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.

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