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Customer Experience Design Case Studies Soho Hero 2007


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How the Mail & More brand was revitalized as SOHO HERO.

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Customer Experience Design Case Studies Soho Hero 2007

  1. 1. Case Studies Customer Experience Design August 2007 © 2007 storyminers, inc. All rights reserved. Trademarks are the property of their respective owners. making and keeping the right promises
  2. 2. Recruiting and Retaining Enthusiastic Customers and Franchisees
  3. 3. Intensified Competition Necessitated Change <ul><li>As a small franchisor of “pack, copy, ship” stores, “Mail and More” found itself in a newly intensive competitive environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Corporate giants--Fed Ex and UPS had entered their space through acquisitions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Franchisees were concerned about the ongoing health of the concept--and new franchisees were increasingly difficult to find and convince </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mail and More enlisted storyminers help to revamp their brand around the customer experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expediency dictated that we find a way to reach out simultaneously to potential franchisees, employees, and customers </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Assessing the Situation <ul><li>Storyminers dug in--visiting stores, interviewing franchisees and customers, scoping the competition </li></ul><ul><li>We found little to differentiate Mail and More. The stores were cluttered and uninviting. Franchisees and their employees had no central theme to rally around. Even the name was confusing! </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ What’s the ‘more’”? </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Finding Meaningful Differentiation <ul><li>We started with the customer . . . </li></ul><ul><li>We realized that the Soho market was comprised largely of “Fifty and Fired” former corporate employees, unused to going it alone without an elaborate support structure to meet practical, everyday needs </li></ul><ul><li>But their needs transcended business support--newly isolated, they craved social connections that would be meaningful to their work </li></ul><ul><li>We set out to create a brand grounded in the type of customer experience that people would notice and rave about to others </li></ul>
  6. 6. Developing the Brand <ul><li>The company’s brand needed to reflect the entrepreneurial spirit and courage of these small business men and women. It needed to trigger an emotional connection that FedEx/Kinkos and UPS could not </li></ul><ul><li>Research--and a healthy dose of “gut feel” led us to SOHO HERO </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Reason for Being <ul><li>With initial branding decisions made, SOHO HERO needed to create a crystal clear Reason for Being--a statement, focused in customer needs, that clarified their purpose and got everyone in the organization aligned to a single intent </li></ul>
  8. 8. Focusing on Details <ul><li>To design a compelling customer experience, storyminers detailed each experience “segment, and within each segment each “encounter </li></ul>
  9. 9. Focusing on Details <ul><li>As a tool for the multiple teams tracking these segments and encounters, we developed an Experience Grid™. The Experience Grid™ saved time, reduced incompatibilities from different teams, and provided a single source for the clear vision of what the experience design should be like. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Designing the Experience <ul><li>Carefully examined, we could see the moments of illumination -- and those of disappointment--for the customers. We could see how well-meaning but confused employees detracted from the experience, and became frustrated themselves. And how store design actually interfered with efficiency and customer satisfaction. </li></ul><ul><li>We drafted a detailed new design for the experience flow, then illustrated our recommendations to make them easy for franchisees to identify benefits for themselves </li></ul>
  11. 11. Designing the Experience <ul><li>We identified opportunities to improve both customer-facing elements of the experience and back-room operations on which these experiences relied </li></ul>
  12. 12. Designing the Experience <ul><li>We subjected each potential improvement to validation to weigh its potential value vs. risk. From this evaluation, we were able to focus SOHO HERO on a combination of steps with both short and long term payoff. </li></ul><ul><li>Encounter A B C N </li></ul><ul><li>Complexity 2 3 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Cost 2 3 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Impact 1 1 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Risk 3 2 2 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Recommendations <ul><li>Our final recommendations spanned store design, internal and external communications, and new product/service offerings consistent with the desired experience. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Before and After Implementation before before after after
  15. 15. Story Matters <ul><li>A video, web site, and other communications connected emotionally with potential customers </li></ul>
  16. 16. Building on Fundamentals <ul><li>Even a new product extension--closely tied to SOHO HERO’s brand identity and Reason for Being </li></ul>
  17. 17. Results that Tell the Story <ul><li>Same store sales have increased 10-30% </li></ul><ul><li>Closing time for new franchisees decreased from over 6 to under 3 months </li></ul><ul><li>New stores break even in half the time </li></ul><ul><li>“ Jessica’s Story” cited as key to recruiting females with corporate experience </li></ul><ul><li>Brand platform and experience design work sparked successful new Meeting Room concept </li></ul>
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