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EPISODE 151

Creating Holistic and Immersive Experiences

Mathew Sweezey | Partner at the Salesforce Futures LAB

Increasingly, the experiences we create for customers, employees, and other stakeholders will by hybrid, blending the physical and the virtual. Get a look into holistic, unified, and immersive experiences with today's - and tomorrow's - technologies.

EPISODE 150

Why Your Virtual Relationships Degrade Over Time

Dr. Nick Morgan | Author, Speaker, President of Public Words

We're spending more time than ever in digital, virtual, and online environments. Yet they're impoverished in many ways. For better relationships, learn to identify the primary problems in digital communication and how to overcome them.

EPISODE 149

A Blissful Approach to Training Customers and Employees

Lauren Bailey | Founder and President, Factor 8 and #GirlsClub

The broken rung, the confidence gap, the forgetting curve, Bloom's Taxonomy, BLISS - learn to improve the way you train and education customers and employees from a true expert.

EPISODE 148

Video Messaging and The Next Normal

Dan Tyre | Sales Executive, HubSpot

Whether you call it "inbound" or "rehumanizing your business" or "human-centered communication," the next normal in attracting and retaining customers, attracting and retaining employees, and generating and expanding revenue is a lot more personal and human. Here's why.

EPISODE 147

The Seven Pillars of Customer Success

Wayne McCulloch | Global Head of CS, Google Cloud

Onboarding and adoption are important. So are retention and expansion. But a Customer Success team can create loyal, lifelong advocates. Learn a framework and approach that can be applied in organizations large and small to achieve meaningful, measurable, and mutual success.

EPISODE 146

Getting Clear on Who You Are and How You Serve

Anthony Coundouris | Founder and Author, run_frictionless

Patience, grace, loyalty. When we receive these gifts from customers, we know we've created a special dynamic that's often anchored in shared belief. Learn to create irrational buying forces by being clear about who you are as an organization and how you serve your customers.

EPISODE 145

Establishing Core Principles for Yourself and Your Team

John Belizaire | CEO, Soluna

A mission statement can be words over a pretty picture on a wall. Or it can help you decide the what, why, who, when, and how of serving those around you. Learn how core principles can guide, align, and inspire you and your team for greater impact, value, and meaning.

EPISODE 144

An Actor's Guide to Honest and Truthful Videos

Tricia Jane Wiles | Podcast Host, Accelerating Revenue Series

At some level, we're all in sales. And each of us is our own best sales asset. So when it comes time to appear on video, take the stage, or deliver the presentation, we need confidence and comfort. Get tips from a professional actor and B2B marketer.

EPISODE 143

Hiring and Onboarding Virtual Professionals

Daniel Ramsey | Co-founder and CEO, MyOutDesk

The benefits of working with virtual assistants and virtual professionals seem clear. Flexibility, time savings, scale. But how do you hire and onboard them in a way that enhances employee experience and customer experience?

EPISODE 142

Don't Just Personalize, Get Personal

Kristina Jaramillo | Founding Partner, Personal ABM

There are times to personalize for segments and persona. And there are times to get personal for specific accounts and people. Learn how and when to do the latter - including doing things that don't scale and creating bespoke content and messages.

EPISODE 141

Understanding the Intersection of CX, UX, and UI

Joey Kilrain | Founder, Digital Experience Design

Customer experience. User experience. User interface. Unique but complementary, each should work completely in service of the customer. Learn where they converge and diverge with a design practitioner and professor.

EPISODE 140

Creating Sales and Customer Success Alignment

Ethan Beute | Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

With different goals, measures, and metrics, each team sees the customer a little differently. Though there's been plenty of talk about sales and marketing alignment, there's not enough about sales and customer success alignment. Learn from several past guests why we must improve this.

EPISODE 139

Building Customer-Centric Innovation Into Your Company Culture

Dennis Geelen | Founder, Zero In

We hear words like "customer-centric" and "innovation" can feel buzz-wordy, but they're critical to customer experience and business success. So listen in to get insights into operationalizing them and building them into your culture.

EPISODE 138

Human Factors and Design Thinking

Anand Tharanathan | Chief Product Officer, MetaCX

If we're to design experiences for the benefit of our fellow humans, we must consider human factors - our capabilities and limitations. Learn how planning and executing from a human-centered perspective increases the likelihood that our system, process, product, or service delivers for people in meaningful ways.

EPISODE 137

Enhancing EX and CX Through Brand Storytelling

Gabrielle Dolan | Speaker, Author, Consultant

For their humanity and emotion, stories drive memory and motivation. Learn how to connect with customers and engage employees by collecting and sharing better brand stories.

EPISODE 136

So, You've Just Been Named VP of CX ... Now What!?

Logan Lyles | VP of Customer Experience, Sweet Fish Media

The CX leadership role is new to the organization. And you're new to a CX role. How do you approach it? What steps do you take first? Where do you look for guidance? Get answers to those questions and more!

EPISODE 135

Creating Conversational Relationships With Thousands of Customers

Ali Biggs | Senior Director of Product Marketing, Intercom

With a handful of high-value, high-margin customers, you can afford to provide white-glove service. But how do you create conversations and build relationships with tens or hundreds of thousands of customers? Help is here in this conversation, along with insights into better product marketing.

EPISODE 134

Research: To Improve CX, Invest in EX

Ethan Beute | Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

More than 20 years ago, a Harvard Business School study proved it out. Last year, it was found again in a Forbes Insights and Salesforce report. Learn the proven, causal EX/CX connection.

EPISODE 133

The 4 A's of Customer Experience

Leah Chaney | Chief Experience Officer, BetterGrowth

If you want to enjoy better growth, make customer experience a shared priority and responsibility. Learn a system to align your teams and create shared accountability for acquisition, activation, adoption, and advocacy.

EPISODE 132

Bringing Empathy Back to Cold Email

Jason Bay | Chief Prospecting Officer, Blissful Prospecting

Cold outreach doesn't have to feel cold. A little empathy can provide a lot of warmth. Learn how reps can add it to their emails, voicemails, and other outreach - and how leaders and managers can coach it into their teams and cultures.

EPISODE 131

Returning the Human Voice to Marketing

Mark Schaefer | Author, Marketing Rebellion and Cumulative Advantage

The most human company wins, but missing from many customer experiences are emotions and humanity. Learn to restore the human voice to your marketing and to create and sustain momentum for yourself and your business.

EPISODE 130

The Mindset of Improv in Sales

John Sweeney | Speaker, Author, and Owner, Brave New Workshop

Sales conversations are, at heart, two-person improvisational scenes. Learn the essence of improv in sales, the importance of your humanity, and the power of video in customer experience.

EPISODE 129

Creating Forever Customers with a Forever Promise

Robbie Kellman Baxter | Author, The Forever Transaction

The forever transaction is based on a forever promise and creates forever customers. Learn from a membership and subscription model expert how customer-centricity invites long-term customer relationships.

EPISODE 128

Shifting Your Focus to Account-Based Experience (ABX)

Jon Miller | Chief Marketing and Product Officer, Demandbase

Marketing automation was built around the lead, not the full account. Hence the rise of ABM. Similarly, many revenue teams must shift their view from CX to ABX. The cofounder of Marketo and Engagio explains how and why.

EPISODE 127

3 CX Strategies for CROs

Darryl Praill | Chief Revenue Officer, VanillaSoft

Aligned with the rise of CX is the rise of the CRO. Learn how a sales and marketing expert took on the role, created a revenue team, increases empathy, supports video adoption, and influences behavior through compensation.

EPISODE 126

The Role of Kindness In Your Company

Cole Baker-Bagwell | Chief Experience Architect (FSI), Red Hat

Kindness isn't a nice to have. It's a need to have. Learn how kindness connects us and why it's a fundamental for exceptional employee experiences and customer experiences.

EPISODE 125

A Year From Now, You'll Wish You Began Today

Joseph Jaffe | Host, CoronaTV

A year ago, as the Coronavirus pandemic spread across the globe, Joseph Jaffe started a daily, live show about optimism and marketing. Discover what he's learned by applying customer obsession to hundreds of episodes and how it can inform your own work.

EPISODE 124

The Flight Back To The Face: A TEDx Talk

Ethan Beute | Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

As fellow human beings and social creatures, each of us connects and communicates most effectively in person. But we don't get face to face often enough. In this TEDx Talk, learn about the epidemic of facelessness and make the flight back to the face.

EPISODE 123

Transforming Customer Relationships with Transparency and Collaboration

Scott McCorkle | CEO, MetaCX

The trend toward transparency isn't slowing and affects your customer experience. Learn how buyers and suppliers collaborate for agreed upon outcomes, proof of performance, and shared success.

EPISODE 122

CX at Getty Images: Shifting to Authenticity and Evoking Emotion

Grant Farhall | Chief Product Officer, Getty Images

Two distinct brands. Hundreds of millions of visual assets. Learn how the most trusted and esteemed source of visual content in the world delivers multiple experiences for all kinds of customers.

EPISODE 121

3 Ways to Elevate EX from the World's Best Workplace

Kristie Ornelas and Steve Cox | Cisco

Two leaders from the CX team at Cisco share three specific ways they're improving customer experience by first improving employee experience. Learn to shift culture and create new norms in meaningful, measurable ways.

EPISODE 120

The ABCs of Creating Superfans

Brittany Hodak | Keynote Speaker

One of the best things you can do for the growth of your business is to turn more of your fans ... into superfans. Learn how to identify and engage fans in a way that turns your best customers into your best source of new customers.

EPISODE 119

The 6 P's of Writing, Publishing, and Selling Your Book (Part 2 of 2)

Ethan Beute | Coauthor, Rehumanize Your Business

Writing a book is a common goal. But what's the process like? And how do you get it published and into readers' hands? Here are some things we learned on our Rehumanize journey.

EPISODE 118

The 3 C's That Make or Break the SDR Experience

Ernest Owusu | Senior Director of Sales Development, 6sense

The BDR or SDR role is still considered entry-level. But it's evolving quickly and significantly affects customer experience. Learn how to hire, develop, and compensate these team members for better experiences and better results.

EPISODE 117

Your First 30, 60, and 90 Days in a New CX Role

Jeff Breunsbach | Director of Customer Experience, Higher Logic

Jeff found himself in a new organization and a new CX role after his CX and CS consultancy got acquired. Get his plan for the first 90 days. Learn to enhance community and create peer connections. And take the first step from zero to one.

EPISODE 116

Closing Both Loops with Voice of the Customer

Lauren Culbertson / Co-founder & CEO, LoopVOC

Your Customer Success team does a great job closing the little loops of customer questions and problems. But are you missing the big loops opened through voice of the customer that can have meaningful and measurable impacts on your business?

EPISODE 115

(Re)Humanizing Your Events, Content, and Community

Bo Brustkern / Co-Founder & CEO, LendIt Fintech

When you're building the world's strongest network of financial service innovators, the ability to get face to face is critical. Learn how a team stayed personal while going virtual in a powerful, pandemic-driven pivot.

EPISODE 114

The 6 Ps of Writing, Publishing, and Selling Your Book (1 of 2)

Ethan Beute / Coauthor, Rehumanize Your Business

Writing a book is a common goal. But what's the process like? And how do you get it published and into readers' hands? Here are some things we learned on our Rehumanize journey.

EPISODE 113

Building Customer Experience From The Ground Up

Eric Crane / Cofounder and COO, Flatfile

Do what doesn't scale in order to learn what it'll take to successfully scale. Empower every single team member to make informed decisions. These are just two of several tips to improve CX that this cofounder shares with you.

EPISODE 112

Leading and Selling with Noble Purpose

Lisa Earle McLeod / Founder, Author, and Keynote Speaker, McLeod and More

To do work we're proud of requires that we have a sense of purpose. And purpose drives profit (not the other way around). Learn the "noble purpose" approach and how it can improve employee experience and customer experience.

EPISODE 111

Building a Personal Experience Into Your Customer Experience

Greg Segall / Founder & CEO, Alyce

Within each customer's experience (CX), we must drive toward a personal experience (PX) for her or him. Listen in to learn the difference between personal and personalized and to learn how technology can help us create PX.

EPISODE 110

The Inbound-Freemium Connection

Nicholas Holland / VP & GM of Marketing Hub, HubSpot

HubSpot defined and built the inbound marketing movement. Over the past several years, they've also moved into freemium models across their product offerings. Learn about the inbound-freemium connection and get useful tips for better on-site experiences for your customers.

EPISODE 109

Finding Your Customer's Aha Moment

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

That moment of insight, clarity, and understanding. That moment when it all clicks that you, your product, or your service truly matter and make a meaningful difference. Learn about finding your customer's aha moment.

EPISODE 108

Personas Don't Drive Revenue ... Mindsets Do

Kristin Zhivago / Founder and President, Zhivago Partners

We're not just marketing and selling to people; we're also marketing and selling into windows of opportunity. Learn how and why understanding customer mindsets can help you drive more revenue than customer personas.

EPISODE 107

Improving Retention (From the First Hello)

Gowri Ramkumar / Customer Relationship Manager, Kovai.co

Customer retention is all about trust. And there are things we can do within the customer experience to improve it. Get three things you can do to increase retention, learn how sales reps can be more like doctors, and the advantage of experiencing the same pain of your customers.

EPISODE 106

The Magic of Creating Memories at Specific Moments

Jeff Kaylor / Magician, Author, and Keynote Speaker

The parallels between magic and CX are stronger and clearer than you may think. Being present, focusing on your customer, inspiring wonder, creating memories - learn to make customers feel that their experience is just for them.

EPISODE 105

From Corn Flakes to Customer Experience, It's All About Brand

Susan Meier / Founder and Principal, Susan Meier Studio

Strategy and creativity are complementary; each needs the other. Learn how to make sure each reinforces the other as you deliver experiences, build brands, and enhance relationships with customers.

EPISODE 104

Differentiating Far Beyond Product, Features, or Price

Stacy Sherman / Founder, DoingCXRight

If you're truly differentiating your product or service, you're collaborating with your customers and your employees. Learn a "heart and science" approach to employee engagement and customer experience - and how video can help.

EPISODE 103

Building Relationships with Your Customers' Customers

James Lloyd / CTO, Redox

Your go-to-market strategy focuses on one type of customer, but your product or service connects them with another type of customer. What do you do? Build relationships with your customers' customers to create a flywheel effect.

EPISODE 102

Using Suggestion To Sell Decisions and Good Feelings

Paul Ross / CEO and Head Trainer, Subtle Words That Sell

Though it's tempting to thing we're selling products and services, we're more effective and improve customer experience when we approach it as selling decisions and good feelings about those decisions. Learn from a master hypnotist.

EPISODE 101

Embracing Disruptive Moments: Acquisitions and Role Changes

Isabelle Papoulias / CMO, Mediafly

How can you disrupt a high-performing marketing team or two or three? Try this: back-to-back acquisitions. Learn how to manage this type of transition in a way that puts people first, minimizes complexity, and produces results.

EPISODE 100

Epic Takes: Human-First Highlights from 100 Episodes

10 Guests from the First 100 Episodes

To celebrate this first divisible-by-100 milestone, we looked back at every video clip and found ten that transcend day-to-day operations. They're human-centered and human-first highlights. Enjoy these epic takes!

EPISODE 99

3 Ways CX Programs Go Wrong (and Right!)

Ian Luck / VP of Global Marketing, CustomerGauge

Successful CX programs have alignment from the C-Suite through management to the frontline. Get insights to create this alignment, as well as to evolve from a focus on NPS to monetized NPS to account experience.

EPISODE 98

The End-To-End Transparency Trend

Nina Simosko / Chief Commercial Officer, Akerna

Driven by customer preference, as well as regulatory compliance, more businesses provide transparency into their entire supply chain. Learn about that trend, about the CX-EX link, about the role of a Chief Commercial Officer, and more.

EPISODE 97

How UX Drives CX (& The Entire World Economy)

Bob Berry / Principal UX Researcher, AnswerLab

Because so many interactions are now digital, virtual, and screen-based, we can't talk customer experience without talking user experience. Go deep on UX with an expert on human-computer interactions.

EPISODE 96

4 Steps to Better Storytelling

Michael Ashford / Director of Marketing, The Receptionist

To improve your storytelling is to connect more effectively with your customers both cognitively and emotionally. But "storytelling" is a bit buzzy. How do you actually do it? And do it well? Learn 4 characteristics of a great storyteller.

EPISODE 95

The 5 I's of Customer Experience

Jim Rembach / President, Influence To Action

To create employee engagement and to deliver an exceptional customer experience, we must constantly execute on the five I's: intention, investment, invention, inspection, and iterations. Explore these I's and the link between employees and customers.

EPISODE 94

Please Email Me: The Customer Feedback Episode

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

To start make strides in improving customer experience, you've already got what you need ... customer feedback! In this short episode, get reminders on where to find your feedback and how better to use it right now. Also: please email me.

EPISODE 93

3 Best Practices of a Great Community Builder

Joe Huber / Customer Community Strategist, Sprout Social

As two-time guest Sangram Vajre says: without a community, you're just a commodity. But how do you build and manage a customer community? And what are some key strategies? Learn some community benefits and best practices.

EPISODE 92

What's Next for Restaurants and Offices

Alex Grace / Director of Sales, Fooda

Adaptability and flexibility are always good qualities for your organization, teams, and team members to demonstrate, but they're critical right now. Two industries that need it most: restaurants and commercial real estate. Hear how they're adapting and what's ahead.

EPISODE 91

Align & Engage for Enterprise Sales Success

Nema Hashemi / Director of Sales, Contentstack

Learn why engagement is fundamental to CX success, how sales can leverage CS as a competitive advantage, what to look for in building an enterprise sales team, and how focus on a specific customer profile is critical to enterprise sales success.

EPISODE 90

Why Transparency Sells Better Than Perfection

Todd Caponi / Author, The Transparency Sale

Humans want to predict what’s going to happen. So your customers work to anticipate how well the experience will match up with your promises. Do the work for them by being more transparent in your sales and marketing efforts. Pitch your competition. Reveal your flaws. And win deals. Here’s how.

EPISODE 89

The Four Stages of Video Adoption

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

Video messages keep your team face to face with prospects, customers, strategic partners, each other, and everyone else in your business ecosystem. To get up and going with video successfully requires movement through four specific stages of adoption. Learn what, exactly, to expect and get tips to help.

EPISODE 88

Talking CX and EX with Sendoso’s Chief Customer Officer

Alli Tiscornia / Chief Customer Officer, Sendoso

Learn why and how to connect employee experience with customer experience, become a partner rather than a vendor, make retention the new expansion, and turn customers into marketers.

EPISODE 87

Staying Human-First In Your Sales Process

Tori Belkin / Sr. Director of Sales and Sales Enablement, Ceros

Make sales personal and human again is easier said than done. Learn how and why Tori and her team focus on personalization, take a conversational approach, and win deals based on the buying experience.

EPISODE 86

Hiring For Soft Skills, Training For Tech Skills

Richard Myers / VP of Customer Support and Success, Linode

Finding that perfect combination of deep technical skills and winning soft skills for CS roles can be hard, especially when you’re growing fast. Learn how the Linode team reorganized to create a training process and curriculum that’s allowed them to hire chefs, roofers, social workers, and others for soft skills, then train the tech skills.

EPISODE 85

How To Successfully Pivot To A Virtual Event

Corey McCarthy / CMO, Socio Events

The pivot. Sometimes you choose it. Sometimes a pandemic demands it. Learn how a team pivoted their offering, launched professional services, doubled down on education, and helped customers pivot from live to virtual and hybrid events. And learn to deliver a virtual event great!

EPISODE 84

10 Rules for Building a Category and Community

Sangram Vajre / Cofounder and Chief Evangelist, Terminus

If you're thinking about B2B sales and marketing in terms of your pdouct and your competitors, you're thinking too small. Learn how to build a category and a community around the problem you solve, not just the product you sell.

EPISODE 83

The 3 Pillars of Post-Crisis Customer Communication

Brian Gilman / VP of Product and Solutions Marketing, Vonage

The COVID-19 pandemic very immediately brought challenges to every business and industry. Gilman breaks down the pre-, during-, and post-crisis phases of the pandemic, describes the three pillars to sustain necessary change, and walks through customer experience winners and losers in the months and years ahead.

EPISODE 82

3 Ways to Fight Zoom Fatigue

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

We're all doing more video calls and video conferencing than ever. And it's not slowing down. But video meetings can be exhausing. Learn what "Zoom fatigue" is and get 3 practical ways to fight it - for the health, wellness, and benefit of you, your team members, and your customers.

EPISODE 81

4 Truths for Customer Experience as the Backbone of Your Business

Aaron Weiche / CEO, GatherUp

Gathering, listening to, and making visible real feedback from real customers is foundational to a great customer experience. Get practical processes to improve the ease, visibility, and authenticity of your online reviews and online reputation.

EPISODE 80

Employee Experience Design: How, Why, and Where To Begin

Gil Cohen / Founder, Employee Experience Design

A remarkable employee experience is a necessary precursor to a remarkable customer experience. But how do we get intentional? Where do we begin? What benefits might we expect? Get the how, why, and where of EX design.

EPISODE 79

A 4-Part Framework For A Frictionless Experience

Anthony Coundouris / Founder & Author, run_frictionless

Friction is a customer experience killer. Learn the 4-part framework to run frictionless by aligning your organization around who you serve, what you serve, what you believe, and how you serve.

EPISODE 78

3 Ways To Improve Data Literacy

Piyanka Jain / President & CEO, Aryng

A clear data strategy and a strong data culture are keys to long-term success. But in all likelihood, the majority of your team members lack the appropriate data literacy for their roles. Learn why that matters and 3 ways to change it.

EPISODE 77

The Science of Video (And The New Metric That Matters Most)

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

Learn about the science of video from three previous guests of The Customer Experience Podcast, results you can expect from implementing video messaging, key metrics to pay attention to, and a new metric that matters most for its transcendent qualities.

EPISODE 76

When Customer Experience Becomes An Existential Experience

Todd Hockenberry / B2B Advisor & Coach, Top Line Results

Hockenberry co-authored a book on customer experience, Inbound Organization, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed his view on CX. Here, he talks differentiation, alignment, customer-centricity, personalization, and more - all through the lens of a crisis and with several stories and examples.

EPISODE 75

Emotional Intelligence and the Power of Faces

Dan Hill, Ph.D. / President, Sensory Logic

For its natural draw, its information density, and its connective power, the human face is "the richest visual territory on the planet." Learn about the benefits of emotional intelligence and how it affects communication with your customers and employees.

EPISODE 74

Using Tech to Scale the Human Touch and Build Community

Stef Caldwell / Senior CS Leader and Comunity Architect, Narrative Science

Tech, tools, and data are means to ends. How do we use them to benefit, enable, and empower people? Learn ways to use tech to maintain a human touch, tell better customer stories, and build a community.

EPISODE 73

Marketing To Your Employees, Not Just Your Customers

Christopher Wallace / Cofounder and President, InnerView Group

Your brand is a promise that's honored - or broken - in your delivery of customer experience. Learn how internal marketing improves understanding, pride, and purpose in our frontline employees.

EPISODE 72

Better Marketing Through Product, Sales, and Customer Conversations

Shanee Ben-Zur / Head of Marketing, Media, and Growth, Crunchbase

To connect better with customers, you need to understand them. And data alone won't give you that. Learn how, when, and why to have more product, sales, and customer conversations.

EPISODE 71

Differentiating Your Brand by Humanizing the Experience

Ed Breault / CMO, Aprimo

Ed's two mantras this year: the personal brand is the new corporate brand and the customer is the new marketer. To realize both requires empowering your team and humanizing your experience.

EPISODE 70

Mental Health In Sales: More Than 40% Struggle

Jeff Riseley / Founder, Sales Health Alliance

Think of five salespeople you know. Odds are, two of them struggle with mental health. Why it happens, why it matters, and what we can do about it.

EPISODE 69

The Essence of CX: How You Make People Feel

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

After a year of asking dozens of smart and accomplished people what customer experience is, I had the opportunity to process it all and put it into one statement. Did I get it right? If not, what's missing?

EPISODE 68

Creating and Delivering Better Buying Experiences with Video

Josh Fedie / Founder, SalesReach

Accelerating your sales process, improving your buyer's experience, and personalizing your overall customer experience. Our guest has practical ideas on all that and more - including why and how to get face to face through video.

EPISODE 67

Customer Communication In Times Of Crisis

Samanthan Stone / Founder & CMO, Marketing Advisory Network

No matter where you are, you're facing the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, there's no such thing as "business as usual." How do we adjust and empathize? Get insights into customer communication channels, marketing and CS messages, and imperfect video.

EPISODE 66

Restoring the Human Factor to Fulfill the "Big CX Dream"

Ben Smithwell / Director and CX/CS Designer at Comotion

Plenty of evidence suggests that CX is in a pretty bad state. Find out where the soft spots and illusions are and learn how to restore the human factor to CX, align CX with real business objectives, and prove the value of CX initiatives.

EPISODE 65

Product Usage As A Vanity Metric

Chris Hicken / Founder and CEO, 'nuffsaid

We often look to product usage to assess customer health and account risk in recurring revenue businesses. Learn a more nuanced and effective approach and pick up useful product, customer success, and go to market insights.

EPISODE 64

A Circular Approach to the Customer Lifecycle

Wes Schaeffer / The Sales Whisperer

People often view the sales funnel or customer lifecycle as a linear, step-by-step process. Learn why it's better to view it as a circle and how it can be as easy as ABC ... DE.

EPISODE 63

Creating Fans Through Human Connection

David Meerman Scott / Bestselling author, Fanocracy

Any organization can create fans and build a fandom and it starts with human connection. Here how physical proximity, video communication, relationships, co-creation, free giveaways, and other practices can turn fans into customers and customers into fans.

EPISODE 62

The 6 Layers of Learning: Bloom's Taxonomy

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

In your work and in your life, you're both teaching and learning - for yourself, your team members, your customers, and others. Hear how a simple, hierarchical framework of learning objectives can help assure better outcomes.

EPISODE 61

Instantly Creating Connection with Anyone You Want to Know

James Carbary / Founder, Sweet Fish Media

You don't have to rely on luck, hope, or serendipity to build relationships with people who can have a significant impact on your life and career. Learn how content-based networking creates connection and generates results.

EPISODE 60

The Context Marketing Revolution

Mathew Sweezey / Director of Market Strategy, Salesforce

Limited media has given way to infinite media. Attention is no longer as important as context. Incremental improvements won't get us where we need to go. Mat's spent several years researching what this means for marketing and customer experience.

EPISODE 59

The Pirate's Guide to Sales: Learn and Steal from the Best

Tyler Menke / Author, The Pirate's Guide to Sales

According to Steve Jobs, "it's more fun to be a pirate than to join the navy." Faced with the most challenging assignment of his sales career, Tyler became a pirate. Hear what he's learned from dozens of sales leaders and pracitioners.

EPISODE 58

Uniting Customers and Brands Through Experiential Marketing

Ruthie Schulder / Cofounder and CEO, The Participation Agency

Have you ever thought about turning digital experiences into lived experiences? Well, it could be the bridge that unites your brand and your customers, and Ruthie Schulder, Co-Founder and CEO of The Participation Agency, explains why experiential marketing is the way to go.

EPISODE 57

Customer Obsession As Your Key Differentiator

Ned Arick / Account Executive, YourWelcome

If you want your business to thrive and win in 2020, customer obsession needs to be a priority. Ned Arick, Account Executive and YourWelcome, points out why customer obsession is an absolute must, and how to implement it in your sales process.

EPISODE 56

3 Customer Experience Myths Debunked and Set Straight

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

There are various misconceptions when it comes to CX. The Customer Experience Podcast Host Ethan Beute sets the record straight on the top three customer experience myths.

EPISODE 55

Creating An Amazing Customer Experience By Being “Slightly Better Than Average”

Shep Hyken / Customer Service Expert

Providing an amazing customer experience may seem like difficult feat, but it's not an impossible one. In fact, Shep Hyken, Chief Amazement Officer and Shepard Presentations, is here to remind us all it takes to deliver an awesome CX is to be "slightly better than average."

EPISODE 54

Unlocking the Science of Video with Vanessa Van Edwards

Vanessa Van Edwards / Lead Investigator, Science of People

Fun fact- oxytocin can be released through video. On this episode, Vanessa Van Edwards, bestselling author of "Captivate," dives deep into the science behind video, video best practices and more.

EPISODE 53

Sales Advice For Leading, Coaching, and Aligning Your Team

Dave Kennett / Founder and CEO, Replayz

In order to have happy customers, you need happy team members. Dave Kennett, Founder and CEO of Replayz, shares his sales advice for making this happen – covering everything from leadership and sales coaching to interdepartmental alignment.

EPISODE 52

Video Belongs In These 3 Moments In Your Customer Journey

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

If you're ready to adopt video in your business, you may be wondering where to start. Ethan Beute, The Customer Experience Podcast Host, details three moments along the customer journey in which you should be implementing video.

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How To Enable Your Sales Team: Practical Tips for Sales Leaders

Joe Caprio / VP of Sales, Chorus.ai

Are you providing your sales team with the resources, tools and knowledge they need to not only close deals, but also create an awesome CX? Joe Caprio, VP of Sales at Chorus.ai, reveals his sales enablement tips for sales success.

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AI Ethics in Marketing: Customer Persuasion vs Customer Coercion

William Ammerman / Author, The Invisible Brand

How is artifical intelligence and technology changing our interactions with customers? William Ammerman, author of "The Invisible Brand," responds to this question and analyzes the ethics that come into play as tech evolves.

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4 Marketing Ideas to Increase Sales (That You Should Steal Today)

Scott Barker / Head of Partnerships, Sales Hacker

The customer experience is made up of sales and marketing as a whole, yet there's still arbitrary lines between the two. Scott Barker, Sales Engagement Evangelist at Outreach, learned very on in his career that the two have to work together for amazing CX to happen, and he reveals four marketing tactics to increase sales that you should try today.

5 CX Tips from My Car Buying Experience featuring Ethan Beute image
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5 CX Tips from My Car Buying Experience

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

Buying a car can be exciting, but also daunting. Ethan Beute, The Customer Experience Podcast Host, shares five CX lessons learned from his own car buying experience.

Asking Better Sales Questions for Greater Sales Success featuring Brian Robinson image
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Asking Better Sales Questions for Greater Sales Success

Brian Robinson / Author, The Selling Formula

"One question can change everything." Indeed it can, and Brian Robinson, author of "The Selling Formula," talks about being mindful with the sales questions we're asking customers to give them the experience they yearn for and garner the sales results we want to achieve.

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Developing Customer Loyalty Requires Cultural Empathy

Kristin Messerli / Founder and CEO, Cultural Outreach

The Golden Rule is what comes to mind in CX, but did you know that it doesn't apply to all of your customers. Because in the diverse country we live in, the way we communicate varies, so Kristin Messerli, Founder and CEO of Cultural Outreach, explains the important role of cultural empathy in the CX we provide.

The Modern Buying Process and Product Led Growth featuring Wes Bush image
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The Modern Buying Process and Product Led Growth

Wes Bush / Founder, Product Led Institute

Did you know that your product alone has the potential to provide an amazing customer experience and grow your business? Wes Bush, author of "Product-Led Growth," dives deep into the product-led growth model, and why it works.

The 3 Components Of Trust For Better Customer Relationships featuring Cory Scheer image
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The 3 Components Of Trust For Better Customer Relationships

Cory Scheer / Director of Church and Community Engagement

Loyal customers stem from a solid foundation of trust. Cory Scheer, Director of Church and Community Engagement at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, details the three components of trust needs to establish strong customer relationships.

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3 Ways To Win With The SaaS Sales Method

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

To build a successful SaaS company, Winning By Design belives your entire company needs to work together as one large sales team. The Customer Experience Podcast Host Ethan Beute dives deep into their SaaS Sales Method and elaborates on ways to be successful with it.

5 Ways Internal Alignment Can Elevate Your Customer Experience featuring Sangram Vajre image
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5 Ways Internal Alignment Can Elevate Your Customer Experience

Sangram Vajre / Cofounder and Chief Evangelist, Terminus

Alignment across your organization is vital to delivering a great customer experience. It can be challenging to execute, but it is attainable and Terminus Chief Evangelist Sangram Vajre breaks down how to accomplish this alignment on this episode.

Setting Up Your B2B Live Chat To Dramatically Accelerate Sales featuring Nelson Bruton image
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Setting Up Your B2B Live Chat To Dramatically Accelerate Sales

Nelson Bruton / President, Interchanges

How do you best use B2B live chat in ways that will generate results for your company, while still providing an optimal CX? Nelson Bruton, President at Interchanges, explores and answers this question with live chat best practices to implement in your business that will bring your business success.

The Biggest Transformation in Prospecting in 30 Years featuring Dan Tyre image
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The Biggest Transformation in Prospecting in 30 Years

Dan Tyre / Sales Executive, HubSpot

Plain text doesn't sell; humans do. HubSpot Executive Dan Tyre recognizes this and discusses how video is changing the prospecting landscape.

Company Culture As Your Competitive Edge featuring Lance Risser and Levi Ayriss image
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Company Culture As Your Competitive Edge

Lance Risser and Levi Ayriss / VPs of Field Operations, Dutch Bros Coffee

Your company culture has the potential to get your employees excited about the experience they're providing customers. Lance Risser and Levi Ayriss of Dutch Bros Coffee share how they accomplish this at their popular coffee chain, and why it's successful.

Training and Certifying Your Sales Team to Speak Your Customer’s Language featuring Alex Rosemblat image
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Training and Certifying Your Sales Team to Speak Your Customer’s Language

Alex Rosemblat / VP of Marketing, Datadog

How we speak to customers can make or break the CX you provide them with. We need to speak in their language if we want to build trust, and Alex Rosemblat, VP of Marketing at Datadog, details how to do this in a way that is beneficial to your customers and your business.

How NOT to Use LinkedIn Messaging for Prospecting featuring Ethan Beute image
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How NOT to Use LinkedIn Messaging for Prospecting

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

LinkedIn can be a great avenue for prospecting – if you do it right. Ethan Beute, The Customer Experience Podcast Host, posed a question on LinkedIn prospecting on his own profile and discusses his takeaways on the responses.

The Financial Side of CX: Which Customers Should You Invest In? featuring Sarah Toms image
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The Financial Side of CX: Which Customers Should You Invest In?

Sarah Toms / Cofounder and Executive Director, Wharton Interactive

Despite what we may think, not all customers are created equal. And on this episode Sarah Toms, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Wharton Interactive, dives into why this is the case – as well as which customers we need to be investing in.

2 Keys to Creating an “Extraordinary” Customer Experience featuring Dan Gingiss image
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2 Keys to Creating an “Extraordinary” Customer Experience

Dan Gingiss / Customer Experience Expert

Do you know what it takes to provide an exceptional customer experience? Tune in to hear what Dan Gingiss, Chief Experience Officer at Winning Customer Experience, believes are the two essential elements to taking your CX to the next level and making it extraordinary.

4 Things Every Customer Wishes You Understood About Them featuring Miek Redbord image
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4 Things Every Customer Wishes You Understood About Them

Mike Redbord / GM of Service Hub, Hubspot

Wouldn't it be great if we could know and comprehend what customers need and expect from us as businesses? Listen in as Mike Redbord, Service Hub General Manager at Hubspot, talks through embracing CX as a feeling, taking ownership on bad experiences, the power of video in humanizing your business, and more.

What Your Marketing Team’s Doing That’s Probably Illegal featuring Sharon toerek image
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What Your Marketing Team’s Doing That’s Probably Illegal

Sharon Toerek / Attorney, Legal+Creative

To make a great CX happen for your customers, you have to do it the right and legal way. We have Sharon Toerek of Legal+Creative on this episode to chat about everything related to intellectual property, fair use, consumer data protection and more.

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Meeting Customers’ Evolving Needs with a Customer Experience Team

Luke Owen / Director of Customer Experience, Formstack

For your business to be successful, you need to embrace and prioritize a CX mindset. So, Luke Owen, Director of Customer Experience at Formstack, explains how to do this, while keeping in mind the ever evolving needs of customers.

Brand Legacy Is A Human Thing (Not A Corporate Thing) featuring Kristy Krueger image
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Brand Legacy Is A Human Thing (Not A Corporate Thing)

Kristy Krueger / VP of Marketing, Revel Health

An awesome customer experience comes from simply treating your customers like human beings. Kristy Krueger, Revel VP of Marketing, details how by doing so you are creating experiences that are building your brand legacy.

How To Avoid Branding and Marketing Mistakes While Driving Fast featuring Dave Knox image
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How To Avoid Branding and Marketing Mistakes While Driving Fast

Dave Knox / Founder and Advisor, Predicting the Turn

Businesses grow fast, making oversights possible – especially on the marketing and branding front. Predicting the Turn Strategic Advisor Dave Knox, teaches on how to prevent this from happening to your high-growth company along the way to expansion.

Making B2B Marketing More Personal featuring Brett Chester image
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Making B2B Marketing More Personal

Brett Chester / VP of Marketing, Sitetracker

With B2B marketing, it's easy to forget that there are real humans on the receiving end of your messaging – not just a company. And as such, we talk to Brett Chester, VP of Marketing at Sitetracker, about the need to market to them in more meaningful and intentional ways.

No, Your Customer Isn’t Always Right featuring Jaime Casap image
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No, Your Customer Isn’t Always Right

Jaime Casap / Chief Education Evangelist, Google

"The customer is always right" – it's a phrase engrained in us as business professionals and as consumers. But it's also false, and Google's Chief Education Evangelist Jaime Casap is on this episode to explain why.

4 Emerging Customer Experience Themes featuring Ethan Beute image
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4 Emerging Customer Experience Themes

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

Ethan Beute, Host of The Customer Experience Podcast, examines four emerging CX themes he's uncovered from his guests so far.

Increasing Lifetime Value and Decreasing Acquisition Cost by Holding Attention featuring Jay Acunzo image
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Increasing Lifetime Value and Decreasing Acquisition Cost by Holding Attention

Jay Acunzo / Founder, Marketing Showrunners

How do we increase customer retention and decrease acquisition costs? It's all about grabbing (and keeping) your customers' attention, and Marketing Showrunners Founder Jay Acunzo explains just the tricks for keeping them engaged.

Why Friction Is A Customer Experience Killer featuring Brian Gilman image
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Why Friction Is A Customer Experience Killer

Brian Gilman / VP of Solutions Marketing, Vonage

It's no secret that friction can kill a customer's experience with your product or service. Brian Gilman, VP of Product Marketing at Vonage, reveals the secrets for preventing or reducing this friction from plaguing the CX in your business.

How Embracing Failure Actually Benefits Your Customers featuring Marc Rodan image
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How Embracing Failure Actually Benefits Your Customers

Marc Rodan / Founder and Owner, Ninjafy and Rodan Creative

In life, it's hard to grow without experiencing failure at one point or another. It's the same thing in business, and Ninjafy Co-Founder Marc Rodan talks to embracing a growth mindset to better serve customers.

Showing Up Authentically To Honor Your Customer Promise featuring Paula Hayes image
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Showing Up Authentically To Honor Your Customer Promise

Paula Hayes / Founder and CEO, Hue Noir

Authenticity is at the core of all relationships built with customers, so how do you deliver on your brand promise authentically? Paula Hayes, CEO, President and Founder of Hue Noir Cosmetics, answers this question and more on this episode of The Customer Experience Podcast.

Rehumanize Your Business By Building Relationships Through Video featuring Ethan Beute image
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Rehumanize Your Business By Building Relationships Through Video

Ethan Beute / Chief Evangelist, BombBomb

The need for face-to-face communication in business is there, but the time isn't. The Customer Experience Podcast Host Ethan Beute describes how video fills this void by rehumanizing communication and your business.

Turning Customers’ Online Actions into Offline Experiences featuring Michael McCarthy image
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Turning Customers’ Online Actions into Offline Experiences

Michael McCarthy / Founder and CEO, Inkit

Direct mail marketing is as effective as ever. Inkit Founder and CEO Michael McCarthy clarifies why, and shares some direct mail best practices with us.

Why Obsession Is The Missing Ingredient In Your Customer Experience featuring Matt Knee image
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Why Obsession Is The Missing Ingredient In Your Customer Experience

Matt Knee / Founder and President, MyCompanyWorks

Are you making obsession one of your main business practices? If you aren't, Matt Knee, Founder and President of MyCompanyWorks, believes you should and he explains the crucial role this mindset plays in CX on this episode.

Why Customer Experience Is The Only Differentiator Left featuring David Cancel image
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Why Customer Experience Is The Only Differentiator Left

David Cancel / Founder and CEO, Drift

In a world of endless corporate competition, CX is the key element that will set you apart. We dive into how meaningful conversations help provide an awesome customer experience with Drift CEO and Founder David Cancel.

Create Delight to Keep Customers for Life featuring Jordan Olivero image
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Create Delight to Keep Customers for Life

Jordan Olivero / Director of Customer Success, Swimlane

If you want loyal customers, you have to bring them delight. Jordan Olivero, Swimlane Director of CS, elaborates on this idea in the following episode.

The Best Customer Experience Delivers an Appropriate Experience
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The Best Customer Experience Delivers an Appropriate Experience

Jonathan Bolton / SVP of Operations, BombBomb

The customer experience is not "one size fits all." Amazing CX is driven by the appropriate experience, and our BombBomb VP of Operations Jonathan Bolton explains why.

Better Ways to Build Trust With Your Customers featuring Charles Green image
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Better Ways to Build Trust With Your Customers

Charles Green / CEO, Trusted Advisor Associates

In order to establish healthy relationships with customers, you need them to trust you. While gaining that trust may seem like a challenging feat, Trusted Advisor Associates CEO Charles Green speaks on simple ways you can do so.

You Have 100 Days to Create or Lose a Lifelong Customer featuring Joey Coleman image
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You Have 100 Days to Create or Lose a Lifelong Customer

Joey Coleman / Author, Never Lose A Customer Again

Want to know how to keep customers for life? Joey Coleman, Design Symphony Chief Experience Composer, knows how, and he shares his strategies for retention with us on this episode.

Balancing Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Human Relationships featuring Samantha Stone image
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Balancing Automation, Artificial Intelligence, and Human Relationships

Samantha Stone / Founder and CMO, Marketing Advisory Network

Technology is great – in balance. Marketing Advisory Network CMO Samantha Stone talks using automation and artificial intelligence without compromising customer relationships.

Sales Strategy Mistakes and How to Fix Them featuring Jeremey Donovan image
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Sales Strategy Mistakes and How to Fix Them

Jeremy Donovan / SVP of Sales Strategy, SalesLoft

Are you wondering why your sales strategy isn't giving you the results you're looking for? Jeremy Donovan, Senior VP of Sales Strategy of SalesLoft, walks us through common sales strategy mistakes and how to fix them.

Branding Through Customer Experience Like Apple featuring David Brier image
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Branding Through Customer Experience Like Apple

David Brier / Author, Brand Intervention

Whether you like it or not, the customer experience you provide is your brand. DBD International (branding consultancy and agency) Chief Gravity Defyer David Brier addresses how to make your branding win long term.

Rehumanizing Business (and the World) with Better Communication featuring Darin Dawson image
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Rehumanizing Business (and the World) with Better Communication

Darin Dawson / Cofounder and President, BombBomb

Plain-text emails, text messages, and other faceless communication methods dominate our business practices. But we all know that in-person, authentic conversations are the way to make great things happen for your company, so BombBomb President and Co-Founder Darin Dawson shares why he's making it his mission to rehumanize business (and the world) with better communication.

Does Your Sales Team Hurt Customer Success? featuring Nick Hart image
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Does Your Sales Team Hurt Customer Success?

Nick Hart / Strategic CSM, Outreach

We never think of a closed sales deal as a bad thing, but it can be. Tune in as Nick Hart, Strategic Customer Success Manager at Outreach, explains when closing deals can be problematic for customer success, the challenges that can occur as a result, and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.

Why Customers Leave and How To Win Them Back featuring David Avrin image
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Why Customers Leave and How To Win Them Back

David Avrin / Author, Why Customers Leave and How to Win Them Back

Why do customers leave, and how do we win them back? David Avrin is an expert on this topic (and he even wrote a book all about it), and he answers this question in depth on this episode.

Take Care of Your Brand and It Will Take Care of You featuring Kurt Bartolich image
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Take Care of Your Brand and It Will Take Care of You

Kurt Bartolich / Founder, GUTS Branding

Why is your brand vital to the success of your business? We look at this thoroughly with GUTS Branding Founder Kurt Bartolich – analyzing the important relationship between brand, experience and journey.

Superior Customer Experience Starts Before There’s a Customer featuring Rachel Ostrander image
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Superior Customer Experience Starts Before There’s a Customer

Rachel Ostrander / Director of Runner Experience, Brooks Running

CX is often a priority after onboarding a customer, but shouldn't it start before? Rachel Ostrander, Brooks Running Director of Runner Experience, believes so, and she explains why in this episode.

Connecting with Customers by Exploring a Shared Belief featuring Steve Pacinelli image
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Connecting with Customers by Exploring a Shared Belief

Steve Pacinelli / CMO, BombBomb

How do we best connect with customers? BombBomb's CMO explores the importance of finding a shared belief with customers, communicating with them more clearly, providing them with value and more on The Customer Experience Podcast.

The Holy Grail of Connecting with Your Customers featuring Ann Handley image
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“The Holy Grail” of Connecting with Your Customers

Ann Handley / Chief Content Officer, MarketingProfs

Content isn't only a marketing tool; it's created in service to your customers for them to thrive with your service or product. On this episode, Ann Handley, MarketingProfs Chief Content Officer, details how content and branding consistency shape CX and why email is the missing piece to your content strategy puzzle.

Is Your Company Built to Last or Built to Suck? featuring Joseph Jaffe image
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Is Your Company Built to Last or Built to Suck?

Joseph Jaffe / Admiral, The HMS Beagle

Is your company built to adapt to the ever-evolving business world? It needs to if you want it to withstand the test of time, and Joseph Jaffe, "admiral and co-founder" of The HMS Beagle, explains why in the following episode.

Why Content Experiences Beat Content Marketing featuring Randy Frisch image
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Why Content Experiences Beat Content Marketing

Randy Frisch / CMO, Uberflip

Randy Frisch, Uberflip Co-Founder, CMO and President, thinks it's time to start thinking about content marketing as content experiences instead. He shares his five-part Content Experience Framework with us, and how it contributes to the overall customer experience.

Business Relationships Quiz: How Many of Your Contacts Pass This Test? featuring Zvi Band image
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Business Relationships Quiz: How Many of Your Contacts Pass This Test?

Zvi Band / Cofounder and CEO, Contactually

Are you embracing the right mindset when it comes to cultivating relationships with your customers. In this episode, Zvi Band, Cofounder and CEO of Contactually, focuses on the idea that customers are more than just contacts for businesses – they're the whole reason they exist.

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Trust, Neuroscience, and the Customer Experience with Ed Powers

Ed Powers / VP of Client Success, InteliSecure

Trust is of the essence to build long-standing good relationships with customers. On this inaugural episode of The Customer Experience Podcast, we dive deep into the roles of trust and neuroscience in CX with InteliSecure VP of Client Success Ed Powers.

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