By John Katsoulis, Senior Principal, CX Product Marketing
Consider a typical visit to a brick-and-mortar retail store. As you browse through the shelves and racks deciding what to buy, what kind of salesperson do you hope to find when you need help? Do you prefer someone aggressive and continuously asking if you’re ready to make a purchase? Or, can you even find someone when you have a question, no matter how hard you look?
Most customers would say the perfect salesperson is ready to help and follows your cue. Thanks to years of shopping in stores, consumers know exactly what they want from a brick-and-mortar experience. Savvy retailers train their salespeople to get this right. But what about a different shopping or service situation?
What attracts or repels customers online? What should digital retailers and service providers do to compel customers to buy and remain loyal? When customers call your service department to complain, are your service teams empowered to deliver seamless customer experiences that demonstrate you understand your customers and their needs?
Modern consumers are fickle and they have choices, so they don’t need to put up with lousy digital experiences. They know exactly what they want. This has created a tipping point for B2C marketers. With so many new ways to engage customers, they need to find the perfect mix and get their digital handshake right.
Build the Digital Handshake Around the Customer
Establishing a great digital customer experience starts with the organization itself. Most companies are structured in silos, with teams put in place piece to support different stages of the customer journey, whether related to digital or mobile advertising, email marketing, service, commerce or the next big thing.
This approach has proven detrimental. When fragmented teams work against each other instead of towards integrated consumer goals, customers get inconsistent messaging and interactions that are disorganized, and often frustrating.
Managing the final customer experience means coordinating those teams around the audience itself. Service and marketing teams can better control the information they send out, so that consumers are neither inundated nor ignored. But that’s just the beginning. To get the digital handshake right, it's important to examine processes even further. Developing and honing to precision these six practical habits will help put contending brands ahead.
Oracle Knows Data
Brands that successfully transform their digital operations have linked their systems, tools, and teams to achieve a single view of the customer. The Oracle CX platform powers digital transformation for greater agility, efficiency, and visibility. Oracle is the number one analyst-rated Digital Experience Platform and is unique in its ability to power B2C eCommerce experiences for any organization. Our modern architecture makes it simple to leverage any Oracle, third-party, or homegrown system to grow in any direction the market and your customers take you. Oracle customers can select from a wide variety of applications and services as their needs grow and evolve.
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