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  • Is your CX program working? Let's prove it.

    Jacqui Mueller | Dec 7, 2017
    The sound of cash registers practically drowns out the jingle bells these days, but sales aren’t the biggest story. Service is. We’re in the age of the customer, and 84% of firms say their primary aspiration is to be a customer experience (CX) leader. You’re probably among them.
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  • Trust: The missing ingredient in American healthcare?

    Dan Prince | Dec 5, 2017
    Ten years of survey results paint a dismal picture. Hospitals don’t trust health plans. Physicians don’t trust health plans. And health plans register only a nominally higher rate of trust in hospitals and physicians.
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  • Black Friday: How did retailers fare in 2017?

    Paul Tiedt | Dec 1, 2017
    Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, complete with the familiar traditions of family meals and adrenaline-fueled shopping trips. In keeping with our own tradition of analyzing Black Friday shopping trends, we turned to our market intelligence tool BrandGeek®—the fastest, most accurate source of behavioral data linked to customer feedback in real time. While last year’s data provided perspective on declining visits and shifts in trip motivation, we were eager to get another real-time look at how consumer behavior plays out during this critical period for retailers.
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  • Turn browsers into buyers by monitoring web traffic

    Lou Bellaire | Nov 29, 2017
    Our data science team is hard at work discovering new ways to use technology and data to bring deep, meaningful insights to our clients. In a previous blog, we talked about our omnichannel approach and how we’re exploring and thinking about the digital layer in new ways to enhance our clients’ understanding of the customer experience (CX).
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  • Client Connect 2017—biggest insights and takeaways

    Jeremy Michael | Nov 20, 2017
    It’s not often I compare my work life to my home life. In fact, I usually try to keep my office and family separate—multi-tasking between the two rarely works out well. Last week, these two facets of my life merged when I felt as much pride at work as I normally do only when I’m around my children. It happened our annual Client Connect event in London—where over 100 people gathered at the beautiful Chartered Accountants Hall at One Moorgate Place.
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  • 3 retail trends to help you gear up for Black Friday

    Peter Berger | Nov 17, 2017
    Black Friday. For customers, the term conjures up images of slashed prices, stampedes, and brand new flatscreen TVs. For retailers, these two words may inspire feelings ranging from excitement to sheer terror. To help navigate such a hectic season, we used our market intelligence tool BrandGeek to take a look at 2016 Black Friday weekend data for a few different retail clients. Read on to see what we learned and get some tips on how to keep customers satisfied when tensions are high.
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  • Make your CX program rollout official—and noteworthy

    Jacqui Mueller | Nov 14, 2017
    Investing in a customer experience measurement (CX) program is a big deal—especially when that investment has the power to make fundamental improvements throughout your entire business. That’s why taking the right steps early for a successful launch is a critical part in setting your program up for long-term wins. In our previous blogs about launching your CX program, we’ve discussed how to put the right people in charge and brand your program to fit into your company culture. The next step is making the program introduction official and something to celebrate.
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  • Who has the biggest impact on front-line employee engagement?

    Jeff Jokerst | Nov 10, 2017
    If you’ve held positions in workforce management, you’ve heard the phrase “Engagement starts at the top”—and you also probably know how true that is. Our research repeatedly shows top-performing organizations have highly engaged executives, and engagement levels tend to cascade accordingly across the organization. In other words, the further down the organizational hierarchy you go, the less engaged employees are on average.
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  • 7 tips for using your omnichannel CX program to close the loop

    Jennifer McKenzie | Nov 9, 2017
    We say it all the time: don’t settle for a customer feedback program—invest in a customer insights program. A feedback program essentially amounts to a list of reviews. There may be some interesting tidbits here and there, but for the most part, it just sits on your shelf collecting data. A customer insights program, on the other hand, makes sense of all that data to help you drive meaningful actions—across every channel.
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  • SMG uniquely delivers VoC technology + professional services on a global scale

    SMG Insights | Nov 7, 2017
    Service Management Group (SMG) is featured in Gartner’s October 24, 2017 Market Guide for Voice-of-the-Customer (VoC) Solutions. SMG is a global leader in customer experience measurement, helping more than 450 brands around the globe to listen, understand and act on feedback and behavioral data.
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  • SMG Employee Spotlight—Jared Gray

    Employee Spotlight | Nov 2, 2017
    Our Employee Spotlight series highlights what makes SMG work—our people. Learn more about the team that brings technology and insights together, and what it’s like to work here. Get to know Jared Gray—Research Analyst on Team Falconer.
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  • Text analytics helps you do more than just listen

    Teresa Cain | Oct 31, 2017
    The way people shop is changing faster than ever. From online to in-store, consumers have access to vast amounts of information that helps drive every purchase decision they make—which means more competition than ever.
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  • Launching a successful customer experience program—Branding your program

    Jim Sellers | Oct 27, 2017
    Getting your customer experience (CX) program off the ground and on-track for success requires a team effort. And getting everyone on board means making the program fit seamlessly into the rest of your overall brand strategy. Branding your program helps establish its place in your organization’s strategies and priorities—and makes it easier for your team to put it into action.
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  • Survey design—Content dressed to impress

    Franci Erdmann | Oct 25, 2017
    We know great insights start with great feedback—and great feedback depends on a healthy sample of responses. We’ve discussed invitation methods, length, incentives, and structure as key survey elements in getting good participation—but design is critical, too.
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  • Service Management Group announces partnership with Ridgemont Equity Partners

    SMG Insights | Oct 24, 2017
    Service Management Group (SMG) today announced the closing of an investment by Ridgemont Equity Partners, a middle market private equity firm. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. SMG is a global leader in customer experience (CX) measurement, helping more than 450 brands around the globe to listen, understand and act on feedback and behavioral data.
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  • Customer trust leads to big improvements for service industry brands

    Clancy Merrill | Oct 19, 2017
    Getting great feedback from your customers is no easy task—but when your business is based on selling a service, it can be even more complicated. Unlike retailers or restaurants, your products aren’t a quick-and-easy item that comes in a package. Delivering a great service—one that keeps customers coming back—means building real connections with your customers. Fostering customer trust is always a factor no matter what you’re selling, but in the service industry it’s the most critical part of building loyalty.
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  • Service Management Group keeps its focus on CX tech and insights with two executive promotions

    SMG Insights | Oct 18, 2017
    Service Management Group (SMG) helps brands connect with customers and employees by delivering a unique combination of technology and insights. This differentiated offering has resulted in significant year-over-year growth. As a result of their contributions, Michele Vance has been promoted to chief sales officer while Shad Foos has been promoted to chief marketing officer.
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  • Proving CX program value: More than the bottom line

    Kelcey Curtis | Oct 17, 2017
    Being a customer experience (CX) professional can be tough at times. Native to the world of big data and tasked with thinking big picture, you walk a fine line between the granular and the grandiose, constantly looking for ways to translate terabytes to insights.
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  • How mobile access to CX data engages the field + drives results

    Claudette Stevenson | Oct 13, 2017
    We all know how difficult it is to change your work habits. That’s why SMG is always trying to find new and innovative ways for our clients to get the data and insights they need, without disrupting their day-to-day jobs. When we launched the smg360® mobile app, we thought about how we could build a tool that adds the most value for clients’ employees by providing more convenient access to the data and insights they need, ultimately making their jobs easier.
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  • Building a winning customer experience with an omnichannel approach

    Missy Heck | Oct 10, 2017
    Innovation is exciting. Constant advancements in technology and research mean there are so many different ways to make an impact on your customers—you can do it online, in-store, on mobile devices, through social media, and more. But turning those touchpoints into a seamless customer experience is easier said than done. To stay ahead of the curve, it’s critical to understand how each of these touchpoints functions, how they work together, and how to listen effectively to what your customers are saying along the way.
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