Archives for Customer Experience

Avtex Achieves Type II AICPA Service Organization Control (SOC) Compliance

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – April 27, 2017 – Avtex, a provider of integrated interaction solutions, announced today the successful completion of the Type II SOC 2 compliance process. This certification comes on the heels of the organizations achievement of Type I SOC 2 in April of 2016. “The addition of Type II certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment to mitigating potential risks associated with Security and Availability,” said Eric Van Heel, Vice President, Cloud Solutions Support. “SOC 2 also demonstrates to our customers that we have taken real steps to insure we follow industry best-practices to safeguard their systems and data.” According
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Kurt Schroeder Joins Avtex as Chief Experience Officer

At Avtex, we are focused on continually improving our ability to offer clients the best possible support and service. We accomplish this goal by hiring the best and the brightest, adding new solutions and service offerings, and expanding our internal knowledge of our technology and partners. I’m pleased to announce that Kurt Schroeder has joined the Avtex team as our Chief Experience Officer. In his new role, Kurt will lead the development and growth of our CX practice. Kurt comes to us from Baker Tilly, LLP where he developed the Growth Strategies into a national practice. The Growth Strategies practice
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Avtex Hires Chief Experience Officer

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – April 18, 2017 – Avtex, a provider of integrated interaction solutions, announced today that they have hired Kurt Schroeder as Chief Experience Officer. Schroeder will lead the development and growth of the customer experience practice. Prior to joining Avtex, Schroeder was a Principal at Baker Tilly, LLP where he developed the Growth Strategies into a national practice. The Growth Strategies practice focused on improving top line revenue through sales effectiveness, marketing effectiveness and customer experience.  Over the past 25 years he has had responsibility for developing and leading consulting organizations of varying sizes concentrating on customer interactions,
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Exploring the Fundamentals of Patient Experience

Competition amongst medical care and insurance providers has hit an all time high thanks in part to health care reform. With added options available to patients, the power has shifted to those seeking medical care, rather than those providing it. This shift has resulted in significantly altered patient expectations; patients once focused solely on obtaining quality medical treatment now expect a more robust and effective experience whenever dealing with a medical provider. Meeting patient expectations requires a commitment to creating and maintaining effective patient experience. Without such a commitment, the modern health care provider faces an uphill battle to attract
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Brand Experience and Customer Experience: Lady Gaga

In the final blog on my series around brand experience and customer experience, I look at how a pop superstar has had success at narrowing her niche and serving her ultra loyal customers. Although I’m not a fan of her music, but someone I have a lot of respect for is Lady Gaga. She’s a brand that provides tailored experiences for a niche audience. She is not attempting to satisfy all pop music lovers, just her music lovers. Lady Gaga is well aware that her opinions are polarizing, that’s her set of values that she stays true to regardless of
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Brand Experience and Customer Experience: Bonus Experience Architecture Example

New York City based clothing designer start-up Rochambeau, designed an exclusive experiential jacket titled the Bright BMBR. This limited edition jacket (only 15 have been produced) uses embedded NFC tags giving wearers VIP access to bespoke events, gallery tours, entry into elite NYC night clubs, and tickets to Rochambeau’s runway show. This modern day members only jacket retails for $630.00, and entitles owners to personalized experiences that represent the best of NYC culture and creativity. “… [we] do the selection and curation of experiences, the jacket and consumer does the unlocking. The spirit of creative collaboration and exploration is something
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Brand Experience and Customer Experience: Design, Operations and Service

One of my favorite quotes from Dale Carnegie is: “If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own.” Whether talking about customers or employees it comes down to proactive-intentional-empathy. Solid brand experiences and customer experiences take place when brands deliberately weave design, operations, and service/support to engage their ideal customers with positive lasting experiences. A symbiotic ecosystem of call center agents, design teams, social, web, and front-line support that all have their own ideas of
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Brand Experience and Customer Experience: IKEA

So how do our friends across the pond design memorable brand experiences? One example that does a great job of staying true to their values is IKEA. Europeans who desire to host dinner parties with their friends but don’t have space in their ultra-efficient apartments are no longer at a loss, IKEA has them covered. Staying true to their values: spirit of togetherness, enthusiasm, and fun, IKEA recently opened up a DIY restaurant for Brits and a permanent space for Polish to cook together while getting their Swedish meatball fix. IKEA’s voice of the customer research uncovered that more than
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Brand Experience and Customer Experience: Pirch

We’re now operating in an environment where brand experience and customer experiences are blending together. Brand values with memorable experiences are now required. I talked about Toms Shoes yesterday and how their shopping experiences are memorable, meaningful, and emotional. Today I want to look at an example of family home life. Another brand that puts a lot of thought into their in-store experience is Pirch, whose values focus on family while creating beautiful moments with design. Whether you’re shopping for a new kitchen, bath accessory, or just want to be a lush while wondering around their elegantly designed store with a
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Brand Experience and Customer Experience: Toms Shoes

We’re now operating in an environment where brand experience and customer experiences are blending together. Brand values with memorable experiences are no longer nice to have, they’re required. We’re at the point now where experiences and values are the product. But has anyone actually told you and your teams how to design experiences, or state what the standard for memorable experiences are? Understandably, each business is unique to designing experiences for, yet the following brands are certainly making a determined effort in defining the standard. I’ve identified a handful of brands to share with you in this blog series, starting
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