Report: State of the CX Profession, 2018

Download report, State of the Customer Experience (CX) Profession, 2018We just published a Temkin Group report, State of the CX Profession, 2018. This is the fifth year that we’ve examined the roles of CX professionals and the third year that we’ve done a compensation study. Here’s the executive summary:

To understand the mindset and roles of customer experience professionals today, we surveyed 221 CX professionals and then compared their responses to similar studies we’ve conducted over the previous six years. We asked respondents about how their CX efforts impacted their organization last year and what their company plans to do during the coming year. This report also includes a compensation study, which is based on the 158 respondents who agreed to participate. Here are some highlights from the research:

  • Eighty-seven percent of respondents say that their customer experience efforts have had a positive business impact in 2017.
  • Ninety-six percent think that customer experience is a great profession to be in.
  • Eighty percent think that customer experience will be more important for their companies in 2018 than it was in 2017, compared to the 5% who think it will be less important.
  • Forty-eight percent expect to see an increase in their customer experience staffing levels this year, compared with only 6% that expect a decline.
  • Respondents plan to increase their spending most on voice of the customer software.
  • Respondents plan to increase their focus most on Web experiences and customer insights and analysis.
  • The total amount of compensation in our study ranges from $104,000 for mid-level individual contributors to $296,000 for CX executives.

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Here’s some data showing some of the results from the compensation study:

Compensation ranges for customer experience (CX) professionals

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Report Outline:

  • The Life of A Customer Experience Professional, Circa 2018
    • CX Professionals Have More on Their Plates in 2018
  • CX Professional Compensation Study

 

Figures in the Report:

  1. Demographics of Respondents
  2. Business Impact of CX
  3. Satisfaction with the Profession
  4. Satisfaction with Elements of their Roles
  5. Job Searching and Professional Development
  6. Key Activities of CX Professionals
  7. Change in Importance and Staffing
  8. CX Spending Levels
  9. Focus on CX Interaction Channels
  10. Focus on CX Activities
  11. Range of Compensation for CX Professionals
  12. Comparison of CX Professionals Across Job Types

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Customer Focus Boosts Employee & Business Performance

It turns out that having a customer focus isn’t only good for customers, but it’s also good for employees and financial results.

We asked more than 5,000 U.S. employees to identify what they felt was the top priority for their senior executives. We also asked them about their work efforts and the financial performance of their organization. As you can see in the chart below:

  • When senior executives care the most about customers’ needs, employees try their hardest and the companies have the best financial results.
  • The next best place for senior executives to focus is on fulfilling the organizations mission.
  • When senior executives are mostly focused on generating more profits, they end up with the worst employee and financial performance.

Research on 5,000+ employees shows that companies that focus on customers have better financial results and employees that try harder.The bottom line: Focus on your customers, not on your profits.

Employee Engagement: A Goldmine of Untapped Value (Infographic)

Employee Engagement is one of Temkin Group’s Four CX Core Competencies. In other words, you can’t be customer-centric unless you have a highly engaged workforce. Make sure to visit our Employee Engagement Page.

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Report: Customer Experience Expectations and Plans for 2018

Purchase and download Temkin Group report, Customer Experience Expectations and Plans for 2018We just published a Temkin Group data snapshot, Customer Experience Expectations and Plans for 2018.

In December 2017, Temkin Group surveyed 145 respondents – each from a company with $500 million or more in annual revenues – about their customer experience efforts over the past year and their plans for 2018 and beyond. We compared the results of this survey to the results of similar surveys we’ve conducted over the previous seven years. This year’s results show that companies plan on increasing the amount of money and effort they dedicate to improving a variety of customer experience activities.

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Here are some highlights from the research:

  • 86% of companies have seen a positive impact from their CX efforts in 2017.
  • 81% of companies expect CX to be more important in 2018 than it was in 2017.
  • 62% of companies expect to spend more on CX in 2018 than they did in 2017.
  • The companies that expect to increase their CX staffing in more than five times the percentage that expect to decrease it.
  • Companies plan to increase their spending the most for VoC software and chat bot vendors.
  • Companies plan to increase their focus the most on online self-service experiences, and the least on phone self-service.
  • Companies plan to increase their focus the most on solving customer service issues,  and the least on understanding bills and statement.
  • Companies plan to increase their effort the most on customer insights and analytics.
  • 21% of companies plan to compensate front-line employees based on CX metrics.
  • Compared with other companies, companies with more successful CX efforts in 2017 are employing more CX professionals, focusing more on online chat and new product experiences, and plan to spend more on speech/voice analytics vendors.

Here are the data charts in this data snapshot:

  1. Business Impact of CX
  2. Changes in the Importance of Customer Experience
  3. Changes in Spending on Customer Experience
  4. Changes in CX Staffing Levels
  5. Plans for Spending with CX Vendors
  6. Focus on CX Across Interaction Channels in 2018
  7. Plans to Increase Focus on the CX of Different Channels
  8. Focus on Customer Journeys in 2018
  9. Focus on CX Activities in 2018
  10. Plans to Increase Focus on Different CX Activities
  11. Compensation Based on CX Metrics
  12. Key Differences Between Companies With More Successful And Less Successful CX Programs

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Free eBook: The 6 Laws Of Customer Experience

Download free Temkin Group eBook, The Sx Laws of Customer ExperienceThis is an update to the original eBook that was published in 2008. It has been downloaded and read by tens of thousands of people around the world and is likely one of the most-read documents ever published on the topic of customer experience.

So enjoy the updated eBook: The 6 Laws Of Customer Experience: The Fundamental Truths That Define How Organizations Treat Customers

Download free eBook: The Six Laws of Customer Experience

Just like the three laws that govern all of physics, there are a set of fundamental truths about how customer experience operates. This eBook outlines the following 6 laws of customer experience:

  1. Every interaction creates a personal reaction.
  2. People are instinctively self-centered.
  3. Customer familiarity breeds alignment.
  4. Unengaged employees don’t create engaged customers.
  5. Employees do what is measured, incented, and celebrated.
  6. You can’t fake it.

The bottom line: To understand CX, you must first understand these laws.

NOTE: CX Institute’s CX Fundamentals eLearning module provides online training for employees across an organization to learn and apply these laws, helping organizations to become more customer-centric.

Report: Lessons in CX Excellence, 2018

Download Temkin Group research report, Lessons in Customer Experience Excellence, 2018We just published a Temkin Group report, Lessons in CX Excellence, 2018. The report provides insights from six winners in the Temkin Group’s 2017 CX Excellence Awards. The report, which has more than 70 pages of content, includes an appendix with the finalists’ nomination forms. This report has rich insights about both B2B and B2C customer experience.

Here’s the executive summary:

This past November, we named six organizations the winners of Temkin Group’s 2017 Customer Experience Excellence Award – AARP, Allianz Worldwide Partners, Century Support Services, Nurse Next Door Home Care Services, Reliant, and Sage. This report:

  • Highlights specific examples of how these companies’ customer experience (CX) efforts have created value for both their customers and for their businesses.
  • Describes winners’ best practices across the four customer experience competencies: purposeful leadership, compelling brand values, employee engagement, and customer connectedness.
  • Includes all of the winners’ detailed nomination forms to help you collect examples and ideas to apply to your own CX efforts.

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Free eBook: 25 Tips For Becoming A More Purposeful Leader

Free eBook: 25 Tips For Becoming A More Purposeful LeaderAs part of our CX Day celebration, which this year is focussed on Elevating Purpose, we’re giving away this free eBook: 25 Tips For Becoming A More Purposeful Leader.

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One of Temkn Group’s Four CX Core Competencies is Purposeful Leadership. To master this competency, a company must be able to affirmatively answer the question, “Do your leaders operate with a clear, well-articulated set of values?” Purposeful leaders create an engaged workforce and help their organizations deliver positive customer experiences.

This eBook contains these 25 easily adoptable tips from across the Five P’s of Purposeful Leadership. Here are the tips:

25 tips for becoming a more purposeful leader

Also check out our recent video on Purposeful Leadership and the Elevate Purpose page.

The bottom line: Purposeful leadership really matters!

Large Companies Lack Purposeful Leadership

As you likely know, one of Temkin Group’s Four CX Core Competencies is Purposeful Leadership. It requires demonstrating 5 P’s of Purposeful LeadersPersuasivePassionatePropellingPositive, and Persistent.

How prevalent are these attributes? To answer this question, I tapped into Temkin Group’s consumer benchmark study and examined feedback from more than 5,000 U.S. employees. We asked whether or not they agreed that their bosses demonstrated these behaviors that are consistent with the Five P’s:

  • He/she makes decisions that are consistent with what he/she says is important (Persistent)
  • He/she helps you succeed in your job (Propelling)
  • He/she regularly shows appreciation for the work that you do (Positive)
  • He/she doesn’t just tell you what to do, but he/she explains why it’s important (Persuasive)
  • He/she is passionate about the success of the organization (Passionate)

We examined the data across size of organization. As you can see in the chart below, there’s a substantial drop-off above 5,000 employees for all five areas.Purposeful leadership at an organization

6 Levers For Executive Commitment to CX (Infographic)

In the report Activating Executive Commitment to CX, Temkin Group introduces a blueprint that CX leaders can use to gain and strengthen senior executive commitment. It’s composed of six levers: Create Vision Clarity, Share Compelling Opportunities, Amplify Emotional Empathy, Feed Intrinsic Motivations, Enable First Steps, and Fuel Ongoing Confidence. Here’s an infographic that provides an overview.

infographic of 6 levesr for gaining executive commitment to CX

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Want Better Employees? Be A Purposeful Leader

As you likely know, one of Temkin Group’s Four CX Core Competencies is Purposeful Leadership. It requires demonstrating 5 P’s of Purposeful Leaders: Persuasive, Passionate, Propelling, Positive, and Persistent.

Why should leaders bother to adopt these practices?

To answer this question, I took a look at our latest consumer survey and analyzed data from more than 5,000 full-time U.S. employees. As you can see in the chart below, employees who experience the behaviors of purposeful leaders are much more likely to do something that is good for the company even if it’s not expected of them.Employees work harder for personal leaders

This analysis highlights one piece of our dataset that shows how employees work harder for purposeful leaders. We see this same pattern across many other employee behaviors.

Being a purposeful leader is not about being a nice person or a likable manager. It’s about acting in a way that motivates employees and creates a higher performing organization.

The bottom line: Purposeful leaders have more dedicated employees.

The Human Conversational Model (Infographic)

In the report, Humanizing Digital Interactions, we decoded successful person-to-person interactions as a step in developing the Human Conversational Model. It’s the foundation for building compelling interactions with customers. This infographic provides an overview of the model and shows how to apply it to your digital efforts.

Foundations for humanizing customer interactionsYou can download the infographic in several forms:

Report: Activating Executive Commitment to CX

Activating executive commitment to customer experienceWe just published a Temkin Group report, Activating Executive Commitment to CX. Here’s the executive summary:

Organizations that want to drive sustainable customer experience (CX) improvements need to have senior executives who are committed to propel change throughout the entire journey. Successful transformation efforts require senior executives to set the direction, lead communication efforts, model desired behaviors, align resources, and hold the rest of the organization accountable. However, CX leaders and their teams often struggle to obtain the commitment and involvement necessary from senior executives to ensure these change efforts succeed. In this report, we provide a model for how CX teams can effectively engage their senior leaders. Here are some highlights:

  • The blueprint includes six levers CX leaders can use to gain and strengthen senior executive commitment: Create Vision Clarity, Share Compelling Opportunities, Amplify Emotional Empathy, Feed Intrinsic Motivations, Enable First Steps, and Fuel Ongoing Confidence.
  • To illustrate how these levers work, we share examples of 24 best practices from companies including Anthem, CA Technologies, Cisco, Fidelity, Microsoft, Penske Truck Leasing, and Regions Bank.
  • We provide CX leaders with an assessment they can use to identify the commitment stage of their senior executives and offer advice on which of the six levers can have the greatest impact by stage.

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Here are the six levers for activating executive commitment:

  1. Create Vision Clarity. Many senior executives are enamored with the idea of customer experience, yet lack a clear picture of what CX really means for their organization. As a result, they aren’t able to persuasively advocate for the required changes. Therefore, CX teams should provide leaders with a clear understanding of where the CX efforts are heading.
  2. Share Compelling Opportunities. Senior leaders will only stay committed to a CX effort for as long as they remain convinced that it will help the organization succeed. That’s why CX leaders must continue to make and reinforce the CX business case to senior executives. This requires establishing a tangible business case and setting realistic expectations for the upside of action and the downside of inaction.
  3. Amplify Emotional Empathy. An executive who is emotionally committed to CX efforts provides a different level of support than one who is only intellectually bought-in. To gain this emotional commitment, the CX team should enhance executives’ natural empathy by bringing customers’ experiences to life for them.
  4. Feed Intrinsic Motivations. Executives are motivated by a myriad of different objectives, such as being seen as successful or reaching some self-defined goals. Intrinsic motivators – like meaning, choice, competence, and progress – can be particularly powerful levers for activating commitment. CX leaders should connect their efforts to the personal goals of executives and should make them feel good about the efforts underway.
  5. Enable First Steps. Even executives who are fully committed to the CX agenda may not know exactly what they can do to help propel the CX efforts forward, especially since they are often juggling many different priorities. It’s up to the CX leader to make it easy for the senior leaders to participate in the efforts by recommending specific, doable steps that they can take.
  6. Fuel Ongoing Confidence. CX teams need ongoing support from their executives; however, senior leaders are prone to distraction and doubt. To keep them on track, CX leaders need to keep executives informed of the progress and success of CX efforts and need to demonstrate to executives that resources are being used well and risks are being managed well.

Here are the best practices discussed in the report:

best practices for engaging senior leaders in customer experience

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Report Outline:

  • Without Senior Executive Involvement, CX Efforts Falter
    • Executives Must Become Purposeful Leaders
  • Six Levers For Activating Senior Executives
    • 1) Create Vision Clarity
    • 2) Share Compelling Opportunities
    • 3) Amplify Emotional Empathy
    • 4) Feed Intrinsic Motivations
    • 5) Enable First Steps
    • 6) Fuel Ongoing Confidence
  • Strategies For Different Levels of Executive Engagement

 

Figures in the Report:

  1. Senior Executives Don’t Always Demonstrate the Right Behaviors
  2. How Senior Executives Play a Critical Role in CX Efforts
  3. Blueprint for CX Leaders: Best Practices for Engaging Senior Executives across the Six Levers
  4. HR Support of Customer-Centricity, CX Leaders Versus Other Firms
  5. Sample Design Persona for an Online Travel Agency
  6. Integrating Executive Sponsors with Other Customer-Facing Roles at Oracle
  7. Disseminating Feedback to Spur Executive Action: Ciena’s Inside Out/Outside In CX Scorecard
  8. Sandy Spring Bank: Meeting in a Box
  9. CA’s Immersion Workshops
  10. Essential Elements of CX Governance
  11. Assessing Senior Executive CX Engagement
  12. Top Levers to Use with Executives by Engagement Level

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The Four CX Core Competencies (Infographic)

Hopefully you’ve read our FREE report, The Four CX Core Competencies. It outlines the blueprint to building a customer-centric organization. We’ve created this infographic to showcase the competencies:

  1. Purposeful Leadership: Operate consistently with a clear set of values.
  2. Compelling Brand Values: Deliver on your brand promises to customers.
  3. Employee Engagement: Align employees with the goals of the organization.
  4. Customer Connectedness: Infuse customer insight across the organization.

four customer experience core competencies

You can also download an 18″ x 24″ poster version.

Report: Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity, 2017

Employee Engagement Competency and maturityWe just published a Temkin Group report, Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity, 2017. Here’s the executive summary of this annual review of employee engagement activities, competencies, and maturity levels for large companies:

Engaged employees are critical assets to their organization. It’s not surprising, therefore, that customer experience leaders have more engaged employees than their peers. To understand how companies are engaging their employees, we surveyed 169 large companies and compared their responses with similar studies we’ve conducted in previous years. We also asked survey respondents to complete Temkin Group’s Employee Engagement Competency & Maturity (EECM) Assessment. Highlights from our analysis of their responses include:

  • Front-line employees are viewed as the most highly engaged.
  • More than 70% of companies measure employee engagement at least annually, yet only 45% of executives consider taking action on the results a high priority.
  • Sixty-four percent of respondents believe that their social media tools have had a positive impact on their employee engagement activities, an increase from last year.
  • The top obstacle to employee engagement activities continues to be the lack of an employee engagement strategy.
  • While only 23% of companies are in the top two stages of employee engagement maturity, this is still an increase from last year.
  • When we compared companies with above average employee engagement maturity to those with lower maturity, we found that employee engagement leaders have better customer experience, enjoy better financial results, are more likely to take action on employee feedback, and face fewer obstacles than their counterparts with less engaged workforces.
  • You can use the results of the EECM Assessment to benchmark your own employee engagement activities.

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Here’s an excerpt from one of the 17 graphics that shows the maturity levels of employee engagement efforts in large companies and their effectiveness across five employee engagement competencies:Employee engagement competencies

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Report: The State of CX Management, 2017

The state of customer experience management reportWe just published a Temkin Group report, The State of CX Management, 2017.

For the eighth straight year, Temkin Group has evaluated the state of Customer Experience (CX) management at large companies. It includes a lot of details about customer experience within large organizations and examines their effectiveness across Temkin Group’s Four CX Core Competencies: Purposeful Leadership, Compelling Brand Values, Employee Engagement, and Customer Connectedness.

When we analyzed their efforts and their progress this year, we found that:

  • While only 8% of companies view themselves as industry leaders in CX today, 55% aspire to be leaders within three years.
  • A majority of companies have a CX executive in charge of their efforts and a central team who coordinates significant CX activities. The median number of CX staff members falls between 11 and 15 full-time professionals.
  • Companies find significant value in working with voice of the customer vendors, and the percentage of companies who get value out of this relationship has been steadily increasing.
  • We used Temkin Group’s CX Competency and Maturity Assessment, which evaluates four CX competencies­ (Purposeful Leadership, Compelling Brand Values, Employee Engagement, and Customer Connectedness) to benchmark the maturity of companies’ CX efforts and found that only 10% of companies have reached the highest two levels of customer experience, while 59% still find themselves in the lowest two stages.
  • When we compared CX leaders with CX laggards, we discovered that the leaders enjoy stronger financial results, are more likely to have senior executives leading company-wide CX efforts, employ more full-time CX employees, use more experience design agencies, and feel more supported by senior leaders.
  • This report also includes an assessment that companies can use to benchmark their CX efforts and capabilities.

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Here are the results from Temkin Group’s CX Competency & Maturity Assessment:

results from customer experience competency and maturity assessment

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Report Outline:

  • Customer Experience Management Within Large Firms
  • Assessing The Four Customer Experience Core Competencies
  • Comparing CX Leaders and CX Laggards
  • Assess and Improve Your CX Competencies

 

Figures in the Report:

  1. Customer Experience Today and Future Ambitions
  2. Customer Experience Leadership and Coordination
  3. Customer Experience Coordination and Staffing
  4. Customer Experience Team Effectiveness
  5. Customer Experience Tools and Services
  6. Customer Experience Tools and Services (2015 to 2017)
  7. Quality of Customer Experience Across Different Channels
  8. Quality of Customer Experience Across Different Channels (2015 to 2017)
  9. Obstacles to Customer Experience Success
  10. The Four Customer Experience Core Competencies
  11. Temkin Group Customer Experience Competency Assessment
  12. Results From Temkin Group’s Customer Experience Competency and Maturity Assessment
  13. Customer Experience Maturity and Competency Based on CX Executive Leadership
  14. Results From Temkin Group’s Customer Experience Competency and Maturity Assessment(2010 to 2017)
  15. Most Frequently Practiced Customer Experience Competency Attributes
  16. Least Frequently Practiced Customer Experience Competency Attributes
  17. Customer Experience Competency Attributes that Improved and Declined Between 2016 to 2017
  18. Overview: CX Competency Leaders Versus CX Competency Laggards
  19. Effectiveness of CX Teams, CX Leaders Versus CX Laggards
  20. Use of CX Tools and Services, CX Leaders Versus CX Laggards
  21. Effectiveness of CX Tools and Services, CX Leaders Versus CX Laggards
  22. Quality of Customer Experience Across Different Channels, CX Leaders Versus CX Laggards
  23. Obstacles to CX Success, CX Leaders Versus CX Laggards
  24. Executive Priorities, CX Leaders Versus CX Laggards
  25. Percentiles of Results From Temkin Group’s CX Competency and Maturity Assessment

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