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3 Pillars that Empower Executives to Thrive During Tough Times

The Modern Customer Podcast

Release Date: 03/31/2020

Wharton Professor Stefano Puntoni Offers Insights on Generative AI and Customer Experience Use Cases show art Wharton Professor Stefano Puntoni Offers Insights on Generative AI and Customer Experience Use Cases

The Modern Customer Podcast

Generative AI, a rapidly evolving technology, is poised to revolutionize various aspects of business, particularly customer experience (CX). A GBK Collective study reveals that over 50% of U.S. senior executives have already embraced generative AI, and this trend is expected to accelerate. Professor Stefano Puntoni, a leading marketing and AI expert at Wharton shared his insights on the impact of generative AI on CX during a recent podcast interview.  Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of the bestselling book The Customer Of The Future....

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The Future of the Automotive Industry: Insights from AutoCar Trucks' CXO show art The Future of the Automotive Industry: Insights from AutoCar Trucks' CXO

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The auto industry speeds through a transformation, driven by factors like electric vehicles, self-driving tech, and the increasing importance of customer experience. Craig Antonucci, Chief Experience Officer at AutoCar Trucks discussed his company's approach to customer experience and how they are leveraging AI to improve it. AutoCar Trucks, a manufacturer of heavy-duty vocational trucks, takes a unique approach by selling directly to consumers, giving them more control over the buying process and fostering closer relationships. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote...

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The Power of the First 100 Days: Keeping Customers and Employees Happy show art The Power of the First 100 Days: Keeping Customers and Employees Happy

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Retention is not just about keeping customers and employees; it's about creating experiences so compelling that they never want to leave. Joey Coleman, author of "Never Lose a Customer Again" and "Never Lose an Employee Again," shares how to transform your approach to customer and employee retention using his First 100 Days methodology. He has worked with Volkswagen Australia, Zappos, and Whirlpool. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of the bestselling book The Customer Of The Future.

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Optimize Your Contact Center And Improve Customer Service With AI Technology show art Optimize Your Contact Center And Improve Customer Service With AI Technology

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Most discussions on revolutionizing customer service in the digital age highlight the importance of technology and personalization. Jason Finkelstein, the Chief Marketing Officer of Gladly, shares how Gladly stands out as the only customer service platform built around people, not tickets, emphasizing personalized, seamless interactions at scale. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of the bestselling book The Customer Of The Future.

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The Future of Streaming: Roku's Role in Shaping Customer Experience show art The Future of Streaming: Roku's Role in Shaping Customer Experience

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The future of streaming is shaping a new horizon for customer experience. With its focus on data-driven personalization and interactive features, Roku is well-positioned to play a key role in shaping the future of the streaming world. Bridging the gap between viewers and brands, Sarah Monahan, U.S. Head of Verticals at Roku, reimagines how streaming ads can shape a whole new customer journey. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of the bestselling book The Customer Of The Future.

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Customer Experience Challenges, Trends, and Opportunities with Steven Van Belleghem show art Customer Experience Challenges, Trends, and Opportunities with Steven Van Belleghem

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In a saturated market, customer experience transcends price and product: it's the ultimate differentiator. Across the globe, brands are constantly innovating and refining their CX strategies to meet the evolving expectations of their customers. Europe, with its diverse markets and cultural nuances, presents both challenges and opportunities for customer experience (CX) practitioners. Steven Van Belleghem is a CX influencer, and he’s worked with leading companies like Disney, Mercedes, Heineken, and Booking.com. Immersed in customer-centricity thanks to his family's photography store, Steven...

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Designing Customer Experiences With JPMorgan Chase's Chief Design Officer show art Designing Customer Experiences With JPMorgan Chase's Chief Design Officer

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As technology reshapes how we live and work, our expectations for banking are changing too. Convenience and personalization are becoming the new normal. JPMorgan Chase is injecting a dose of digital delight, with Chief Design Officer Kaaren Hanson mapping out and curating the digital customer experience for Chase customers. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of the bestselling book The Customer Of The Future.

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Phygital Retail At Canada Goose: The CMO On Blending Physical & Digital Customer Experience show art Phygital Retail At Canada Goose: The CMO On Blending Physical & Digital Customer Experience

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This week on The Modern Customer Podcast, Penny Brook, the former Chief Marketing and Experience Officer at Canada Goose, discusses how the retail industry is changing and how brands can create a better experience for their customers. She talks about the importance of storytelling, personalization, and technology in creating a memorable retail experience. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of the bestselling book The Customer Of The Future.

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2024 Contact Center Transformation With Former TikTok Exec show art 2024 Contact Center Transformation With Former TikTok Exec

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On this week's episode of The Modern Customer Podcast, Donna Drehmann, who has held customer service leadership roles at companies such as Postmates, Asurion, and TikTok, discusses the pivotal role of managing controllable elements such as training and quality assurance (QA) in contact centers. Blake Morgan is a customer experience futurist, keynote speaker, and author of the bestselling book The Customer Of The Future.

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The Role Of Retail With Martin Newman show art The Role Of Retail With Martin Newman

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Retailers leverage footfall and conversion data to inform critical decisions like store location, inventory levels, and personalized marketing initiatives. But what if these metrics only tell half the story of why shoppers leave without purchasing?  This is where customer experience (CX) emerges as the critical differentiator in retail. Martin Newman, with four decades of experience guiding consumer-facing giants like Harrods, Burberry and Ted Baker, delivers a stark reality: prioritizing cost reduction over the emotional and human aspects of the customer journey is unsustainable.  ...

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It’s no secret that we are experiencing a moment in history that is uncertain and distressing. The coronavirus pandemic has affected millions of businesses around the country, leaving employees and leaders in a state of panic. Executives at these businesses hold a heavy responsibility on their shoulders to remain calm, adaptable, and resilient. As the world changes drastically around us, we are looking to these c-suite leaders to step up and set an example. 

Damon D’Amore, C-Suite Advisor and Elite Performance Mentor, works with executives every day to help them build their legacy, meaning the clear and consistent message the stakeholders in his clients’ lives and businesses will share when they are gone. While he believes we all have to focus on tactical and immediate business needs, the only way to secure a legacy, the narrative of which you control, is to make tradeoffs with time and dedicate resources to focusing on what matters most. This is done by focusing on these three pillars:

Psychological: Mindset

Create filters to determine what time and resource demands are worthy of focusing on. You are the one who prioritizes your time, not your employees, customers, or board. The result is establishing confidence that you are focused on what matters most.

Emotional: Resilience as a Lifestyle

Resilience is not about surviving one challenge or trauma. It is being an optimist in the sense of waking up everyday knowing things will go wrong but you have the tools to survive and thrive. Knowing you will be ‘OK’ combined with the confidence that you are focused on the right priorities, you will be equipped to lead effectively. 

Narrative: Share Your Story

Use the data points of your life and career to tell a unique and compelling story. Your story will gain advocacy for your goals from all of your stakeholders like your company’s board, customers, investors, family and friends. You need to know your story, believe it, and learn how to communicate it. 

For executives out there that are still at a loss for how to cope with the changes that coronavirus has brought, and will continue to bring, Damon says to compose yourself and take stock of what you have and what you need. If you’re safe and have food, shelter and whatever medical supplies you need for a couple of weeks, you’re likely in a good place. You should also find a way to be present and focus. That can mean learning to meditate, breath work, or practicing gratitude. You don’t need to travel to a mountaintop in a faraway land to learn to do any of these. You can watch a video online, listen to a podcast, or download an app. 

Another helpful tool is to find an accountability partner or group. Even if it’s just 1 hour per day, get on a video chat with coworkers or peers. Set an intention or goal for the next hour, mute your video, put on headphones and do the work. Just seeing others being productive will alleviate some stress and help you to focus. The reassuring news is that many of us are in the same boat and there’s no need to be embarrassed about sharing your feelings with your peers.

As we all navigate this new reality, let’s not forget that this is an opportunity to build a legacy that we are proud of. Getting your mindset right, being resilient, and having the confidence to share your story in a vulnerable way sets you apart from the masses. As an executive, your responsibility is just as large as the impact you are capable of creating.