CX Leaders Demonstrate Higher Levels Of Humanity

Year of Humanity: Embrace Diversity, Extend Compassion, Express AppreciationHopefully you already seen that Temkin Group has called 2018, The Year of Humanity. We’ve been focused on finding ways to help people increase humanity as individuals, as CX professionals, and as a collective community.

In our latest survey of CX professionals, we asked respondents to estimate how often employees in their organizations demonstrate three traits of humanity:

  • Embrace diversity. Recognize our differences and find ways to treat people as individuals.
  • Extend compassion. Tune into the condition of the people around us and care about their well-being.
  • Express appreciation. Proactively look for and acknowledge the positive aspects of the world around us.

We then segmented the responses based on how they rated their company’s customer experience compared with other companies in their industry. This chart shows the data…

Company Humanity Traits Differ By Customer Experience Levels

As you can see in the chart above:

  • When it comes to all three humanity behaviors, companies with better CX have more employees demonstrating those behaviors.
  • The largest difference is with “Express Appreciation,” where there’s a 33-point gap between CX leaders and CX laggards.

What does this data mean? It demonstrates that customer experience leaders have a different culture than other companies. They tend to attract people who demonstrate these positive humanity behaviors and the environment further nurtures these behaviors.

Hopefully you are motivated to incorporate these behaviors into more of your activities and to encourage them in the people around you. Who knows… maybe you’ll even improve your organization’s customer experience.

The bottom line: All of us can (and should) improve humanity!

What is Net Promoter Score? (Video)

Net Promoter® Score (NPS®) is one of the most popular CX metrics, so we are often asked to discuss it with clients. In addition to helping build successful NPS systems, we often provide a basic overview for executive teams and broader audiences of employees. That’s why created this video. It’s meant to explain what NPS is all about and why it may be a valuable approach for some companies. It’s […] Continue Reading…

Purposeful Leadership Lessons From Coach Brad Stevens

In case you missed it, I’m a huge Boston sports fan. So it feels great to write a post that combines one of my favorite teams with one of our Four CX Core Competencies.

I’m focusing on the leadership style of Brad Stevens, coach of the Boston Celtics. I’ve been a fan of Stevens since he was a coach at Butler University. He smart, confident, and seems to understand how to […] Continue Reading…

2018 Temkin Effort Ratings: Wegmans Earns Top Spot

Effort is one of the three components of a customer’s experience (along with success and emotion), so it’s a fundamental element for companies to track. In this post, I examine the eight annual Temkin Effort Ratings for U.S. companies. It’s one of the components of the overall Temkin Experience Ratings, the open standard CX metric.

In January 2018, we surveyed 10,000 U.S. consumers about their experiences with companies. We used that […] Continue Reading…

The Employee Engagement Virtuous Cycle (Video)

Why should you care about Employee Engagement? Because it fuels a virtuous cycle that drive customer experience and business success. Take a look…

Video Script:
Did you know that engaged employees are really, really valuable? Temkin Group’s research shows that when employees are highly engaged, they are much more likely to behave in ways that help your organization:

They stay late at work if something needs to be done
They help […] Continue Reading…

Six Laws of Customer Experience (Infographic)

The most dowloaded content that I’ve published is our free eBook, The Six Laws of Customer Experience. It’s been translated into many languages and read by 10’s of 1,000s of people. It continues to be very popular because it uses simple language and concepts to describe what we call “the fundamental truths about how organizations treat customers.”

We’ve developed an updated infographic that brings the laws to life. If you like […] Continue Reading…

Introducing The Temkin Customer Success Index

Over the last few years, many B2B organizations have created customer success organizations that focus on ensuring that their clients are happy. These companies are realizing that customers aren’t just buying their products, they’re making purchases with the expectation that they will achieve some value from the provider’s products and services.

As I discussed in a previous post, many customer success organizations still look a lot like old-fashioned account management […] Continue Reading…

Report: The Customer Journeys That Matter The Most

Few organizations deliver outstanding experiences to their customers. In fact, only 6% of companies earned an “excellent” score in the 2018 Temkin Experience Ratings. To better understand which types of interactions are most likely to affect the customer’s perception of an organization, we asked customers to identify the most problematic journeys across 19 different industries. In this report, we:

Examine feedback from 10,000 U.S. consumers about their journeys with 318 […] Continue Reading…

CX Competency & Maturity Model (Video)

We’ve put together this short video to explain Temkin Group’s CX Competency & Maturity Model. It defines how organizations flow through six stages of customer experience maturity: Ignore, Explore, Mobilize, Operationalize, Align, and Embed by mastering Four CX Core Competencies: Purposeful Leadership, Compelling Brand Values, Employee Engagement, and Customer Connectedness.

Complete Temkin Group’s FREE 20-question assessment to determine your overall CX maturity level and your performance in each of the Four Customer Experience […] Continue Reading…

Starbucks Training Should Focus on Broken Brand Promises

Last week, Starbucks closed all of its stores for racial sensitivity training after an incident in April when two black men were arrested at a Philadelphia store.

My Take: Starbucks training was well intentioned, but misguided.

As I said in my previous post, it’s great that Starbucks’ leaders took such swift and decisive action to condemn the incident. So what’s wrong with Starbucks doing sensitivity training? Nothing. It doesn’t hurt, but it also doesn’t […] Continue Reading…

Report: What Happens After a Good or Bad Experience, 2018

To understand how the quality of a customer’s experience – whether it was good or bad – affects their behavior, we asked 10,000 U.S. consumers about their recent interactions with more than 300 companies across 20 industries. We then compared results with similar studies we’ve conducted over the previous seven years.
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Here are some highlights:

About 18% of the customers who interacted with TV & Internet service […] Continue Reading…

Mastering Customer Experience Metrics (Infographic)

As an organization’s customer experience efforts mature, CX metrics become a critical guidepost for all of its activities. You can see different ways to download this infographic below.

Here are links to download different versions of the infographic:

Infographic: in .png format, in .pdf format
18″ x 24″ poster: in .jpg format, in .pdf format

Here are links to the research referenced in the infographic:

Five Steps For Building A Strong CX Metrics Program
The State […] Continue Reading…

Making AI Customer-Centric

Temkin Group just published a new report, Making AI Customer-Centric. Here’s the executive summary:

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) – often in the form of chatbots and intelligent virtual assistants – is becoming more widespread in customer experience. However, despite its prevalence, few companies are employing AI in the right scenarios or using it to its fullest potential. In this report, Temkin Group creates a model and shares best […] Continue Reading…

The Future of VoC Actionable Insights: Assistance Engines

Earlier this week I gave a speech called “The Future of CX: Humanistic, Prescriptive, and Responsive.” During that session, I discussed a missing link in today’s VoC technology: Assistance Engines. Here’s a picture of the future that I have in mind.

Before I describe Assistance Engines, I want to go back to 2010 when I labelled VoC technologies as Customer Insight & Action (CIA) Platforms. The naming was important, because […] Continue Reading…

2018 Temkin Trust Ratings (U.S.): USAA and Wegmans On Top

Temkin Group announces the release of the 2018 Temkin Trust Ratings (TTR). Based on a study of 10,000 U.S consumers, the ratings benchmarks the level of trust that consumers have with 318 companies across 20 industries. USAA’s (TTR of 81%) banking business earned the top spot, followed by Wegmans (79%), credit unions (77%), H-E-B (77%), and USAA’s credit card and insurance businesses (75%). Four TV/Internet service providers earned the lowest TTR: Comcast […] Continue Reading…