Buzzword or Not? – Customer Experience

Picture yourself stepping into a lovely Italian vineyard on a sunny afternoon, greeted by picturesque countryside views and the scent of ripe grapes hanging on nearby vines. You’re welcomed by a knowledgeable and friendly sommelier at the entrance of the elegant tasting room, who takes the time to understand your preferences and level of wine knowledge. They guide you through what to expect during the experience, explaining the notes and flavor profiles of each wine, along with a bit of history on the origins of the grapes. Between sips, you’re offered delightful snacks, carefully curated to enhance and complement each wine. As you conclude the tasting, you’re invited to explore the vineyard further or purchase your favorite wines to take home. Leaving with a newfound appreciation for the art of winemaking, and having sampled some lovely new flavors, you reflect on the memorable experience, and can already imagine yourself returning with a few friends during your next visit.

Well, friends – that’s a phenomenal customer experience.

But more formally, customer experience (CX) refers to the sum of every interaction a customer has with your brand. This begins at the moment a person becomes aware of your brand, and encompasses every touchpoint–through their pre-sales engagements, all the way through product usage and post-purchase support.  A positive customer experience is characterized by ease of interaction, helpfulness, consistency, and meeting or exceeding customer expectations.

Why should you care about CX?

Happy people talk
When customers have positive experiences, they’re not only inclined to return, but they’re also more likely to become loyal patrons. This loyalty extends beyond mere repeat purchases; it translates into an enthusiastic endorsement of your brand to others.

A good experience is memorable 
Positive emotions associated with an experience, such as feeling valued, appreciated, or understood, can leave a lasting impression on customers. When they feel valued, and that the experience was personalized just for them, they are more likely to remember it fondly.

Your competitors are doing it
While it wouldn’t generally be recommended to follow the crowd or just blindly act on a trend, your customers are already engaging with brands that understand and value customer experience. Because so many of our daily products and services are often similar, and many markets are already beyond saturation, customer experience has become a key differentiator. Don’t lose your best customers to competitors who recognized the value in customer experience before you. 

VERDICT: CX is much more than a buzzword—it’s what sustains and increases businesses in an increasingly competitive landscape.