An exceptional customer experience is the key to winning and retaining customers. A good digital experience used to be a differentiator for brands, but now it is a basic expectation. People are increasingly drawn to brands that can offer a more personalised and streamlined service that meets their needs and exceeds their expectations.
The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased the need for positive experiences at all the touchpoints of the customer journey. Understanding what these are and designing your service around them will reap rewards.
If it’s easy and enjoyable to shop with you, more consumers will do it
How often have you got halfway through a purchase only to abandon it because it’s all just too much effort? Abandoned baskets are a great example of a purchasing process is not as simple as it could be, whether it’s digital or in person. This is supported by research from Forbes, showing there is an 80% increase in revenue for businesses that focus on improving customer experience. What’s more, 73% of customers agree that customer experience helps to drive their buying decision (PwC).
It’s harder for customers to shop if you don’t make your stores and products easy to access. If you don’t offer suitable alternatives for out-of-stock items at the point of purchase, you can lose your customer. If, however, you design your services and experiences to reduce or remove these barriers you are more likely to keep them. In fact, in research conducted by Super Office, 86% of customers said they are ready to pay more if it means getting a better customer experience.
Be the better brand by offering an exceptional customer experience
It goes without saying that price competition and price promotion are important to consumers, and increasingly so. But pricing is not the only consideration. With greater choice consumers need more durable and valuable reasons to pick one retailer over another.
Joined-up customer experiences correlate with customer spending and loyalty
Data shows that omni-channel customers often also spend more and are more loyal. It therefore makes sense to design joined-up customer experiences that span end-to-end journeys, allowing customers to interact in any channel. Companies also need to design-in genuine, valuable reasons for customers to interact, even when they are not shopping. Purposefully designing customer centric experiences, very clearly signals to customers that you value them and are listening.
Well-designed customer experiences reduce operational costs
Well-designed customer experiences reduce operational costs in three ways:
Better customer experiences reduce marketing spend
A compelling customer proposition and experience becomes supported by excellent word-of-mouth advocacy, so choosing your brand becomes an easier decision for consumers. Customer acquisition costs therefore fall and consequently so does the cost of marketing.
Get the right return on investment for digital and other infrastructure
There is no point in buying expensive tools and building materials and getting a terrible architect to design your house. So, as businesses upgrade their digital infrastructure, service design helps to create the most value.
The Engine Service Design team worked with Emirates Airline to create value as they embarked on a major upgrade to their passenger service system. The result placed technology and data-enabled services at the heart of their customer experience, not only enabling Emirates to remain one of the best airlines in the world, but also moving them towards being a lifestyle brand and service provider.
More easily measured and improved KPIs
Once an organisation views the customer experience as something to be consciously and systematically designed, it becomes easier to measure. Having the opportunity to measure experiences and fulfilled needs makes it easier to spot and prioritise areas for improvement. It becomes easier to experiment and understand which strategies are most effective.
Designing an optimum customer service experience
At Engine Service Design we believe in the power of the service design process to help create the optimum customer service experience for your business and your customers. It’s important to remember that whilst designing this experience, you’ll need to seamlessly combine automation, digitisation, and human interaction to exceed customer expectations; having a great digital experience alone is no longer enough to differentiate your customer experience.
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