Framing the 5 Customer Experience Competencies

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This five-part approach will help organizations recognize when their companies and operations become proficient at customer experience.

To make customer experience stick as part ofan operation,companies need an organized and phased approach for integrating customer experience.

Based on working with scores of clients around the world, here is the real-world approach. This framework will "demystify" the actions and the end state, which organizations should be able to recognize when their companies and operations become proficient at customer experience. These competencies don't need to be tackled in order. Relevance to your operation is most important.Getting traction is paramount.

Customer Experience Competency #1: Companywide Alignment Around Experience

Many organizations say they focus on their customer "experience" but few do the hard work to define the stages of their experience from the customer journey point of view.In the absence of this, all of the operating areas do their own thing, driven by their internal tasks and agenda and scorecard.A lot of work is done, often in the name of the customer, but it doesn't add up from the customers' experience to deliver a unified experience.Customer experience reliability isn't managed because each silo manages projects to their own annual priorities and scorecards.The big things don't get systemically fixed.We miss the opportunity for the big "wow" moments.

Critical Checkpoint: Define the stages of the experience and the moments of truth that comprise all of the experience touchpoints.

Customer Experience Competency #2:Experience Based Listening and Feedback

Determine Your Listening System.Collecting and organizing the information is important to prevent "one off" fixes and to attach issues to the appropriate stage in the customer experience. You need to determine how you can connect all of these listening "pipes" to take advantage of the information that enables you to trend and track it. (This includes discussing the IT implications of buying versus building a listening system.)

By having everyday listening feedback, we loosen our reliance on surveys. We can take real-time action and also gain focus on the things that really matter.

Customer Experience Competency #3: United (Cross-Silo) Experience Reliability and Accountability

Reliability in your experience is proactively managing the key touchpoints with shared accountability across the silos. This approach emancipates an organization from the one-note dependency on survey results for driving change.Operational KPIs means not waiting for survey results, but knowing before the results come in where your operation delivered and where it did not.

Take these steps to begin to manage experience reliability:
1. Identify and Establish Key Operational Performance Indicators (KPI's) for your top 10 to 15 customer experience touchpoints,
2. Bring Cross-Functional Teams Together to Take Experiences from "Broken" to "Reliable" (and ultimately to a differentiating moment).
Once you get this process down, you can move past the top 10 to 15 touch points.But start with just these few otherwise the work will become too overwhelming.
3. Establish a "Customer Room."

Customer Experience Competency #4: Prove the ROI Connection Between Experience and Growth

Reconcile "Customers In" with "Customers Out" to know how well you are managing customers as an asset of your company

Critical Checkpoints: For many companies, since every silo frequently has varying definitions, putting together these simple articulations of incoming and outgoing customers requires:

1. Alignment in definition (What is an incoming customer? What is an outgoing customer?)
2. Alignment in data and databases

Customer Experience Competency #5: "One Company" Customer Experience Culture

To get started on your one company culture, I suggest four simple actions you can do now without spending much money. All it takes is passion, commitment, and making customer experience a priority.

1. Call lost customers.
2. Be a customer.
3. Connect with the frontline.
4. Do customer math.

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