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The Effortless Experience

By: Matthew Dixon,Nick Toman,Rick DeLisi
Narrated by: Matthew Dixon,Nick Toman,Rick DeLisi
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Publisher's Summary

Everyone knows that the best way to create customer loyalty is with service so good, so over the top, that it surprises and delights. But what if everyone is wrong?

In their acclaimed best seller The Challenger Sale, Matthew Dixon and his colleagues at CEB busted many longstanding myths about sales. Now they've turned their research and analysis to a new vital business subject - customer loyalty - with a new book that turns the conventional wisdom on its head. 

The idea that companies must delight customers by exceeding service expectations is so entrenched that managers rarely even question it. They devote untold time, energy, and resources to trying to dazzle people and inspire their undying loyalty. Yet CEB's careful research over five years and tens of thousands of respondents proves that the "dazzle factor" is wildly overrated - it simply doesn't predict repeat sales, share of wallet, or positive wordof-mouth. The reality: 

Loyalty is driven by how well a company delivers on its basic promises and solves day-to-day problems, not on how spectacular its service experience might be. Most customers don't want to be "wowed"; they want an effortless experience. And they are far more likely to punish you for bad service than to reward you for good service.

If you put on your customer hat rather than your manager or marketer hat, this makes a lot of sense. What do you really want from your cable company, a free month of HBO when it screws up or a fast, painless restoration of your connection? What about your bank - do you want free cookies and a cheerful smile, even a personal relationship with your teller? Or just a quick in-and-out transaction and an easy way to get a refund when it accidentally overcharges on fees?

The Effortless Experience takes listeners on a fascinating journey deep inside the customer experience to reveal what really makes customers loyal - and disloyal. The authors lay out the four key pillars of a low-effort customer experience, along the way delivering robust data, shocking insights and profiles of companies that are already using the principles revealed by CEB's research, with great results. And they include many tools and templates you can start applying right away to improve service, reduce costs, decrease customer churn, and ultimately generate the elusive loyalty that the "dazzle factor" fails to deliver. 

The rewards are there for the taking, and the pathway to achieving them is now clearly marked.

©2013 Matthew Dixon (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"This is what every business book should be like: stuffed with practical advice, well supported by research, and written to keep you eagerly flipping the pages." (Dan Heath, coauthor of Decisive, Switch, and Made to Stick, from the foreword)

"Most current customer support and customer experience improvement programs are merely replays of age-old concepts with some new terminology thrown in. The customer effort research and approach recounted here is different. It is truly the first really novel idea that I've heard - and implemented - in a long time. This is an approach that drives innovative, significant improvement within my teams...actions grounded in solid data...actions that yield measurable, customer-visible results that we just couldn't achieve via other means. It really has changed the way I think about the support my team delivers." (Dan Rourke, director of software support, HomeAway, Inc.)

"A must-have for any true customer experience leader's library. Matt, Nick, and Rick are the MythBusters of customer experience, dispelling many commonly held but inaccurate beliefs around the drivers of disloyalty and delight and what will really drive true value to your business." (Lynn Holmgren, vice president, customer experience strategy, Frontier Communications)

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Excellent, a true roadmap for customer care

If you are looking to create a world class customer care team, look no further. Dixon ensures that his suggestions are backed with research and reality rather than what feels good, but still manages to create a framework for teams that customers trust, that trust their fellow team mates, and one where work gets done thoughtfully and efficiently.

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Great Read for Contact Center Professionals

it was a great book for those employed in the contact center world or any business focused on customer success.

The book contained wonderful examples and the author is easy to listen to.

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Data focused !

It truly applies their findings and data to your everyday service strategy. A must read !

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less UX, more about service centers

I thought this would be more holistic in reviewing customer effort, but it's really about call centers and one-to-one service. the overarching lessons are applicable, but there aren't a lot of specific examples to do much to support reducing effort in UX.

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A Must Read for Customer Success Leaders...

While this book is primarily focused on the support organization, there are so many parallels that can be drawn and utilized by Customer Success leaders. Everything from positive language, to experience engineering, to effort reduction...all are applicable when it comes to advocating for our customers through the customer lifecycle.

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Must read and implement!!!!

Anyone working in a call center environment have to read this book and implement! This is the way the future!

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Great content

I learned about this book in a Zoom seminar, and could not have been more delighted with the content. It was exactly what I needed for a new role. I will be listening again for things I may have missed the first time around.

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Painfully boring with no real content

I was very excited to read this book, but aside from one simple point repeated many times throughout the book I took nothing away. Sadly a waste of time.