Improving Customer Experience: An Rx for CX

Customer experience is such a catchphrase in marketing today it even gets its own trendy acronym: CX. Improving customer experience requires integration, collaboration, data analysis and more.

Companies focused on maximizing satisfaction, with regard to the entire customer journey, have the potential to increase customer satisfaction by 20%. — McKinsey

Why Customer Experience Matters

Customers today have greater control of their buyer’s journey. They are researching anonymously and gaining information from online resources and social sharing before even approaching a brand salesperson. Offering positive customer experiences is pivotal in this environment. Inbound marketing helps establish this great customer experience early on. The happy customer is a loyal customer. The loyal customer lifts your brand awareness and improves marketing effectiveness by amplifying the message socially.

 

LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube are the top 4 social media platforms for B2B. (B2B Social Media Marketing Statistics)

 

Unhappy customers, on the other hand, have greater power. The customer who has a negative experience will leave (a costly loss). Further, that customer can diminish your brand reputation going to social media to complain or vocalizing their bad experience.

Customer experience leaders outperformed the broader market, generating a total return 26 points higher than the S&P 500 Index. — Watermark Consulting

Related reading: Why is Customer Experience Important

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While everyone in a business is responsible for customer experience, the bulk of the job falls to marketing. Paying attention to sales and conversions comes naturally, but CX-focused marketers also address loyalty and advocacy. Fostering bonds with B2B customers is key.Improving Customer Experience

 

Integration

Better influence CX by recognizing the full customer journey. Paying attention only to attract and convert stages of the journey, doesn’t address the entire customer experience. Marketers today know they shouldn’t forget about the customer once they reach the close stage of the journey, but there should also be strategies in place to delight the existing customer.

The Rx:

  • Don’t confuse a return customer who purchases out of habit with one is actively positive about your brand.
  • Survey customers to check on their satisfaction levels. CX advisor Esteban Kolsky suggests 72% of customers will tell 6 or more people when they are happy with a brand. Yet many won’t let a company know at all if they are unhappy.
  • Deliver more educational experiences for your customers helping them better understand the value, next steps, vision and direction of your solutions.

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According to Bain & Company and Earl Sasser of Harvard Business School, a 5% increase in customer retention can increase profits by up to 95%.

Collaboration

Everyone can contribute to CX success. You already know marketing needs to collaborate with sales to effectively turn prospects into customers. However, unified CX efforts can involve departments across a company. For example, working with customer service agents to increase empathy and patience when addressing customer questions and concerns.

The Rx:

  • Marketing and sales typically have ownership of the first three stages of the buyer’s journey. But involve everyone from product development, customer care, account teams and more in the delight stage.
  • Evaluate data available from search, social, mobile and other areas (e.g. customer service response survey) to inform CX efforts.

Companies with strong omni-channel customer engagement strategies retain an average of 89% of their customers, as compared to 33% for companies with weak omni-channel strategies. — Aberdeen Group

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Data analysis

Marketers can readily list the metrics that measure conversion success. Yet it will help also to identify the metrics that communicate customer satisfaction, loyalty, and advocacy. Gartner’s CX report offers the example of a financial services firm employing text analysis of open-ended survey questions to establish customer satisfaction levels.

The Rx:

  • Analyze voice of customer data to determine causes of dissatisfaction and identify parts of the journey where organizations must improve.
  • Align metrics to the journey to identify not only CX effectiveness but also CX efficiency. Is the business moving as many individuals as possible to the delight stage?

With 89% of companies expecting to compete based on CX, compared to 36% in 2012, improving customer experience needs to start now.

 

Inbound Marketing Statistics

 

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