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Tag Archives: Customers

Guilt or Greatness? Associations that Affect Customer Perception

Tweet When I was a kid, one of my mother’s favorite “mom-isms” was…tell me who you run around with and I will tell you what you are. Like many of my mom’s seemingly esoteric pearls of wisdom, that phrase was probably lost on me in my youth. Today, however, I understand the power of associations […]

High Trust = Happy Employees = Happy Customers = Happy Shareholders = Happy Leaders

Tweet You might say I am on a “trust” kick. In last week’s blog, I highlighted a US decline in social trust (a precipitous drop of 46% points from 1964 to 2016). I also opined on the critical role of trust in strengthening the social contract between businesses and customers. Finally, I asserted that trust begets […]

{Infographic} Customer Value – Expanding across the 12 Standard Forms of Value

Tweet                                                                                           ________________________________________________________________________ Joseph A. Michelli, Ph.D. is a professional speaker and […]

Customer Value: Expanding Across the 12 Standard Forms of Value

Tweet Great leaders often ask me to help them create “customer value”, while others ask me to help them create “profit.” For me, the only way to generate sustainable profit is by developing a core competency for customer value creation. Chasing profits is a tiring and stressful endeavor – creating value is an innovative and energizing […]

Likely to Recommend vs. Actually Recommending: Loyalty vs. Advocacy

Tweet I am a huge proponent of the concept behind the Net Promoter Score® (NPS)®. As you likely know the NPS® is calculated by asking customers: How likely is it that you would recommend our company/product/service to a friend or colleague? Respondents are given choices on a zero to 10 point scale. Those who indicate 9 […]

When The Customer Is Wrong – Should The Business Be Right?

Tweet In 1909 Harry Gordon Selfridge, the founder of Selfridge’s department store, is credited with saying, “The customer is always right”. Through the years, a number of my colleagues and I have emphasized that the customer is not always right but they are always the customer. I’ve come to believe that in order to be […]

{Infographic} The Future of Customer Service: Artificial Intelligence vs Human Intelligence

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The Future of Customer Service: Human Intelligence (HI) or Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Tweet I have been slow to accept that, from a service perspective, humans will ever be replaced by computers.  I’ve suggested that customers will resist “robots” and I’ve based my thinking in part on the “uncanny valley” hypothesis which postulates that the more robots look like humans the less humans will feel comfortable with them. […]

Customer Experience Excellence – The Science and the Craft

Tweet Every time I develop a customized customer service training tool for a client of mine, I caution that the tool is a “guidebook” for customer service behavior and that no tool can fit every application. As such, a customer service toolkit is only as good as the judgment and skill of the person using it. Additionally, […]