Five practical tips to start your customer excellence journey - first of nine practical guides on Customer Experience basics.
You may think your B2B customer is giving harsh feedback to negotiate price. Or perhaps you suspect a competitor is paying people to dump poor reviews* on your eCommerce site. I know people who believe ‘no-one gives positive reviews’. And we have all seen reviews that cause our eyes to widen in disbelief.
Does all this mean we should ignore feedback? Certainly not.
Nor should we forget to bring a pinch of salt to the table.
To manage customer experience, we must decipher feedback.
With a B2B customer, that means looking at the numbers and asking questions. Is delivery poor? Are internal rejects high? Does your product or service generate complaints? It should also be hands-on. Pick up the rejects. Follow the journey of your customer’s customers. Understand what it means to your customer.
If you serve consumers, you can use the two-edged sword of social media and online reviews. Now, I don’t mean paying someone to make cookie cutter responses to every review. We, consumers, see right through that. Deciphering on-line reviews is also about the numbers. Look for trends, sentiments and low points. Find out which part of the customer experience is excellent and appreciated. Pinpoint the times when your customers feel let down.
Now you understand you can improve your customer experience
If you don’t make the space to act, you are wasting your time collecting data – the image below is from this post: https://customerexperienceconsultant.co.uk/delight-your-customers-the-joy-of-data/.
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Using data to drive performance
An early manager drummed this into me. For each arrow he said ‘no…without’. Try it – No data without recording. No recording without analysis. No analysis without action. No action without data.
Action has two parts: planning and doing. In the planning phase we find out the causes of poor feedback**, the cost of dissatisfaction and the resources required to fix the customer experience. Then we do it.
*If you would like to know more, here are a couple of tools designed to help spot fake reviews:
**Don’t act on only negative reviews. When you get a compliment work out what you did well and make sure you keep doing it.