CX for Smarties, A Beginner’s Guide to Customer Experience

We’re often asked to help people who have recently taken on new responsibilities in customer experience (which is commonly abbreviated as CX). Since it’s important for anyone in the field to understand the core principles of CX, I’ve put together this post and called it “CX for Smarties.” Anyone who cares enough about CX to read this post is not a dummy.

What is CX?

This video shows the definition of CX (the perception that customers have of their interactions with an organization) as well as three elements of an experience (success, effort, and emotion).

Why Should You Care About CX?

This graphic from the report “The ROI of Customer Experience, 2016” shows the connection between CX and loyalty. This “Ultimate CX Infographic” also provides some of the compelling economics of CX:

1610_cxmattersinfographic_posterHow Do Organizations Affect CX?

To understand how companies create customer experience, you need to understand The Six Laws of CX (free eBook), which are described below in the short video and infographic.

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How Do You Build A Customer-Centric Culture?

Temkin Group’s research has shown that customer experience leaders demonstrate four CX core competencies: Purposeful Leadership, Compelling Brand Values, Employee Engagement, and Customer Connectedness. This video is a great way to learn about what it takes to deliver great CX:

Most companies have not mastered these competencies and remain in lower levels of CX maturity. This chart is from a post that discusses the shift from early levels of CX maturity (fluff) versus upper levels (tough).

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If you’re looking for help, Temkin Group can provide the insights, advice, and training to propel your customer experience efforts.

The bottom line: Hopefully you’ve become a CX smarty!

 

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I am an experience management transformist, helping organizations improve business results by engaging the hearts and minds of their customers, employees, and partners. My "job" is Head of the Qualtrics XM Institute. The Institute is still being established, but our goal is to help organizations around the world thrive by mastering Experience Management (XM). As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. Prior to joining Qualtrics, I was managing partner of Temkin Group (leading CX research, advisory, and training firm), co-founder and chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA.org), and a VP at Forrester Research. I'm a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Check out my LinkedIn profile: www.linkedin.com/in/brucetemkin

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