Welcome to our blog. On here, you will find a collection of articles from the entire panel and some great syndicated articles as well.

PIRCH Store Closings

PIRCH, one of America’s best customer experience companies is closing over half of its stores according to Chain Store Age. The store, its culture and philosophy, not to mention its award-winning design, have been a favorite case study of mine for years now. You can read it here.

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How Nimble Makes You More Agile

Jon Ferrara co-founded the pre-Facebook, pre-Internet, pre-LinkedIn CRM system called GoldMine. His motivation was to connect people at a more personal level—to let them build relationships that build real value. That’s still his mission at his newer company, Nimble. Their product

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A Nimble Interview On Being ‘nimble’

  Jon Ferrara co-founded the pre-Facebook, pre-Internet, pre-LinkedIn CRM system called GoldMine. His motivation was to connect people at a more personal level—to let them build relationships that build real value. That’s still his mission at his newer company, Nimble. Their

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How to Know if Your CX Strategy Is Fake

I’m getting calls from very well-meaning business leaders lately. They are well-versed in many areas of business. Perhaps they were in marketing, or technology or operations. Or maybe they were responsible for the learning and development of thousands of employees. They have credentials

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Who doesn’t just adore a time-saving shortcut? One of my favorites is the convenience of typing the first two letters of a web address into my browser and being magically transported to the site! But can you, or should you, take shortcuts with your customer experience? The problem with

One Of The Best CX Resources Of 2017

Customer Experience is making great inroads into business, both in the US and in Europe. The 2017 KPMG Nunwood Customer Experience Excellence Analysis benchmarks CX efforts on both sides of the Atlantic. This CX Resource also brings crystal clear insights useful to any serious customer

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Purple Goldfish Hall of Famer–Pizza Shuttle

Hall of Fame Class of 2012–Pizza Shuttle I’m pretty sure everyone loves pizza. There are just so many ways that you can enjoy it. A variety of crusts, toppings, sauces, and servings really can make just about anyone happy. Plus, because there are so many different places to get

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Purple Goldfish Hall of Famer–Pizza Shuttle

Hall of Fame Class of 2012–Pizza Shuttle I’m pretty sure everyone loves pizza. There are just so many ways that you can enjoy it. A variety of crusts, toppings, sauces, and servings really can make just about anyone happy. Plus, because there are so many different places to get

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Purple Goldfish Hall of Famer–Ikea

Hall of Fame Class of 2012–Ikea I still remember the first time I walked into IKEA. Let’s just say that I once thought walking into Target was going to be a suck on my wallet. Of course, as anyone who has been to IKEA knows, there are ample opportunities to furnish your place for so

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Purple Goldfish Hall of Famer–Ikea

Hall of Fame Class of 2012–Ikea I still remember the first time I walked into IKEA. Let’s just say that I once thought walking into Target was going to be a suck on my wallet. Of course, as anyone who has been to IKEA knows, there are ample opportunities to furnish your place for so

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Customer Service is Improved by Matchmaking

“Your call may be recorded for training and quality purposes.” We’ve all heard this before. Companies use call center recordings for training and compliance purposes. But imagine a solution that uses technology, data and analytics in real-time to automatically match customers

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Customer Service is Improved by Matchmaking

“Your call may be recorded for training and quality purposes.” We’ve all heard this before. Companies use call center recordings for training and compliance purposes. But imagine a solution that uses technology, data and analytics in real-time to automatically match customers

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Personalized Marketing Solutions

You might have noticed that I talk a lot about customer experience. Perhaps this is because of how important the experience of your customer is–but how little time companies seem to put into making customer experiences special. One thing I’ve noticed is that over the years,

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Personalized Marketing Solutions

You might have noticed that I talk a lot about customer experience. Perhaps this is because of how important the experience of your customer is–but how little time companies seem to put into making customer experiences special. One thing I’ve noticed is that over the years,

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What Led to Amazon Being a Household Name

These days, Amazon is practically a household name. Of course, they haven’t always been at the top of the game. In fact, it took a lot of hard work and customer care to get to where they are now. Among companies today, Amazon is arguably the leader in continuously raising the bar. In

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What Led to Amazon Being a Household Name

These days, Amazon is practically a household name. Of course, they haven’t always been at the top of the game. In fact, it took a lot of hard work and customer care to get to where they are now. Among companies today, Amazon is arguably the leader in continuously raising the bar. In

Purple Goldfish Hall of Famer–Kiehl’s

Hall of Fame Class of 2012–Kiehl’s Try it before you can buy it. Those words are music to my ears. Whether I’m buying a new car, sampling a new flavor of ice cream, or searching for a new pair of shoes–I want to be able to try something before I make my purchase. In

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Purple Goldfish Hall of Famer–Kiehl’s

Hall of Fame Class of 2012–Kiehl’s Try it before you can buy it. Those words are music to my ears. Whether I’m buying a new car, sampling a new flavor of ice cream, or searching for a new pair of shoes–I want to be able to try something before I make my purchase. In

What Marketing And Change Have In Common

There are so many marketing companies out there these days doing so many different things. From commanding the digital space to being more effective in branding, marketing companies certainly aren’t lacking in options for their specialty. But while the number of marketing companies

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What Marketing And Change Have In Common

There are so many marketing companies out there these days doing so many different things. From commanding the digital space to being more effective in branding, marketing companies certainly aren’t lacking in options for their specialty. But while the number of marketing companies

When Technology Leads to Behavior Changes

Some might argue technology is making us less human. Others would argue just the opposite. No matter which opinion you share, you can’t dispute the rising trend of personal data collection and its effect on behavior change. But while behavior change might not be your ultimate goal, it can

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When Technology Leads to Behavior Changes

Some might argue technology is making us less human. Others would argue just the opposite. No matter which opinion you share, you can’t dispute the rising trend of personal data collection and its effect on behavior change. But while behavior change might not be your ultimate goal, it can

Purple Goldfish Hall of Famer–L.L. Bean

Hall of Fame Class of 2012–L.L. Bean In my experience (and probably yours) the word “no” when it comes to good customer service is unheard of. After all, “no” has a negative connotation in most cases. That’s why when, as a customer, I experience the word

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Purple Goldfish Hall of Famer–L.L. Bean

Hall of Fame Class of 2012–L.L. Bean In my experience (and probably yours) the word “no” when it comes to good customer service is unheard of. After all, “no” has a negative connotation in most cases. That’s why when, as a customer, I experience the word

Purple Goldfish Hall of Famer–Besito

Hall of Fame Class of 2012–Besito Dining out continues to be a bit of a luxury these days. Whether it’s fast food or a sit down restaurant, the fact is that not every household can afford the perk of eating outside their home. Perhaps that’s why when I go out to dine with my

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Purple Goldfish Hall of Famer–Besito

Hall of Fame Class of 2012–Besito Dining out continues to be a bit of a luxury these days. Whether it’s fast food or a sit down restaurant, the fact is that not every household can afford the perk of eating outside their home. Perhaps that’s why when I go out to dine with my

Big Data Versus Thick Data

It seems like a lot of people talk about data. It’s important to note that data plays a big role in today’s world. There is so much that can be learned from data, assuming you know where to look and how to analyze it. The good news is that even if you don’t know how […]

Purple Goldfish Hall of Famer–Mitchells

Hall of Fame Class of 2012–Mitchells As customers, we like to know that we’re appreciated. Perhaps that is why even the smallest gesture from a company we’ve done business with has a huge impact. Jack Mitchell is CEO of The Mitchells Family of Stores, and owns several high-end

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It’s Your Turn For Voice Search

It’s not them, it’s you. Have you used voice search yet? The answer is probably yes if you’ve got an Amazon Echo or a smart phone. Have you used voice search in your business to improve your customer’s experience yet? The answer is probably no, but it shouldn’t be.

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Galileo: A True Interactive Visionary

Many of you know that I started one of the world’s first digital agencies in 1992 with my business partner and creative director, Jackie Goldstein. We called it GALILEO. We picked the name not only because of Galileo’s prowess as an innovator (he brought the telescope, scientific

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The New Paid PAID Vacation

Employee experiences are just as important as customer experiences. In fact, if your employees aren’t ready to deliver the kind of experience your brand promises, your customers won’t get the kind of experience they desire. On the today show this morning, I was delighted by a new

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The New Paid PAID Vacation

Employee experiences are just as important as customer experiences. In fact, if your employees aren’t ready to deliver the kind of experience your brand promises, your customers won’t get the kind of experience they desire. On the today show this morning, I was delighted by a new

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The Myth Behind “Low-Hanging-Fruit”

Note: This article comes from the perspective of the author’s work in the science and the art of customer experience. Its implications may be more broadly received. At the beginning of their customer experience enhancement journeys, many organizations go after so-called low-hanging-fruit

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The Myth Behind “Low-Hanging-Fruit”

Note: This article comes from the perspective of the author’s work in the science and the art of customer experience. Its implications may be more broadly received. At the beginning of their customer experience enhancement journeys, many organizations go after so-called low-hanging-fruit

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A Great Customer Experience—And The Rules Behind It

Every once in a while, you come across a customer experience that just stands out for being so good. That happened to me as a consumer this summer and I wanted to share it with you. My 14-year-old daughter is in her first year of high school in an IB (international baccalaureate) program. Her

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A Great Customer Experience—And The Rules Behind It

Every once in a while, you come across a customer experience that just stands out for being so good. That happened to me as a consumer this summer and I wanted to share it with you. My 14-year-old daughter is in her first year of high school in an IB (international baccalaureate) program. Her

Your Process Flows Don’t Know Jack

A client was really excited to share something. “We have finally done all our process maps!” She was the newly appointed customer service director, and she had heard mapping was important. Several months later, and they had stacks of pages of process flows outlining what they

The ‘Always On’ Enterprise

For well over 100 years, businesses leaders have made decisions based on what is right for the business. Business profitability first. Everything else second. Why not buy cheap chairs for the restaurant? Why not focus on the efficiency of the call center instead of delivering better customer

The ‘Always On’ Enterprise

For well over 100 years, businesses leaders have made decisions based on what is right for the business. Business profitability first. Everything else second. Why not buy cheap chairs for the restaurant? Why not focus on the efficiency of the call center instead of delivering better customer

The ‘Always On’ Enterprise

For well over 100 years, businesses leaders have made decisions based on what is right for the business. Business profitability first. Everything else second. Why not buy cheap chairs for the restaurant? Why not focus on the efficiency of the call center instead of delivering better customer

The ‘Always On’ Enterprise

For well over 100 years, businesses leaders have made decisions based on what is right for the business. Business profitability first. Everything else second. Why not buy cheap chairs for the restaurant? Why not focus on the efficiency of the call center instead of delivering better customer

The Intentionality of Patient Empathy

Thoughts from the Cleveland Clinic Patient Empathy Summit (Part 1) I had the immense honor of being a part of the Cleveland Clinic Patient Empathy Summit. This is the place where the idea of patient experience became a reality. These are the people who are making it happen. To say I was

Key Retail Influencers Talk Mobile

[Originally published on APADMI Apr 20, 2016 – Advice & Guides, Blog as:] Integration of Mobile into Retailers Business Model Roundtable Apadmi have recently produced a whitepaper exploring the integration of mobile into a retailer’s business model and the benefits it can bring.

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Key Retail Influencers Talk Mobile

[Originally published on APADMI Apr 20, 2016 – Advice & Guides, Blog as:] Integration of Mobile into Retailers Business Model Roundtable Apadmi have recently produced a whitepaper exploring the integration of mobile into a retailer’s business model and the benefits it can bring.

Key Retail Influencers Talk Mobile

[Originally published on APADMI Apr 20, 2016 – Advice & Guides, Blog as:] Integration of Mobile into Retailers Business Model Roundtable Apadmi have recently produced a whitepaper exploring the integration of mobile into a retailer’s business model and the benefits it can bring.

Customer Experience Design in 7 Minutes

How much can you learn about the present and the future Customer Experience Design in 7 minutes? Find out by reading an interview I did with Marketforce 20/20, a European Union producer of customer experience conferences. In it, you’ll find practical info to help you with your own

Customer Experience Design in 7 Minutes

How much can you learn about the present and the future Customer Experience Design in 7 minutes? Find out by reading an interview I did with Marketforce 20/20, a European Union producer of customer experience conferences. In it, you’ll find practical info to help you with your own

Customer Experience Design in 7 Minutes

How much can you learn about the present and the future Customer Experience Design in 7 minutes? Find out by reading an interview I did with Marketforce 20/20, a European Union producer of customer experience conferences. In it, you’ll find practical info to help you with your own

The Challenges of Customer Experience Management

This Interview was conducted by ReachForce and first appeared March 9, 2016  Mike Wittenstein leads Storyminers, a pioneering customer experience design firm based in Atlanta. We recently checked in with them to discuss some of the challenges enterprises face in managing customer

The Challenges of Customer Experience Management

This Interview was conducted by ReachForce and first appeared March 9, 2016  Mike Wittenstein leads Storyminers, a pioneering customer experience design firm based in Atlanta. We recently checked in with them to discuss some of the challenges enterprises face in managing customer

The Challenges of Customer Experience Management

This Interview was conducted by ReachForce and first appeared March 9, 2016  Mike Wittenstein leads Storyminers, a pioneering customer experience design firm based in Atlanta. We recently checked in with them to discuss some of the challenges enterprises face in managing customer

One More Day With CXPA

The National CXPA Organization is working hard to put together another stellar Insight Exchange this year in the ATL. Those of us who live in the area have jumped into the mix and are adding some fun things to keep participants busy and help them see our wonderful city. Each

One More Day With CXPA

The National CXPA Organization is working hard to put together another stellar Insight Exchange this year in the ATL. Those of us who live in the area have jumped into the mix and are adding some fun things to keep participants busy and help them see our wonderful city. Each

One More Day With CXPA

The National CXPA Organization is working hard to put together another stellar Insight Exchange this year in the ATL. Those of us who live in the area have jumped into the mix and are adding some fun things to keep participants busy and help them see our wonderful city. Each

Back To Basics – On Empathy

If you’re an experience designer (or want to become one), one of the most important tools you can develop for your work is empathy for others. Empathy creates more value for customers than knowing statistical analysis programs and is often more helpful in design than having

Back To Basics – On Empathy

If you’re an experience designer (or want to become one), one of the most important tools you can develop for your work is empathy for others. Empathy creates more value for customers than knowing statistical analysis programs and is often more helpful in design than having

Back To Basics – On Empathy

If you’re an experience designer (or want to become one), one of the most important tools you can develop for your work is empathy for others. Empathy creates more value for customers than knowing statistical analysis programs and is often more helpful in design than having

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The difference between BIG DATA and little data

The following post is an excerpt from the book, Blue Goldfish. It is the foreword written by Shep Hyken: The Big Data conversation in business today is hard to miss. You can’t go far without running into it. Big Data, as a definition, is a collection of data that’s difficult to

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Here’s A Notion Retailers Must Adopt

NRF’s Big Show (image courtesy of www.fierceretail.com) During the second week of January each year, The Jacob K. Javitz Center in New York is home to the National Retail Federation’s annual retail show. It’s called the BIG Show because, well, it’s big. Hundreds of vendors to the retail trade

Here’s A Notion Retailers Must Adopt

NRF’s Big Show (image courtesy of www.fierceretail.com) During the second week of January each year, The Jacob K. Javitz Center in New York is home to the National Retail Federation’s annual retail show. It’s called the BIG Show because, well, it’s big. Hundreds of

Here’s A Notion Retailers Must Adopt

NRF’s Big Show (image courtesy of www.fierceretail.com) During the second week of January each year, The Jacob K. Javitz Center in New York is home to the National Retail Federation’s annual retail show. It’s called the BIG Show because, well, it’s big. Hundreds of

Here’s A Notion Retailers Must Adopt

NRF’s Big Show (image courtesy of www.fierceretail.com) During the second week of January each year, The Jacob K. Javitz Center in New York is home to the National Retail Federation’s annual retail show. It’s called the BIG Show because, well, it’s big. Hundreds of

What Customer Experience Is NOT!

Did you know customer experience is the new: marketing customer advantage trend in business user interface answer ???? No. It’s not. It’s not any of these things, and yet I keep seeing blog posts and articles and podcasts and books that make these claims. It’s not new.

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Rethinking Business With the Power of G.L.U.E.

Here is the slideshare from my TEDx Douglasville talk entitled: “Rethinking Business With the Power of G.L.U.E.” According to Gartner, by 2016, 89% of businesses will compete mostly on customer experience. There is a need to create powerful unique experiences to drive