I launched Decoding the Customer in 2017 to create a platform for me and my guests to share our thoughts around the topic of Customer Experience. Over the years I’ve interviewed leaders in their fields such as Andrew Smith from Yuppiechef, Iain Meaker from Comair and Luisa Mazinter from TymeBank.
This CX Mini Masterclass explores how leaders can champion the customer mandate. Great customer experience starts with the goals, data and a vision. Special guest and CX thought leader Stephanie Thum shares practical tips on on how to kick start CX alignment and how leaders can be prepared for the most common hurdles along the way. If you’ve been looking for some fresh ideas on fostering alignment, or some food for thought that you can send to your business’s leadership team, then this episode is for you.
This CX Mini Masterclass provides a simple and straightforward approach to prioritizing customer journey improvements. Show host and customer experience expert, Julia Ahlfeldt, explains why this is an important step for fostering organizational alignment. Julia then takes you through her prioritization methodology and discusses some key considerations. If you are looking to make sense of your laundry list of journey fixes, then this episode is for you.
This CX Mini Masterclass provides an overview of customer experience KPIs and how these can be used to foster organizational alignment. Show host and customer experience expert, Julia Ahlfeldt, explains the role of KPIs in driving accountability, which types of KPIs are the most effective, and some common pitfalls. If you want to quickly understand the role and the importance of KPIs in customer experience management, then this episode is for you.
This CX Mini Masterclass provides an overview of what makes experience management unique for organizations in the business to business space. Show host and customer experience expert, Julia Ahlfeldt, explains the fundamentals of B2B CX, how this differs from B2C experience management and what approaches are applicable to both. If you are keen for a snappy summary of B2B CX, then this episode is for you.
Iain Meaker, the Executive Manager for Tourism & Hospitality at Comair/British Airways shares his thoughts on what’s unique about airline customer experience management and the broader travel industry. Iain discusses how the organization’s purpose statement of “we lift you up” permeates the business and provides a platform for employee and shareholder engagement. Julia and Iain explore how Comair has grown and innovated around the needs of customers and what it means to operate multiple brands under one roof. Julia shares her plan for more CX Mini Masterclass episodes during the rest of December.
Andrew Swan, Senior Business Intelligence Executive at top global law firm, White & Case, shares insight on B2B customer experience and the role of data in managing client relationships. Julia and Andrew discuss the intersection between data and team culture, and how to keep the marketing team from getting too “creepy” with their info gathering. Julia shares some exciting news about the podcast.
Chief Customer Officer of Volkswagen Australia, Jason Bradshaw, speaks about how the company’s employee engagement strategy has improved customer experiences. Jason asks show host Julia about her views on some of the CX profession’s most burning questions. Together, they unpack a truly horrible car buying experience to determine what went wrong.
Yesterday was international podcast day. I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to reflect and share a quick overview of Decoding the Customer, my program of customer experience podcasts.
As I’ve interacted with customer experience professionals here in Southern Africa and across with world, I’ve seen there is a massive appetite to learn about the rapidly-evolving field of CX work and to understand what other CX practitioners are doing to drive customer-centricity in their organizations. I have also observed that while many of the insights and examples have originated from the US, there is a massive opportunity to highlight creative and innovative work happening in other markets. Outside of the US, CX is still relatively new in many regions, but there is exciting work under way. The path to customer-centricity may vary based on the context of the market, so my aim is to highlight examples of CX excellence from around the world.
My vision for the program
In two words: thought sharing. I’d like to connect people from around with world with ideas, information and inspiration about customer experience management. In my mind, customer experience podcasts are the ideal medium for this. Podcast episodes are bite-sized chunks of highly curated content that the busy CX professional or executive can absorb on the go.
Having been an avid podcast listener for years, I’ve tried to create Decoding the Customer as the type of program that I’d personally want to listen to. Taking a page from CX best practices, I have endeavored to put myself in your (the listener’s!) shoes when I create each and every episode.
The types of customer experience podcasts you can expect
At the moment, the program features customer experience podcasts in 3 different formats:
- CX expert interviews – these feature insights from seasoned customer experience professionals and thought leaders, such as my conversation with Ian Golding in episode 8, or my interview with CXPA CEO Diane Magers in episode 10. CX expert interviews provide an opportunity to unpack customer experience management theory and dive into CX trends with some of the world’s top experts.
- Global customer experience case studies – these episodes explore examples of CX excellence in action and profile the CX leaders who are driving customer-centricity within some of the world’s leading brands. These episodes feature a mix of companies from different markets around the world, such as my conversation with Desirree Madison-Biggs from Airbnb in episode 3 or my interview with Andrew Smith of Yuppiechef South Africa in episode 11.
- Broader business trends related to CX – these episodes dive into business trends that can be leveraged to enhance CX, from the perspective of subject matter experts, authors and innovators. By looking outside of the field of CX, we can tap into cutting edge research that might help us improve upon CX best practices. In episode 5, I interviewed Laura Jack, bestselling author and compassion expert. For episode 7, I spoke with Voice coach and expert Marianthi Dickie, about the role of the voice in delivering customer experience.
In the coming months, I’m also hoping to launch a series of CX mini masterclasses. These episodes will provide short (5-15 minute) lessons on key CX concepts. These episodes will be designed specifically for those wanting to learn more about CX. #Watchthisspace or subscribe for email updates when new episodes go live.
Have your say
If you have ideas, suggestions or questions about my customer experience podcasts, please get in touch. This program is made by a CX professional for other CXers. Your feedback helps me improve the program!
Decoding the Customer is a customer experience podcast created and produced by Julia Ahlfeldt, CCXP. Julia is a customer experience strategist, speaker and business advisor. As an expert in customer experience management, and she has helped global brands understand the needs of their customers and drive value through customer-centricity. For more information about Julia’s services, click here. To explore more episodes of Decoding the Customer, click here. The program is also available on iTunes, Android, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn and Spotify.