Customer experience & digital strategy expert, author, & speaker based in Washington, DC.
Greg Kihlström also the author of the Agile series of books and host of The Agile World podcast.
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Brands have evolved over several centuries from simple tools for recognition to something much more nuanced and sophisticated in the modern age. The Agile Brand follows the story of branding from its beginnings to the authentic relationship with brands that modern consumers want, and gives practical examples of what you can do to modernize your brand in meaningful ways.
While many organizations still use outdated methods like annual employee reviews or engagement surveys, more forward-thinking organizations are tapping into tools that provide more frequent and more valuable information. Artificial intelligence (AI) is helping more and more of these organizations every day.
Successful companies have always understood that happy customers buy more and that they buy more often. They also understand the happy employees stay longer (which costs a company less money over time) and contribute to happier customers. This means that customer experience (CX) and employee experience (EX) have a lot to do with one another. Let’s explore three ways that customer experience and employee experience intersect and can work together.
A stellar customer experience can require a lot of pieces to be in place that span the internal-facing and external-facing parts of your organization. Customer journey orchestration allows marketers to integrate different marketing technology systems and platforms together. For instance, you can tie together your social media advertising, your website, your email marketing and your customer relationship management system or customer database. This means you can share information between them that helps each platform take the best actions based on the specific customer or their last actions.
While we live in an increasingly digital world, to truly measure CX, we have to be able to measure both online and offline interactions. While we may use digital tools to do so, we can’t ever forget that customer experience is wherever the customer is, and whatever interaction they may be having. This would be an in-store conversation, a phone call to customer services, or, yes, a website or social media interaction.
Measuring your customer experience takes careful planning, a solid infrastructure, and clearly articulated metrics for success. These metrics are often created by looking at what the business needs, not at how the customer perceives success. We can sometimes get so focused on achieving our business key performance indicators (KPIs) that we lose sight of the central part of CX in the first place: the customer.
While your organization's leadership may all be in agreement that investing in customer experience is important, they may not always understand the far-reaching implications of an optimization effort. After all, unlike other more siloed efforts such as marketing campaigns or IT infrastructure enhancements, customer experience touches nearly everyone in your organization.
In a busy organization with many competing priorities, it can often be difficult to stay focused on even the most important aspects of keeping a business performing exceptionally. Customer experience (CX) platforms often involve many different teams across an organization, and thus it’s critical to ensure a big-picture view is kept. Too often, teams can get too concerned with measurements and performance in their silo within the organization, but truly successful CX platforms are built, measured and optimized holistically.
I’m proud to announce the launch of my new podcast entitled The Agile World. It will provide marketers, branding professionals, digital strategists, and customer experience experts a fresh perspective on the continually evolving dynamic between brands and consumers.
Using both existing and new data strategically and effectively is key to any bank’s success. In this article, we’re going to discuss a few ways that you can do this for your organization.
It’s not enough to simply make a great product, or offer an amazing service. It’s also not enough to simply engage with our audiences on a regular basis. There needs to be something more, and truly successful brands have tapped into this.