Customer Engagement

Digital tools are able to capture data at such a granular level, that the business intelligence captured can be used up to curate hyper-personalized customer experiences. The internet-of-things has added to the heady mix of data now available. Digital companies now have the power to predict the actions of humans at the granular level. Customers are now looking for a holistic connected journey in the buying process. That is why retailers in particular are opting for persona-based segmentation. Buyer personas are created as this also helps in identifying segments that stay loyal to any brand. This customer journey was a key driver in Amazon’s decision recently to acquire Whole Foods. Companies also need to develop their own data strategy.


Uploaded Date:15 November 2018

Venture Beat recently conducted the VB Summit 2018, which is an annual event. The main point of discussion was the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in transforming respective businesses. A key concern that emerged among all was the extreme difficulty in the talent recruitment of data scientists. At this point the best ones are commanding exorbitant fees, but this is reducing the supply even further. Post recruitment of these data scientists, organizations must attempt to cross-pollinate them and their ideas with other departments. Another theme that emerged was how the entire business model itself ought to transform and not just the data part. That way the machine learning experts will not be siloed, but be part of regular business.


Uploaded Date:31st October 2018

Customer experience tools abound in the present business scenario. Yet, few of them are actually effective. So, it is better to bet big on those that have a proven track record, or have shown early signs of bang-per-buck rather than going after the whole range. Business research conducted by Bain and Company has clearly revealed that companies which proactively seek out a few tools are more likely to succeed than others with a wider approach. This study included seven-hundred companies that were included in the sample. This was true across parameters such as yield, adoption and satisfaction rates. Companies must also remain patient with the tools selected rather than bolting out quickly in search of the next latest tool.


Uploaded Date:13 September 2018

Bain and Company has conducted a survey for the customer experience tools to see which of these are most useful to organizations, or have a potential for the same in the future. The three kinds of tools most in demand are the ones working on business analytics, personalized experiences and sensors in products. Such tools are being used a fifth of companies only today in one-on-one marketing or sales, but the figure is expected to soar above the 60% mark over the next few years. The corresponding figure is 30 and 70 when it comes to personalized experiences. For automated decision engines, the rate of adoption is a mere 15% right now but is expected to reach 57% in a few years.


Uploaded Date:11 September 2018

It is a well-established fact that for customer-facing companies, the customer journey is crucial. What is less well-known is that it plays an equally important role in the reputations of EPNG (electric-power and natural-gas) companies. These kinds of companies have not yet made wholesale changes to their customer servicing models as digital natives such as Amazon and Uber have. Their kind of servicing still relies on traditional offline systems, whereas customers today want their query to be serviced within five minutes. These companies are also tweaking their business processes towards the agile methodologies. On the B2B side, has an innovative and proactive method for customer servicing that EPNG companies could learn from. Customers, besides quick response time also make purchase decisions after due deliberation across multiple channels, including online platforms. That is why digital marketing should be a key proponent of connecting to the market. The best customer journeys must be set around three key proponents- Discovery, Design and Delivery. Discover includes the start with a cross-disciplinary team, quantitative marketing research before start, customer insights and their stories being shared. Design could involve hackathons, but also journey redesigns and rapid iterations using prototypes. At the Deliver stage, the minimum viable product is launched, through continuous customer testing. This has to be followed up by rapid scaling up. The first two phases must last for two and six weeks respectively. The last stage may be for a minimum of twelve or even more if needed.


Uploaded Date:25 August 2018

Bain and Company undertook a study to understand the most effective research tools used in 2018. It was realized that sensors in products,personalized experiences and predictive business analytics gave the best results to the users. Surprisingly even some newer tools with low adoption rates, actually gave high satisfaction rates. Examples of this include privacy management and drones. The best of results were achieved by firms which made persistent efforts with some tools, rather than go full-blast with trying things from a broader range. Three trends most excite executives. These are, a dropin cash transactions, automatic shipping of products and automated in-store checkout. Didi Chuxing is one example among many of companies generating huge quantities of data in terabytes on daily basis. This enormous data warehousing is giving way to more informed decision-making. The Net promoter feedback is taken as the final word to improve services. The twenty most effective customer tools were listed down under four broad categories which were- sensing, deciding, acting and managing. Under sensing came sensors, sensory tools and biometric tools. Deciding includes Episode Maps, experience dashboards, artificial intelligence, predictive analytics and automated decision engines. Manging includes privacy management, blockchain and Net Promoter Score (NPS). Under the broad gamut of acting are included delivery drones, salesforce automation, natural language processing, augmented reality and omnichannel customer support.


Uploaded Date:18 August 2018

Personalized content is nowadays one of the key differentiators between brands during their digital marketing campaigns. Personalized messages apparently make the viewer feel more valued rather than the traditional one-size-fits-all strategy. Thus, a study was conducted by McKinsey’s Periscope platform. Periscope is a software providing business analytics solutions in sales and marketing. It reported across the markets studied, the reactions of the users varied. US audiences felt most receptive, while those in Germany were least, with UK and France fitting in between. Receptivity also varied depending on gender and age. Women were more welcoming in the UK and France, but not so much in the other two markets. Generally younger customers were keener across the four than older ones. Accenture too did a similar study focusing on Europe and North America. Here a staggering ninety-one percent of respondents certified that they are more likely to purchase from brands with customized messaging than the others.


Uploaded Date:21 July 2018

A key feature of the ongoing sales revolution is the rise of subscriptions. This emerged as a response to increasingly fickle customers and low costs of brand switching. Internet-based services led on this front, with Amazon Prime a clear leader having crossed a hundred million subscriptions globally. Across industries such as retail, insurance, telecom and automotive, sales personnel are relishing this opportunity. Marketers Though need to take care to not go all out for this model without rethinking strategy. Business model changes need to be incorporated alongside these marketing innovations. Unilever for instance went the merger path, by incorporating Dollar Shave Club’s mechanism back in 2016. Businesses are realizing the importance of retention, so focusing on that using the metric CLV (Customer Lifetime Value). This retention is best tracked using tools such as NPS (Net Promoter Score) or CSAT (Customer Satisfaction). Once data warehousing has been done, it is used to predict the amount a customer will spend on during the lifetime. Customer retention can best be choreographed keeping in mind the ease, cost and experience.


Uploaded Date:20 July 2018

Sales representatives are often over-burdened leading to reduced interaction with customers. Their seniors often heckle them to convert more accounts and generate increased business from existing ones. There is a need for separating the service staff from the sales. Need also exists to understand which all customers or segments are truly worth the time, so as not to be overwhelmed by queries or complaints. Data warehousing needs to be done on customer responses to separate the high-quality customers from the chaff. A study by Bain and Company revealed that only about a fifth of the respondents had any such data-driven approach to quantifying this. Data sciences and business analytics need to be applied to gauge the key pockets of potential growth. Marketers will also need to understand ways to increase the share of the customers’ wallet. A clear-cut strategy needs to be put in place on customer interaction.Source

Uploaded Date:18 July  2018

Marketer across the board are grappling with ways to understand the customer journey better. This will help optimize the touchpoints in the journey. Designing such a journey is getting more realistic now with the availability of granular bits of data. The engagement channels provide enormous amounts of intelligence across the journey but optimizing all of it into a coherent picture is the challenge. A lot of this information resides in disparate groups such as with sales, marketing, customer care or product development. The traditional approach has been to perform as much of data warehousing as possible so that meaningful insights may be gleaned. But it is also important to have the right kind of data and appropriate analytics tools being used. To ensure the optimum results in the company’s digital marketing efforts, customer care has to take the lead. Within the omnichannel approach, it is this department that can extract the essential information from social media, chat data, self-service channels and service data. All forms of obstacles which impinge collaboration or information sharing need to be muted out.


Uploaded Date:10 July 2018

Great customer experience can have multiple positive ripple effects. While every company desires it, not all get it right, letting many customers feel disappointed. Since very few get it right, the price premium is extremely high. Management consulting giant PwC has undergone a complete study to assess this. Coffee for example has a price premium of merely sixteen percent, but winter coats have even less at seven percent only, implying lower rates of satisfaction. Most US consumers are loathe to sharing their personal data, but the proportion rises significantly when it is for receiving more curated personal experiences. Poor customer experiences on the other hand are driving them away in large numbers, this being especially high in the US and Latin America. People most value efficiency, personal service, unique experience, human interaction and convenience. The need for personal interaction is highest in Germany, while companies in Japan can get away most without the same. But for all this to succeed, companies need to have more proactive talent management practices in place. This is because companies with superior employee experience invariably end up having the best of customer experiences.


Uploaded Date:04 July 2018

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