5 Tips for How You Can Close the Experience Gap

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How good is your customer experience management? The company Qualtrics determined in a survey that 80% of the CEOs surveyed think that they offer a sufficient customer experience; however, only 8% of customers indicated that they are satisfied with the experience. This misjudgment is the experience gap – and it shows how far apart the promise of providing a perfect customer experience and the actual customer experience lie. Companies should try to provide their customers with everything the brand promises. Only this way can they ensure that they are fulfilling customers’ expectations on the customer journey at all times.

Infographic: Experience Gap
The experience gap arises if your own and the customer’s assessment of the customer experience do not match.

Here are five tips for how can you can close the experience gap and make customers 100% satisfied.

1. Understand the customer journey

In order to better assess customers’ expectations, you have to know where customers make contact with your company and what their experiences are there. Where are the experiences positive, where negative? A questionnaire helps understand the customer journey so you can design it accordingly.

2. Get to know customer expectations

Anyone looking to provide a perfect experience has to know what customers want. For only if expectation and reality match can the experience be perfect. You can achieve this by working with personas and customer surveys. Determined are the customer’s desires, needs, and expectations at each touchpoint.

3. Define brand promises

What is the added value that your products or services offer? What is the promise, what’s the brand core? The brand promise must match customer expectations so that these can be fulfilled.

4. Set priorities and develop a CX strategy

Customer surveys often provide insights into the touchpoint where the experience gap is the greatest. Which contact points have influence the customer experience the most? Develop a CX strategy that considers all contact points and aims to close the gap between desire and reality for the long term.

5. Check strategy

After implementation, it is important to check CX strategy regularly. Helpful here is technology from Qualtrics, an SAP company. With the help of Qualtrics, you can link O-data (operative data) and X-data (experience data) in order to detect interactions. According to details from SAP, nearly 80% of all operative company data comes from SAP systems. The connection with experience data makes it possible to answer questions about customer experience: Does higher customer satisfaction lead to more orders? What has the effect of optimizing touchpoints been? Are there fewer shopping cart cancellations?

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