As competition increases in an ever-crowded marketplace, customer experience becomes the key differentiator between businesses. In fact, 73% of customers say customer experience is a key buying factor.
And, the business impact is clear—great customer experience leads to increased sales and customer loyalty, while poor customer experience leads to directly churn.
As Lincoln Murphy, noted speaker and author of Customer Success explains:
The biggest reason for customer churn is unmet expectations... The seeds of churn are planted early, and those seeds are planted deep if the experience is terrible.
Create an experience, not a to-do list
Too often, customers have a terrible onboarding experience, as they are left alone to figure out what to do next and how to do it correctly in order to achieve their desired outcomes. This type of Do-It-Yourself experience is a recipe for churn.
Customers today don't want to follow a DIY checklist or watching webinars. They demand more. Customers expect vendors to help them hit-the-ground-running, stay on task, and achieve their goals.
As Murphy says:
The customer is looking to you to help them achieve their desired outcome... It's why you exist. It's why customers chose you over the next best alternative.
If you don’t have a strategy for guiding your customers to success, customers will be forced to learn through trial-and-error, a frustrating experience that often leads to buyer’s remorse and ultimately, customer churn.
Get a head start with our Customer Experience Playbook
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Our playbook lists the 5 critical steps for guiding your new customers towards success: preboarding, onboarding, inboarding, execution, and engagement. In addition, the playbook lists all the key activities that should take place in each step—25 activities in total across all 5 steps.
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