You Ask, I Answer: What is Customer Experience?

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Adam asks, “What is customer experience? Is it the same as customer service?”

Modern customer experience management, as a discipline and a profession, is an amalgamation and evolution of four sub-disciplines:

  • Voice of the Customer (1993)
  • Design Thinking and UX
  • Analytics, AI, and Big Data
  • Champions and Defenders

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You Ask, I Answer: What is Customer Experience?

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In today’s you ask I answer Adam asks, What is customer experiences at the same as customer service up? No, it’s not. But Customer service is part of customer experience, modern customer experience, what we call the discipline of customer experience, or customer experience management is an evolution and emerging of three different


First is a management concepts that I think dates back to the 1990s, if not earlier called the voice of the customer, what does the customer really want, and, and so in. In the old system, this was actually someone whose job it was, was to represent the customer in meetings and things to just speak up on behalf of the customer and product development and things. And it has since evolved to

really bringing

in the voice of the customer with using analytics and big data and artificial intelligence and machine learning now to take what the customer actually says, and make it a core part of businesses decisions.

The second aspect or discipline

that is, in modern customer experiences was originally UX and UI, what does the user experience what is the user interface that a product or service offers in particular digitally, so things like website design, navigation and stuff. And this, of course, has also evolved into design thinking journey mapping

the process of managing the customer, so

everything from what is the customer journey look like how the different components integrated so that you’re not doing single touch point analysis. But now you’re you’re tracking the interactions through out a customer’s experience through from first becoming aware of the company all the way to be loyal advocate of the company. And then applying design thinking to the customers interactions that every one of those way points in their journey from what does a website look like classic UI UX to what happens when they walk in a store, how are they greeted what color shirt so the employees wearing things like that you can see a lot of design thinking in the best customer experiences. When you go to say, the Apple Store. There’s a clear workflows, a clear process, when you go to a fast food restaurant, there’s a clear process

I’m at work.

The third

component of customer experience

originally was sort of just data

in general, and then became big data as as Big Data Systems became more prevalent and now incorporates analytics AI, machine learning all the platform pieces

that help us understand

not the customer, but everything that they do. And all the outcomes that lead up to

that sort of sum total customer experience. So

in traditional retail, for example, this would have been things like our FM analysis, recency, frequency, and the amount of transactions what things boosts someone’s our FM scores. This would include things like Net Promoter scores, and customer satisfaction data. This includes all the digital and non digital interactions that a customer has with us from the moment they click on an ad, or watch the video to the moment that they set foot in the store, where do they walk within a store, if it’s a if it’s a brick and mortar store.

And then of course, the business outcomes, how profitable or unprofitable is a customer, how much does that customer cost not only an acquisition but in servicing does is this customer returning things all the time, we’ve seen some recent changes behind the scenes in the way company, please look, Amazon serve customers where customers that have an abnormally high number of returns are score differently and treated differently

because they are more expensive customers.

And then the last part is really the champions and defenders. So within their organization, there are people who are who are responsible for the overall customer experience strategy. And then you have sort of two groups that are somewhat oppositional you have the customer champions again, the people who advocate for the customer like sort of migrated over from voice of the customer to because I became a much more about data

to the the individuals championing

for the customer saying I I think this is a bad experience for the customer

and then you had the defenders

Who are the people who advocate on behalf of the employees

really good example in our our Olive Garden case study that we did where the customers love unlimited supersize breadsticks. The employees hate that dish with a passion because they are they, as I say breadsticks slaves

in in that instance, you see a champion, you know, advocating for the customer, but there’s no defender advocating for the employees. And so you need those two groups to to counter each other and find balance to say, this is it, this is the best experience we can manage while still not harming our employees. And our ability to do business in the long term. Because obviously, talent journey and stuff is is an incredibly expensive part of doing business. So all for these things, people process platform and participation, Voice of the Customer design thinking Analytics API in big data, and champions and defenders are what constitutes customer experience

in customer experience management, you need to have all these capabilities put together so that you deliver an optimal outcome to the customer. If you don’t have good process. For example, you know, you can have all the the people on the champions and stuff you want. But without that process, you’re not going to improve the customer experience. If you don’t have great data,

you’re not going to be able to

know what you’re doing is working.

If you don’t have voice in the customer, you’re not doing qualitative and quantitative data, you’re just guessing at what the customer wants, instead of actually listening to the customer. And without those champions and defenders with no participation, customer experience is just an idea on a slide deck somewhere. So you need all four components working together to create customer experience in its modern incarnation, and this will change somewhat over time. But for the most part, the people the process, the platform and the participation are

relatively timeless,

they are relatively straightforward things that indicate this is how we get to to a great customer experience. Now to the question of how is it different than customer service, customer service is a subset of customer experience, customer service satisfying customers fixing things that are have gone wrong, would use similar things, you know, voice of the customer is very much the element of service, listening to the customer. Listen to what they have to say. Same for design, thinking and process, what is the process what is the experience that a customer has when

something goes wrong, and they want remediation,

tracking the data around customer service, and then having people advocating for or against specific customer service processes, procedures, things like that, internally, the company all of that is part of a customer experience. But customer experience is much more than that. If you think about the customer journey, awareness, consideration,

evaluation, purchase satisfaction,

retention, loyalty and evangelism

service really isn’t that second half the back

half of the journey where

once the customer has purchased something, what is their experience with the company with the brand. If the experience of owning the thing is terrible, then obviously, you’re going to have a much bigger problem and it will seep into stuff like voice of the customer data, but customer experience covers the entire journey from awareness, all the way to loyalty, so it’s much bigger than just service by itself. But you can’t have great customer experience without great service. So great question. Adam. A complex question. This is an entire discipline, customer experience. Management is a profession into unto itself and, and even specializing in pieces of it such as like voice of the customer, modern voice of the customer is very different than it used to be thanks to machine learning. And so there’s a lot of opportunity here for companies to to build a great customer experience, deliver a great customer experience and obviously reap the financial rewards of great customer experience if they do it well and have all these pieces in place. So great question. As always have a questions please use the link here in the show notes. subscribe to the newsletter and the YouTube channel and I’ll talk to you soon. Take care

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