Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

Customer Experience is an ‘Outside In’ Job by Krassimira Iordanova

What Customers Want

As a consumer, customer experience is simple: you want to be served whenever you want, however you want (channels). You expect the company to know you and make relevant offers. If things go wrong, you expect quick fixes. You hate to repeat the same story you told the call center agent a week ago.

You also expect to be surprised in a positive way. Sometimes you really don't know what you want, but if they show you something cool, you might buy it.

For example, I remember browsing at Bungalow 8, a mind-blowing store for home furnishing in Mumbai. When I entered, they asked me "Ma'am, is there anything special you are looking for?" I said, "I'm not looking for anything in particular, but if you show me around, I might end up buying something I like." And I did.

Companies Have it ‘Inside Out’

As a company, you might have a tough time with all this customer experience stuff, because you're focused on process efficiency. Process efficiency is an ‘inside out’ view; customer experience is an ‘outside in’ view. To understand the difference, contrast most airlines’ boarding procedures (inside out) with Apple’s Genius bar (outside in). Which experience do you prefer?

A Change in Perspective

Customer Experience Journey Mapping helps you flip your perspective to ‘outside in’ so you can identify every moment of your customer’s experience, whether it is a specific interaction, or an entire relationship with your brand across touch points. As the Harvard Business Review says,

A company that manages complete journeys, would not only do its best with the individual transaction, but also seek to understand the broader reasons for… the call in the call center, address the root causes and create feedback loops to continuously improve interactions upstream and downstream..."

You can best visualize continuously improving interactions by diagramming your customer's journey across the buy and own lifecycle. This helps you see where you need to make changes. And if you deliver a great experience across this cycle, then it becomes an infinite loop where customers remain loyal because you deliver on your brand promise.

Take Action

Start cultivating an ‘outside in’ customer perspective of your organization by participating in a hands-on Journey Mapping Workshop. You will leave with practical insights you can apply right away.

Upcoming 2014 Journey Mapping Workshops:

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Find more information on journey mapping here.

Wednesday Dec 04, 2013

Humanizing the Digital Service Experience by JP Saunders

What if you could take your best Sales Rep, your best Service Rep, and your best Support Rep, fuse them into one person, and assign that person to each of your customers for truly personal service?  Now you can with the Oracle RightNow Virtual Assistant Cloud Service, released in November 2013! The Virtual Assistant provides everything you need to offer your customers the best personalized service during their online experience.

It has…

  • A custom branded face that can be tailored to appeal to your segment.
  • The foresight to know when to engage proactively and when to be on standby ready to assist on request
  • Robust, human-like conversational and language capabilities to truly understand and respond in HUMAN speak
  • Intelligence (with session memory) to remember and predict HUMAN intent (with deep Natural Language Processing)
  • Deep insights, access, and learning through its connectivity to data, channels, and knowledge to personalize the interaction
  • The ability to make related recommendations and offers during transactions to boost sales
  • The ability to know when to hand you off to the right channel (like chat or phone) based on the customer’s value and your agent’s availability

AND … it does all this while hand-holding customers through questions and answers, chats, and forms to ensure they get to resolution.

For more information on how a virtual assistant can help you deliver a radically different level of service to your customers, check out the demonstration of the Oracle RightNow Virtual Assistant Cloud Service.  To learn more about the Oracle RightNow Cloud Service November 2013 release, you can read the Oracle RightNow Cloud Service November 2013 Capabilities & Benefits data sheet or view the Oracle RightNow Cloud Service November 2013 Overview recording.

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