Learn about Customer Experience Management Software and why it’s suddenly become vogue to use it…
You could say that Customer Experience Management (CEM) happens when you continuously take stock of the customer experience and act on the learning lessons to improve it, where Customer Experience is the sum of experiences that people have during the whole relationship with a given product/service. In a world where only 4% of customers trust advertising, it’s worth improving the overall experience instead. But how do you know what to improve and how to do it? These tools can help.
Customer Experience Management Software is any software that contributes to the delivery of an above and beyond customer experience.
Capabilities of an effective CEM platform
The five capabilities you should expect from a Customer Experience Management solution include the ability to:
- Harvest customer experience and sentiment insights from all channels of communications you use with customers Your insights should include your website interactions, social media conversations, customer surveys, face-to-face sales discussions, web-chat, events, search terms, transactions, and project details; anything that helps to build a complete view of the customer journey.
- Analyze and interpret actionable insights (that you can do something about), and follow that with action. CEM empowers you and your employees to create (and sustain) customer delight.
- Manage and govern customer data to create a trusted single view of data, and a repository that can maintain the currency and richness of data whilst providing systems administrators with a high level of governance.
- Improve customer segmentation, products, and processes by connecting to operations and processes, beginning to end – throughout the customer journey.
- Establish an enterprise-wide commitment to an above and beyond customer experience. Improving the customer experience encompasses every business function, not just those you might initially think of, like sales, marketing, and customer service. CEM crosses all departmental boundaries and positions, from e-commerce to marketing to billing. It should touch every employee because every employee has a role to play in improving experience throughout the customer journey. To gain this level of commitment requires systems that can report accurately on customer profitability. This demands not just revenue insights and relationship understanding, it also requires accurate cost accounting by customer.
Technology building blocks of CEM
To deliver a true Customer Experience Management Software solution, it should include:
- Customer Experience Analysis – Tooling to capture, process and make sense of customer web interactions, conversations, and feedback.
- Customer Experience Delivery – Tooling to design, test and publish content.
- Customer Data Platform – Tooling to create a clean and useful repository of customer insights representing a complete single version of the truth and govern the use (and distribution) of customer data.
- Customer Data Integration – Tooling to manage
How the definition gets used and abused
Whilst many vendors claim to support the entire CEM journey, in practice, the greater focus of solutions of late has been on capturing web-experience, sentiment, and social interaction analysis. Very few solutions combine these capabilities with Customer Data Platform and Action Management systems to equip organizations to learn, apply and act.
Perform some rudimentary desktop research and it becomes obvious that not all software described as Customer Experience Management (CEM) Software covers the broad gamut of capabilities required to deliver a consistent, high-quality customer experience. The definition is so broad in fact that it can be unhelpful. Leading software companies like Adobe, Hubspot, and Oracle only deliver parts of the complete toolkit that any company will need. Rightly or wrongly, the sorts of software you can expect to see included under the banner of Customer Experience Management Software include:
- Self-help center ‘customer ticketing’ software like Zendesk that gives your customer the ability to raise and manage support tickets and serve themselves.
- Customer web visitor experience, sentiment and social interaction analysis platforms like Gemius, Medallia, Userzoom, SAS, ResponseTek, IBM Tealeaf, Kana, Clarabridge that help businesses to learn how users interact with your mobile sites or apps. Interestingly, software applications like Clarabridge use Natural Language Processing to capture, structure and make sense of customer feedback and interactions.
- Heat mapping software like ClickTale that visualizes click trails on websites.
- Content creation and publishing software like Adobe Experience Manager that also includes web analytics paid advertising management and the ability to perform A/B testing of digital content.
- Multi-variant testing software applications like Maxymiser.
The right CEM technology implemented well can become the pivotal system of any business in the digital age, where customer experience is everything. But disappointingly, few organizations achieve that level of performance.
Encanvas is an enterprise software company that specializes in customer experience management software and helping businesses to create above and beyond customer experiences.
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Erica Tomlin is a senior consultant specializing in helping organizational leadership teams to grow by implementing enterprise software platforms that improve data visibility, process agility; and organizational learning – creating an enterprise that learns and adapts faster. She writes on subjects of change management, organizational design, rapid development applications software, and data science. She can be contacted via her LinkedIn profile.
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