A Definition of Customer Experience Marketing
Marketers who put the customer at the center of their marketing strategy and focus on improving the customer experience through engagement practice customer experience marketing. The goal is to stop selling products and services and start meeting customer expectations and delivering personalized experiences.
Challenges of Customer Experience Marketing
The largest hurdle to customer experience marketing is not knowing customers well enough to deliver relevant offers and personalized experiences. Gaining a complete, individual view of customers is key, and that means that your customer data cannot
be in silos or lack data from social media or other channels.
Companies that have the ability to listen to their customers and treat them well win because they deliver the experiences customers want; they also succeed as a result of their exceptional customer experience, as Forbes contributor, Futurum Research principal analyst, and Broadsuite Media Group CEO Daniel Newman explains:
Benefits of Customer Experience Marketing
By putting customers first and meeting their expectations across marketing channels, marketers deliver exceptional customer experiences that retain customers and build loyalty. The key is to deliver a consistent, seamless experience across all touchpoints and ensure that all materials are relevant to them.
Marketers who are successful in customer experience marketing are reaping the benefits, as customers are 5.2 times more likely to purchase from companies with a great customer experience, and case studies show that integrated customer journeys provide a competitive advantage with some companies doubling sales year over year.
When marketers successfully engage in customer experience marketing, they create a strategy centered on customer interests, needs, and affinities. When they improve customer experiences through engagement, marketers create valuable customer relationships for their organizations. Personalized experiences improve the customer experience even more, creating loyal customers that trust the company and spend more on their products. Specifically, the benefits of customer experience marketing include:
Customer Experience Marketing Best Practices
As companies strive to become customer experience leaders, they need to implement customer experience marketing best practices. First, creating memorable experiences for customers means helping them interact with brands in new ways. Experiential marketing involves feelings, senses, thoughts, actions and relations. Experiences that are holistic include people’s lives and conversations and get them talking about brands and products in a positive way. Research shows that consumers are more influenced by word of mouth when making a purchase than by print media, television, movies, and brand websites. And, McKinsey finds that experiential brand experience is the most powerful form of word of mouth.
Other customer experience marketing best practices include:
Further Reading on Customer Experience Marketing
For further information on customer experience marketing, visit our blog. For your convenience, we have linked to three of our most recent customer experience marketing posts below:
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