CX Champions

An HGS Podcast

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CX Champions is an unscripted masterclass from top CX leaders in the world and how they champion every moment. Learn how you can stand out, think differently, and re-imagine what a Customer Experience could look like in a digital-first world.

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Mastering CX: Shep Hyken’s Guide to Exceptional Customer Interactions

This episode features an interview with Shep Hyken, Chief Amazement Officer at Shepard Presentations, LLC. Shep is a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling author, and has been inducted into the National Speakers Association Hall of Fame for lifetime achievement in the speaking profession. He has helped companies like American Airlines, AT&T, and American Express build loyal relationships with their customers and employees. And in this episode, Shep shares insights on creating memorable customer experiences in a digital-first world. He discusses the importance of prompt, personal, and positive customer interactions, leveraging AI to enhance the customer experience, and the significance of both digital and human elements in customer service.

April 25, 2024

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Delivering 18 Years of Bold CX: Christian Mitchell’s Journey at Northwestern Mutual

This episode features an interview with Christian Mitchell, EVP & Chief Customer Officer at Northwestern Mutual. Christian works to elevate the customer experience and deliver bold solutions to set Northwestern Mutual ahead of its competitors. And over his 18-year tenure at Northwestern mutual, he has served in a variety of leadership roles, including as president of their Wealth Management Company when he managed $129 billion in client assets. Host Sohaib Ahmed discusses with Mitchell his journey and various roles at Northwestern Mutual over 18 years, alongside his insights into building memorable customer experiences. They delve into how Northwestern Mutual integrates technology to enhance customer experiences while maintaining a human-centric approach.

April 11, 2024

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HubSpot’s CX Evolution:A Conversation with Nicholas Holland, VP of Product

This episode features an interview with Nicholas Holland, VP of Product and GM of Marketing Product Lines at HubSpot, a leading CRM platform that provides software and support to help businesses grow better. Nicholas shares insights from his eight-year tenure at HubSpot and his entrepreneurial journey, emphasizing the importance of empathy, observation, and adaptability in CX. The conversation highlights how CX evolves in diverse environments and the necessity of innovating and reimagining customer interactions in a digital world. They delve into the dynamics of customer satisfaction versus loyalty, the transformation of HubSpot into a multi-product, multi-persona platform, and the impact of AI and data on future CX strategies. Nicholas also reflects on personal anecdotes, illustrating how CX principles translate into everyday life and the lessons learned from entrepreneurial endeavors.

March 28, 2024

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Empowering Customer Choice with Micah Sampson, Head of Customer Experience at Intuit

This episode features an interview with Micah Sampson, Head of Customer Experience at Intuit, a powerhouse in the FinTech space with sub brands like TurboTax and QuickBooks and Credit Karma that drives revenue close to $30 billion annually. In his role at Intuit, Micah spearheads customer experience management, investing time working directly with product managers, developers and partners to identify and solve customer problems, optimize business processes, and foster customer loyalty and retention. His team is truly customer obsessed. Their mission is clear: constantly improve customer satisfaction, reduce churn and drive revenue growth for Intuit’s formidable portfolio of brands. So in this episode, Micah and host Larry Fleischman discuss setting a high standard for CX across multiple brands, getting employees to take extreme ownership of the customer experience across the company, and empowering customer choice through AI, data and technology.

Jan 4, 2024

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Driving Change: Turo’s Trailblazing COO, Julie Weingardt

This episode features an interview with Turo’s Chief Operations Officer, Julie Weingardt. Julie brings with her 30 years of operations and contact center experience and has held executive operational roles at Startek, Sitel, and Sykes. Her expertise is in transforming customer touchpoints into powerful relationship- and brand-building tools through the use of highly efficient business practices. And in this episode, Julie and host Larry Fleischman discuss having a mindset of continuous improvement, fostering a customer experience that doesn’t require contacting support, the importance of female mentorship and much more.

Dec 21, 2023

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Prioritizing CX Over Profit

This episode features an interview with award-winning CX leader Ron Holt, Founder of Pink Zebra Moving, the first happy moving company. Ron started Pink Zebra in 2020, and is the former CEO & Founder of Two Maids & A Mop, where he served for nearly 19 years. He specializes in franchise development, management, sales & marketing, and leadership. And in this episode, Ron and host Larry Fleischman discuss seizing an opportunity in the market, listening to the customer, and creating a truly remarkable experience.

Nov 30, 2023

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Speed Matters: How EasyPark Group Chief Customer Officer Scott Booker Stays Agile for High Customer Satisfaction

This episode features an interview with Scott Booker, Chief Customer Officer at EasyPark Group, a leading global parking tech company with the vision to make cities more livable. Scott has extensive experience in leading large organizations in travel, retail e-commerce, and the consumer marketplace. He is the former President of Hotels.com Worldwide and Chief Marketing and Product Officer at Copart. And on this episode, host Larry Fleischman and Scott discuss how he built a loyalty program at Hotels.com, creating different customer experiences for new customers versus loyal ones, and making an experience so easy and simple that customers don’t need to call in for support.

Nov 08, 2023

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How to Create Raving Fans like a CX Rockstar with Craig Antonucci, CXO at Autocar

This episode features an interview with Craig Antonucci, Chief Experience Officer at Autocar, the only American truck manufacturer focused on trucks for severe-duty vocational applications. Craig brings 25 years of experience in building businesses large and small. He has a proven record of helping organizations grow as much as 1000%. He joined Autocar after spending 12 years at BPA Quality, where he designed customer experiences for many leading global companies. And in this episode, he discusses what it was like becoming the youngest Operations Director in the history of Vermont American, how he reached a critical turning point in his career and decided to start his own business, and turning data points into a customer journey.

July 27, 2023

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Designing the Blueprint for Lifelong Customers with Sarah Diegnan

This episode features an interview with Sarah Diegnan, VP of Customer Experience at ChartHop, a dynamic, visual, and actionable people analytics platform that helps companies manage and support their employees. Sarah leads ChartHop’s customer journey, partnering with customers from the first moments of onboarding through successful execution of all account goals to make sure customers get the most out of ChartHop. With a background in structural engineering, Sarah’s career has taken her from building cathedrals to building customer relationships. And in this episode, she discusses how to systematically design the customer journey, and how she drives value from day one, and how she creates that stickiness factor to get customers hooked on the ChartHop brand.

June 23, 2023

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A PR Executive’s Guide to CX Transformation: Stacy Armijo at Amplify Credit Union

This episode features an interview with Stacy Armijo, Chief Experience Officer at Amplify Credit Union. Amplify is a member-owned financial cooperative with more than 57,000 members and over $800 million in assets. They’ve been serving all 50 states since 1967. At Amplify, Stacy is in charge of Marketing, Communications and Social Impact. She also handles Retail, Payments & Operations, Human Resources and Training. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the industry. In this episode, Stacy explains how to build meaningful, impactful programs to create a job you love. She describes effective PR strategies, and what resources are most important for any company.

June 01, 2023

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Sarah Owen: Revolutionizing Claims Payments at One Inc

This episode features an interview with Sarah Owen, Chief Product Officer at One Inc, the leading digital payments network in the insurance industry. Sarah joined One Inc. in 2021, and brings with her deep payments knowledge. She has more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles at First Data, Heartland Payment Systems, Vantiv, and TSYS. Sarah is also an inventor, having patented and served as co-inventor on several mobile and digital payments solutions. In other words, she’s a true payments expert. And in this episode, we’re learning from her about making a better product by putting customers front and center, identifying the moments that matter in your customer’s journey, and how One Inc. is at the forefront of a new age in the insurance industry.

May 18, 2023

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Jeff Newman: Personalizing CX at Porsche in a Digital-First World

This episode features an interview with Jeff Newman, Manager of Customer Care for Porsche North America. He works to provide Porsche car customers with a best-in-class experience that aligns with Porsche’s 75-year history of brand excellence. In this episode, Jeff shares his leadership philosophy, and what he’s seen work over the course of his career. He also explains what makes a customer experience program successful, and how he’s built the program at Porsche.

May 03, 2023

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Embracing Change to Transform Your CX with Sarah Dekin of Hometap

This episode features an interview with Sarah Dekin, President and COO at Hometap, an equity-sharing company that invests in homes in exchange for a portion of the home’s future value. Prior to her work at Hometap, Sarah has served as CMO at Virgin Money and ZipCar as well as EVP of Strategic Marketing and Development for the House of Blues. And in this episode, Sarah shares what she’s learned about customer experience along her career path from the House of Blues to Hometap. She also talks about her key mentorships, knowing when to accept an opportunity, and how she’s blazing a trail in the homeowner experience at Hometap.

April 19, 2023

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From the Navy to Twilio: Glenn Weinstein’s Path to CX Excellence

This episode features an interview with Glenn Weinstein, Chief Customer Officer at Twilio, a global leader in customer engagement platforms with a market cap of over $8.5 billion. Prior to leading global customer experience at Twilio, Glenn was co-founder of Appirio, a leading cloud consultancy and top global partner of Salesforce, Workday, and Google. And in this episode, Glenn discusses how to introduce IP into your company, the line between good and bad automation, and delivering on the basics of your customer promise so that you can broach more complex customer needs.

April 05, 2023

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The Case of the Missing Customer

This episode features an interview with Dutta Satadip, Chief Customer Officer at ActiveCampaign, a leading cloud software company offering a category-defining customer experience automation platform. Dutta is a tech industry veteran with over 20 years of experience, having held leadership roles at companies like Pinterest and Google.

October 26, 2022

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Janelle Estes

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How to Better Understand Your Customers as Humans and Support a More Diverse UX

An interview with Janelle Estes, Chief Insights Officer at UserTesting

October 12, 2022

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The Case of Slow Customer Onboarding

An interview with Srikrishnan Ganesan, Co-Founder & CEO of Rocketlane, to discuss how to speed up employee communication across silos, the critical customer onboarding timeline, and developing accountability with customers so they take some ownership of their own experience.

September 28, 2022

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Implementing Invisible Technology to Power Great Customer Experiences with Tom Martin, CEO at Glance Networks

This episode features an interview with Tom Martin, CEO at Glance Networks, a software company that provides in-the-moment web and mobile co-browsing, screen share, and video solutions that help increase customer satisfaction, improve brand loyalty, and drive new revenue. In this episode, Tom talks about the key to brand loyalty, removing friction points in the customer journey, and how the best technology is invisible.

September 14, 2022

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Leveraging Technology to Improve the Employee and Customer Experience

This episode features an interview with Venu Gooty, SVP of Digital Strategy and Transformation at HGS, a global leader in consumer engagement, digital CX, and business process management. Venu has over 18 years of IT experience. And at HGS, he’s helping global brands optimize their operations so they can give customers a world-class experience. In this episode, Venu discusses how using a fit index in the hiring process improves employee retention, making sure employees have the best tools for the job, and tracking employee sentiment using analytics.

June 1, 2022

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Tackling CX in the Year of Agility

This episode features an interview with Bruce Temkin, Head of the Qualtrics XM Institute, the leading experience management platform in the world. Bruce is also known as the “Godfather of Customer Experience.” In this episode, Bruce discusses how to move from insight to action more quickly, focusing on sensing change, and how to thrive both personally and professionally in the year of agility.

May 18, 2022

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Bringing Digital Transformation to a Highly Regulated Industry

This episode features an interview with Alexandra Morehouse. Alex is Chief Digital Officer and Chief Marketing Officer at Banner Health, a health system with hospitals and facilities in six states. In this episode, Alex talks about addressing data deprecation in the cookie-less future, integrating disparate systems after an acquisition, and the “Know Me” principle.

May 4, 2022

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Cracking Open the Case Files

This is a special episode highlighting key takeaways from past cases. In this episode, we discuss tips for the best customer experience, from in-person to virtual, from top industry leaders.

April 8, 2022

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Scaling Up a DTC Brand

This episode features an interview with Orchid Bertelsen. Orchid is the Chief Operating Officer at Common Thread Collective, an eCommerce growth agency. In this episode, Orchid talks about the three ways to grow, developing strategic partners, and how to do it all without losing the soul of your brand.

March 22, 2022

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The Move to Mobile

This episode features an interview with Alexie Harper and Ori Ratner. Alexie is the Chief Product Officer and Ori is the Chief Technology Officer at the Quantic School of Business and Technology. And they are also both Co-Founders. In this episode, Alexie and Ori talk about keys to designing an engaging UX, challenging learners with real-world scenarios, and how to leave students feeling like they’ve made meaningful progress in their studies.

Feb 16, 2022

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Balancing Automation with Human Interaction

This episode features an interview with Melissa O’Brien, Research Leader at HFS Research. Melissa discusses simple ways to apply automation to both the customer and employee side to create an efficient and balanced customer experience.

Jan 26, 2022

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Leveraging Technology to Meet the Needs of Multiple End Users

This episode features an interview with Boone Putney, Chief Technology Officer at Fetch Package. Boone talks about bringing excitement and beauty into the customer experience, the importance of all teammates understanding the end user, and how technology and CX go hand in hand.

Jan 11, 2022

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The Pandemic Pivot

This episode features an interview with Keren Lynch, Publicist and Manager of Communications for the Anaheim Ducks. Keren talks about the challenges they faced during the pandemic as an in-person events based business. She shares how the Ducks worked to be an asset to their community, and to engage with their fan base in new and unique ways, including socially distanced and virtual events.

December 15, 2021

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Getting Inside Your Customer’s Head

This episode features an interview with Tim Ash, Co-Founder and CEO at SiteTuners, a strategic conversion rate optimization agency. Tim talks about getting inside your customer’s head and creating an intuitive website that feels familiar and drives sales.

December 2, 2021

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Building Your Customer Experience from the Ground Up

This episode features an interview with Robin Laine, CEO and Co-Founder of Transect, a SaaS company providing automated environmental compliance solutions for the built world. Robin talks about advocating for the customer, making a product 10 X better than the competition, and the life cycle of a startup.

November 17th, 2021

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