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.
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.
Customer Journey Maps allow you to monitor everything from marketing, to user experience (UX), customer service, the purchasing process and beyond, to create = a better product and general overall customer experience.
Why is it so important?
As the saying goes, ‘you can’t see the forest for the trees‘. At least without a map.
Nowadays there are as many customer touchpoints as there are trees in a forest. Each time a customer interacts with your brand is an opportunity to delight. Which means that without a proper customer journey map in place, understanding where these touchpoints are becomes infinitely more difficult and could cause you to get lost in the data. Without a clear over-arching goal and a means of communication between each touchpoint, inconsistencies begin to appear and customers may lose faith in your company’s ability to fulfill promises. A customer journey map is a visual representation of all of these touchpoints and essentially encourages you to look at the bigger picture.
By developing a detailed customer journey map you will be able to take every customer interaction seriously, streamline your processes and design the best product for your users. Identifying potential weaknesses and pain points in your service or product will allow you to make changes that your customers will value and will keep coming back for.
How do I create a Customer Journey Map?
Do Your Research: Use any feedback that you have gathered to date on all stages of your customer journey. Ask your customers directly, via email, web plugins, kiosks, etc. to point out what they like/dislike about the interactions that they have had with your organization.
You can also learn a lot from how your competitors deal with similar touchpoints. Find out what they are doing better or worse than you. You may even be surprised to learn about certain interactions that you simply hadn’t even considered yet.
Identify Touchpoints: Put yourself in the shoes of your customer. Walk through your process from start to finish, covering everything from awareness (marketing) right through to product and delivery. This is commonly known as creating a ‘user persona’ and can help you empathize with and understand your customer better. It is a great opportunity to take note of each stage that your ‘user persona’ interacts with your company so that you can identify the method of communication that is used (face-to-face, phone, email, social media etc).
Embrace Detail: The detail is where your customer journey map comes to life. Once you have outlined the main touchpoints, go through them meticulously one-by-one to identify what important features and interactions occur at each stage. Make this a collaborative effort, involve everyone who deals with customers at these touchpoints and ask them to give their opinion.
Expectation vs Reality: This is where the truth comes out. At each touchpoint, ask yourself what is the desired outcome of an interaction with your customer. Then compare these projections with actual results. A great way to get this type of information is by asking customers directly. Using Feedbackly’s multichannel solutions you can gather feedback from customers at any stage of the customer journey via email, sms, website, offline and of course in-store kiosks.
Create Your Customer Journey Map: Having gathered all of the above information you can finally get down to business and create your own map.
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Improving customer experience is fast becoming one of the most important strategies for businesses. In fact, Gartner reported that:
“By 2018, more than 50% of organizations will implement significant business model changes in their efforts to improve customer experience”
Most CEOs now agree that improving customer experience is vital to their company’s success, but often forget that their employees are the key ingredient to making those improvements. Customer experience strategies require a far wider variety of process changes than most CEOs generally consider, leaving a chinks in the armor of their organization.
One such process, which is often omitted from customer experience models, is the “employee experience”. In this blog post we will explain how employee experience can boost your CX plan, and highlight how feedback can be used to strengthen your strategies.
At Feedbackly we strongly believe that to be the best in your industry, you must consistently listen to your customers and make changes to suit their needs. Only your customers know exactly how they feel about your company and can provide the best insights into how your product could change their lives, steering you towards the ultimate goal of achieving strong customer advocacy and loyalty. This is where Feedbackly shines above the rest.
A top-quality, personalized service generally leads to great customer experience, which in turn makes it far more likely for your customers to recommend you to a friend. What better way to reach new customers than to have your own customers do it for you. And so with that in mind we decided to share our own NPS (Net Promoter Score) from the last 6 months to show what our customers think of Feedbackly, and to outline how their voice has shaped our company.
In short, NPS is a standardized way of measuring how likely your customers are to recommend your company to a friend or colleague. This is a good indicator of customer satisfaction and can be easily compared across industries. (For more details on NPS, check out our previous blog post HERE)
2017 has drawn to a close, a brand new year is upon us and so it’s about time we started to look forward to the exciting new possibilities for Customer Experience trends for 2018. We will take a look at what is most likely to happen with CX measurement over the coming months and give some insights into how they will shape the world of customer experience.
Firstly, lets start by saying that there will likely not be any HUGE changes to last year’s trends but rather we will see old trends becoming even stronger. 2018 will see the overall rise in popularity of customer experience, with a particular focus on personalization, multichannel and the customer journey. The growth of customer experience globally this year will be heavily reliant on C-level awareness, which means that top-level executives and company leaders will be placing a much stronger focus on increasing the customer experience and monetizing their customer journey.
Here are the customer experience trends for 2018!
Feedbackly allows you to configure automatic email notifications which can be triggered by the feedback you receive. This means that you can monitor all of your surveys for negative responses and act immediately to resolve problems when they arise. This works for all question types. You can set notifications for specific keywords in an ‘open question’ response like ‘terrible’ or ‘horrible’. This will notify you when somebody writes a response using those words. You can also send notifications based on our ‘smiley’ question type. For example, get notified when a respondent selects the red or orange smiley, but not the yellow, light green or dark green. You can combine any number of these conditions in order to get more specific segmented notifications. Continue reading “We’ve improved our employee notifications feature!”
Some of the most requested features from our users relate to managing statistics and adding more functionality to add statistical significance to their feedback data. Not only does this make your data more meaningful, it allows you to make more powerful business decisions (and be more confident in those decisions). Feedbackly is the only feedback tool that adapts to the skill level of the user, allowing you to go as deep into the data as you are comfortable doing. Continue reading “Question Sampling With Feedbackly”
When you create your first survey with Feedbackly, you have the option to choose from 8 different question types so you can most accurately collect customer responses. You can add as many questions as you’d like and in any order. Feedbackly users are most shocked at the fact that ALL question types are available to our Free-plan users.
Getting customers is hard so why not try to keep the current ones even longer? Keeping them should be easier than getting new ones. You know them already, you know what they want and you know what they expect of you – or do you? With fierce competitors building communities and aggressively marketing on price, you have to put real energy and effort into maintaining a consistent customer base. Just providing a great product or service is rarely enough to keep them coming back for more. You need to be able to create real customer loyalty. Loyal customers are those ones you want to have. And actually, according to White House Consumer Affairs It is 7 times more expensive to find a new customer than to keep an existing one and on average, loyal customers are worth up to 10 times as much as non loyal customers!