Essential Guide

Guide to customer experience management best practices, technologies

In this Essential Guide, experts identify technologies, strategies and best practices for customer experience management.

Introduction

Customer experience management (CEM) is a growing part of customer relationship management, fueled by new technologies (e.g., tablets and smartphones) and the influx of social media, such as Twitter and Facebook. Glowing praise or scathing reviews are instantly viewed by millions of consumers, and companies have taken note.

This guide consists of articles that shed light on the new technologies shaping CEM today and offers advice on strategies and best practices organizations can use to optimize customer relations, increase profit and keep up with their consumers.

1Technologies-

Social media and other technologies that are changing CEM

Social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook have influenced customer experience management in a big way, and companies are now investing in new technologies to keep pace and maintain good customer relations. These articles detail how organizations are incorporating social tools and customer experience management best practices into their operations.

Opinion

Social media changing customer experience for the better

Dennis Pombriant, CEO of Stoughton, Mass.-based Beagle Research Group, believes customer experience is having a renaissance due to the use of social media. He shares his opinion on which vendors are leading the charge with new CEM technologies. Continue Reading

News

Experts say single view of customer makes communication more efficient

With all the new technology out there, such as smartphones and tablets, companies are now communicating with customers through multiple channels. To do so more easily, they are using CEM technology to create a single view of the customer. Continue Reading

News

Cross-channel communication consistency is crucial for successful CEM

Experts warn that companies need to have the technology to handle cross-channel communications without a drop in customer service quality or consistency. Multiple channels should be viewed as a single entity, not separate and unconnected. Continue Reading

Feature

Tablets are important players in CEM

The tablet trend is proving to be significant to customer experience management. Businesses and sales departments that use tablets have shown improved close rates and better customer relations, according to experts. Continue Reading

News

IBM purchases CEM analytics firm

IBM enters customer experience management in a big way by acquiring Tealeaf Technology Inc., a customer experience analytics company based in San Francisco. Continue Reading

2Strategies-

Making the most of technologies and employees

Technology is important, but it's not much use without strategies on how and when to use it while managing customer relationships. This section has articles that describe how businesses are serving their customers by investing in their employees.

Feature

Coca-Cola, GE and Virgin Airlines strategize technology to connect to customers

To retain and attract customers, businesses are employing new technologies such as touchscreens and Web analytics tools. But, according to experts, new technology means nothing without strategies in place. Continue Reading

Feature

Old-school contact center now studying CEM

Contact centers have been generally viewed as a last stop for customers to air their grievances, but now organizations are seeing contact centers as another way to drive business, increase customer profitability and strengthen customer relationships. Continue Reading

News

Improve customer experience by focusing on employees

Analysts warn that businesses are at risk if they do not capitalize on the link between satisfied employees and happy customers. But without executive support, the strategy will come to naught. Continue Reading

Feature

Investment in employees yields better ROI

It takes money to make money, as the old adage goes. A study shows that well-paid customer service employees are happier, resulting in better customer relationships, more sales and increased profits. Continue Reading

Feature

CEM requires more than just customer service

Nowadays, customer service requires more than a pleasant personality and general computer knowledge. Businesses are now strategizing to strengthen customer experiences by teaching their employees collaborative, mobile, social media, problem-solving and organizational skills. Continue Reading

3Best practices-

Best practices for customer experience management

This section includes best practices for organizations to follow when managing the customer experience. The articles include both success stories and stumbles of businesses that employ CEM.

News

How to plan for customer experience management

Customer experience management is not just about managing customers; it's also about managing the processes. Experts weigh in with advice on what companies should do to improve customer service quality. Continue Reading

Answer

CEM a priority, not an afterthought

Jeanne Bliss, co-founder and vice chair of Customer Bliss, a customer experience consultancy based in Los Angeles, shares her insights on why executives should regard CEM as the true work of their organizations. Continue Reading

Feature

IT and contact center must join forces for great CEM

For customer experience management to succeed, it is imperative that the contact center and IT department improve communication and work in tandem. Collaboration is key to preventing frustration and project delays. Continue Reading

Feature

Content matters in customer experience management

Delivering the right content the right way at the right time is essential for successful customer experience management. See what steps businesses are taking to communicate information to their customers. Continue Reading

Tip

Re-measure contact center metrics

Evaluating employee performance is a catalyst for improving performance, but the metrics used to do so are sometimes outdated. Contact center metrics should be updated to relate more to customer experience management and business drives, not just tally call-handling goals. Continue Reading

4Glossary-

Terms related to CEM

This section contains common terms associated with customer experience management.

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