THE CUTTING ROOM PODCAST
HOW TO DELIVER AN AMAZING CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE
Providing an amazing customer experience should be a top priority for any business. Keeping customers happy leads to loyalty, referrals, and repeat business.
In this episode of The Cutting Room, we discuss exactly how you can deliver exceptional customer experiences.
Show You Care
Make customers feel valued by personalising interactions and remembering details.
Use their name, reference previous conversations, and show genuine interest in their needs. But avoid coming off as fake – authenticity is critical.
- Personalised interactions build stronger connections.
- Recall and reference conversations to demonstrate active listening.
- Empathise with customers and care about their challenges.
Do What You Say
Following through on promises and commitments is essential for gaining trust. Even small inconsistencies can ruin the customer experience.
For example, always update customers proactively if timelines change, or there’s any other changes. They’ll appreciate you informing them, and sticking to doing what you said you were going to do.
- Don’t over promise during the sales process. Set realistic expectations that you can stick to.
- Proactively communicate if commitments cannot be met.
- Save customers extra work of chasing you or asking questions, by keeping them informed.
Map out the Customer Journey
View all of the touchpoints from the customer’s perspective, right the way through from enquiry, to purchase, to project delivery. This will help to identify pain points and improvement opportunities.
When you’re looking at the customer journey, look for ways to simplify and enhance each interaction that they have with you.
- Identify parts of the journey that are frustrating or confusing.
- Brainstorm ways to streamline and improve touchpoints.
While wowing customers with an amazing one-off experience can help, inconsistent service levels can just lead to frustration for your customer.
If they’re used to receiving exceptional service initially, and then it gradually slips, they’re not going to be impressed.
Focus on sustainable processes that reliably meet expectations, month after month, or year after year.
- Avoid unrealistic processes that can’t be maintained.
- Consistent, dependable experiences build confidence.
- Mediocre but consistent service beats hot and cold performance.
Secure Team Buy-In
Make sure your employees have the tools and training required to deliver the intended customer experience.
You can do this by making it part of your culture anyway, but if extra training or tools are needed, it’s worth investing in.
Without full team alignment, your service levels will be inconsistent.
- Educate all customer-facing staff on service standards.
- Ensure non-client facing teams understand their role in the journey.
- Foster a culture focused on exceeding expectations.
Regularly ask for Customer Feedback
Ask open-ended questions to learn about your customers’ satisfactions and pain points.
Positive feedback provides reassurance to you and your team, while constructive criticism offers opportunity for improvement.
Both are valuable to know about and grow.
- Proactively ask for feedback after interactions. Don’t just wait for complaints.
- Accept criticism openly and make sure you address any issues that arise.
- Share feedback openly with staff and track metrics over time.
Review the Process Regularly
Customer needs, competitive offerings, and business priorities evolve over time. Revisit the end-to-end journey periodically to realign with market dynamics, your customers and your team.
- Schedule regular strategic reviews of customer journeys.
- Continuously gather data and feedback to identify areas for improvement.
- Refresh processes, training, and messaging continually grow.
Delivering remarkable customer experiences requires an ongoing commitment from the entire organisation.
By truly caring about your customers, making realistic promises, mapping pain points, ensuring consistency, securing team alignment, asking for feedback, and continuously improving, you can build loyalty and promote customer advocacy.
If you’d prefer to listen to this episode, you can listen to it on Spotify here.
If you like the sound of these tips, and want to know how video could help you deliver an amazing customer experience, give us a shout.