CX Myth #6: Compensation Drives Good CX Behaviors

Many common beliefs about customer experience are misguided, based on oversimplifications or a lack of consideration for real-world constraints. In this series of posts, we debunk these myths. CX Myth #6: Compensation Drives Good CX Behaviors What’s Wrong: Many organizations try to drive behavior change by tying employees’ compensation to customer experience metrics. While some level of compensation tied to CX can be helpful, it is often overdone. When you overly compensate on a single metric, it can often lead to unintended and detrimental consequences. Symptoms of these counterproductive behaviors include pestering customers for scores; focusing on activities that may Read More …

CX Myth #5: Wow Customers During Every Interaction

Many common beliefs about customer experience are misguided, based on oversimplifications or a lack of consideration for real-world constraints. In this series of posts, we debunk these myths. CX Myth #5: Wow Customers During Every Interaction What’s Wrong: While it may be appealing to think about creating an amazing experience every time you touch a customer, it’s just not appropriate or practical. All interactions should aim to meet your target customers’ success, effort, and emotional expectations, but in many cases they aren’t looking to be wowed. And if we put the same energy into all interactions, then we are underinvesting Read More …

CX Myth #4: Net Promoter Score Is The Best/Worst Metric

Many common beliefs about customer experience are misguided, based on oversimplifications or a lack of consideration for real-world constraints. In this series of posts, we debunk these myths. CX Myth #4: Net Promoter Score Is The Best/Worst Metric What’s Wrong: People often argue that Net Promoter Score (NPS) is the greatest metric, while other people argue that it’s a terrible metric. Both of those points of view are off the mark. What’s Right: We rarely see a company succeed or fail based on the specific metric that it choses. That doesn’t mean that you can chose a ridiculous metric, but most Read More …

CX Myth #3: You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

Many common beliefs about customer experience are misguided, based on oversimplifications or a lack of consideration for real-world constraints. In this series of posts, we debunk these myths. CX Myth #3: You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure What’s Wrong: When people talk about CX, they often repeat a popular saying “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.” That’s just not true. Most of the things we manage in life don’t have a formal measurement. Every day we wake up in the morning, get dressed, and get to work – all without any specific measurements. The same is true at Read More …

CX Myth #2: You Need A 360-Degree View of Customers

Many common beliefs about customer experience are misguided, based on oversimplifications or a lack of consideration for real-world constraints. In this series of posts, we debunk these myths. CX Myth #2: You Need A 360-Degree View of Customers What’s Wrong: If companies had an unlimited set of resources to plow into their customer insights efforts and an equally unlimited number of people prepared to take action on those insights, then shooting for a 360-degree view of your customers would be viable. But this is not the case for most organizations. So striving to understand everything about every customer (360-degree view) Read More …

CX Myth #1: The Customer Is Always Right

Many common beliefs about customer experience are misguided, based on oversimplifications or a lack of consideration for real-world constraints. In this series of posts, we debunk these myths. CX Myth #1: The Customer Is Always Right What’s Wrong: Like all human beings, customers aren’t always right. They sometimes complain when the company did nothing wrong, request things that the company can not or should not provide, and periodically just make mistakes. What’s Right: Customers are not always right, but they always deserve the benefit of the doubt, and to be treated with respect even when they are wrong. What You Read More …

Is NPS A Dubious Fad?

Okay, it’s that time again. Every few years someone ignites the debate about whether Net Promoter Score® (NPS®) is a great or terrible thing. A recent article in the WSJ (The Dubious Management Fad Sweeping Corporate America) has sparked the discussion this time. Rather than write something entirely new, I decided to share something I wrote in 2015 that addresses the issue. Before I share that post, I also suggest you take a look at these: CX Myth #4: Net Promoter Score Is The Best/Worst Metric My Latest 9 Recommendations For NPS 5 Steps for Building a Strong CX Metrics Program Read More …