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Customer Experience, Customer Success, Customer Support, SaaS

The Loyalty Metric: A Brief History of Net Promoter Score and How to Use it in Practice Today ft. @Wootric

More than two-thirds of the Fortune 1000 list currently use Net Promoter Score, a customer loyalty metric introduced by Fred Reichheld in a 2003 Harvard Business Review article, “The One Number You Need to Grow.”

One number. And to get to that one number, you only have to ask one question: “On a scale of 0 to 10, how likely are you to recommend this [product/brand/company/service]?”

Anyone who scores 0-6 is considered a Detractor. Passives rate 7 and 8. Promoters are those who score 9s and 10s – extremely likely to recommend.

The Net Promoter Score is calculated by subtracting Detractors from Promoters. Scores can range anywhere from -100 to 100. It couldn’t be simpler, or more powerful.

Since 2003, the popularity of that one number has grown exponentially, spawning specialty apps to track it and spurring researchers to study it. The most recent study by Temkin Group of 10,000 U.S. consumers showed a direct connection between NPS and customer loyalty across 20 industries. In 291 companies, NPS was highly correlated to the likelihood of repeat purchases from existing customers. In fact, promoters across those 20 industries were 92% more likely to make more purchases than detractors (not surprising), were 9 times more likely to try new offerings, and 5 times more likely to repurchase. Promoters were also 7 times more likely than Detractors to forgive companies if they made a mistake.

Loyalty is lucrative.

The ability to measure and improve it is imperative. And that’s where NPS comes into play.

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Customer Experience, Customer Success, Customer Support, UX

8 Innovative Ways to Use CX Metrics to Create Unbeatable Customer Experience ft. @Wootric

Image created by Yasmine Sedky (@yazsedky).

What we call Customer Experience (CX) is the total effect of each interaction between brand and customer over the course of the entire relationship (and it’s really all about how they feel). Positive feelings = effective CX, whether the interaction happens in a SaaS product, on a social media page, a website, over the phone, in person, or driving on the freeway.

This isn’t the same as User Experience – not at all.

Whereas UX is commonly concerned with evaluation of your product or website – a very limited scope – CX encompasses the entire experience of each customer from end-to-end, including touch points on your website, off your website, offline, on mobile, and person-to-person contact. You need both.

Fortunately, UX can be relatively easy to optimize.

Optimizing CX, on the other hand, can seem like an impossibly large task.

But keep in mind: CX is the sum total of specific, concrete, controllable occurrences. You know exactly when and how your customers interact with your brand, right? (No? You should – if it happens online, it’s all trackable). Your task then becomes understanding which CX metrics to track and how to use those metrics to create unbeatable – unforgettable – customer experiences for all.

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Artificial Intelligence, Customer Experience, Customer Success, Customer Support, Emotion

Use Real Emotion with Artificial Intelligence for Positive Customer Experiences by @NikkiElizDemere

Image created by Yasmine Sedky (@yazsedky).

Just yesterday my partner and I hit a snafu: Our bank had not paid our homeowners insurance, resulting in a panic-inducing email titled “your policy has expired.” Adulting in overdrive ensued.

The bank’s call center was a byzantine maze of pre-recorded messages, and it took three calls just to navigate it to the point of talking to a human being. Just when I was contemplating slamming my phone onto the pavement, I finally reached a person. A person who was clearly chagrined that I’d made it through the labyrinth undeterred. What a grump.

Not finding any help there, I then called my insurance company, which connected me directly to a person — a real, live person! — who cheerfully told me she’d contact my bank, sort out the mess, and call me back. And she did.

It was glorious.

This, friends, is why customer service, and in particular automation, has earned such a loathsome reputation.

Customers don’t want to be pitched from bot to bot, like projectiles in a pinball machine.

That doesn’t make us feel like valued customers. That doesn’t make us want to work with the company again, if we have any other choice. And forget about recommending the company to anyone else (at least, anyone we like).

But what if we could change that paradigm? What if we could create automation that was intelligent enough to give us the answers we need, and send us, quickly and efficiently, to the very best human agent capable of solving our problems?

This is the future I see as imminently possible, at least if we use automation intelligently to create more positive, relevant, and enjoyable user experiences.

Forget bots for a moment — let’s talk about people

For automation to be an integral, genuinely helpful, part of customer support (and customer success — we’ll get there), the customer support process needs to be grounded in a basic understanding of what humans need to be happy — and what customers need to be successful.

The first thing to know is: Every problem is emotional.

We tend to take people at their word. They tell us the problem; we logically try to fix it. But, whatever they say the problem is, and however logical the solution, there is always an emotional component. We’re human; emotions are part of everything we do.

When neuroscientist Antonio Damasio studied people who had sustained brain damage to areas of the brain that generate emotions, he found that the subjects were unable to make even the smallest of decisions. Their logic and reasoning abilities were fully functional, but if they were asked to choose between pasta and risotto for dinner, they couldn’t do it. They couldn’t feel one way or another.

The conclusion: Almost every decision is an emotional one.

What this means for customer service is huge:

If your customer service interaction produces positive emotions, you have the power to generate positive decisions.

Think: making sales, upsells, generating referral traffic — you basically turn customer service into a marketing, sales and retention engine.

All of that potential income is what’s at stake in every customer interaction.

Not sure emotion holds that much purchase power?

A study out of Missouri University of Science and Technology reported that “consumers’ emotional responses” while on e-commerce websites were predictive of purchases. It might seem obvious, but they essentially proved that we buy from stores we enjoy. And there’s no better place to create a joyful experience than customer service.

Positive experience is the start of a positive association, which builds upon itself over time. One transaction or interchange turns into a relationship. Zappos, Wistia, and MailChimp are three companies that have a business approach which accentuates the positive, and, as a result, their customers are both passionate and loyal.” — Walter Chen, co-founder of iDoneThis, for Kissmetrics

Eliminate Pain Points

So how do you create positive emotional experiences? First of all, don’t add to the customer’s pain by forcing them to run the gauntlet of automated options they neither need nor want.

Pain is emotional, and reducing the pain your customers feel will go a long way towards creating a positive experience. Just think how happy I was to find a HUMAN BEING on my first try with my insurance company!

The worst pain is caused by a-thousand-cuts annoyances, and when you can relieve those small irritations, the customer’s experience will be more positive — and studies show those positive experiences are directly linked to customer loyalty and repeat purchases.

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Customer Support

Customer Service Psychology 101 – 6 Powerful Principles

In a perfect world, everyone in a customer-facing position would take Psychology 101 – because, as every customer service professional knows, people are complicated.

Some are moody, some are grumpy, some are mad, some are absolutely lovely and brighten your day. And whatever emotional cornucopia these patrons come in with, you can bet that something completely outside of your control is the cause. Once they’re on the phone (or in the chat box) though, your goal is to turn every frown upside-down to create delightful experiences, no matter how the conversation began.

Did I say take a class in Psychology? You might need a doctorate!

Kidding.

There’s a secret to making this happen.

If you can understand the underlying essential needs of your customers, you can deliver outstanding experiences almost every time.

But first, you have to understand where your customers are coming from.

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Customer Support, Visual Communication

Boost Customer Support KPIs with GIFs ft. @CloudApp

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Image created by Yasmine Sedky (@yazsedky).

As a Customer Service or Support manager, your performance is most likely based on a few key metrics, like:

  • First call resolution
  • Average call handling time
  • Customer satisfaction

But you’re also on the front lines of improving metrics you don’t have total control over — retention and Net Promoter Scores — which are central to profitability and growth for your entire company. To say your job is important doesn’t begin to cover it. You’re a vital function. But with limited time and resources, there’s only so much you can do.

What if I said you could give these KPIs a vitamin shot (and I mean that in the Russian Olympic Team sense of the word). We’re talking seriousperformance enhancement.

Don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe and completely legal.

And, your customers will love you for it.

It’s so simple.

Why GIFs, Screengrabs & Video are the Customer Support Tools of the Future

Live chats are good. Live chats with screenshots are better. But sending your customers custom-made GIFs, screengrabs or short videos to personally answer their questions?

They won’t see it coming, and they’ll be absolutely delighted.

Sending GIFs, images or videos in response to customer support tickets has an astounding effect on core support KPIs, like first call resolution, average call handling time, and, of course, customer satisfaction.

It’s not just the element of surprise, it’s that visual communication is so much easier to understand than written instructions. If someone has a functionality issue, walking them through each step so they can see exactly what they need to do is so much more helpful than verbal or written instructions alone.

But these visual methods aren’t just advantageous for the customer — they’re more efficient for your team, too. Screengrabs, GIFs and videos can be created in seconds or a few minutes, whereas composing an email could take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes, and live chats could require even more time (depending on how ‘chatty’ the client is).

And, once you have a screen grab, GIF, or video, you can even use them to populate your FAQ page. Nobody wants to read an FAQ page — but watching it?

There’s a huge desire for that. Why do you think there are so many “How to” videos posted on Youtube?

Visual customer support methods also come with one more very important perk:

They’re shareable.

When you create a great experience via GIF, your customers just might want to share how amazing you are with their 1001 friends on Twitter, driving up referrals along with your customer support KPIs.

Fast, Easy, Integrated

CloudApp lets you capture GIFs, HD screen recordings and screenshots and convert to shareable links quickly. But did you know that CloudApp also integrates with customer communication apps like Zendesk and Slack?

Check out these use cases with Zendesk and SoundCloud for more ideas on how you can use the power of visual communication to give your KPIs a performance boost.


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