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Mike Wittenstein was doing customer experience before it was cool. Since 1998, as IBM’s eVisionary, he has been designing and developing experiences that differentiate brands and deliver bottom-line results. Mike has worked on over 700 client engagements in 26 countries. He understands first-hand the value of properly translating experiences to meet unique cultural differences. Mike founded StoryMiners, one of the world’s first experience design consulting agencies in 2002. The firm is known for its ability to find the essence of a company, brand, or service and translate it into a compelling experience that help clients shape their futures. The value of his work is estimated at over $1.6 billion in sales won, expenses cut, and brand value added. Mike is the world’s only working speaker/consultant/experience designer to have earned the top designations in his chosen fields (CSP, CMC, CCXP). Mike earned his MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He works in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Russian.

When CX, Business, and Tech Combine

By | 2017-08-11T06:50:45+00:00 August 29th, 2017|Categories: Experience Design|Tags: , , |

Is there a difference between customer experience and digital customer experience anymore? Customer Experience used to focus on what happened in the real world and Digital Customer Experience used to focus on what happened online. As if you could have one without the other. Now, no business can afford not to emphasize both. Ideally, each business [...]

Is the Customer Service “Department” Becoming Obsolete?

By | 2017-08-11T06:19:30+00:00 August 22nd, 2017|Categories: Experience Design|Tags: , , , |

Let’s be honest, Customer Service Departments were created, and many still exist today, to problem solve the discrepancies between customer expectations and what a business delivers. Even with due diligence and a preconceived notion of what the customer wants, this mismatch can still occur. Why Customer Service Departments Exist Imagine an organization researching potential customers, creating [...]

The Value of Design is on the Rise

By | 2017-06-02T09:29:18+00:00 May 16th, 2017|Categories: Experience Design|Tags: , , , , |

In the last decade, many brands have used customer experience perspectives and processes to complete corporate turnarounds and experience make-overs. Some have seen their fortunes rise. Some have even stayed at elevated levels. They all use the six customer experience pillars. The six essential disciplines of the Customer Experience Professionals Association: customer-centric culture, CX strategy, experience [...]

The Myth Behind “Low-Hanging Fruit”

By | 2017-06-02T09:29:20+00:00 September 22nd, 2016|Categories: CX Strategy, Experience Design|Tags: , , , , |

Note: This article comes from the perspective of the author’s work in the science and the art of customer experience. Its implications may be more broadly received.   At the beginning of their customer experience enhancement journeys, many organizations go after so-called low-hanging-fruit projects. These are the ones that minimize the need for change while increasing [...]

The ‘Always On’ Enterprise

By | 2017-06-02T09:29:20+00:00 September 19th, 2016|Categories: Customer Centricity, Metrics and ROI, VOC and Customer Insights|Tags: , , , |

For well over 100 years, businesses leaders have made decisions based on what is right for the business. Business profitability first. Everything else second. Why not buy cheap chairs for the restaurant? Why not focus on the efficiency of the call center instead of delivering better customer outcomes? Much of this thinking comes from entrenched systems [...]

Intelligent Experience: Where CX Meets Tech

By | 2017-06-02T09:29:20+00:00 September 15th, 2016|Categories: CX Strategy, Experience Design|Tags: , , , , |

From the 1970s through the 1990s, customers’ experiences evolved quickly with the introduction of technology like ATMs, CRM systems, touchscreen kiosks, and interactive voice response systems. Companies were the early adopters. They used the then-new tech to operate more efficiently and profitably—mostly by shifting work from a company’s payroll to its customers’ shoulders. The corporate approach [...]

How Frustration through Design became Market Leadership

By | 2017-06-02T09:29:24+00:00 September 13th, 2016|Categories: Customer Centricity, Experience Design|Tags: , , , , , |

In this special article, I interview Jeffery Sears, CEO of PIRCH, to get his insight on customer experience. I went to visit the new Atlanta PIRCH store in Buckhead, near Lenox Square just a few weeks ago and I was blown away by the experience. With 20 years of customer experience under my belt, it takes [...]

Here’s a Notion Retailers Must Adopt

By | 2017-06-02T09:29:24+00:00 September 8th, 2016|Categories: Experience Design, Metrics and ROI, VOC and Customer Insights|Tags: , , , , , , , , |

During the second week of January each year, The Jacob K. Javitz Center in New York is home to the National Retail Federation’s annual retail show. It’s called the BIG Show because, well, it’s big. Hundreds of vendors to the retail trade and 30k+ delegates paraded through this year’s ‘store of stores’ in 280,000 square feet [...]

Back to Basics – On Empathy

By | 2017-06-02T09:29:24+00:00 September 1st, 2016|Categories: Customer Centricity, Experience Design|Tags: , , , |

If you’re an experience designer (or want to become one), one of the most important tools you can develop for your work is empathy for others. Empathy creates more value for customers than knowing statistical analysis programs and is often more helpful in design than having NetPromoter® scores. Caring about others simply makes you a better [...]

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