The Evolving Nature of Digital Customer Experience – Are You Ready for the Future?

By Shep Hyken

The continual advancement of digital technology is nothing new, yet providing an outstanding customer experience is now becoming more impossible to do without incorporating the latest digital elements into it. As Andrew Watson, Director of Customer Experience & Partner Marketing at Vivint, states “CX professionals have been pioneers in driving the digital backbone that now permeates the entire business ecosystem; inserting themselves into product development, policy making, marketing, operations and more”.

The following industry experts provide a number of different insights on key Digital Customer Experience factors and the potential impacts on the industry that could result.

Automation and Artificial Intelligence

Automation and artificial intelligence are adapting to serve many different customer experience needs, such as automated chat-bot responses that improve resource efficiency. Automation was the area that industry experts bought up most frequently and saw as the biggest change that is coming in the future.

Dutta Satadip, Director, Customer Success, Americas, Google says “I believe that Machine Learning will have a big impact on the future of customer experience. While computers will not replace humans we will be in a position to deliver better customer experience as technologies will be able to provide more assistance especially to problems that are pattern based.” Dan Gingiss, Senior Director, Global Social Media, McDonald’s emphasizes however that “when customers need real help with complex problems, “bots” will most likely fail them because there is not a replacement for human-to-human interaction. Companies that understand this will figure out how to integrate automation into the digital customer experience in a positive way for both the brand and the customer.”

If companies are going to be able to integrate automation into a company whilst also maintaining customer experience it is essential that it is seen as complimentary to the human skills the company already has. Finding this key balance will be critical to success.

Personalization

Personalization is becoming increasingly important as customers crave individual experiences rather than cookie-cutter replies and solutions. As Andrew Watson puts it “ten years ago, companies had to focus primarily on delighting the most lucrative customer segment, whereas today we have the ability to craft a relationship strategy with all types of personalities, communication styles and preferences, and other data points.” Using all the newest ways to communicate with your customers at every touch point will ensure your relevance but if you are able to offer these services in a personalized manner, it provides a great opportunity as a differentiator for your brand.

Alex Genov, Head of Customer Research, Zappos goes a step further and thinks companies should be “using new technological advancements to measure nonverbal expressions of emotion, such as facial expression, voice modulation, psychophysiological reactions, etc.” which is going to allow businesses to understand customers more as people which will allow the personalization process to go that step further.

Big Data

Companies are swimming in customer data and often have the tools to understand that data. However, Kristen Engelhardt, Vice President, Voice of the Customer, Salesforce questions that “data without the story behind it is just numbers. How will organizations Go to the full article.

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