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While investing in your customer experience investment, are you taking a proactive approach with a strong foundation, or a reactive approach to try to ‘fix’ upcoming issues or stack up against your competitor? A recent report from Gartner unveils the reason why there’s a disconnect between CX Programs and actual customer experiences, and BARE International shares an article by Blake Morgan for Forbes: Why Many Customer Experience Programs Are Still Failing To Deliver.

‘Many companies have spent the last few years making concerted efforts and investments into their customer experience programs, but customers still aren’t very satisfied. Despite the time, resources and money being poured into their programs, many still fail to deliver.

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Customers know that when they’re purchasing a product or service, they’re also purchasing an experience. At least, that’s what the new expectation is. Here, BARE International shares an article by Danielle Paquette for The Washington Post: How do you know the economy is great? Customer service is terrible.

‘For evidence that it’s tough to find good help these days in a tight U.S. job market, try ordering a chicken sandwich.

That’s according to Marcus Boyd, 40, a Maryland resident who sought one recently at a Bethesda chicken joint. He recalls waiting for the cashier to correct a flubbed order, straining to make eye contact. Ten minutes passed. No food or refund came.  Read more

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As bots and AI continue to enhance and become, well, “human”, more and more companies continue to invest in AI rather than people. But at what point does the customer care, or outright prefer, a human connection? Here, BARE International shares an article by Forrester for Forbes on how Customer Experience Index Reveals Brands Lack Human Connection. ‘CX is lagging, creating financial risk. Download Forrester’s complimentary guide to understand why customer loyalty is eroding.

Forrester’s 2018 Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) results continue to show that companies are struggling to create and sustain a human connection with their customers. This is not a question of delighting customers as an endgame or some fluffy sense of emotional attachment; this is a crass and clear story of financial risk.

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BARE wishes a safe and happy Labor Day to all, and recognizes those who spend their days working to make America, and the world, a better place.

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It’s not just ‘back to school’ for kids; businesses all over the world are spending their time looking for more ways to grow customer loyalty. ‘Longevity’ is no longer synonymous with ‘guaranteed business’. What worked fifty, twenty, or even just a year ago are, well, “so last year.” Here, BARE International shares an article by Zeynep Ilgaz for Entrepreneur on how Old-School Industries Require New-School Customer Experience.

‘Millennials are slowly but surely becoming the coveted buyers of not only B2C, but also B2B products and services. According to Accenture, millennials spend roughly $600 billion per year, and Pew Research Center tells us that this age group now makes up the bulk of the U.S. workforce. With this in mind, be advised that it would be a big mistake for your or any other brand to not adapt to millennials’ behaviors and preferred experiences.

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