At the end of every year, analysts, thinkers and watchers provide their view on where we stand and what’s ahead of us in the coming year. These crystal ball readers predict our future with lots of statistical materials, like diagrams, charts and other nifty visualizations. Applied to various domains such as the internet, mobile or (social) media, they all agree on one thing: Digital disruption of society is getting stronger and stronger. So, what’s their predictions for 2014?
On 26 September, the Emerce eHealth conference took place in Amsterdam. Our own William van der Moolen attended, as part of his focus on the patient experience as it relates to healthcare. Here wrote a trip report capturing his thoughts and notes from the presentations that day.
Recently, Adaptive Path hosted their first Service Experience (SX) conference in San Francisco. The event brought together speakers and attendees from companies, agencies, and public sector organizations. Sketchnotes and some presentations are now available online.
Designing and delivering customer-focused services relies on a deep understanding of the customers themselves. Personas are one technique to reach this goal, but tell only one side of the story. Experience maps — on the other hand — put the journey and experience of customers in the context of the service.
Customer experience is a differentiator that allows companies to compete and succeed on something other than price, and its value is well-established. What are the unique messages that marketeers should take to heart to address CX? This Econsultancy interview has some advice.
On 23 November 2012, I visited the MEDlove summit in Berlin, a conference for UX, service design and health experiences. Ten international speakers highlighted dilemmas and opportunities to improve healthcare using principles from UX and service design. I learned to let doctors do the doctoring, to think in terms of ecosystem to improve social experience and that health may be a wicked problem, but there are many opportunities to improve things that really means something to persons involved.
Customer experience is hotly debated in the boardrooms of many organizations, whether profit or non-profit. While everybody agrees that CX is important, the questions are how to improve it and where to start. Many organizations struggle to orchestrate initiatives, projects and programs focusing on customers, employees, and the brand. CX professional Bruce Temkin has come to the rescue with 50 simple tips to follow.
Consumer relationships with brands are constantly evolving, yet traditional customer research methods often lag behind. According to Amsterdam-based MARE research, dynamic new approaches are called for to gain better insight into customer behavior.
New challenges are upon us content people. The era of digital disruption requires adaptation at many levels by anyone involved with content, whatever its form or shape. As content crusaders, we want to point the road to travel with 10 imperatives.
“Old school” and cutting-edge content organizations and professionals all face the same challenge of inventing and discovering mechanisms, rules and principles of unknown territories for content application.
With this manifesto, we intend to reduce the friction in our collective journey of credible, useful, and relevant content for the digital era.
As a means towards innovation and customer-centricity, “design thinking” is lauded as a technique to infuse creativity throughout an organization. We know it’s being taught to future business leaders at places like Stanford’s d.school, but how’s it being applied in the real world? Global enterprise services leader Citrix provides an interesting example.
Despite the increasing prevalence of digital-only services, our daily lives are still comprised of many person-to-person interactions with service providers. From restaurant waitstaff to call center agents, our experience with services is heavily influenced by those we engage with. Focusing on the customer experience is at the heart of successful organizations, and good employee experience plays a role here too.
Earning a competitive advantage is a hard-fought battle, and there are many areas on which to focus company efforts. What investments have the best results in delivering that advantage? Customer experience (CX) is one.
Recent research published by Forrester in the Harvard Business Review has uncovered a disconnect in how customer experience professionals are aiming to deliver innovation. Despite their hard work, misguided approaches too often fail to deliver the experiences customers truly value.
We’ve previously looked at the role of Chief Customer Officer (CCO), through the eyes of someone in the role. But what can be learned about this up-and-coming job title through surveying multiple people? Forrester’s Paul Hagen stepped in to find out.
Recently we’ve looked at the business aspects of UX management, from the characteristics of successful UX teams, to the role of the UX manager itself. An in-depth look and analysis of UX management itself seems in order.