We tend to be more productive in the sun, and one of the things we as a team look forward to the most is our yearly remote working week. Last year we went to Spain to have a week of strategic planning on the beach and it turned out to be a huge success (big surprise). This year, we did a vote and decided on beautiful Lisbon, Portugal. We rented a villa on the beach and headed down there from our Helsinki HQ at the end of September… Here’s how it went.
The City of Helsinki operates public recreation facilities to serve over half a million residents in the area, and have done so for decades. Helsinki is unique in that its inhabitants have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of nature on land, at sea and on islands on foot, by bike or in a boat. You can go fishing, enjoy a sauna and spend the night surrounded by nature. There are not many capital cities in the world where you can be strolling down the street in the city center and be so immersed in nature.
Customer experience is a term that has been added to the public lexicon steadily over the past 15 years, and is more quickly becoming a staple for new and established companies looking for ways to gain a competitive advantage in their respective markets. For good reason too. 64% of people think that customer experience is more important than price in their choice of a brand. And companies are taking note.
Imagine this: You’re doing everything you can to grow your business. You’ve redesigned your website, you’re sales team is working hard, and you are indeed getting new customers. But your customer churn is through the roof, and you don’t even know if your customers are satisfied. What’s worse, you’re running out of ideas and your investors are looking for a reason to keep the cash flowing. The issue is that you’re not thinking about the big picture because you’re too focused on individual systems and interactions. You’re not thinking about customer experience. What the concept of customer experience forces us to do is look at a customer’s entire perception of your brand as a fluid and evolving thing – shaped by each and every interaction they have with it. Let’s look at the true cost of bad customer experiences.
If you want to build a customer experience strategy, it needs to be built on strong foundations which are robust enough to evolve and change with your business without needing to be rebuilt from scratch. Your strategic planning, program governance structure, and change management efforts go a long way toward building your success.
It’s a great time to shop online. Supply chains are becoming more efficient, shipping methods are getting cheaper, and now more than ever people from all corners of the world can have their favourite products shipped straight to their front door. Amazon is taking advantage of this more than any other company in the world at the moment, and there’s no sign of them slowing down.
The eCommerce Customer Journey encompasses all of the different touchpoints where a customer interacts with a company, product or branding online. These touchpoints include marketing, user interfaces, payment, delivery and the quality of the product itself. By understanding your customer’s journey fully it gives online retailers the opportunity to adapt to customer trends and develop a service that is completely tailored to their own customers.
With the announcement of the ‘Finland’s Best Online Store’ competition a few months ago, we’ve been hard at work over the past few months working closely with OP Bank. Not only are we making this free competition available to every eCommerce company in Finland, we are also releasing a fully-featured analytics tool designed to enable these companies to manage their customer experience strategy with one software.
A customer journey map is an essential tool that affords companies the opportunity to understand the state of their organization’s customer experience by outlining points at which their customers interact with their brand. By creating a detailed map of customer interactions and touchpoints with an organization, customer feedback can be compiled at each stage and relevant action can be taken to improve the overall customer experience.
As usual, we release incremental updates to Feedbackly to squash bugs, add new features, and improve existing ones. We listen to the suggestions and feature requests of all of our users, and you can send us a chat message on our website or in our app to let us know what you’d like to see in the software. Here are the notes for today’s update: