A customer's experience is very important more so today that it has ever been. One could compare it to gold dust when it comes to running a successful business. Good experiences helps show a business that they are doing things right, helps show that the business is good at what it does and will influence others to use the same business themselves.
For example, customers at restaurant that serves excellent meals, that are prompt in serving each course, and has well trained and knowledgeable waiting staff and chiefs will have excellent experiences.
On the other hand bad experiences will hurt a business because customers will more likely talk about a bad experience than good experiences and these can become public places as the social networks like Twitter and Facebook. 26% of customers typically post of social networks after a bad experience. 89% of will stop doing business after a bad experience with a firm.
A continuous overlapping loop
Today the process of purchasing a service or product is no longer a linear process and is more like a continuous overlapping loop starting from the need for a product, such as a new smart phone, to research of the product followed by selection and purchase of the product. This is followed by receiving the item and it use. This is followed by maintaining and recommendations and back to the need.
Customer bounce from place to place
Customers also tend to bounce from place to place when looking for products and services. Customers may start in catalogue either in store or online, they may find reviews online and start there. Typically men do more comparisons. Customers may then go to comparison websites and social networks finally arriving at the store and or provider and start the purchase process. Customers tend to jump online in the event of issues with the item and hit the social networks and forums.
Companies must consider this process as a customer’s journey to that service or product. The experience of a customer is gold and so each part of the process must be looked into to ensure the experience of the customer leads to satisfaction.
What must companies do?
In order for companies to give a great experience to their customers they should do some of the following:
As web designers, what can they do?
Many marketers firmly believe that customer experience is now the new differentiator and statistics show that 86% of customers will pay more for a better customer experience. Therefore the better the service given to customers the better their experience which leads to customer retention and loyalty.