Companies often pursue a digital transformation that only focuses on one aspect of the business while missing other areas that are equally important. This ultimately leads to failure because a successful digital transformation requires an understanding of how every facet of your business affects customers and how to incrementally change each area to keep customer experience consistent.
Digital transformation involves examining the different touchpoints with your customers and making sure the entire experience is exceptional.
3 Ways to Streamline Customer Experience:
1. Audit Your Current Digital Platforms
There are often multiple disparate systems working behind the scenes to keep a company running. In fact, it’s not uncommon to see 50 or 60 applications dedicated to marketing operations, and each system tackles a tiny piece of the whole environment. Get a handle on your existing platforms, understand why you use them, and determine if you really need them. Moving forward, applications and platforms will continue consolidating or cease to exist when providers go out of business. It’s inevitable that other applications will enter the market. Be aware of what they offer compared to what your current platforms provide and support.
2. Be Mindful of All Customer Touchpoints
Look at how solutions impact the entire customer journey. It might be a priority to build a website or digital presence that looks good and leaves visitors with a positive first impression. However, consider all the other areas beyond the digital front door where customers engage with your brand, such as calling customer service, speaking with a salesperson, or using your mobile app. When all of their individual experiences are grouped together, customers form a conclusive opinion of your brand. If one touchpoint leaves a bad impression, you might lose that customer despite your excellent front door. Understand the implications of how one solution can affect other parts of the ecosystem.
3. Keep Communications Consistent
If your company has multiple departments handling various parts of the customer journey, make sure the departments are delivering similar, consistent messaging. If customers receive disparate communications from each, it can leave the impression that one department doesn’t know what the other is doing. Unite your teams, so they can optimize the consistency of customer interactions and communications across all channels.
Want More Digital Transformation Advice?
The digital transformation strategies I share in this blog post draw from Perficient’s e-book, “How to Make Digital Transformation Gains in 2019.” In it, my fellow Perficient Chief Strategists and I share real-world examples from conversations with today’s leading brands at various stages of digital transformation. Our 10-chapter e-book features our business insights, actions to take now, and client success stories. Download it here or via the form below.
Next in the Series
This blog series is part of a special series inspired by our e-book. In the next post, Perficient Chief Strategist Allison Fries will share go-to-market insights.
Subscribe to our Digital Transformation weekly digest here to get the blog posts automatically delivered to your inbox every week. Or, follow our Digital Transformation blog for this series and advice on the topic from all of our thought leaders.
About the Author
Mark Polly has significant expertise and experience in digital technologies, and works to create great customer, partner, and employee experiences. He specializes in web content management, portal, search, CRM, marketing automation, customer service, collaboration, social networks, and more. Mark helps clients understand the impact of data, analytics, and artificial intelligence systems on these experiences.