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The Future Of Customer Experience – 3 Examples Of Virtual Assistants, Biometrics And Siri-Style Services. The future of customer service is less about the people than it is the sound of a person or the virtual image of an individual. Humans are just so inefficient. But they can be improved, too, through interfaces that provide them more automated capabilities. Salefsorce.com is on the edge of this trend. It continues to acquire companies that automates an agent’s tasks to become more efficient and customers to experience a less odious way of getting their issues answered.

This week it acquired GoInstant, which makes it easier for anyone in a customer experience role to share a Web page. It requires no plug-in. It’s simply a URL that connects the agent and the customer . Other examples include Zendesk, which now provides customers with a new Facebook private messaging capability. What these companies are doing is just a warm up.

Here are three examples that Miller has been writing about on the Opus blog: Virtual Personal Assistant: Meet Lola. The Elements Of The Mobile User Experience. Advertisement Mobile users and mobile usage are growing. With more users doing more on mobile1, the spotlight is on how to improve the individual elements that together create the mobile user experience. The mobile user experience encompasses the user’s perceptions and feelings before, during and after their interaction with your mobile presence — be it through a browser or an app — using a mobile device that could lie anywhere on the continuum from low-end feature phone to high-definition tablet. Creating mobile user experiences that delight users forces us to rethink a lot of what we have taken for granted so far with desktop design.

It is complicated in part by mobile-specific considerations that go hand in hand with small screens, wide variations in device features, constraints in usage and connectivity, and the hard-to-identify-but-ever-changing mobile context. Functionality This has to do with tools and features that enable users to complete tasks and achieve their goals. Guidelines. The Future Of Customer Experience – 3 Examples Of Virtual Assistants, Biometrics And Siri-Style Services. How to build Emotions into Customer Journey Mapping. For ten years Beyond Philosophy has been advocating that emotions account for over half of a Customer Experience.

We are very pleased that this seems to becoming more accepted. I am often asked how an emotion is evoked. This is quite complex but I thought I would try and outline some headlines here. I recently came across this video by Antonio Damasio one of the world’s leading authorities on the subject on emotions. Over millennia, humans have developed a complex set of emotions to help us deal with our environment. For example, have you ever had the feeling that something is wrong as you walk down a darkly lit street? So what has this to do with the Customer Experience? So how do you apply this to Customer Experience? We would therefore advocate that when you are undertaking journey mapping that you are only looking at the rational side of the Customer Experience then you are looking at the action, the symptom, not the cause, the emotion. Enhancing the service blueprint – Carrie Chan. The Gist Service blueprinting is a tool used by service designers to model service processes from the customer’s perspective.

Developed a couple of decades ago by Lynn Shostack, the blueprints are primarily used to showcase the customer actions, the backstage actions & support processes, and the physical evidence—all the tangible evidence that the customer comes into contact with throughout their service engagement. However, the success of services depends largely on customer satisfaction, and how they feel they were treated throughout the service.

It only seems natural that if studying and mapping services according to the customer perspective, these aspects—customer satisfaction and emotions—should be included. My work for IBM Research explored exactly this: how could service blueprints be enhanced so that customer emotions and satisfaction would be taken into consideration? Process Next, I started using my own example of a service experience to start doing some mapping. Carrie Chan Interview « Design for Service. Carrie Chan is a recent graduate of the Masters program at the Carnegie Mellon School of Design. Her thesis project focused on the Children’s Hospital in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I interviewed Carrie during a break in the thesis presentations at CMU on May 12th, 2008.

Project Poster [PDF 1.1MB] Project Overview:Direct Care: Enhancing Family Experience Welcome kit – Toy, blanket and cameraIn-room display – Digital informationMobile monitoring device – Webcam updatesParents’ corner – In-room whiteboardAt-home website – Integrated informationFarewell gift – Photos, cards JEFF: Hi Carrie. Congratulations on your thesis presentation.

Let’s talk a little about your project. CARRIE: In the service design class last year, we worked for UPMC and healthcare was something that really interested me. JEFF: Did IRB have some specific objection to allowing you to work with kids? CARRIE: It was the overall thing. Childrens Hospital didn’t used to be a part of UPMC, like they are now. Like this: Service Design Inspiration. Customer service is failing consumers [infographic] Last year we wrote a post on why customer service is broken, and some of the stats in this infographic from drumbi tell the same story. For example, 60% of US comsumers don't think companies have tried to improve their customer service, while 80% have abandoned a transaction thanks to poor service. Use our methods. DP0 (Design Project Zero) is a 90-minute (including debrief) fast-paced project though a full design cycle.

Students pair up to interview each other, create a point-of-view, ideate, and make a new solution that is “useful and meaningful” to their partner. Two versions of DP0 are “The Wallet Project” and “The Gift-Giving Project”. They have the similar format, only the topic is different. The original DP0 The Wallet Project was created for the d.school’s very first course in 2004 and the project starts with students looking at the content of their partner’s wallet or purse (and goes on to ask every student to design something for their partner).

Another DP0 topic is The Gift-Giving Project where students are asked to redesign how their partner gives gifts. Get the materials to facilitate the activity for a group yourself here. Or play the Crash Course (video facilitation that leads the group) here. UX Week 2011: Only Good Touching. Customer Experience Lessons – United Airlines | Pivot Point Solutions | Pragmatic Approaches to Improving the Customer Experience. I heart frameworks « My most popular post is about customer experience maps – it gets about 50 hits a day (I’m blogging plankton in the scheme of things so 50 is a lot for me). I’m chuffed about that because maps and frameworks are just about my most favourite thing in design.

They’re even a form of info design (which is my other favourite thing). And ever since I put up that post I’ve wanted to do this post about frameworks. I love dealing with lots of information because I love coming up with frameworks to manage the volume. That magical moment when all the information fits like finally cracking the sky in a jigsaw. And then that wonderful feeling (provided you trust it) when you know you don’t have to return to the data because it’s been organised. NB: Don’t be frustrated if I use framework and model interchangeably in what follows – I’ve never determined a clear enough distinction and if someone calls their framework a model (like Doblin) I’ll call it a model. What’s a framework A framework for frameworks. Customer-journey-map-example-1.png (PNG Image, 1920×1080 pixels) - Scaled (53%)

The Anatomy of an Experience Map. Experience maps have become more prominent over the past few years, largely because companies are realizing the interconnectedness of the cross-channel experience. It’s becoming increasingly useful to gain insight in order to orchestrate service touchpoints over time and space.

But I still see a dearth of quality references. When someone asks me for examples, the only good one I can reference is nForm’s published nearly two years ago. However, I believe their importance exceeds their prevalence. I’m often asked what defines a good experience map. You could call an experience map a deliverable, although, as the current 4-letter word of UX, that may make some people gag a little bit. But really, it’s a model. But it’s not just about the illustration of the journey (that would simply be a journey map). Rail Europe experience map. I almost always apply five critical components that make an experience map useful. First Steps An overall inventory of touchpoints for Rail Europe. The Lens. Customer Journey Map | Continuous Improvement | Customer Experience. Go here to view a customer journey map video explanation and download a free template.

In a prior post, I discussed how most Lean practitioners focus primarily on the mechanical aspects of a process and often ignore the emotions of the customer. In other words, one can improve the process, but with complete disregard for the customer’s feelings as they go through the process. To be fair, they can be mutually exclusive. Therein lies the opportunity. In this post, I’ll explain (1) What is a Customer Journey Map, show the process of (2) Customer Experience Mapping, (3) it’s role in continuous improvement, (4) show several examples of customer journey maps, and (5) provide a free customer journey map template that you can download. What I’m arguing for is the opportunity to add the customer’s emotions in our approach to process improvement.

Lean Uses Maps – Many of Them So, in Lean, there are many maps. So, what ought we do about it? Customer Journey Map Let’s define a Customer Journey Map: RailEurope_AdaptivePath_CXMap_FINAL.pdf (application/pdf Object) What’s Your Touchpoint ROI? | Touchpoint Dashboard. I was talking with a friend who works in the public relations field about an issue he was having with receiving funding for a project at his company. Even though this conversation occurred several months ago, a comment he made continues to linger in my mind: “It’s making a difference, but if you can’t prove it works with financial figures, you might as well kiss it good-bye.”

I think we can all relate to that statement. It’s no secret that companies are more and more strategic and stringent with how they go about allocating resources across their organizations. This is a good thing. But, for those who are charged with demonstrating and quantitatively proving the value and return of their projects and activities, particularly if they don’t have a concrete, black and white, dollars and cents way to measure success, it can cause headaches. Follow this 5-step process to find your Touchpoint ROI. Contact us today and discover how Touchpoint Dashboard can help you find your touchpoint ROI! Aviva. What makes a great brand experience? Experiencemap1.pdf (application/pdf Object) How To Map The Emotional Customer Experience. Most customer experience maps exclude one of the most important, most influential indicators related to driving loyalty, which is customer emotion. Bored during Hurrican Irene, I was perusing Twitter updates and stumbled upon a link called “Mapping The Emotional Customer Experience”.

I clicked to learn more, because the topic sounded intriguing. The related projects I had been involved in to date were all process or technically oriented and did not consider emotions or feelings. I clicked on the link and spent quite awhile reading an article and then listening to a webinar called, “See What Your Customers See: Mapping Your Real Customer Experience” from Beyond Philosophy, a customer experience consulting firm with offices in the US and UK. It was fascinating content, which inspired this blog post. A customer experience map is created to chart the customer experience from the beginning to the end of your buying process and the beginning to end (or ongoing) of your post purchase process.

Cooking Up a Winning Customer Journey Map Part II: The Recipe | Touchpoint Dashboard. If you’ve never designed a customer journey map, it’s hard to know where to start. That’s why we wanted to share a five-step recipe for how to build a basic map. It’s important to note that if you haven’t read our post that outlines the ingredients for a winning customer journey map, we highly recommend that you read it first. For those of you who have read the first post and have gathered all of your ingredients, let’s get cookin’! Step 1: Determine Your Mapping Method & Design Figuring out how to design your map can be tricky because there are dozens of ways to do it. You could manually arrange all of your data on post-it notes, design an elaborate process flow chart in Visio, or use our Touchpoint Dashboard tool, to name a few.

(We admit that we’re biased, but we recommend the 3rd option listed. Step 2: Define Swim Lane Headers Now that we’ve settled on a design, it’s time to start adding the ingredients you gathered back in post #1 and build your map’s framework. Step 3: Create a Key. Cooking Up a Winning Customer Journey Map | Touchpoint Dashboard.

At Touchpoint Dashboard, our goal is to take the guesswork out of the customer journey mapping process and put you on the road to success. We know you have questions, and we want to help. That is why we’re offering free tutorials that cover a wide range of customer journey map-related topics. We want to be your go-to resource for your customer experience and journey map needs. So, check back often and leave your comments. New resources will be posted each month. Recipe for a Winning Customer Journey Map – Part I: The Ingredients The first post in our series will reveal the ingredients you should include in your customer journey map.

You probably haven’t thought about your map in terms of “ingredients” and “a recipe” before, but mapping is like cooking in many ways. That’s exactly how it works with a customer journey map. Let’s get started! 1) Customer Lifecycle Phases: How does a customer become your customer? AwarenessInformation-gatheringSelectionPurchaseSatisfactionLoyaltyAdvocacy. What is a Customer Experience Map? | Touchpoint Dashboard. Although you may not want to admit it, your customers have probably at one time or another experienced some type of pain while doing business with your company. It could’ve been a minor inconvenience, rather than a huge deal-breaking issue, but any way you look at it, it’s pain. So, ask yourself these questions: Can you clearly pinpoint where the customer pain points are in your organization? Do you and your employees have a clear picture of the process different types of customers go through when interacting with your company?

A Customer Experience map (or journey map) is a tool that can help you answer YES to all of these questions. A quick description… A Customer Experience map visually identifies and organizes every encounter a customer has (or could have) with your company and brand. Creating a map is one of the best methods for understanding how customers interact with your company and uncovers opportunities for where and how you can improve a customer’s experience. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) Identify Your Buried Treasurepoints with a Touchpoint Map | Touchpoint Dashboard. Service design is Dead. The New Product is Alive. Map_b_desonance.jpg (JPEG Image, 800×505 pixels) Return-experience-map_desonance_nov-11.pdf (application/pdf Object)

Creating Your Own "Customer Journey Map" Customer Journey Mapping Resources On The Web. Promised an experience; given a map: Filing a Tax Return Experience Map (Part B) « Customer Journey Map. Service Design Tools | Communication methods supporting design processes. Customer journey mapping: Mapping out customer experience excellence. & Service Blueprinting « Customer Experience Mapping & « Service Design Research. This is Service Design Thinking - Book Trailer / Explanimation. The State of Customer Service in 2012.