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.

Monday Jan 20, 2014

Pamper your customer's ‘Remembering Self’ by Krassimira Iordanova

A friend came back from a three-week vacation on the Maldives. Lucky guy!

"How was your vacation?" I asked.

"Great," he said. The place was just marvelous and the diving experience was phenomenal. However, the flight on the way back was horrendous. It ruined my whole vacation."

"Really?" I raised my eyebrow. "How could a nine-hour flight ruin three weeks of great vacation?"

My friend had chosen a selected piece of memory to drive how he felt about his entire experience.

To understand why, let’s look at the differences between the Experiencing self and the Remembering self, as outlined by Daniel Kahneman, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics.

The Experiencing self and Remembering self 

The Experiencing self focuses on the present, which consists of a chain of moments. As Daniel Kahneman says,

"the psychological presence is set to three seconds long... so most of the experiences we have leave no trace and are completely ignored by the Remembering self. For the Remembering self, those chains of moments are lost forever, but what stays are the memories. And memories are defined by:

  • Changes
  • Significant moments
  • Endings.

 And endings are very important."

Why does this matter to Customer Experience? Because the Remembering self is the story-teller. It tells us what to keep from our experiences to create a story. That means if you have a business, you'd better address the Remembering self of your customers. Because you want to positively influence the story they will tell about you—on Facebook, Twitter, and to their friends. This matters because it will either create business value for your brand, or negatively impact it.

The Customer Experience

The customer experience is the combination of all interactions a customer has with your brand, from searching products on your website to calling a customer service agent to visiting a branch.

A customer might have a positive interaction visiting your website and chatting with an agent, but an error at checkout might cause the customer to report that "the whole experience was ruined". You might say, "Wait a second, the customer had a lot of positive experiences, only the last interaction was bad. It’s not a big deal." It is a BIG DEAL. It’s what the customer remembers—and endings matter!

That's why a consistent, positive cross-channel customer experience is one of the only sustainable advantages you have. A single bad experience can cause you to lose a customer, and all the potential customers they tell.

Key Takeaways

Experiences happen anytime, anywhere. Make sure the experiences you give customers are personalized, positive and consistent across channels.

Be there in the moments that matter most to delivering on your brand promise, and your customers will reward you with loyalty and advocacy.

Pamper your customer's Remembering self—surprise them, wow them! Last week, I received an email from Airbnb with proposed greetings cards for me to send to my hosts—all I had to do was select the design and hit send. Was I surprised? Yes! Was I wowed? Yes! Did I remember it? Yes! Did I tell my friends? Yes! My positive experience and willingness to share it with others created business value for Airbnb.

Design the story you want your customers to tell. Do that by mapping your customer’s journey with your brand, identifying all the interaction points that could leave a "memory" their Remembering self will say to themselves and others.

Start mapping your customer’s journey today by signing up for a complimentary journey mapping workshop near you.

Upcoming 2014 Journey Mapping Workshops:

 

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Friday Jan 17, 2014

Customer Experience Journey Mapping Workshops Provide Blueprint for Real-World CX Success by Robert Landon

As Steve Jobs famously said, "You've got to start with the customer experience and work back to the technology—not the other way around." In the same spirit, Oracle now offers workshops that drive a deep understanding of the complete customer journey.

The Customer Experience Journey Mapping Workshops follow a step-by-step methodology that transcends industries or individual businesses. Attendees get hands-on experience as they explore the methodology, and then can use this methodology to gain insight into the real-world journeys of their own customers.

The initial "learning" workshops last about 4 hours and have been a big hit with attendees. There is an opportunity after attending these workshops to get additional assistance to "try" this methodology through additional workshops designed to be more specific to your organizational needs.

"The workshop allowed us to identify solutions for current pains in key stages of the customer lifecycle—and propelled us to create innovative ideas for providing a differentiated customer experience," says Maricris Crisostomo, customer value chain manager at PLDT, the leading telecommunications provider in the Philippines.

From Moments to Journeys

The concept of journey mapping is simple: identify and diagram every moment across a customer experience, whether it is a specific, finite interaction—for example, a single type of online purchase—or an entire relationship with a brand across all touch points.

"At the end of the day, we are trying to cultivate empathy toward the customer, to walk a mile in their shoes," says Brian Curran, vice president of customer experience strategy and design, Oracle. "We help participants discover all the moments that matter, feel what the customer is feeling, and determine exactly what customers need both at a functional and emotional level—right in that moment."

Attendees leave the workshop with hands-on experience with a proven, repeatable methodology—one that works across products, types of interactions, and even industries. They can then share that methodology across their organization. Workshops can also result in practical insights that can drive more engaging customer experiences right away.

"We have noticed that the workshops can actually spark a virtuous cycle across an organization, getting sales, marketing, service and other functions to think of customers in a new way—to see the world through the customer’s eyes," says Curran.

Upcoming 2014 Journey Mapping Workshops:

 

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Stay tuned as registration opens for these events. Find more information on journey mapping here.

Thursday Dec 13, 2012

Customer Experience in the Year Ahead

With 2012 coming to an end soon, we find ourselves reflecting on the year behind us and the year ahead. Now is a good time for reflection on your customer experience initiatives to see how far you have come and where you need to go.[Read More]

Tuesday Nov 27, 2012

The Talent Behind Customer Experience

Earlier, I wrote about Powerful Data Lessons from the Presidential Election. A key component of the Obama team’s data analysis deserves its own discussion—the people.

Recruiters are probably scrambling to find out who those Obama data crunchers are and lure them into corporations. For the Obama team, these data scientists became a secret ingredient that the competition didn’t have. 

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