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A complete list of episodes from The CX Leader Podcast.

The Personal Touch

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Episode #45

Released: November 13, 2018

In the second episode of the User series, Steve welcomes Gina Jannazzo and Kim Howard from Wild Birds Unlimited to discuss the CX program within a franchise model and how personal relationships with customers are competitive advantages for today's retailers.

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The Personalized Experience

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Episode #151

Released: February 2, 2021

The CX pro has many tools at their disposal but few are as powerful than the ability to adapt to a customer’s needs quickly and deliver a positive experience. The need for personalization cannot be understated, but how do you develop the relationships required to help deliver a personalized experience that differentiates your company from the rest? Host Steve Walker welcomes Shane Murphy Reuter from Intercom to discuss the importance of personalizing the customer experience.

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The Pitfalls of Tech

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Episode #35

Released: September 4, 2018

CX pros and business leaders rely on technology to provide the data and analysis of customer feedback, but it’s too easy to get stuck in the mud. Steve welcomes Walker technology experts Ryne Fanning and Rich Boits to the podcast for a discussion on how to avoid common mistakes when planning your technology strategy.

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The Revolutionized Contact Center

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Episode #218

Released: May 24, 2022

For many companies the call center (or "contact center") is the frontline of their customer experience. And the past couple of decades have seen the channels in which customers can interact with your company explode beyond the simple phone call: email, live chat, social media... But are we failing to recognize the true value and potential of the contact center? Host Steve Walker welcomes Bruce Temkin of the Qualtrics XM Institute to discuss the newest technologies that help companies utilize the full potential of their contact centers.

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The Right “Now”

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Episode #242

Released: November 15, 2022

Speed has always been an important factor in delivering a great experience to customers. And many times "fastest" is best. But there are some situations in which you could almost be too fast, so the trick is to find the right "now." Host Steve Walker welcomes Jay Baer, a keynote speaker and author on customer experience, to discuss his latest research in collaboration with StatsSocial, “Time to Win: the Consumer Patience Study."

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The ROI of Customer Experience: Part 1

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Episode #155

Released: March 2, 2021

Customer experience pros are often tasked with proving the ROI of CX within an organization. Utilizing experience data - or "X-data" - combined with operational data - or "O-data" - can be an effective tool in proving ROI of your CX efforts. Host Steve Walker welcomes guests Troy Powell and Brad Harmon from Walker to discuss the findings in Walker's new report "Deliver More Value with X- and O-data" and how CX pros can make the case for customer experience.

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The ROI of Customer Experience: Part 2

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Episode #156

Released: March 9, 2021

Customer experience pros are often tasked with proving the ROI of CX within an organization. Utilizing experience data – or “X-data” – combined with operational data – or “O-data” – can be an effective tool in proving ROI of your CX efforts. In part 2 of exploring the ROI of CX, host Steve Walker welcomes Troy Powell and Brad Harmon from Walker to discuss practical ways to use X- and O-data to prove the return on your customer experience efforts.

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The Role of CX During a Crisis

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Episode #108

Released: March 17, 2020

What is the role of customer experience during a crisis? Host Steve Walker and guests Jonathan Ruchman, CCXP, and Senior Director of Customer Experience at Brookdale Senior Living, and Michelle Morris, CCXP, a Customer Experience Design Partner at Verizon and member of the board of directors for the Customer Experience Professionals Association, discuss the important role customer experience professionals and other customer-focused leaders play in times of disruption and crisis.

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The Self-Service Experience

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Episode #197

Released: December 21, 2021

A new report has found that more people are looking for self-service options to find help with their products and services but many companies' online support and documentation is not able to handle the task. This can create problems for companies offering support and frustration for customers who simple want to find simple solutions for simple problems online. Steve Walker welcomes Gal Oron, CEO of Zoomin, a software company that helps global enterprises turn their documentation into a mission-critical asset that supports every part of the customer journey, for a discussion on why companies should offer self-service options.

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The State of CX Management

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Episode #89

Released: October 22, 2019

The Qualtrics XM Institute released their report “The State of Customer Experience Management, 2019” which assesses how companies are doing with their CX efforts. Guest host Pat Gibbons welcome Isabelle Zdatny from the XM Institute to discuss their findings and some of the key takeaways from the report.

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The State of CX Management

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Episode #199

Released: January 11, 2022

Fresh into a new year is often a good time to look at how customer experience is progressing within companies. The XM Institute has recently published their report, "The State of CX Management" which examines the CX efforts and maturity of several companies. Host Steve Walker welcomes back Moira Dorsey from the XM Institute to discuss the findings from the report.

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The Story of Customers and Employees

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Episode #217

Released: May 17, 2022

As more companies realize the potential of a customer-centric culture, the discussion around how your employees’ experiences can affect your customers' experiences is becoming more prevalent. Employee experience – or “EX” – has often been siloed in human resources, but how can you connect the customers’ and employees’ experiences? What data do we collect? And how do we activate a CX plus EX culture to make the best use of what we discover? Guest host Pat Gibbons welcome Kevin Campbell, an employee experience scientist at Qualtrics, to discuss how to connect CX and EX data.

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The Story of the Customer

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Episode #76

Released: July 12, 2019

Customer experience professionals work with a ton of data, but often find that they don’t have time to read some of the most insightful sources of information: customer comments. Steve welcomes Joyce Gott, a marketing research manager at Anthem, Inc. for a discussion on the importance and value of bringing customer comments to life within your company.

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The Survey People

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Episode #145

Released: December 8, 2020

The practice of customer experience must permeate the entire company. But that can be difficult, and CX pros are sometimes not take as seriously as they should. So how do you, as a CX pro, change that mindset - how do they move beyond the label of "the survey people?" Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Roxie Strohmenger, vice president of customer experience strategy at UKG, for a discussion on how customer experience professional should market themselves within their organization.

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The Tenant Experience

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Episode #202

Released: February 1, 2022

Businesses and organizations have had to endure drastic changes in the last two years, and the way business owners manage their office space is no exception. With more employees working from home, business leaders have had to rethink how they use their commercial space, and landlords and property managers are starting to think about their tenants’ experience while they work to adapt to the current environment. Host Steve Walker welcomes Nora Hughes and Lauren Mead from HqO to discuss the tenant experience.

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The Three Levels of Personalization

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Episode #241

Released: November 8, 2022

Designing ways to personalize the customer experience is essential. But there are different levels in which personalization can be executed: reactive, selected customer, and proactive. And customer experience programs that are not fully executing on personalized experience could be dropping the ball. In the second episode of our series "CX Now: Eight Essential Themes Driving CX Evolution," Steve Walker welcome Saari Gardner, vice president of advisory and managed services at Walker for a discussion on way companies can take their personalization efforts to the next level.

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The Undiscovered Insights

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Episode #140

Released: November 3, 2020

Today's technology allows CX pros can spin up a customer feedback survey and start collecting data in record time. But there’s another source of data that is often overlooked – that data is probably already stored in a database or social media account, but simply didn’t know it was there. Host Steve Walker welcomes Amy Brown, CEO and founder of Authenticx, for a discussion on how unsolicited, or unstructured feedback can provide a wealth of insights for companies and CX professionals.

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The United States of CX

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Episode #49

Released: December 18, 2018

Steve welcomes Stephanie Thum, chief advisor of federal customer experience at Qualtrics, to discuss how federal agencies are beginning to apply customer experience into government, how legislation is requiring the implementation of CX practices, the imbalance of X-data (experience) and O-data (operational) within agencies, and… Zootopia? 

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