Ian Golding

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 contact of mine shared an article with me about, what [...]

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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 that there are so many variants, at least demonstrates that [...]

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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"...

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 when they were founded - whether it be as long [...]

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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...

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 of things to say on the subject of customer experience [...]

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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. A significant amount of support came via my crowdfunding campaign [...]

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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 and schedule for the year?’. No – is the simple [...]

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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 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 of many people. A significant amount of support came via [...]

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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. A significant amount of support came via my crowdfunding campaign [...]

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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 does seem to excel at providing examples of shocking and [...]

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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 out' experience is made up of several stages and touch [...]

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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...

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 corner. A few weeks ago, a fellow Customer Experience Specialist [...]

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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. A significant amount of support came via my crowdfunding campaign [...]

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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 the world. So as I boarded my flight to Dubai [...]

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Customer or Hostage? The unfortunate story of the UK passenger rail industry

If you happen to live in the UK and regularly have to rely on public transport to commute to and from work, the heralding of a brand spanking new year is unlikely to have filled you with much joy - from the commuting perspective that is. Travelling to and from work can rarely be described [...]

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The Customer Experience ‘7 Year Itch’! A frank and honest assessment of the CX...

As we approach the end of another calendar year, it is always appropriate for bloggers, writers, thought leaders and professionals in general, to reflect...

Understanding the Employer Journey — The Employee Engagement Loop

Last week I had a fascinating conversation with a peer of mine – a fellow Customer Experience Professional. James Dodkins is as passionate about...

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