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Driving More Value from your Customer Experience Strategy

Infiniti Research, a leading market intelligence solutions provider has announced the launch of their latest newsletter on how to drive more value from your customer experience strategy. A successful customer experience strategy involves effectively managing customer interaction through both physical and digital touchpoints so that it results in enhanced and personalized customer experiences. We, at Infiniti Research, use a combination of research, analytics, and data management systems to help our clients manage data, serve relevant content to target customers and predict future interactions.

The basics of creating a world-class customer experience strategy

Customer experience can be defined as the customer’s perceptions and related feelings caused by the one-off and cumulative effect of interactions with a supplier’s employees, products, channels or systems. In other words, it is essentially how customers perceive their interactions with your company. Customer perceptions and customer interactions are two basic elements of customer experience strategy. According to Infiniti’s recent study, customer experience management is at the top of the corporate agenda across industries. Are you yet to join the bandwagon? It’s never too late! Find out how Infiniti’s solutions can help you up your game.

Fundamental principles of building an effective customer experience strategy

Customer experience is the new building block of success, irrespective of the industry that you operate in. Companies in different sectors are investing their time, money, and efforts into improving their customer experience management. Building an excellent customer experience is not a one-step process but involves small elements that you create to enhance the customer journey. Everything a company does contributes to the customer’s perception of the brand. Hence, customer experience management includes everything from the products you sell, the messaging you use, the sales process, and after-sale services. What are the key elements that go into building a strong customer experience management, you ask? Find out on Infiniti’s blog.

How customer intelligence helps to bridge the gap in customer experience strategy

Increasing digitization has empowered both the businesses and customers to interact with each other at multiple touchpoints. This also makes it easy to get customer queries and grievances resolved with ease and efficacy. As modern businesses are highly focused on identifying customer needs and enhancing customer experiences to outdo competitors, customers are now being placed at the crux of business strategies. According to experts at Infiniti Research, most businesses today have transformed digitally adopting multiple channels of interaction to serve their customers better. The rising number of channels and touchpoints via which the businesses interact with the customers have made customer journeys unprecedently complex. Furthermore, social media and online review platforms have empowered customers to share their views, opinions, and experiences with the company. Any negative comment or experience could hamper the brand image of the company. Download this resource for more insights on how customer intelligence can help bridge the gaps in your customer experience strategy.

Key trends in customer experience management

Several transformation triggers including globalization, digitization, and economic changes have the power to dramatically impact customer interactions with a brand and influence their decision-making. So, while formulation a customer experience management strategy, companies must take these factors into consideration. Although companies can make efforts to guide customer journeys, they cannot absolutely dictate it to customers. Customer-centric organizations leverage behavioral data, marketing technologies, and customer insights to optimize customer journeys and thereby ensure better customer experience management. Infiniti’s blog on customer experience management trends provides comprehensive insights on the key trends that companies must keep a close watch on this year to create impeccable customer experiences.

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How Brands can Amplify their Customer Retention Strategies for Gen Z Consumers

Gen Z refers to the group of population who were born in the years ranging from 1995 to 2010. This generation is known to be the true digital natives as they have been exposed to the internet, social networks, and mobile systems from the earliest stages of growing up. Gen Z is projected to account for almost half of the total U.S. consumers by 2020. This means that brands now have a new set of customers to target whose needs and behavior are much different from their predecessors. As this group of consumers are nuanced and highly complex, tried and tested customer retention strategies often fail to win the loyalty of these young and powerful consumers.

The younger generation has become potent influencers for different age and income groups and even play an important role in the way consumers relate to brands. Gen Z consumers tend to value individual expression and avoid labels. They are also believed to make decisions and relate to companies in highly analytical and pragmatic ways. According to experts at Infiniti Research, brands must include the following tactics into their customer retention program in order to win over Gen Z consumer.

The increased access to technology has given young consumers an unprecedented degree of connectivity. For brands, this trend will bring both challenges and equally attractive opportunities. RFP to know how our experts can help you identify market opportunities and build better customer retention strategies.

Customer retention strategies for Gen Z consumers

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Invest in loyalty programs

One of the most crucial customer retention strategies that forward-thinking brands must consider is to invest in a customer loyalty program. Otherwise, sectors including media, retail, beauty, and CPG are at high risk of losing customers to their competitors. Gen Z is more likely to be loyal to brands that have loyalty programs when compared to millennials.

Be where the customers are

Gen Z is known to be highly active on social media and other digital channels. So, brands must base their customer retention strategies around these platforms. These consumers are also equally active offline. They expect to be able to check the availability of in-store products online and vice versa. These consumers are more likely to research a product before actually making the purchase. By investing in customer retention strategies like loyalty programs, brands can incentivize across different channels.

Formulating customer retention strategies for Gen Z customers is much more complex when compared to millennials or Gen X consumers. Get in touch with us to know how Infiniti’s customer retention solution can help you identify strategies to attract and retain different customer groups.

Rewards for spend and engagement

Creating value by rewarding both spend and engagement is one of the most attractive customer retention strategies that top companies are looking at. Brands must ensure that their reward for spend strategy is frictionless across multiple channels. Such tactics are great customer retention strategies as they not only ensure customer engagement, but they also make things more convenient for customers.

Personalization using data

One of the key imperatives for effective customer loyalty and retention is to gain an in-depth understanding of the customers. To do this they need to continuously gather data about their customers across channels and use this data to identify customer needs and create better marketing strategies. Gen Z consumers are generally more willing to participate in surveys, provide their feedback on a service or a product, and socially connect with brands. Every brand that wants to capture the Gen Z audience must leverage data to offer personalization to customers and drive brand engagement and customer loyalty.

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4 Customer Experience Management Trends to Keep an Eye On in 2019

What is customer experience management?

Customer experience management involves managing customer interaction through both physical and digital touchpoints in order to deliver personalized customer experiences. This helps drive customer loyalty and boosts revenue. Although companies can make efforts to guide customer journeys, they cannot absolutely dictate it to customers. Customer-centric organizations leverage behavioral data, marketing technologies, and customer insights to optimize customer journeys and thereby ensure better customer experience management.

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Customer experience management trends

Several transformation triggers including globalization, digitization, and economic changes have the power to dramatically impact customer interactions with a brand and influence their decision-making. So, while formulation a customer experience management strategy, companies must take these factors into consideration. Here are four customer experience management predictions for 2019 from Infiniti Research:

Hyper-personalization at every touchpoint

 One of the key recent trends in customer expectations is the increasing need for personalization in product/services. Today, hyper-personalization forms a key element of customer experience and satisfaction. As a part of their customer experience management strategy, forward-thinking companies are using data and analytics for (near) real-time personalization. Today, customers are inundated with advertisements and multimedia content on different platforms. This makes it crucial for brands to not add irrelevant noise to their content, rather, define ways to stand out from the crowd.

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Organization-wide customer focus

In most cases, hiring a chief customer officer is not enough to deliver impeccable customer experience. The most successful brands in customer experience management are those who establish an organization-wide customer-experience mindset. Top companies like Amazon are thinking about customer experience in everything they do including marketing, supply chain, infrastructure, logistics, and product design.

Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Robotic Process Automation, also known as RPA involves the use of machines to automate repetitive and mundane tasks, helping businesses to increase efficiency and decrease costs. Moreover, this gives the human resources of a company to focus on tasks such as innovation, problem-solving, creativity, and customer experience management research and analysis.

Data ethics

One of the most popular customer experience management trends to watch out for this year is the rising need for data privacy and ethics. With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation
(GDPR) law that gives customers power over their personal data, companies have to be more cautious than ever on the compliance with such regulations. This law has changed the way companies handle customer data which has now transitioned from a business asset to the customers’ property. Facebook data ethics scandal in the recent past is proof that such instances can hurt a company’s image in the public eye and eventually lose customer trust. Customers want great customer experiences from brands they can trust. So, building customer trust by maintaining their privacy and data security is now one an essential customer experience management trend.

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An Introduction to Customer Need Analysis

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What is customer need analysis?

Customer need analysis is concerned with identifying the product/service requirements of the target customers. Customer analysis in marketing is used in an array of brand and product management context including product development, concept development, customer value analysis, and means-end analysis. The ultimate goal of this engagement is to understand customer needs and their position in the overall market. Apart from being a business development tool, customer needs analysis is a valuable analytical technique to gauge better marketability of a product or service.

Why customer need analysis matter

Most successful businesses today take steps to meet customer needs at the earliest. For the modern marketer, taking strides to ensure that the customers’ needs are met will help align with other internal teams at your organization including the sales team, customer support team, and the product team. With the whole organization operating under a cyclical process of undertaking customer need analysis, companies will see results in no time.

Customer need analysis methods

Innovation and effective marketing come from using customer need analysis tools to uncover the unmet needs of target customers and acting upon them to provide better experiences to the customers. Infiniti Research reveals some of the common methods that can be used for customer need analysis:

Start with existing data

It is most likely for companies to have data that has already been collated for several other business processes. The data can include customer interviews, past surveys, and customer-support call logs. This data must be reviewed as a part of customer need analysis to track the unmet needs of customers. This is a more feasible option for companies rather than spending big bucks on an extensive research campaign.

Connect with stakeholders

Interviewing stakeholders can provide collective information that is cost-free. Sales and support teams can be considered for this. They often have a list of bug reports, feature requests, and enhancement ideas that they would have collected directly from the customers. These can be combined to generate a preliminary list of requirements.

Map the customer process

For companies who want to gain customer insights on the difficulties in undertaking a particular purchase process, it is essential to first map a particular customer process in a step-by-step fashion. This helps companies build newer and better ways to simplyfy the processes for customers.

 Map the customer journey

Mapping customer journey is a great way of undertaking the customer need analysis. It is a visualization of processes that a customer encounters with a product or service. It includes multiple phases and touchpoints from the prospect of a loyal customer. This easily helps companies identify the points of friction and opportunities of improvement.

Analyze competition

Knowing what your competitors are doing will help evaluate where you stand in the market and identify gaps in your offerings. An effective SWOT analysis will also give companies a fair idea of their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. SWOT analysis can be carried out for a brand, product, or even an experience. Also, it is essential to define competition both narrowly and broadly, and not just companies in the same industry but also similar companies in other industries.

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Analyze cause-effect relationship

Sometimes, thinking about the flip side of a situation will help solve problems with ease. Business problems can be identified through surveys, observations, and other data sources which can help pin-point other root cause problems. This ensures better customer need analysis and helps in addressing root-cause problems, thereby enhancing user experience.

 

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The Quintessential Guide to Measuring Customer Satisfaction

Measuring customer satisfaction is all about gauging the degree to which the product or service offerings of a company meets or exceeds customer expectations. A customer satisfaction survey highlights the aspects of the products, services, or operational processes that are leaving their customers less than satisfied. Customer satisfaction survey is a great tool for measuring customer satisfaction and loyalty. Moreover, customer satisfaction is integral to business as satisfied customers stay loyal to the brand, buy more, and promotes their experience through word-of-mouth. Several studies show that the cost of retaining an existing customer is only one-tenth of acquiring a new one. So, once you win a customer, it is vital to keep them hooked on to your brand.

How to measure customer satisfaction 

One of the key objectives of business is to create happy and loyal customers. However, measuring customer satisfaction often proves to be more difficult than measuring revenue streams or website visitors. In this blog, Infiniti Research explores some excellent metrics and methods of measuring customer satisfaction.

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The Basics of Creating a World-Class Customer Experience Strategy

Companies that focus on customer experience become successful in reducing churn and increasing revenues – leading to higher profits.

Customer experience definition 

Customer experience(CX) has become the new buzzword for most companies across industries. It may be defined as the customer’s perceptions and related feelings caused by the one-off and cumulative effect of interactions with a supplier’s employees, products, channels or systems. In other words, it is essentially how customers perceive their interactions with your company.

Customer perception and customer interaction are two basic elements of CX. Customer’s overall perception about a brand can occur as a result of single or multiple interactions with a brand while seeking any information or support at different phases of the customer lifecycle. Customer’s interaction with a brand includes various touch points including talking to customer support agent on call and self-service options or live chat.Brochure CTA

What is customer experience management? 

Customer Experience Management is the process by which an organization organizes and manages each customer interaction with their brand across the buyer’s journey. Customer experience management can be defined as the practice of designing and reacting to customer interactions to meet or exceed customer expectations and thereby increase customer satisfaction, loyalty, and advocacy. The objective of customer experience management is to optimize customer interactions, align with the customer’s ideal brand perception, and exceed their expectations to nurture and lay the foundation for long-term customer relationships. In today’s hyper-competitive marketplace, customer experience management is emerging as the key strategy to gain competitive advantage. Most organizations are expected to redirect their investments towards CX  innovations in the future. This also means, that your competitors are more likely to be focusing on customer experience in the future, thereby making it necessary to have a customer experience management software in place. The three essential pillars of customer experience management include:

Know your customers

Brands that have a good understanding of their customers will be able to create awe-inspiring experiences for their customers. It is essential for brands to pay more attention to customer data in order to gain insights about their needs and preferences for delivering personalized experiences.

Devise an optimal customer experience strategy

After identifying the buyer persona, it is crucial to define the customer experience strategy map all the relevant touch points throughout the customer journey. This helps to better plan and organize the brand’s interaction with their customers at each touchpoint.

Measure customer satisfaction

It is imperative to measure customer satisfaction in real time to estimate the success of the customer experience strategy. Customer satisfaction is devised based on regular customer feedback. This will give a clear indication regarding customer perception of the brand.

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