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Idea Gathering: Customer Experience & Customer Journey Mapping


Not just hearing, but translating innovations and insights is a huge part of the value of the Total Customer Experience Leaders. Our unique idea gathering wrap-ups between sessions facilitate alignment of customer strategy inspiration with business relevant actions and have been one of our most highly rated features in the past.


Here on the blog, we’ll be presenting weekly idea gathering wrap ups of some of our favorite customer experience strategy, design and alignment news and views.  

This week our focus is on Customer Journey Maps.

Customer Journey Maps are one of the most underrated parts of a good Customer Experience Strategy and are all too often under utilized or not used at all. Imagine a general who made battle strategies without a map or a contractor trying to build something without blueprints. 

These examples are exactly as absurd as trying to create a customer experience strategy without a customer journey map. Customer Journey maps track customer engagement with a business every step of the way from the first interaction, or thoughts of potential interaction, to after the sale, and every possible step in between. 

Customer Journey Mapping is about understanding the wants, needs, interactions, and emotions of the customer in relation to your business. How does walking into one of your stores make a customer feel? What is a customer thinking when they search for your product online? These are examples of questions that a good customer map should answer. Taking the time out to actually relate to the emotions of customers is an invaluable effort that will reflect greatly on actual customer experience. PeopleMetrics describes this kind of customer empathy as ‘mak[ing] it easier to shift out of internal process mode and into thinking about how the company could be doing a better job of delivering value to customers.’
Customer Journey Maps should not be taken lightly and to create a truly effective map takes a lot of time and research to determine actual customer experiences and emotions. You also might not like what your first map looks like but that’s part of the process.
UXmatters.com explains that Customer Journey Mapping is all about very subtly selling service design. They define service design as ‘the design of the overall experience of a service, as well as the design of the process and strategy for providing that service’ . 

This means that customers should enjoy the experience of doing business with a company every step of the way despite the fact that the experience is not something which can physically be capitalized on. So while making a Customer Journey Maps wont instantly give you business,  when properly used, they will significantly improve the experience of the customer.

About the Author

Jeffrey Marino is a contributing writer concentrating his focus on Business Administration, Management Information Systems, and Tech Innovations. He blogs at Fordham Nights and can bereached at JMarino@iirusa.com.

A new way to get insights, everyday

Today we turn our attention to building a better relationship with consumers:
At iModerate, we are constantly asking ourselves – how can we facilitate better communication between our clients and their consumers? 
We believe in the power of individual conversations, not just to gain insight around that big tracker or ad test, but as a way to answer your everyday questions and keep your finger on the pulse of your consumers.
Therefore, we are introducing a new way to work with us, one that enables you to easily establish consistent, fruitful dialogues with customers, fans, and desired market segments. 
iModerate’s new subscription service provides you with a bank of conversations that you and your colleagues can quickly draw from whenever issues or questions arise. 
With just one phone call you have access to professionally moderated qualitative conversations that deliver a level of insight that goes deeper into the minds of your consumers, uncovering what truly matters to them.
Beyond securing a better way to talk to consumers, the subscription offering allows you to achieve savings of up to 20%, secure preferential fielding windows, unlock more deliverable options and enjoy a simplified, streamlined process. 
How transformative can this be? Find out how it’s changed our marketers by checking out our comic strip series’ www.imoderate.com/superhero
About the Author
iModerate is a qualitative research firm that goes beyond the obvious by connecting with consumers through real-time, online, one-on-one conversations. Utilized within an online survey for a hybrid approach or as a stand-alone qualitative method, our professionally moderated conversations deliver candid feedback and give you more of the insight that matters to you.
iModerate Research Technologies is a sponsor of The Future of Consumer Intelligence and The Market Research Event and will join us on site to explore we can transform market research together.

Idea Gathering: Customer Experience & the Decline of Green

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Not just hearing, but translating innovations and insights is a huge part of the value of the Total Customer Experience Leaders. Our unique idea gathering wrap-ups between sessions facilitate alignment of customer strategy inspiration with business relevant actions and have been one of our most highly rated features in the past.

Here on the blog, we’ll be presenting weekly idea gathering wrap ups of some of our favorite customer experience strategy, design and alignment news and views.  This week our focus is on consumers and the environmental movement. 
Despite environmentally conscious products generating 40 billion dollars for businesses in 2011 the hype around these ‘green’ products is fading with consumers, likely due to the higher prices.  According to a consumer survey conducted by Gfk the number of consumers who were willing to spend more on green items such as food, cars, light bulbs, apparel, and packaging has all decreased since 2008. The percentage of consumers willing to spend more for greener versions of these items has decreased between 5 and 13 percent over the last four years.  This correlates with an Ipsos poll which revealed that 59% of American consumers were not at all willing to spend anymore on a product just because it was more environmentally friendly.
According to a Time Magazine survey, it’s not just over pricing that’s deterring consumers from going green but an overall change in belief. The survey reports that the number of Americans who describe themselves as ‘environmentally conscious’  and ‘car[ing] a great deal about the current state, and future, of the environment’ has decreased since 2009 as well. 
Beyond price and attitude however Advertising Age magazine suggests that the rejection of green products could be due to marketing over-hype and aggression. These kind of marketing tactics which involve exaggerating the impact of purchasing (or not purchasing) certain products have led to consumer skepticism and distrust. When consumers Advertising Age goes on to describe some companies such as Axe and its parent company Unilever which have begun environmental campaigns with limited sales motives merely to gain back the invaluable trust of consumers.  
About the Author

Jeffrey Marino is a contributing writer concentrating his focus on Business Administration, Management Information Systems, and Tech Innovations. He blogs at Fordham Nights and can be reached at JMarino@iirusa.com.

Your Invitation: The Future of Consumer Intelligence

Truly understanding is more than just asking questions and getting answers. It’s about translating insights into confident decision making. The collective notion of “Consumer Intelligence” as a source of strategic guidance now spans primary market research as a functionality integrated alongside the aggregation of data behavior patterns into knowledge that serves as the foundation of a customer campaign. It has come full circle as the realization of more intimately understanding a consumer is a viable aspiration.

Now, how close we can come to doing this in real-time?
What technology, innovative methodologies and thought leadership are behind it to see it through?

The Future of Consumer Intelligence covers everything you need to know now, and what you’ll need to know for the future:

‘ Big Data
‘ Consumer Intelligence
‘ Prediction Science
‘ Cultural Tracking
‘ Social Analytics
‘ Customer Loyalty
‘ Data Visualization
‘ Maximizing Technologies
 ‘ Relational Database Strategy
‘ Mobile Research
‘ Digital Ethnography
‘ Mobile Wallet
‘ Crowdsourcing
‘ Neuroscience
‘ CRM
‘ Gamification

 Check out this video invite from the #FOCI conference Chairman Ben Smithee to find out why you need to attend:

 

Download the conference brochure for full program details.

Together, let’s embrace new opportunities and new ways of thinking about our industry. Here’s to a great year.


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The Emotional Mind

Today’s blog post comes from Dr. David Forbes, Ph.D., of Forbes Consulting, an exhibitor at The Market Research Event 2012.

Why do consumers ‘really’ think and act as they do?

We have long known that the deep seated emotional centers of the human mind generate the most powerful motivational forces driving consumer behavior. Traditional market research, however, has historically only accessed the conscious intellectual layers of the consumer mind. The desire to learn about the emotions that ‘really’ control behavior are largely unfulfilled.

Two barriers confront the market researchers in this quest. First, consumers are often unaware consciously of these deep-seated emotional forces.

As St. Augustine wrote in the thirteenth century, ‘I cannot grasp all that I am.’ His insight remains true of consumers today. Consumers today are no more able to grasp the motivations that arise from emotional centers of the brain that work below the level of consciousness than St. Augustine was; in the language of pop psychology, consumers are ‘out of touch’ with their feelings on the issues important to marketers.

Second, consumers are often unwilling to share their emotions with market research professionals, even when they are able to consciously access and articulate their emotions. Rare is the respondent who is willing to share reasons for behavior that might make them seem frivolous or irrational.

So where does this leave market research in its quest for ‘real reasons’ behind consumers’ behavior?

The news actually is good. The conscious mind is far from irrelevant ‘ it remains an important driver of attitudes and behavior, and traditional market research continues to excel at researching the conscious mind. For the first time, neuropsychologists have documented the activity in those areas of the brain responsible for our emotions. Employing techniques from perceptual and cognitive science, clinical market researchers have begun to leverage the insights from neuropsychology to devise methods for ‘talking’ to these emotional centers of the brain.

Our proprietary Forbes MindSight?? technique is a good example of how the latest insights about the brain can help market researchers acquire the once elusive emotional reasons for behavior ‘ to get new data about ‘real’ reasons that they have never gotten before. Consumers may remain unaware of their emotions or unable to share their emotions with us, but technologies such as MindSight?? are overcoming these barriers.

Why do people really think and act the way they do? We are revealing motivations that they themselves may not know. Results from MindSight?? research suggest that surprises are in store ‘ for marketers and market researchers, and even for consumers themselves!

For more information on Forbes Consulting please visit http://www.forbesconsulting.com/