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Winning Customer Loyalty, Pt. 1: From Good to Great

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Iterable’s Senior Manager of Product Marketing, Anthony Chiulli, sat down with our visitor, Brendan Witcher, Forrester Vice President and Principal Analyst, to discuss in regards to the 2022 imperatives for profitable buyer loyalty. To broaden upon a few of the ideas touched upon within the webinar, we determined to create a weblog collection—of which this text is an element one.

We need to perceive what makes clients store. What makes them select a sure product? Remember, we’re all clients. Yes, we’re entrepreneurs too, however that doesn’t imply we don’t have our personal relationships with manufacturers as the buyer. Of course we do. Thinking from the shopper perspective as a substitute of the marketer perspective might help shine some gentle on how your model can win buyer loyalty.

Brendan kicked off the webinar with a quote from Jim Collins’ Good to Great. “Good is the enemy of great.”

To us, because of this manufacturers usually accept being adequate versus going additional to be nice. If everybody else is doing what you’re doing, then you definately’re doing one thing proper, proper? You’re doing adequate. But, “good enough” now not suffices when it comes to the shopper expertise. Let’s take a look at why.
It’s Difficult to Stand Out in a Sea of Similarity

Brendan makes use of the procuring cart instance within the webinar:

“I would like you to think about that at your native grocery retailer, there’s actually no procuring carts.
I don’t imply they’re all getting used. I imply actually there are not any procuring carts. How do you are feeling about this? You’re confused, proper? You’re offended, you’re annoyed.

…Where are all of the procuring carts at? And the supervisor appears you straight within the eye and says, we couldn’t work out the ROI of a procuring cart. So we determined to do away with them. They’re arduous to keep. They’re arduous to handle. They all the time acquired that left wheel that pulls you into the aisle. So we removed them once more. How do you are feeling at this second, proper? Frustrated, offended? Surprised? Certainly. Probably not delighted. But the factor of it’s that we, right now, have expectations about procuring.”

The approach we see it’s that in case you, as a buyer, stroll right into a grocery retailer they usually haven’t any procuring carts, you’re going to go to a unique retailer that has carts. This is just not as a result of there’s a distinction of merchandise—competing primarily based on assortment is a factor of the previous—it’s as a result of there’s a distinction in expertise. If clients can get something wherever, there has to be another differentiating issue that makes them select your model over a competitor.

Dealing with Digital Sameness

Fine-tuning and rethinking the shopper expertise from good to nice is a approach for brick-and-mortar manufacturers to stand out in a sea of similarity. But now, in an internet-based world, manufacturers are confronted with the problem of digital sameness—the shopper expertise throughout web sites has grow to be fairly uniform.

In a Forrester survey, clients had been requested how they really feel in regards to the experiences they’ve with manufacturers. The outcomes? 68% of consumers mentioned their buyer experiences had been OK.

Winning Customer Loyalty: CX Index

A 2021 Forrester survey reveals that almost all of consumers have an OK expertise and none have a wonderful expertise. Source: Customer Experience Online Survey, 2021.

From these outcomes we will assume that manufacturers are considering, “we’re doing what everyone else is doing, so that’s good right?” Yeah it’s good, but it surely’s not nice. Living on this protected, snug space is extremely risky for manufacturers within the digital area. All it takes is one model to go above and past to shift the expectations and switch passable experiences into not-so-satisfactory.

New Experiences Become Customer Expectations

Customers are sensible. When there is part of their journey with a model that positively impacts their general expertise, after which they change to a unique model that doesn’t present the identical half, the expertise with the second model is seen much less favorably—not as a result of it’s worse than it used to be, in contrast to itself, however as a result of it’s worse than the primary model’s expertise.

Brendan used a banking website for example:

“Let’s say that you just went to your banking web site, okay? There was an issue along with your account. And you’re saying, okay, I’m undecided what’s occurring. And then a digital agent pops up and says, ‘Hey, you’re hovering right here. Well, is there one thing I might help you with?’ And you kind into this automated assistant. You say, ‘Yes, there seems to be a problem with my account.’ So it says, ‘One moment, please. Sorry, you’re having an issue. Let me test.’ And then it comes again and says, ‘It looks like I might have fixed the problem with your account. Please refresh your browser.’ You refresh your browser. Sure sufficient, your issues. Great, proper?

You say, all proper, effectively, [I’ve] acquired to go to my insurance coverage web site. Let’s say you go to your insurance coverage web site, you go there and there’s an issue along with your account. What’s the very first thing you’re going to do? You’re in search of that digital agent to pop up, proper? That’s what you’re in search of, however you don’t discover it. In reality, it’s not there. What you will notice, although, is a bit hyperlink that claims, ‘give us a call if you’re having an issue along with your account.’ Now, as a client, are you immediately disillusioned? Yes, you might be. Did you examine that insurance coverage firm to one other insurance coverage firm? No. You in contrast it to your final digital expertise.”

Our takeaway: although the insurance coverage website has all the time had this as the choice for contacting buyer help, the shopper simply skilled a way more seamless buyer expertise, making the insurance coverage website really feel outdated and the general expertise is seen negatively.

If one model elevates the digital expertise, clients count on all manufacturers to have the option to do the identical. So, it’s not sufficient to simply have a very good expertise as a result of it’s simple to get left behind when enhancements are launched.

Customers are Making Industry-Agnostic Comparisons

Customers aren’t evaluating your model to comparable manufacturers, they’re evaluating your model’s digital expertise to the final digital expertise that they had. Industry now not issues—everyone seems to be digital.

“You can’t just look at your industry. You have to look at what people are experiencing everywhere.” – Brendan Witcher

Digital performance isn’t unique by trade, digital manufacturers use third-party tech to allow sure advertising options, and clients are very conscious of this. After one nice expertise, clients will begin to assume, “why isn’t everyone doing this?” So, make certain your model is doing what it might to keep on the reducing fringe of an incredible—not good—buyer expertise.

For extra detailed ideas and methods, bear in mind to watch the webinar and keep tuned for the subsequent article on this collection which is able to deal with hyper-adoption and hyper-abandonment.

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