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A complete list of episodes from The CX Leader Podcast.

Checking In with the CXPA

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Episode #148

Released: January 12, 2021

In a regular "check-in" with the Customer Experience Professionals Association, or CXPA, host Steve Walker welcomes Barbie Fink, current chair of the CXPA board, and recent board chair Annette Franz to discuss the organizations accomplishments and challenges during 2020 and what to expect in 2021.

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Easy Does It

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Episode #147

Released: January 5, 2021

It's important to quickly identify and remedy pain points in your customer's journey - removing friction in the experience and making the necessary changes to provide easier ways for the customer to engage with your organization. On the first episode of the new year, host Steve Walker welcomes guests Mallory Elias-Cvengros is a senior customer experience analyst, and Serena Riley is the Director of Customer Experience, both at Llamasoft, a Coupa software company specializing in decision-making platforms for supply chains, and they discuss how they redesigned how their customers interact through online services to make the experience easier.

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Trends into 2021

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Episode #146

Released: December 15, 2020

2020 was quite the ordeal! It goes without saying that the number one influencer of how companies designed and executed their customer experience was the COVID pandemic, making 2020 a year that the world would look forward to leaving behind. Host Steve Walker welcomes Walker colleagues Sean Clayton, Ryne Fanning, Sonya McAllister, and Rahissa Winningham for a look at how the pandemic influenced CX in 2020 and what we have to look forward to in 2021.

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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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Bringing Down the Silos

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Episode #144

Released: December 1, 2020

We talk about his often on the show and it can be a problem for companies of many sizes: the difficulty in breaking through the walls of corporate silos when trying to execute effective customer experience programs. So, how do we bring down those silos and get everyone on-board with your corporate CX effort? Steve welcomes guests Steve Cox, VP of digital lifecycle journeys, and Thimaya Subaiya, senior vice president of CX solutions, from Cisco to talk about overcoming barriers within the company to make customer experience programs effective.

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Turn Back Time: Thanksgiving

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Episode #143

Released: November 24, 2020

It's Thanksgiving week in the United States and The CX Leader Podcast is grateful for all the amazing talent that has offered their insights and knowledge to the greater customer experience community. Producer Chris Higgins shares some highlights of "Take-home value" from Shane Green, Kirsten Allegri Williams, Jake Sorofman, Seth Fritz, and Janelle Dieken.

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Storytime

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Episode #142

Released: November 17, 2020

There are so many ways in which a companies' or individuals' efforts to provide an exceptional and memorable customer experience. It's easy to remember the bad experiences but important we share the good one's as well. In this episode, host Steve Walker welcomes back Shep Hyken, a customer service and experience expert, Chief Amazement Officer of Shepard Presentations, a best-selling author, to share stories of exceptional customer experiences.

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Designing for People

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Episode #141

Released: November 10, 2020

Customer experience is about people: your customers or clients, your employees and colleagues, your business partners – people make the experience. So, it goes without saying that designing any experience should include the perspective of those involved, and human-centered design can help inform that process. Host Steve Walker welcomes Seth Fritz, the manager of the Design Futures team at the Delta Faucets Company, for a discussion on human-centered design.

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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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CX Horror Stories III

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Episode #139

Released: October 27, 2020

It's another edition of The CX Leader Podcast's annual CX Horror Stories! Hosts Steve Walker and Pat Gibbons endure frightening tales of bad hotel service, poor rental management, ghoulish social media responses, and spine-chilling encounters with government agencies. Guests include Sandra Mathis (HCL Technologies), Brandi Dale (Walker), Johnathan Ruchman (Brookdale Senior Living) and Amy Brown (Authenticx).

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The Art of the Science

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Episode #138

Released: October 20, 2020

An often-overlooked fact about a customer’s journey is that the experience they have with your company doesn’t always begin with their first interaction with you – customers often become aware of your brand through various immeasurable actions. The creativity of your marketing is often the first impression a potential customer has about your company, so using the science of data to drive the art and creativity of your marketing can be very beneficial. Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Kirsten Williams, chief marketing officer for Episerver, for a discussion on how to drive creativity with data.

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It’s the little things

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Episode #137

Released: October 13, 2020

A driving factor for any business to be successful is the ability to differentiate - setting your company apart from the competition by creating great experiences for your customers. Three ways to do that is with personalization, ease, and speed – and its the first of these three that our guest is going to talk about today. Host Steve Walker welcomes Marcus Hall, president and partner at California Closets, for a discussion about not only personalizing the product, but the experience as well.

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Celebrating CX Day 2020!

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Episode #136

Released: October 6, 2020

There's never been a better time to be a CX professional, and today's episode explores the best the profession has to offer and why customer experience and experience management is critical to a businesses success. Host Steve Walker welcomes guests Sandy Mathis, Rosa Carbajal, and Johnathan Ruchman to discuss why they believe customer experience is such a great profession and how CX can be one of the best investments for a company.

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Empowering Your Customers

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Episode #135

Released: September 29, 2020

Competitive retail electricity markets give consumers a choice of who will supply their electricity. Only 18 states in the U.S., including Washington D.C., have introduced these types of markets, giving consumers a choice in who generates their electricity. This, of course, has a significant impact on how a utility company approaches customer experience. Host Steve Walker welcomes guests Suzie Dieth and Scott Burns from Reliant Energy, an NRG company and electric utility headquartered in Houston, Texas, to discuss how customer experience works in a retail utility market.

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Discovering the “Why”

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Episode #134

Released: September 22, 2020

Educational institutions are beholden to a different type of customer: students. Discovering how students experience the education and services they receive from one of the largest community colleges in the nation requires a substantial experience program. Host Steve Walker welcomes guests Matt Ashcraft and Meredith Warner from Maricopa Community Colleges to discuss experience management within an educational institution and the differences between higher education and for-profit organizations.

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Cheers!

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Episode #133

Released: September 15, 2020

Have you ever been at a business meeting with a client or colleagues and wondered, “should I order wine? What wine do I get? How many should I drink?” Mixing business with alcohol can be tricky and sometimes an awkward subject. Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Jim Schleckser, author of the new book Professional Drinking: A Spirited Guide to Wine, Cocktails, and Business Entertaining," for helpful advice on how to keep it fun AND professional.

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What’s Trending Today?

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Episode #132

Released: September 8, 2020

These past few years have seen some amazing changes in the customer experience space. And these past few months responding to the COVID pandemic has tested and proven the importance of CX. As our understanding of customers’ needs becomes more refined, experience management professionals are finding ways to innovate, setting trends that help further define how we approach customer experience. Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Dutta Satadip, global head of customer success and operations at Pinterest, to discuss some of today's more prominent trends in customer experience.

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Next-Level CX

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Episode #131

Released: September 1, 2020

In their latest report, "Next-Level CX for B2B Companies," Walker teamed up with the Qualtrics XM Institute to assess the current state of B2B CX. Host Steve Walker welcomes back guest Dr. Troy Powell to discuss the report, highlighting findings of low CX maturity in B2B companies, and how CX leaders can align CX programs and design truly exceptional customer experiences.

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Are you ready for a party?

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Episode #130

Released: August 24, 2020

Each year on the first Tuesday in October, the Customer Experience Professionals Associate - or CXPA - encourages professionals and companies to take some time to recognize the importance of this practice and celebrate the ways they strengthen the customer experience within their own company. Host Steve Walker welcomes guests Gabe Smith and Derik Iverson of CXPA to discuss how companies can celebrate their accomplishments and customers on "CX Day."

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Putting the Customer back into CRM

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Episode #129

Released: August 18, 2020

Many businesses today use a customer relationship management platform, or “CRM” to help organize how they interact with their customers and prospects. But how customer-centric are these platforms, and do they truly help put the customer at the heart of your business? Host Steve Walker welcomes guest Jake Sorofman, president of MetaCX, to discuss how his company plans to put the “customer” back into “CRM.”

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