Customer Experience is the superset of sensations, emotions and perceptions felt by your customers before, during and after product or service use. Experiences are created through interactions with things, people and the surroundings. Sharing of experiences happens across both physical and digital worlds, from a smile or a laugh, to a smiley face emoticon. The boundaries between physical and digital are blurring, even merging. Instant feedback, instant photos, instant communications, shared easily, quickly and without hesitation, or forethought. People like to share their experiences with their family, friends, co-workers and in general with the world around them. It is not only possible to capture, understand and learn from all of these digital interactions, but, the future of business just might depend on it and doing so requires planning and execution.
Enterprise Customer Experience represents the people, processes and technology required to listen, guide and engage your customers in the digital world; all towards creating personalized therefore enhanced experiences. Just like the real world, in the digital space, experience cannot be given, but can be designed, enabled and carefully considered. The simple idea is to learn from what is shared, turn it into information, provide insights to people that need it and then actions to be executed, all to further enhance the customer experience. There are a lot of moving parts, including technology as one, along with people and process. The imperative is to start with listening and progress to insights, actions and knowledge.
Each digital interaction creates data, which leads to information that when properly leveraged creates insights. When something is good, can you repeat it, when something is bad, how quickly can it be changed, altered? Each customer interaction is an opportunity to learn and grow. From first Ad impression and Website visit, to product purchase, product use, service interaction, receiving a bill or talking to support, each element has a unique input to, and impact on, customer experience. The technology, how it is used by people and the process required; that is what we are seeking to describe in this short paper.