and who have the autonomy and tools to build great customer relationships. 
Poor customer experience persists because companies have a short-term view of return-on-investment measurement and feel satisfied if they hit their cost and sales goals without seeing what they are leaving on the table because of employee and customer turnover. 
The return-on-investment can be clearly measured in terms of: Higher levels of customer retention, greater spend per customer, greater willingness to recommend, lower call center costs due to fewer and shorter customer service calls, higher employee retention and lower recruitment costs, higher social media ratings, and lower legal costs, among others.
Companies frequently measure call-center productivity in terms of time spent on a call versus on the value of the outcome. With common customer relationship management tools, there’s no excuse for overlooking the total lifetime value of the customer in favor of a productivity metric that leads to the high turnover that hurts customer service.
Recognize that great service begins with employees, whose support for internal and external customers is critical to achieving measurable financial and experiential results, and that little is possible without engaging and enabling employees to create great customer experiences.
By failing to measure the return on investment of customer and employee engagement, companies make short-term decisions such as paying below living wages so that employees are continually looking for the next opportunity. It’s not possible to establish engagement, trust, and meaning unless people earn a living wage, and companies that track revenues, costs, and willingness to refer for customers and employees will see that addressing the pay issue coupled with a total rewards and professional development strategy will more than pay for themselves in higher revenues and lower costs.
Define your brand and experiences based on the pains and needs of the people to whom you are trying to sell, rather than only on what you wish to sell them.
Let people reach you the way they want to reach you by the ways they wish to interact, the web, e-mail, chat, phone, and minimize wait times--understanding that by the time customers wish to talk, they likely are already aggravated.
Once you are ready for action, establish a clear strategic, and holistic approach under the direction of a senior executive that connects a customer-centric brand to engagement with all areas of the enterprise so that everyone has common expectations and understandable roles and metrics.
Rather than silo-in different aspects of customer service between departments, create customer service advocates who own each customer relationship, training and empowering these employees to be the problem solvers so that the caller has one single source who is easy to communicate with. In so doing, these employees become brand advocates who not only help solve problems but who can help identify new ways to serve the customer once the problem is favorably solved.
To Contact the Panelists
Rick Garlick
Vice President of Magid,
Chief Research Advisor to the Incentive Research Foundation
Alex Mead
Head of CX for a digital startup in the Middle East
Barbara Porter
Managing Partner, Customer Experience, EY

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