The CX Cast

Research-based guidance on how to manage customer experience (CX) at any organization — an imperative that Forrester has been researching for over 20 years. Each week, Forrester analysts discuss key findings from their latest research on CX; analyze relevant topics in the news; or chat with CX professionals about how they’ve overcome prevalent challenges managing CX in their organizations.

Latest Episodes


283: Amex Takes VoC To The Next Level

The CX Cast February 14, 2022
Luis Angel-Lalanne, VP of Customer Voice at American Express, shares his organization’s journey from survey fundamentals to a robust feedback program that continuously engages stakeholders in CX understanding and drives action.

282: Characteristics Of Culture

The CX Cast January 31, 2022
Angelina describes the frameworks of two different Forrester reports – The Four Characteristics Of Organizational Culture and Make Culture An Agent Of Change. She gives examples of purpose, behavioral norms, rituals, and artifacts so CX and EX leaders can observe their cultures, as well as harness cultural strengths during organizational change.

281: Top Research In VoC Management ft. Colleen Fazio

The CX Cast January 25, 2022
Meet Colleen Fazio, Senior Analyst, who leads Forrester research on voice of the customer (VoC). In this episode, Colleen highlights today’s biggest topics in VoC management, including how the convergence between the contact center and CX is an opportunity to leverage data, engage employees, and improve the customer experience. Learn more about Colleen and her […]

280: Inclusive Experiences Start With Inclusive Language

The CX Cast January 10, 2022
Do your diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts extend to the customer? Forrester Principal Analyst Gina Bhawalkar and UX Researcher Senem Guler Biyikli point out that most organizations lack a formal, rigorous practice for building inclusion into the design process. They offer examples of language that we may not realize is problematic, and dive into […]

279: Co-Host Andrew Hogan On All Things Design

The CX Cast December 9, 2021
Introducing our new co-host, Principal Analyst Andrew Hogan, who brings design expertise, as well as curiosity for general CX management. Andrew talks about how he applies design thinking to everything he interacts with, and how this always-on perspective helps in solving business problems. He introduces the breadth of his research coverage. Love the preview? Let […]

278: Is CX In Europe Different?

The CX Cast December 2, 2021
Forrester VP and Research Director Martin Gill explains how customer preferences in Europe are different than in the US, how European organizations may have different objectives, but CX management best practices remain consistent, globally. To learn more, check out Martin’s blog: European Organizations Are Underinvesting In Customer Experience (public)  

277: Designing Chatbots Part 2

The CX Cast November 25, 2021
VP, Principal Analyst David Truog returns to offer more basic knowledge on designing chatbots, including conversational design best practices. Most chatbots disappoint, often because organizations focus too heavily on the technology and not enough on the design work. But this miniseries can help you direct efforts to build the right chatbot (or improve an existing […]

276: 2022 CX Predictions

The CX Cast November 18, 2021
In 2022, brands will look to their customer experience (CX) teams to help them navigate their way through the pandemic by adjusting to a new normal and managing customer expectations and emotions around impending and ongoing product shortages. This doesn’t mean that CX teams’ responsibility will grow across the board. Instead, companies and their CX […]

275: The Right Performance Management Matters For EX And CX!

The CX Cast November 11, 2021
Improving employee performance is a critical goal for execs, yet many still rely on traditional HR-led practices of performance management that are rarely fit for purpose for today’s workforce. While leaders realize they can’t “command and control” their employees into better performance, they seldom change the process central to the problem: the way they manage […]

274: Customer Experience For CMOs – Championing CX

The CX Cast November 4, 2021
Customer experience (CX) is a CMO imperative because CMOs who champion CX can ensure that brand is infused throughout the customer lifecycle. But championing CX requires understanding the relationship between CX and brand, as well as an understanding of CX management to play an effective role in improving the customer experience. In this episode, we’re […]

273: Customer Experience At NASA

The CX Cast October 28, 2021
Hearing and enacting customer needs can be challenging in a federal IT environment with specific cybersecurity and privacy regulations, and with a customer base spanning 60,000 employees plus external partners.  In this episode, we’re joined by NASA Customer Experience Lead Luis Bares to discuss the role of the CIO organization at NASA, his journey to […]

272: Forrester’s CX Index™ And Improving Customer Experience Quality

The CX Cast October 21, 2021
In this episode, we’re joined by Principal Analyst Pete Jacques, Ph.D. to discuss his background, experience on Forrester’s Customer Experience Index (CX Index™) team, and his coverage area on the Customer Experience Research team. His research spans from building stronger customer loyalty and trust through higher-quality customer experiences to CX measurement and KPIs. Click the […]

253: Agile and Design Teams – Better Together (R)

The CX Cast October 14, 2021
Companies are adopting agile frameworks and adding designers to their delivery teams to improve digital experience development efforts. But these two constituencies don’t rely on the same workflow, artifacts, or ceremonies — and often struggle to find common ground as a result. In this episode, we’re joined by Senior Analyst Karine Cardona-Smits to discuss how […]

271: CX Participation Is Vital To Automation Success

The CX Cast October 7, 2021
Customer experience’s (CX) goal of “humanizing” experiences might seem far removed from automation’s focus on removing humans from business processes. But the pandemic-induced push to serve customers online has brought these two forces together, and firms have learned transformational lessons from each. In this episode we’re joined by Principal Analyst Leslie Joseph to discuss how automation […]

270: Trifacta – Improving Customer ROI

The CX Cast September 30, 2021
Great customer service helps customers get the most out of your product and services. This requires complex and varied work across internal teams, customer journey touchpoints, and regularly reassessing strategies. In this episode we’re joined by Trifacta’s Chief Customer Officer, Paul Staelin, to discuss how to enable employees and optimize customer interactions to improve their […]

246: Enabling Employees In A Work From Home Model (R)

The CX Cast September 23, 2021
Great customer experience (CX) and employee experience (EX) go hand in hand.  To deliver high-quality CX, companies must enable their employees, amid COVID-19 and shifting needs.  In this episode, we are joined by Verizon’s Vice President of Sales and Service Operations, Ken Lain, to discuss his team’s work supporting 17,000+ customer service employees as many […]

269: Designing Chatbots With The User In Mind

The CX Cast September 16, 2021
The use of chatbots continues to proliferate as companies double down on digital, but many deliver poor user experiences. In this episode, we’re joined by VP, Principal Analyst David Truog to discuss his research on conversational AI (voice and text chatbots) and how designing successful experiences based on such technologies requires deep attention to human-centric […]

251: Design For Work — Boost Productivity And Satisfaction By Transforming Enterprise UX (R)

The CX Cast September 9, 2021
From CEOs to entry-level employees, people rely on digital tools at work — tools that are mostly inadequate or even terrible in terms of user experience (UX).  These enterprise UX problems cause their companies to waste time, undermine vital transformations, underserve customers, and risk dangerous mistakes. In this episode, we’re joined by Principal Analyst Andrew Hogan […]

268: Take Employee Wellness Beyond Benefits

The CX Cast September 2, 2021
Modern business was tough enough, and then the pandemic ushered us into the future of work today, quickly reforming how, why, and where work happens. This forced employees to be more collaborative, more innovative, and more adaptive than ever before — testing their individual resources. Employee well-being — the total health and wellness of your […]

267: Forrester’s User Experience (UX) Research Team – From Design For Work To Inclusive Design

The CX Cast August 26, 2021
Forrester’s customer experience (CX) research team, and it’s user experience (UX subteam), covers a variety of topics. In this episode we’re joined by VP, Research Director Ian Jacobs to discuss his expertise in customer service and chatbots, and his UX subteam’s existing and upcoming coverage of a variety of topics, from design for work to […]