Every day we meet and work with new, existing and past clients working our way through a transaction that leaves our customer with an impression or experience. This experience is now becoming the buzz word and critical focus for many major corporates and multi-nationals alike. The reason for this is the customer experience will often determine whether the customer becomes loyal and engaged with your brand. If your client is not loyal and engaged, this will reduce business enterprise value.
Recently working with a particular client, we have been analyising their customer experience and analyising it to determine its effectiveness. One of the best ways of creating support information was actually interviewing clients that had transacted with the company to get an understanding of the experience the customer received and how they felt about it. This research showed what the business thought was of value, the client didn’t actually recognize and the items the customer needed were often overlooked.
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The first step of this process is to define your current customer experience and determine what are the steps that you need to create an ‘above expectation’ outcome. A good example of this is to send a gift (box of chocolates) to the customer. After your first enquiry or fact find appointment saying “thank you for your enquiry” or “new order”. Once you have done this, I recommend talking to past clients using an independent person to collect some customer experience feedback. This will enable you to ensure your service value proposition is meeting and ultimately exceeding your customer’s expectations.
Analyze your customer experience and develop a strategy to exceed your client’s real expectations.