Smart Marketing.Customer Experience Insights Are Golden Christine Olson MLS, MAS Chris Olson & Associates October 9-10, 2011 Association of Library Communications & Outreach Professionals Inaugural Conference at Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Explore• Relationship between brand experience and customer experience• Brand promise• Brand touchpoints• Customer experience, journeys, hassles• Service industry brand snapshot & experience 2
Customer ExperienceResponse customers have to any direct or indirectcontact with an organizationDirect contact: purchase, use, and service – usually initiated by the customer – virtual, on-site interactions
Customer ExperienceIndirect contact: unplanned encounters with representations of an organization’s products, services, or brands – word-of-mouth recommendations or criticisms, advertising, news reports, reviews – social media, networks, communities
Critical Brand ComponentsBrand Promise – what a brand promises to do every day for every customerBrand Touchpoints – every encounter and interaction 5
Brand Components in the ExperienceBrand Promise• Builds expectations in the customer’s mind and begins to formulate the mental brand perception – the promise is delivered and expectations are met – the promise is not delivered and expectations become something that is not the promise• Promise needs to be unique, compelling and believable 6
Brand Promise: Some thoughts by Medical Librarians in 2006Only medical libraries and librarians Promise to Deliver:• Incredible customer service • Great technology• Fulfillment and satisfaction • Deliver info when you need it, where• “...a nice bunch of people who you need it, and in the format you help me all the time” want it• Proactive and value-added • Helping clinicians make better• Highly personalized service decisions...• The ability for our clients to do their jobs, better • Really? These are not unique promises and miss the mark. Refine by asking “So what!?”• For them to look good Ask that question from the perspective of• Problem solving the customer until the essence of the promise is uncovered. 7
Brand Components in the ExperienceBrand Touchpoints• People, places, things... every interaction every encounter• Brand communication channels• Brand promise “lives”• Factors that help define the customer experience• Opportunities for expectations to be recognized, met & exceeded 8
Touchpoint Examples reference service & chat e-mail signature blocks database interfaces phone answer professional meetings training materials & sessions vendor interactions orientations & tours displays staff & professional meetings business cards/letterheads meeting rooms signage (internal & external) flyers/brochures/posters front desk/circulation electronic catalog Your library will have different and more web site(s) touchpoints than listed here. Each Google Maps/directional signs touchpoint gives you the opportunity to establish your brand and reinforce your a/v & machinery rental/usage brand message. Don’t forget staff members. podcasts You are a touchpoint right this very minute. facilities 10
Customer Journey Map• Diagram that illustrates the steps customers take while engaging with an organization• All the touchpoints- single and combinations• Step into the customer’s shoes• Start with awareness and go to the end• Who, what, when, how every step of the way• Insights not processes
Customer Experience MapsTracing the experience cycle – steps people go through while building a relationship with a product or service • connecting (first impression) • becoming oriented (understand what’s possible) • interacting with the product (direct experience) • extending perception or skill and use • telling others (teaching or spreading ) customers become advocates and introduce others to the product, beginning the cycle anew.
Gathering insights into thecustomer experience starts on thehome page at this library. http://www.highpointpubliclibrary.com/index.php?page=customersurvey
@#*#! argh! Customer Hassle MapsIdentifies and defines all the actual steps that characterize the negative experience of a customer. – hot spots (emotional and economic) – irritations – frustrations – time wasted – delays• fix and innovation opportunities
Hassles• Add up to outweigh the positives• Plant negative brand perceptions and memories1. Collect feedback interviews: record the session (GotoMeeting)2. Build the hassle map (mind mapping software: Mindjet MindManager)5. Analyze and eleminate the hassle Don’t stop! Don’t let processes get in the way. 18
No need to be fancy, if you don’t want to be. A good white board and apile of sticky notes works too! It’s best if the white board is electronic soyou can capture your scribbles/notes in a computer file.
Insights• Stepping into the customer’s shoes helps you to: – Align with needs and preferences of target audiences – Define functional requirements and fix possible gaps – Strengthen the brand for all stakeholders – Establish accountability standards – Move from library-centric to customer-centric – Competitively position a library/LIS in its market – Create what people love before they know they want it – Boost ROI on marcom strategies and initiatives – Understand customer loyalty drivers (and you want repeat customers!) 20
Hospitality Industry Example DESIGN ESSENCEI believe in looking at other service industriesfor ideas and examples of good marcomtechniques and tools. The hospitality industryoffers many examples for branding a service.It’s a highly competitive industry requiring allbrands to differenciate themselves down tothe smallest detail and to make a guest’s staymemorable so they will become loyal to thebrand. Tracking the customer experience istaken very seriously and insights are key tokeeping the brand relevant. I have excerpted pages from the document into this presentation. TheThis document for the Hawthorn hotel brand complete file is available as a PDF in myby Wyndham provides insights into the Slideshare list. The file is calledHawthorn brand and how Wyndham aims to “WyndhamHawthorn BrandDesignconvey the essence of the brand to Essence Jan 2011.pdf”customers. This document would be used tohelp introduce Hawthorn franchise owners,staff members, vendors, stakeholders andothers to the brand and how to nurture thebrand so that it successfully achieves itsbusiness goals. Notice how the customerexperience is woven into the fabric of thebrand story and the roles different brandtouchpoints play in the customer journey.
This is quite a promise! They aim to havetheir guests perceive and remember thatstaying at their hotel is more comfortablethan their own bed and home.
A great example to apply to yourlibrary brand. Think it through.
This is an example of a useful visualization for libraries to adoptafter performing a SWOT. Show your competitors and yourposition relative to them and the marketplace. And yes, Google,Barnes & Noble, and Amazon are competitors. Any library/information service/reading room etc. within a 30 mile radius isalso a competitor if you’re basing your marketplace ongeographic boundaries.
They’ve segmented the customer experienceand the journey so brand touchpoints can bemanaged to contribute to the brand promise:The hotel is better than home.
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