Total Customer Experience Day

I am now officially part of the EMC Total Customer Experience Communication team! That’s all the time I had to celebrate because I was then handed my projects.  My first big projects I have to work on is the preparation for Total Customer Experience day which is quickly approaching on October 7th.  For us TCE Day is about celebrating EMC’s customer centered culture.   It is the one thing that every employee can agree we have in common no matter what department you work for.

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This is going to be a global event happening in 10+ locations in 6 countries.  Here is just a short list of different activities we have planned:

  • Executive Game Show – putting our big names on stage for TCE flavored games. Guaranteed to educate and embarrass!
  • Experience Analytics Expo – Putting our feedback insights on display with some touchscreen data visualizations
  • “You Define TCE” – This is an internal effort to collect as many stories from employees about how they impact the customer no matter where they are or what they do.  These stories will be shared
  • Surprise Guest – We have guest speaker(s) coming to EMC locations to speak about the importance of the people that support you customers, fans (hint hint!), or otherwise.
  • The entire EMC TCE organization will be available to talk about programs and processes ongoing and discuss new ideas

 

For all of this I have been asked to head up our social media marketing internal and external. This is a huge learning experience for me.  First and foremost is that knowing your tactical social media doesn’t mean you know squat about your strategic social media.  Need a comparison?

  • Just because I can:
    • write a blog/tweet/FB post/etc
    • assign searchable tags
    • attract views and followers
  • Does not mean I know how to:
    • Choose how many audiences to target
    • know how many social communications to send
    • know how many of which social channels to use

The biggest and oddest issue is internal vs external branding.  The Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA) launched the first event last and named it CX Day. It’s a perfectly fitting name but internally all our branding and messaging is around TCE.  So to avoid any confusion internally we refer to it as TCE Day and externally it’s still CX Day.  Fun huh?  Over the next couple weeks I’ll have more on CX\TCE day so stick around and feel free to start your own celebration.

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5 Reasons Why I Love Customer Experience Day

SirSocial:

EMC will also celebrating CX Day. I think I need a blog about that.

Originally posted on Customer Experience Matters:

Have you been to the CXPA’s Insight Exchange or to one of our local networking events? They’re great. Why? Because CX professionals are a fantastic bunch of people. If you haven’t been to one of those events, then I highly urge that you do so in the future.

CX professionals are a happy group. In Temkin Group’s research, State of the CX Profession, 2014 (which is free for CXPA members), we found that 98% of CX professionals agree with the statement “customer experience is a great profession to be in.” Let’s face it, CX professionals are a fun, engaging community!

If we can create a lot of positive energy from pulling together dozens of CX professionals, think about the power of pulling together thousands or 10’s of thousands of them. That’s why we created Customer Experience Day (CX Day).

CXDay_TitledCX Day will be celebrated this year on October 7

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Keeping the Positive Attitude

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One of the biggest things that anyone will tell you is that if you want more hits/like/retweets/etc. you need to have a positive message. I wholeheartedly agree. But then I look back at my posts and see that I didn’t put in the positivity that they deserved. Then I was looking at the award on my wall and realized this is more than just an ‘attaboy’. So this is a little reminder to myself on how far we have come.

Here is a list of things my team didn’t have before that we have now.  

  • User who participate on internal and external social media.  Better yet, many do so with no reminder.
  • A Total Customer Experience (TCE) website, every opportunity people have to find us is a good thing.  Not specifically social but it does link to our social content. 
  • Someone who is officially in charge of managing the TCE social media strategy.  Yup, that’s me.  A blessing or a curse it means we take social engagement seriously.
  • Engaged customers, partners, and employees.  Seen by the great participation in the TCE Ask the Expert session. (2200+ views, 42 replies)
  • A new look and branding for our TCE intranet page.
  • New co-conspirators: I’ve made some very unlikely alliances with the people i thought would fight the hardest against using social media
  • BIG PLANS – We have big plans for this year and next.  A list of blogs and engagement opportunities.

Our next big adventure? An entire day about our favorite topic. TCE!

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Redefine Possible: NYC

Originally posted on vmnick:

I had the distinct opportunity to participate in the EMC Redefine Possible launch event in New York City.  I was selected to attend as a member of the EMC Elect, a community driven group with a strong passion for EMC solutions.  A special thanks to Sean Thulin (@sthulin) for the invitation, one that I could not turn down.

The event was basically a relaunch of what was announced in London a few weeks ago.  The major announcements were around VMAX, XtremIO and Isilon.  I wrote an article about each however in the spirit of community, below are other articles written by other EMC Elect members.

GeekFluent (@davemhenry)

Virtual Storage Zone (@cincystorage)

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Overcoming Organizational Barriers to Collaboration

Originally posted on Ties That Bind:

Everything changed with the June 2, 2014 launch of our social intranet.  And lest you think that I’m exaggerating, let me share just one quick story.

One of our corporate departments published a notification of an upcoming change in a benefit plan (trying to be a bit obtuse here, forgive me).  They have done that routinely in the past, posting it to the intranet with a “click here to discuss” button that would bring employees to the social collaboration space to comment.  Rarely did anyone do so.

For reasons unknown, aggregating the intranet with our collaboration space yielded far different results.

There were 123 responses to the change announcement.  Initially, comments were positive but then began a downward spiral of employees who were incredulous about the change, unhappy that they weren’t asked their opinion in advance,  and generally feeling ‘left out’ of the decision making.

Let’s face it, that’s usually…

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Top Down AND Side to Side

As a communitwitter-announcement-557x342ty focused person I have this Utopian anarchist dream that we will all get along and ‘do the right thing’. Which of course really means ‘everyone do what I want you to’. You can see where this might cause some issues. In my time attempts to rally the troops to the new intranet platform I did not take into account that most people need to feel secure and supported especially in new ventures. I really needed to guarantee that adopting a new method would be seen positively by our managers. Let’s face it. At the end of the day you need to make your boss happy to keep your job and hopefully get that next raise. Here I was trying to convince folks we should use the free time that we really didn’t have to work on something that no one had been asked to do.top down

Now jump to the present.  Two good things did come out of those efforts.  First, everyone is now educated about the new platform and no one was surprised when it appeared.  Sometimes sustaining business as usual can be the goal.  Second, my efforts were noted by management.  I have now been officially assigned to the TCE communications team.  This means that I have slightly more clout than I did before.  More importantly I have the opportunity to get buy in from executive management.  That doesn’t mean that I stop explaining why our new platform is so useful of that I need the teams buy in.  What it means is that I can now effectively communicate up down and side to side.  That brings me just a little closer to that utopia that I am never going to stop hoping for.

What I’ve Learned Planning the Launch of a New Social Platform

SirSocial:

I’m having issues trying to improve a single space. This saint of a woman is trying to change an entire platform. Yeah. Not quite ready for that job

Originally posted on Ties That Bind:

Let’s get right down to it.

What I learned about myself:

  • I love planning, putting together all the pieces, working with folks I may have never met
  • I love checking actions items off.  I admit that sometimes I will write down an unexpected activity JUST to check it off
  • I struggle to portray patience (BEING patient is a whole other thing) when others don’t deliver as committed
  • I do have a breaking point.  You can tell because you’ll see me crying and vomiting (only twice in ten months, though)
  • I can say things as I see them.  Unfortunately, that can sometimes feel brutal.

What I learned about our users:

  • They don’t use the collaboration platform home page. Interesting factoid that explained their lack of awareness about the change.
  • Since they skip the homepage, they  missed the twenty or so pieces of content explaining what is happening, why, and what it…

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