It feels like, nowadays, everyone has a podcast. There are podcasts for every niche interest under the sun and every professional industry that exists.
So, it should come as no surprise that there are a whole bunch of amazing customer service podcasts to help up your customer service game.
While there are hundreds and hundreds of customer experience, customer success and customer service podcasts that you could be listening to right now, here are the top 13 that we have selected as the cream of the crop:
This podcast, hosted by Tema Frank, focuses on shining light on excellent practices and experiences in the customer service industry. Customer Experience is the new business battlefield in our social media & online marketing era.
Digital marketing & business strategy expert, Tema Frank interviews leaders of companies who are winning by providing great customer service. She also talks to pros in related fields like human resources (HR), process design, usability & marketing. Four of the best episodes to start with are:
- Artificial Intelligence (AI): Hype or Help for Marketers?
- 5 Unbelievable Customer Service Experience Examples
- Does Customer Effort Score Trump Net Promoter Score?
- Get Your Call Center Out of the Basement!
Lee Cockerell, former Executive Vice President of Operations for Walt Disney World, shares his wisdom and experience from his time with Disney, Marriott, and Hilton—three excellent names in customer experience and service.
Lee discusses how you can apply lessons in leadership, management, and customer service to create magic in your organization. This is an excellent companion to reading the book Be Our Guest. Four of the best episodes to start with are:
- The Manager is Always Responsible
- Creative Ways to Find and Hire New Employees
- Mastering the Four Guest Expectations
- It’s Time to Take Care of the Customer
The “Focus on Customer Service” podcast features brands who are offering amazing customer service via social media. It is hosted by Dan Gingiss (@dgingiss). While tons of people talk about exceptional marketing or content promotion on social media, few focus on the true unsung hero: customer service.
At first, it was only the channel of last resort – when other service channels failed – but social media is quickly becoming the channel of first resort for many customers. This requires companies to be as prepared on social as they are in the call center, via email or chat. Here are some of the best episodes from this podcast:
- Why the First 100 Days of a Customer Relationship Is Critical (Joey Coleman)
- How Fitbit Keeps Its Customers Moving in Social Media and Online Communities
- A Social Customer Care Veteran Shares the Secrets to Success
- Author Jay Baer on Why You Should ‘Hug Your Haters’
This podcast is all about learning from business leaders in a variety of different industries who are innovating customer experience in many cases (and disappointing in others). If there’s one thing every business needs, it’s customers!
Yet, oftentimes business leaders struggle with just how to deliver an exceptional customer experience—this podcast is here to help. Adam and Jeannie, the hosts, have a compound 15+ years of experience in focussing on customers. Each week they bring in Fortune 500 executives, authors, retail magnates, product poobahs and entrepreneurs making things happen to share some insight into the good, the bad and the ugly.
Here are four of the best episodes:
- Kelsey Brown, Fighting for Transparent Pricing
- Common Leadership Biases in your way of Success
- Eric Porres, Personalized Video Experience
- How to Balance Promises with Performance
While this podcast is no longer on the air, there are hundreds of backlogged amazing episodes to listen to.
Hosted originally by Carolyn from Buffer, Chase from Automattic, Chase from Basecamp and Jeff from Wistia (now Appcues), Support Ops was based on the premise that customer support is a feature of your product.
When customers know they’re going to get great support, they’ll choose you over the competitor. Therefore: you should probably try to be good at it. Here are some of the episodes that we thought were best:
- A Good Manager Will…(Series starting episode)
- The Business Value of Thank You
- Custom Onboarding Flows
- A Career in Support
The Modern Customer Podcast is a show exploring the intersection of customer experience, social customer service, and content creation.
The show is hosted by Forbes contributor and customer experience strategist Blake Morgan and features guests that include practitioners, authors, and influencers in the space, as well as occasionally talking about leadership best practices. Here are great episodes to start with:
- How The General Data Privacy Regulation Will Impact Your Customer Experience
- The CIO’s Role In Customer Experience
- Women Are Uniquely Positioned To Lead Customer Experience—Here’s Why with Denise Lee Yohn
- Building A Customer-Centered Culture At Capital One
Support Driven actually has had two different podcasts, both of which contain amazing content. The first, originally started in 2014, was a series of interviews with community members about aspects of support they’d driven within their companies. The second shares the best conversations from customer support professionals in the Support Driven community.
So, if you do not have time to participate in the chatter in the Slack channel, it may be a great option for you. Here are some episodes that we really enjoyed:
- Ben McCormack on Conducting User Interviews
- Mat Patterson on Building a Remote Team
Sarah Hatter, Colin Flanigan, Michael Labrecque-Jessen host this podcast discussing all things Support and Success. Not serious episode headings, but seriously good conversations with leaders, movers, and shakers in the support industry. Expect candid, conversational chatter, rather than anything rehearsed. More Bourdain than Ramsay.
- S2E4: People leave bad managers
- Episode 8: Too Many Cooks Make Benception
- Episode 3: Nora West has all the hands.
- S2E1: Jon McCartie is not a spider-person!
Support Breakfast grew out of the Support Driven community as a weekly breakfast for London-based customer support folk to get together and eat pancakes. Lisa, Conor, Sarah, Dave, and Sarah. While the original crew no longer meets for breakfast every week, they do still share insights and conversation around the topics of support and their opinions thereof.
If you’re located in London, or just passing through, chat with @supportbrekkie on Twitter or join the #zlocal-london channel in the Support Driven Slack Community to see when the next meetup is. Here are a few of the best podcasts thus far:
Jeanne Bliss, five-time Chief Customer Officer and author of “Chief Customer Officer 2.0” is joined by CCOs from around the world as they share how they gain traction in transforming their business, leaders, and operations into customer-focused superhumans. Listen in and learn the leadership practices from C-Level Customer Experience executives at tons of large-name companies, like Air.
They will fearlessly share with you what works and how the Chief Customer Officer is acting as the human duct tape of the organization – uniting companies to earn the right to customer-driven growth.
- The Importance of Good Customer and User Experience in Higher Education with Marc Riesenberg
- A 6-Year Chief Customer Officer Role Roadmap, With Libby Duane Adams
- SVP Member Experience at Peloton, With Brad Olson
- 4 Ways Building a ‘Customer Room’ Can Reshape Your Customer Experience
Having owned and operated her own restaurant business in inner-city Brisbane, Mel learned early on that having great products and service is not enough to keep customers and grow a business. So, she started a podcast! It’s key to be ‘top-of-mind’ with existing customers, especially when creating and refining processes.
Mel interviews specialists that talk about how businesses can best attract and keep customers while also increasing their bottom line. Some of the episodes that we like most are below:
- Changing The Client Experience In Law With Clarissa Rayward
- Happiness Before Productivity With Cholena Orr
- Customer Retention And Loyalty With Adam Posner
- Increasing Customer Recommendations With Marc Cowper
“This Is CX” is a discussion about all things customer experience, hosted by two people that want to help other people understand what customer experience is and how it can be done in a way that creates real value.
This podcast revolves around casual conversation and tangential tidbits that hopefully can serve to make the world just a tiny bit more customer-centric. Here are some good episodes to start with:
- Episode 28: Building a CX Operating Model
- Episode 20: Giving Thanks for Customers (and Employees)
- Episode 17: CX, Data, and Analytics…Oh My!
- Episode 6: The ROI of Customer Experience
The age of the customer isn’t a tagline: we are living in it. We are currently occupying a fundamental shift in the market that is forcing companies and executives to change course and be more customer-focused.
In Forrester’s What It Means podcast, they dig a bit deeper to examine those changes, what they mean for the business community at large, and what executives (and other team members) can do about them.
- Risky Business: Startups And Security
- Robotics Quotient: How Humans Relate To Machines
- The Customer Energy Index
- The Ethical Pitfalls Of AI
As you can see these podcasts run the gamut—everyone from customer experience pros to brand new fresh humans to the industry can benefit. Take a deeper dive and see which customer service podcasts are going to make it onto your podcatcher, or maybe you’ll just listen to the backlogged recordings. Either way, happy learning!
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