Visit to a touchpoint organization

Written by Raquel Calleja for Buljan & Partners Consulting

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This year marks the 15th anniversary of Buljan & Partners Consulting and as part of the commemorative events we’ve arranged visits to some companies of reference in CX like Loewe and Inditex. But we also wanted to pay a visit to the company we’ve always dreamed of being: the one that abandons the traditional silo structure and evolves for the good of its customers into a company organized around Customer Journey. Continue reading

The tower of babel in the Customer Experience

Written by Silvana Buljan for Buljan & Partners consulting

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A desperate customer in search of help and solutions often finds himself confronted with complex procedures, incomprehensible sales pitches and decisions made unilaterally in the corporate world. Further still, rather than be lessened, he finds his frustration increases because he fails to receive an acceptable solution. This is an ongoing trend in many companies, even while claiming that the customer experience is the focus of their strategic priority – in today’s world it doesn’t look good if you don’t have a Customer Experience department. Continue reading

Customer Effort taken to SME level

Written by Monique Jansen for Buljan & Partners Consulting

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Just before Easter, I engaged in an interesting LinkedIn conversation in the “CRM&CEM professionals” group, triggered by an excellent article written by Sampson Lee, in which he questions the purpose of reducing customer effort.

In the article, the focus of companies on reducing customer effort is challenged. Sampson claims that by making customers ‘sweat’ - allowing Good Pains - resources can be channeled to their Branded Pleasures. That is why IKEA, Starbucks, Louis Vuitton, Southwest Airlines, Sukiyabashi Jiro and other great brands are able to deliver a highly memorable and branded experience.

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7 tips to regain your customer’s trust

Written by Monique Jansen for Buljan & Partners Consulting

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On Saturday, October 3rd, the Spanish press released the initiative of the Volkswagen group to create a customer call service for those affected by the scandal related to diesel engines, which immediately crashed. The company has also created an online form, but it could only be accessed from a computer and not from smartphones. Continue reading

Dear Customer

Written by Monique Jansen for Buljan & Partners Consulting

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WARNING: the content of the following post is FICTION. Although more and more companies are implementing customer centric strategies these days, CEOs still apologize frequently to customers while decision makers have to listen more to the customers’ needs. That’s why there is still a lot of work to be done. Continue reading

The importance of Partner Alignment in Customer Centric Management

Written by Monique Jansen for Buljan & Partners Consulting

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Companies have many reasons to include external partners in their customer facing processes in Customer Centric Management. External partners can ensure a more efficient and therefore less costly service. They tend to save a company time in searching the right staff for the job, they ensure process effectiveness based on their subject matter experience and they improve efficiency though making advance of economies of scale.

However, outsourcing is not a light decision to take. Leaving a customer-facing process in somebody else’s hands is scary, as it is a crucial one in ensuring an A to Z aligned customer experience.

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How do we move from transactional to experiential?

Written by Silvana Buljan for Buljan & Partners Consulting

Many organizations invest important efforts in defining guidelines, process maps, customer journeys, compliance rules and so on for giving employees guidance in human interactions, especially with customers and suppliers. The basis for these guidelines is often a rather transactional and functional view on customer experience, without touching the emotional part of the experience.

But what exactly is the emotional part of the experience? That an employee is smiling and welcoming a customer when entering into a department store for instance? Or is it the hairdresser taking care of a baby girl while her mother is enjoying a hair treatment? It can be both, and it can be none of them – the key is the authenticity and presence that I´m embodying as person delivering the experience.

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“I am my own Company”

Written by Antonio Igarza for Buljan & Partners Consulting

For the customer, the seller is the company.

The client does not distinguish between the seller or the sales manager and the organization for which they work.

Customers do not know what happens behind the doors that say “Only for company personnel”. They don´t know the areas of responsibility, the descriptions of the functions of the office, or what the salesman can or cannot do for them.

The customer “just” wants to be treated the way he / she considers best.

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All we need is LOVE?

Written by Silvana Buljan for Buljan & Partners Consulting

A recent study in German households reveals that financials in a partnership are more important to women than to men. Whereas women prefer their male partners to gain more money than themselves, men don´t really care about financials, 71% say the only factor that matters is LOVE. Amazing.

When did we start to openly talk about love publicly? And what could this mean to our business environments, where we are usually taught to avoid showing emotions or to talk about them?

If we want to engage with customers it will be difficult to achieve a relationship if we don´t talk about emotions and love. “Love your customer” is a slogan that we can find in any loyalty and CRM book, but what does this exactly mean in a professional relationship? How do define LOVE “professionally” if we even can´t give it a standard definition in our private lives?

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Customer Centricity in the public sector: innovation or obligation?

Written by Silvana Buljan for Buljan & Partners Consulting

I stopped reading the newspaper. Just writing this gives me an enormous feeling of liberation. There´s no day that passes without bad news topping nice announcements – if there actually are any! Bad news nowadays are led by disorder and corruption affairs in economy and politics. It seems that there´s no way of coming to the top without betrayal, intrigue, avarice, and hunger for power, exactly the opposite that is told and taught in schools and universities all over the world. This blogpost would be endless if I shared my reflections on the “state of the art” of our society, so I will be reducing it to some thoughts on the public sector.

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