Ian Golding

“That’s Our Policy” — The Secret Killer of Customer Experiences

It may not surprise you, but I am not the world’s easiest customer to deal with! If Golding family outings were observed from afar, it is not uncommon to witness an exasperated Mrs Golding and embarrassed children, scolding me for reacting to experiences that...

The lost suitcase – the sad reality of customer experience evolution

According to Wikipedia, the term, ‘seven year itch’ can be described as follows: The seven-year itch is a psychological term that suggests that happiness in a relationship declines after around year seven of a marriage. The phrase originated as a name for irritating and contagious…

The future of VOC measurement – don’t let organisations do it themselves!

When it comes to the subject of Customer Experience (CX), everyone has an opinion. Differing opinions are not a bad thing – it is incredibly healthy for there to be differing perspectives on all things in this life. Whilst I will not bore you with…

The current state of Customer Experience in Retail: The ForeSee Experience Index (FXI)

The business world as we have always known it is changing. Many would argue that is always has been - changing that is. Since the dawn of time, human beings have been interacting with each other, exchanging money for goods and services. Only yesterday, a…

What really makes customers happy?

Over time, several words have been used to describe the organisational focus on customers. They include: Customer Experience Customer Focus Customer Centricity Customer Service Customer Success Customer Outcomes Customer Relationship Management Customer Management I am sure you can add more to the list! The fact…

The Power of Partnership: Enabling Action Through Collaboration

This is not the first article I have written about collaboration. Regular followers of my ramblings will have seen the words, "silo" and "cross-functional" woven into many of my written and spoken engagements over the years. I make no secret of the fact that...

How NOT to survive in a disrupted world – the case study of UK...

The word 'disruption' is one of the most commonly used with reference to business and commerce around the world today. It des not matter which industry your organisation is a part of, every traditional business is being challenged in ways they could never have imagined…

The Accidental Customer Experience

I often write my blog posts and articles whilst travelling on either a train or an aeroplane. Although I can also be found hunched over my laptop keyboard in hotel rooms at twilight hours, the confined space of a metal tube travelling at high...

So What?! There are plenty more customers where he came from!

Since I published my new book at the end of April, I have intentionally held off adding to my social media content. In fact this post will be the first in June 2018! The hiatus in my writing does not mean I have run out…

Doing the right things the right way. An interview with Genevieve Bruketa-Baskovic

The launch of my first book has finally become a reality! ‘Customer What? The honest and practical guide to customer experience’ was published at the end of April 2018. I would never have been able to achieve my ambition without the support of many people.…

Thinking and acting in the interests of the customer. Have you enabled your people...

I first started writing my blog six years ago. Since that time, I have crafted hundreds of articles – producing them, almost religiously, on a weekly basis. Regularly, I am asked how I generate the ideas behind the articles – ‘do I have a plan…

Transform or Die! Business Transformation is No Longer Optional

We live in a business world full of disruption. Whether you work in financial services, manufacturing, logistics or retail, no business today can ignore the rapid pace of change facing us all. Very much led by the never-ending advancement of digital technology, the business...

The realities of life as a Customer Experience Professional – an interview with Richard...

As the launch of my first book get’s ever closer to becoming a reality, my level of personal excitement is almost at its peak!! However, I would never have got to the point of being on the brink of achieving my ambition without the support…

The desire to make a difference in creating a customer-oriented culture – an interview...

This year, Ian Golding (that’s me), will officially become the author of a book. A lifetimes ambition, I am beyond excited!! However, I would never have got to the point of being on the brink of achieving my ambition without the support of many people.…

Customer unhappiness and how to create it. A masterclass by Emirates

Before I even start this article, I must make it clear that Emirates are not the only airline to make customers unhappy. In fact, they are far from being alone in any industry around the world at creating masterclasses in customer dissatisfaction. The airline industry…

The Customer Experience Million Dollar Question: Will my customer come back?

I make no secret of my love for all things culinary. In fact, if I did not also have a passion for running, I would quite literally be the size of a rather large house! Like everything else we do as human beings, the 'eating…

The Interconnected Employee-Customer Chain. Are Your Customer Experiences Supported by ALL Employees, Partners, and...

I am extremely fortunate to be afforded the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion all over the world. This year, the number of countries I have worked in over the last 6 years will hit the 40 mark. However, whilst I will never...

The customer conniption! Identifying the ‘final straw’ moment

Every day, every week, every month, every year, I learn something new. It is one of the reasons I obsess with calling myself a 'specialist', not an 'expert'. Specialists never stop learning and I am regularly reminded that there nuggets of knowledge waiting around every…

The importance of customer culture – an interview with Chris Brown

This year, Ian Golding (that’s me), will officially become the author of a book. A lifetimes ambition, I am beyond excited!! However, I would never have got to the point of being on the brink of achieving my ambition without the support of many people.…

Customer Happiness: the story of the Gulf Customer Experience Awards

2018 is the first calendar year in my career as a global customer experience specialist that I have looked forward more in hope than expectation. My last article of 2017 explained why I have a number of concerns regarding the evolution of Customer Experience around…

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