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Why Social Media is Important for Customer Experience

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Social media has become a common marketing tool for organisations of all different shapes and sizes but making the transition from using social media for awareness raising and self-promotion to using it for customer experience can be a challenge for many.

If you are serious about providing a customer focused experience in your business, you can’t overlook the importance of using social media as part of your overall customer experience management strategy. Social media is evolving and while it started off as a way to talk between people, somewhere along the line it seems to have lost that and instead become a way for many brands to foist their message on to the masses.

When it comes to social media, you need to be aware that your customers are in control of what is published about your organisation, not you. You can’t stop them posting complaints and negative feedback on your public pages and their comments can be seen by a huge number of people in a very short space of time. Customers are aware of this and they know their power. This means that if you’re going to be successful at promoting a positive customer experience you need to really embrace social media and use it for its designated purpose, as a communication tool.

Many organisations have successfully used social media to create an excellent customer experience through the power of listening to what their customers are saying and engaging in one on one conversations with them. Your customers will take to social media to talk about their experiences with your organisation, whether you like it or not. Making sure you have an active presence on the social media platforms your customers use is the best way you can let them know you care about what they’re saying and use the information you get from your interactions with them to shape your organisation going forward.

A truly customer focused organisation is one that listens to its customers and puts their needs first. Social media is a fantastic tool to help you understand what your customers are saying about you and gain the insight you need to build a business model that places them at the center.

Social media is something you can’t afford to ignore if you are serious about creating a customer-focused organisation. By making social media part of your customer experience management strategy you can engage your customers and build a truly customer centered brand.

The Four Main Obstacles Getting In the Way of a Great Customer Experience

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Most organisations are well aware of the need for a focused customer experience strategy. In spite of their great intentions, for many organisations, creating a solid customer experience is fraught with a number of pitfalls. There are some common mistakes that we see people make time and time again when they are trying to create a strong customer experience strategy.

Here are four of the most common obstacles that could be getting in the way of you offering a great customer experience to your customers:

  1. Too much focus on day to day operations, not enough on innovation and strategy. This is a common problem we see. Even in organisations that are taking an integrated approach to their customer experience, the customer service or marketing team are often left with more than their fair share of tasks like managing social media pages, responding to customer queries and other time sucking tasks. By spending too much time on these jobs, there is less time for innovative marketing strategies that will actually grow the organisation. The answer here is to share out those tasks more fairly and give other departments access to social media pages or data platforms so they can free up some time.
  2. Data siloes. While we all know how important it is to gather data and keep track of it, what do we do with it once we have it? For many organisations the problem is not the amount of data they have, it’s figuring out how to make use of it in a constructive way without getting overwhelmed. Just like integrating your systems is important, if you’re going to get the full benefit of your data you also need to integrate it across different platforms. Doing this manually is going to take a lot of time and hard work so finding an integrated solution that does it for you is essential.
  3. Lack of understanding of social commerce. Social commerce is an emerging trend and it’s becoming increasingly common for customers to buy products directly from social media platforms. Unfortunately, for many organisations this has led to confusion as people struggle to get to grips with this new technology. If you enable social commerce for your organisation it’s important that you spend the time training your staff on how it actually works. Social commerce is still in its infancy and it’s not as user friendly as it could be just yet.
  4. Lack of relevant skills. More and more of customer experience strategy hinges on social media. This means that having the skills to understand how social media marketing works and understand how customers are using social platforms to interact with brands can be extremely useful. Without these skills it’s going to be difficult for your team to do their job effectively. Make sure your team have the opportunity to learn the skills they need or outsource some of the more skilled tasks to specialists.

Don’t let these common obstacles get in the way of your customer experience strategy. Break through them and you can get your organisation on the path to a more successful customer experience strategy.

The Four Main Obstacles Getting In the Way of a Great Customer Experience

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Most organisations are well aware of the need for a focused customer experience strategy. In spite of their great intentions, for many organisations, creating a solid customer experience is fraught with a number of pitfalls. There are some common mistakes that we see people make time and time again when they are trying to create a strong customer experience strategy.

Here are four of the most common obstacles that could be getting in the way of you offering a great customer experience to your customers:

  1. Too much focus on day to day operations, not enough on innovation and strategy. This is a common problem we see. Even in organisations that are taking an integrated approach to their customer experience, the customer service or marketing team are often left with more than their fair share of tasks like managing social media pages, responding to customer queries and other time sucking tasks. By spending too much time on these jobs, there is less time for innovative marketing strategies that will actually grow the organisation. The answer here is to share out those tasks more fairly and give other departments access to social media pages or data platforms so they can free up some time.
  2. Data siloes. While we all know how important it is to gather data and keep track of it, what do we do with it once we have it? For many organisations the problem is not the amount of data they have, it’s figuring out how to make use of it in a constructive way without getting overwhelmed. Just like integrating your systems is important, if you’re going to get the full benefit of your data you also need to integrate it across different platforms. Doing this manually is going to take a lot of time and hard work so finding an integrated solution that does it for you is essential.
  3. Lack of understanding of social commerce. Social commerce is an emerging trend and it’s becoming increasingly common for customers to buy products directly from social media platforms. Unfortunately, for many organisations this has led to confusion as people struggle to get to grips with this new technology. If you enable social commerce for your organisation it’s important that you spend the time training your staff on how it actually works. Social commerce is still in its infancy and it’s not as user friendly as it could be just yet.
  4. Lack of relevant skills. More and more of customer experience strategy hinges on social media. This means that having the skills to understand how social media marketing works and understand how customers are using social platforms to interact with brands can be extremely useful. Without these skills it’s going to be difficult for your team to do their job effectively. Make sure your team have the opportunity to learn the skills they need or outsource some of the more skilled tasks to specialists.

Don’t let these common obstacles get in the way of your customer experience strategy. Break through them and you can get your organisation on the path to a more successful customer experience strategy.

5 Steps to Starting and Implementing a Successful CX Strategy

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Successful customer experience is the cornerstone of a successful business, but how do you actually do it? Customer experience can be one of those hard to define concepts but there are a few simple strategies you can use to create a more customer friendly organisation and enjoy the benefits that a successful customer experience strategy can bring you.

Here are five steps we would recommend to anyone who wants to start and implement a successful customer experience strategy.

  1. Create a strong foundation. Sometimes you need to go back to the beginning if you’re going to grow effectively. This means focusing on creating a strong, scalable architecture for your business. Go back to basics and look at your business processes, technology and social media platforms and think about how you can create a strong basic structure that will let you adapt and grow in the future.
  2. Take time to understand your customers. It might take some time and effort to establish meaningful relationships with your customers but it’s well worth it in the end. By taking some time to get to know your customers you can develop a mutually beneficial relationship that is based on trust. This means seeing your customers as more than a means to an end, but getting to know what really makes them tick. This is a long-term approach that can make a huge difference to your business bottom line and the quality of your customer relationships.
  3. Get everyone on the same page. Providing a great customer experience is not just the job of your sales or customer service staff. To create a truly customer centred organisation you’re going to need the support of everyone in your organisation. Encourage all your employees to rally around the customer and make them the main focus and you’ll be well on your way to providing a great customer experience.
  4. Listen. To really understand what your customers value and how your organisation is tracking at meeting their needs you will need to listen to them. This means using data to gain an insight into your customers’ needs and priorities. You can also spend some time talking to them, measuring how they react to your social media pages and anything else that will let you really listen to them instead of making assumptions about what they want.
  5. Measure your results. A successful customer experience strategy will have a measurable impact on your business. If you don’t measure the results you’ll have no way to tell if your strategy is actually working. Make evaluation and measurement a regular part of your customer experience strategy.

Implementing a successful customer experience strategy doesn’t have to be complicated but it will require some work on your part. Hopefully these five pointers can get you started in the right direction.

Customer Experience: What is it Exactly?

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You’ve probably heard how important customer experience is to organisations, but what exactly is it? While the term customer experience might be commonplace among management speak, there are still a lot of misunderstandings around what the term really means and how you can define customer experience in a way that everyone in your organisation will understand.

Your customers’ experiences can be defined as the overall sum of how they feel at every interaction they have with your brand. If you make your customers feel good overall, you’re going to leave them with a positive customer experience. On the other hand, if the overall sum of their interactions with you leaves them with a negative feeling, chances are they are going to think of their experience with you as negative, even if they did have some positive interactions during the process.

If you want to gain control over the way your customers feel about your organisation and ensure they are left feeling good about you, you have to be proactive. This means taking the approach of actively managing your customer experiences. Customer experience management is an emerging field at the moment but it’s something that we’re going to see a lot more of in the future.

Many organisations make the mistake of viewing customer experience management as solely a function of their customer service department. Unfortunately this approach can lead to difficulties as increasingly customers come into contact with multiple facets of your organisation and the quality of experience they have will depend on them having a universally positive, consistent experience across the board.

A holistic approach is essential when you’re looking to improve your customer experience overall. Think about when your customers come into contact with your business. Is it just when they deal with customer service? Chances are they already look at your website, your social media pages, download reports and other information, go and visit you in person or pick up the phone and give you a call. They probably use a variety of platforms to get in touch with you including their mobile, your app, email, instant chat and in person conversations.

Great customer experience management means creating a fantastic experience across the whole spectrum of your customer interactions. Customer experience is so much more than just a customer service function – your technology needs to support your customer experience focus along with every department within your organisation.

Why Customer Experience is More Important Than Ever

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Digital disruption has affected virtually every industry and those that haven’t been affected are likely to be in the future. While many people assume that digital disruption is caused by the Internet or mobile technology, this is not the case. At its core digital disruption is driven by customers and their changing expectations.

Thanks to the high levels of connectivity that consumers enjoy, they are more empowered to make choices about who they deal with and how they interact than ever before. If a customer isn’t happy with their experience with one organisation, they have choices and the means to leave and go elsewhere.

Many established organisations and industries that have failed to adapt quickly enough to this have learned the hard way that if you don’t provide your customers with a good experience you are likely to pay the ultimate price. Your customers have alternatives they didn’t have before, and you simply can’t afford to take them for granted.

Customers’ needs and wants have changed and there are a number of priorities that you need to be aware of and embrace if you’re going to be effective at improving your customer experience. These include taking a tailored, individualistic approach to your customers and not just treating them all the same. You also need to think about how accessible your organisation is on different platforms including social media, mobile and the Internet.

Every interaction a customer has with your organisation shapes their overall experience and the feelings they will have towards you. This is why it’s so important to create a positive and integrated customer experience across every area of your business if you want to keep your customers happy over the long term.

In most cases, switching to a customer focused outlook means reviewing every area of your organisation, from your use of technology and social media to the internal processes that dictate how efficiently you can meet your customers’ needs. Most customers have certain expectations when it comes to the experience they have with your organisation, and these include key factors like personalisation, integration across different platforms and transparency of information.

Because of the changing focus on meeting customer needs and the increased availability of information for customers, there has never been a more important time to prioritise customer experience. Your customers know what they are worth and they have access to alternatives if they aren’t happy. Investing in providing your customers with a quality experience is likely to pay off a great deal now and in the future.

How to Use Data to Provide a Personalised Customer Experience

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Personalisation is more than just a marketing buzzword. Thanks to social media and the age of mobile technology, customers now expect businesses to provide services that are tailored to them. Organisations that don’t meet these expectations run the risk of falling behind to their competitors.

Fortunately there are a number of ways you can create a more personalised customer experience in your organisation and many of these ways involve data. Most organisations have access to a huge range of data about their customers and with a strategic approach this data can be used to enhance the experience for your customers, improving customer loyalty at the same time.

Use social data

Social media can give you a huge range of valuable information if you know how to interpret it, and this lets you see in real time what your customers are saying about you and gauge their reactions to your business. Many organisations still see their social media pages as a marketing tool but limiting your use of social media to advertising means you’re missing out on a lot of the potential that social media can give your organisation.

There are a number of platforms, such as Sprinklr, that can help you analyse social data so you can see what your customers like on a personal level. By monitoring your social media pages and responding to queries and complaints on an individual basis you can provide that one on one personalised attention that your customers have come to expect.

Make adjustments in real-time

A large part of providing a personalised level of customer service means meeting your customers’ needs in real time. Personalisation doesn’t just mean giving your customers what they want, it means giving them what they want at the time they want it and for this you want real time data. Having access to real-time data means you can be more flexible and adaptable to your customers’ changing individual needs at any given time.

Integrate customer data for a full picture

Great personalisation starts with understanding your customers. If you know who they are it’s going to be much easier to personalise your communication with them. By integrating your customer data from different sources you can get a clear picture of your customers from multiple different angles and in different contexts. This will help you understand them better and therefore serve them up a far better experience.

Data is a crucial tool for organisations that want to provide a personalised, quality experience for their customers. Hopefully these three suggestions will help you put data to good use in your organisation, for the benefit of your customers.

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The Future of Customer Experience – What Lies Ahead?

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In recent years, a strong focus on customer experience has become one of the main defining features of successful organisations. With more and more businesses starting to emphasis customer experience over other, more traditional priorities, those who don’t follow suit are likely to fall behind.

Providing the optimum customer experience is made more challenging by the changing nature of customer expectations, so we thought we’d share a few predictions that can help you get ahead of the rest of the crowd and deliver a customer experience that meets consumer needs in 2017 and beyond.

According to a recent report from Trendwatching, we can predict the future of customer experience by looking at new business innovations today. The new technology platforms and services that are being created today will become the customer expectations of the future. If you can take steps now to identify and implement these future strategies into your customer experience you can get off to a great start with your customer experience.

There are a number of innovations that we have seen recently, and that have a lot of relevance to customer experience. These are mostly focused on making the customer journey more smooth, integrated and stress free. The less the customer has to think about what they’re doing, the easier their lives are going to be and this is especially true in the Superannuation industry.

If you can create a seamless experience where your customers don’t have to spend hours looking for information about their super and requesting transactions, you will free up time for them to spend elsewhere. By having all the data at their fingertips and being able to make transactions quickly and easily, your customers will enjoy a smoother experience and won’t have to spend a lot of time and energy fiddling around with their super.

The increase in on demand services is another recent trend that has spilled over to customer experience, driven by the growth of on demand content and tailored apps that serve up what customers want, in the format they want it at a time of their choosing. Superannuation organisations that want to deliver an excellent customer experience in the future should be thinking about ways they can tap into this trend by offering up to date reporting and analytics for their customers and real time data, available at any time from any platform.

Customer experience is constantly evolving and if you want to stay up to date with the latest trends you need to be sure you’re keeping up with your customers’ expectations both now and in the future.

How to Create an Effective Customer Experience Strategy

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Customer experience is a crucial aspect of customer relationship management and a great experience forms the cornerstone of any successful sales strategy.

A good experience makes it more likely that a new customer will make a repeat purchase and become a loyal customer. Not only that but loyal customers make great brand advocates and if treated well, they are likely to bring in more customers.

More and more organisations are starting to see the benefits of creating a great experience for their customers and as a result are investing heavily in customer experience tools and strategies. In the future, organisations that don’t put customer experience at the forefront of their brand are likely to fall behind those who do, which is why it’s important to think about it now.

In spite of all this time and attention spent on creating a great customer experience, very few brands actually deliver successfully. Often this is down to their strategy, or lack of.

An effective strategy will get you off to a better start than jumping straight in without any particular idea of what you want to do. Here are a few pointers we found on the SuperOffice blog that will help get you started when you’re looking to create an effective customer experience strategy:

  • Set a clear vision for your business. If you’re going to deliver effectively you need to first have a clear customer experience vision. How do you want your customers to feel about your brand? What do you want them to say? This vision will set the foundation for your entire strategy.
  • Know your customers. To provide a great customer experience you need to understand your customers, to know their wants, their fears and their interests. Once you know what they want, you can go about giving it to them, otherwise you’re just taking a wild guess – you might hit the mark, but it’s more likely you will miss.
  • Create a structured feedback system. Feedback is crucial to delivering an outstanding customer experience but unless you ask for it you’re not likely to get it. There are plenty of automated survey tools that can be sent out to customers once they have made a purchase and it’s a good idea to do this. If a customer raises an issue make sure you deal with it promptly.
  • Listen to your employees. However clear your strategy, unmotivated, disgruntled employees are not going to provide a great customer experience. It’s a good idea to create a feedback policy for your employees as well as your customers. Create an organisational culture where employees can speak up and regularly seek feedback from them. You might be surprised at the results!
  • Measure your results. Measuring your ROI, sales, leads, customer engagement and other results should be an integral part of your customer experience strategy. This is the only way you’ll know if your hard work is actually paying off. One great metric to track is your Net Promoter Score or NPS. This is the number of customers who would recommend you to a friend or relative.

Creating a great customer experience shouldn’t be about guesswork. Taking a strategic approach can save you time and money, and most importantly, help you get better results and happier customers.