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A complete list of episodes from The CX Leader Podcast.

2021 Global Consumer Trends: Part 2

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Episode #168

Released: June 1, 2021

The Qualtrics XM Institute recently released 2021 Global Consumer Trends, a report focusing on how consumer behavior will continue to change in a post-pandemic world. The report takes a look at consumer behavior and attitudes across 18 countries and covers many topics including loyalty, NPS, and post-COVID online behaviors. Host Steve Walker and Moira Dorsey of the Qualtrics XM Institute continue their discussion on the report's findings and the valuable insights it provides for CX professionals.

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2021 Global Consumer Trends: Part 1

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Episode #167

Released: May 25, 2021

The Qualtrics XM Institute recently released 2021 Global Consumer Trends, a report focusing on how consumer behavior will continue to change in a post-pandemic world. The report takes a look at consumer behavior and attitudes across 18 countries and covers many topics including loyalty, NPS, and post-COVID online behaviors. Host Steve Walker welcomes Moira Dorsey, a principal XM catalyst at the Qualtrics XM Institute for a discussion on the insights found in the report.

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Taking the Mystery out of Mystery Shopping

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Episode #166

Released: May 18, 2021

Mystery shopping: it’s that common practice where companies hire professional “shoppers” to evaluate and report on how your customers experience your business and gain valuable perspective on the customer’s journey. But, like many things today, the pandemic has shifted how customer experience pros approach their practice. Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Michael Mills, global vice president of sales for HS Brands International, to discuss why CX pros should consider broadening their toolbox with this practice.

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Your Best Behavior

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Episode #165

Released: May 11, 2021

There’s a ton of science behind something as simple as a customer making a decision to purchase a product or service. Behavioral economics is a field that seeks to help us understand the biases and errors in a person’s decision-making process. Understanding this field can also provide CX pros with better insight into customer behavior, thereby finding ways to improve the customer experience. Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Richard Jordan, CEO of Raggit, a customer-service review app, and one of the contributing authors of a new book, “Customer Experience 3”, to discuss how CX professionals can look to behavioral economics to help improve customer experience.

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The Magical Experience

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Episode #164

Released: May 4, 2021

Many people have experienced a visit to a theme park, but the theme park experiences provided by The Walt Disney Company are arguably some of the best. However, it’s not easy creating the “magical” world that guests have come to enjoy. Ensuring the employees – or “cast members” – provide that magical experience is crucial, which means it’s essential the employee’s experience is high priority. Guest host Pat Gibbons welcomes Francesca Tempestini, a former cast member at Disneyland Paris and one of the contributing authors of the new book “Customer Experiences 3," to discuss how companies can take some cues from "the happiest place on earth."

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Adapt and Adopt

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Episode #163

Released: April 27, 2021

It’s been over a year since a global pandemic has forced companies and organizations across the globe to rethink how they do work. While not an option for many companies, some began moving their operations to a work from home model, and it’s a trend that most CEO’s think will not go away. So how will this new work trend affect the employee and customer experience? Host Steve Walker welcomes Shanika Ofori, director of key accounts at 5CA, a company specializing in work-from-home global CX, for a discussion on how the work-from-home environment affects employee and customer experience.

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CX for the People

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Episode #162

Released: April 20, 2021

In the United States, people typically don't think of themselves as “customers” to the government. However, governing bodies from the local, state, and federal levels have been embracing customer experience as a way to connect to the community, and commercial businesses can learn from their efforts. Host Steve Walker welcomes Qualtrics experts Chelsie Bright, global head of government, and Sydney Heimbrock, chief industry advisor for government, for a discussion on understanding how CX works in government at all levels.

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Meeting Expectations

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Episode #161

Released: April 13, 2021

It’s important for those leading a company’s CX efforts to make certain the customer experience delivered by your front-line employees matches the customer’s expectations. And that means your employees need to understand your brand and the expectations it promises. Host Steve Walker welcomes Chris Wallace, co-founder and president of the InnerView Group, for a discussion on how to ensure your front-line employees deliver the experience promised by your brand.

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Round and Round We Go

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Episode #160

Released: April 6, 2021

CX professionals understand the difficulties in expanding existing programs: organizational silos, by-in from leadership, sunsetting older programs… It’s a stressful task. However, a recent study by the Qualtrics XM Institute discovered that programs successful at expanding throughout their company have a common “cycle” to how they operate. Host Steve Walker welcomes Ben Granger, the principal XM catalyst at the Qualtrics XM Institute to discuss the “XM Diffusion Cycle,” a “set of techniques that allow organizations to strategically expand [experience management].”

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Listen, then make it better

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Episode #159

Released: March 30, 2021

An area critical for many companies is their product and customer feedback can play a critical role in how designers and engineers develop and improve a product, so it’s important to gather the right data. Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Myles Grote from Upper Hand, a provider of full-suite sports and fitness management software, to discuss how customer feedback informs product decisions.

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Conversational Data

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Episode #158

Released: March 23, 2021

Companies often get stuck between the data gathering and discovering meaningful insights into how they can better their customer’s experience. Especially when you’re talking about qualitative data – conversational, open-ended data that can be difficult to quantify. But there are tools that will allow a CX pros to utilize the vast amounts of "conversational data" that companies collect. Host Steve Walker welcomes Matt Dixon, chief product and research officer, and Ted McKenna, SVP for product at Tethr for a discussion on how customer experience leaders can take advantage of the vast amounts of qualitative data typically collected by companies.

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The Laws of Experience Management

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Episode #157

Released: March 16, 2021

There are certain truths within the practice of customer experience that CX pros often observe. But when something becomes a “law”, like the laws of nature, that has a much more fundamental connotation. Host Steve Walker welcomes Isabelle Zdatny, an XM Catalyst and certified customer experience professional at the Qualtrics XM Institute, to discuss “The Six Laws of Experience Management” which helps companies understand the realities of human behavior within the context of XM.

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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 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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CX in Healthcare

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Episode #154

Released: February 23, 2021

Arguably, healthcare is a unique industry in which lives literally are on the line. So how do healthcare companies and providers plan and execute customer – or in this case, “patient” – experience? Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Patty Riskind, head of global healthcare at Qualtrics, an experience management company, to discuss the importance of gathering feedback to help both the patients and the front-line of the healthcare workforce.

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Proving the Value of Customer Experience

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Episode #153

Released: February 16, 2021

How do you gain the support for customer experience from stakeholders? By proving the value of customer experience. Host Steve Walker welcomes Bob Thompson, CEO of Customer Think, , a global online community of business leaders. They discuss the findings in their recent report on “Best Practices to Prove the Business Value of Customer Experience” which highlights how CX professionals can, “show that improving experience will deliver value to the customer and the business.”

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Insightful Video

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Episode #152

Released: February 9, 2021

It’s no secret that within the social media and marketing worlds, video is a highly engaging medium. If it works to push your company’s message out to the world, why wouldn’t it work in reverse – as a way to collect feedback from your customers? Host Steve Walker welcomes Jenn Vogel, VP for marketing at Voxpopme, a company specializing in uncovering human insights with video survey software, to discuss using video to gather customer insights.

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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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From “Me” to “We”

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Episode #150

Released: January 26, 2021

For almost a year now many companies have had to work remotely - changing the way in which their employees interact and some companies had an easier time absorbing that change than others. Knowing that the employee’s experience can have a direct effect on the customer experience, it’s important to explore all aspects of how CX can be improved. Host Steve Walker welcomes Shelly Langona, president of RJE Business Interiors, and Sam Julka, the president and founder of DORIS research, to discuss their recent study on workforce collaboration and productivity and how it can be affected by the workplace environment.

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One Big Channel

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Episode #149

Released: January 19, 2021

Customers today have so many touchpoints available to them when interacting with companies: websites, social media, text messaging, call centers… it can be dizzying just thinking about it. However, all that complexity can still come together to create a seamless customer experience and understanding how an omnichannel CX strategy can work for your organization. Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Gabe Larsen, VP for Growth at Kustomer and host of the Customer Service Secrets Podcast.

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