Chip Bell has helped many Fortune 100 companies dramatically enhance their bottom lines and marketplace reputation through innovative customer-centric strategies that address the needs of today’s picky, fickle, vocal and “all about me” customers. Dr. Bell reveals the best practices from the organizations leading the customer loyalty charge, giving audiences powerful cutting-edge ideas and unique strategies they can put into practice the minute they leave his keynote. Bell’s impact on audiences is nothing short of extraordinary: over 80% of the groups who hear him bring him back.
Always customer-centered, Bell customizes all his presentations to meet unique organizational needs through a background study, pre-event conference call, and phone interviews to better understand specific audience needs and challenges. He is considered a world renowned authority on customer loyalty and service innovation, writing over 400 articles for many business journals, magazines, and blogs. He has appeared live on CNN, CNBC, CNN, Fox, Bloomberg TV, ABC, and his work has been featured in Fortune, Business Week, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, and Entrepreneur.
Chip has authored six best-selling books including: Managing Knock Your Socks off Service; Customers As Partners; Magnetic Service; and Take Their Breath Away: How Imaginative Service Creates Devoted Customers. His newest is the best-selling book, Wired and Dangerous: How Your Customers Have Changed and What to Do about It. His books have been endorsed by the CEO or presidents of such service greats as Zappos, Starbucks, Ritz-Carlton Hotels, Build-A-Bear Workshops, JetBlue, Marriott, Chick-fil-A and Southwest Airlines. Leadership Excellence Magazine listed him among the top 30 thought leaders in America.
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Innovative Service: Strategies for Increasing Growth and Profitst
What do Google, NetFlix, Apple, Nike and Amazon have in common other than rapid growth and amazing profits? They all are considered among the most innovative companies, perpetually seek ingenious ways to delight their customers. Remarkable service for today’s picky, fickle and vocal customers requires a constant and deliberate pursuit of innovative ways to make the customers’ experiences sparkly, but consistent; enriching, but profitable. Since value-added has gotten way too expensive; smart organizations focus on value-unique—novel, not just more. Innovative service paves the way for a “take their breath away” experience that can overcome customer resistance to price during challenging economic times. Based on three of his national best-selling books The 91Ž2 Principles of Innovative Service, Take Their Breath Away: How Imaginative Service Creates Devoted Customers and Service Magic: The Art of Amazing Your Customers, this lively, provocative session draws on Dr. Chip Bell’s 20+ years working with many of the world’s leading brands to help them stay ahead of their competition by maintaining best-in-class customer experience strategies. Attendees leave with countless cutting-edge techniques and a head full of ideas for either reinventing or reigniting the customer experience they deliver to those they serve.
Wired and Dangerous: How Your Customers Have Changed and What to Do About It
Your customers have been forever changed by a perfect storm—the convergence of anxiety created by a tough recession, frustration fostered by too much high tech service without high touch, and the power of being able to voice displeasure instantly to thousands via social media. Organizations that recognize the emerging “customer revolution” and adjust to this new normal customer will thrive; those that continue to use the “tired and true” methods of the past will fail. Today’s customers are picky (demanding value), fickle (quicker to leave), vocal (assertively telling all) and vain (expecting personalized service). Customer expectations are 33% higher this year over last year. And, since word of mouse (social media) today has five times the impact of word of mouth, it takes rethinking the strategies and tactics to ones that change today’s “customer as king” into tomorrow’s “customer as partner.” It requires insuring frontline employees have the authority and capacity to effectively serve in a multi-channel environment. It involves reinventing experiences that create customer ease and delight resulting in loyalty or “stickiness.” Based on his new book by the same title, this powerful, high-energy keynote draws on Dr. Bell’s deep experience consulting with many of the elite service-providing companies plus his cutting edge customer research. Attendees learn proven techniques and innovative tactics needed to drive business growth and reputation.
Innovative Service: Strategies for Creating Growth and Bottom Line Impact
What do Cabela’s, Netflix, Build-A-Bear, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Progressive Insurance and FedEx have in common, other than incredible business growth? They all have created or reinvented the way they manage the customer experience in their industries. Remarkable service not only requires market and organizational leadership but more importantly a perpetual pursuit of innovative ways to make the customers’ experience sparkly, but consistent; enriching, but profitable. Value-added has gotten way too expensive; smart organizations focus on value-unique. Service innovation paves the way for a “take their breath away” experience that can overcome customer resistance to price during challenging economic times. It requires a contemporary understanding of “responsible freedom” (empowerment) plus leadership practices drawn from the R&D/inventive world. Based on his recent best-selling book, Take Their Breath Away, this lively, provocative session draws on Dr. Chip Bell’s 20+ years working with top leaders from the world’s leading brands to help them stay ahead of the competition by maintaining best-in-breed customer experience strategies. Attendees leave with countless cutting-edge techniques and a head full of ideas for either reinventing or reigniting the service experience they deliver to those they serve. Frontline employees gain competence and courage to start innovating; leaders gain insights and wisdom in ways to add creativity to their strategies and ingenuity to their culture.
Partnership: Building Profitable Professional Relationships That Last
Distinctive service in the professional world can be vastly different than the approach used by a merchant to win a consumer. For the business-to-business world and/or the space of sophisticated products or specialized expertise, the path to success is a long-term, profitable relationship. When those you serve feel like valued partners in a power-free relationship, their expectations are more realistic, they are more forgiving of mistakes, more ardent advocates and their economic investment in the firm or organization deepens. As expectations increase and allegiances becomes more fickle, research convincingly demonstrates it is the depth of the relationship, not the quality of the product or expertise, that retains the relationship. Based on his best-selling book Customers As Partners, Dr. Chip Bell’s insightful, fresh program provides audiences with provocative, yet practical tools, tips and techniques for building profitable relationships that last.
Leading Customer Devotion
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Managers As Mentors: Building Partnerships For Learning
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Chip R. Bell is the founder of The Chip Bell Group and has offices in the Dallas and Atlanta areas. Chip’s newest book is Wired and Dangerous, co- authored by John Patterson.
Chip’s consulting practice helps organizations build a culture that supports long-term customer loyalty. Prior to starting a consulting firm in the late 1970s, he was Vice President and Director of Management and Organization Development for NCNB, now Bank of America. Dr. Bell holds graduate degrees in organizational psychology and human resource development from Vanderbilt University and George Washington University. He was a highly decorated infantry unit commander in Vietnam with the elite 82nd Airborne Division.
Chip is the author or co-author of nineteen books including Take Their Breath Away: How Imaginative Service Creates Devoted Customers (with John Patterson), Customer Loyalty Guaranteed: Create, Lead, and Sustain Remarkable Customer Service (with John Patterson), Magnetic Service: Secrets for Creating Passionately Devoted Customers (with Bilijack Bell), Service Magic: The Art of Amazing Your Customers (with Ron Zemke), Customers As Partners: Building Relationships That Last, Managers As Mentors: Building Partnerships For Learning, Managing Knock Your Socks Off Service
(with Ron Zemke), Dance Lessons: Six Steps to Great Partnerships in Business and Life (with Heather Shea), Knock Your Socks off Service Recovery (with Ron Zemke) and Beep-Beep: Competing in the Age of the Road Runner (with Oren Harari). His newest book (with John Patterson), Wired and Dangerous: How Customers Have Changed and What to Do About It will be in bookstores in May.
Chip’s insights into customer loyalty and service leadership spans over 300 articles appearing in leading publications including: Quality Digest, Leader to Leader, Journal of Management Consulting, Journal of Quality and Participation, Leadership Excellence, Customer Service Management, Customer Relationship Management, Entrepreneur Magazine, CustomerThink, HR Magazine, Supervisory Management, Sales and Marketing Management, Advanced Management Journal and many others. He has appeared live on CNBC, CNN, ABC, Bloomberg TV, NPR, Voice of America, and Reuters and his work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, USA Today, Inc. Magazine and Business Week.
Chip logs over 100,000 air miles a year working with organizations on creating innovative experiences for customers. Chip empowers organizations to develop a cult-like following which results in dramatic business growth even in challenging economic times. He has served as consultant and/or trainer to such major brands as Ritz-Carlton Hotels, USAA, Universal Orlando, Bank of America, GE, Nissan Infiniti, Microsoft, CVS/Pharmacy, Verizon, Allstate, Eli Lilly, Marriott, Harley-Davidson, Duke Energy, Sears, KPMG, Hertz, Cadillac, Lockheed-Martin and Victoria’s Secret.
On the personal side, He has been married for over forty years to Dr. Nancy Rainey Bell, an attorney and educational consultant. His son is an Atlanta-based commercial real estate specialist and his daughter-in-law is a former middle school teacher. Chip enjoys fishing, boating, entertaining and playing with his three granddaughters, Kaylee, Annabeth and Cassie.