Voice of the employee: The key to improving customer experience

Customer service

Surprisingly, only 25 percent of Customer Experience professionals say their company’s CX programs actually improve customer experience. That’s according to Forrester Research, who recently hosted a webinar on the importance of creating a formal Voice of the Employee (VoE) program as one method of effectively impacting an organization’s customer experience.

The idea is that while many companies have formal processes in place to mine customer feedback, these often lack insight into the true root causes of service failures. But, by being intentional about collecting employee feedback (as well as customer feedback), organizations can more effectively tap into the full ecosystem of their customer experience, uncover root causes, and develop more meaningful, impactful and lasting solutions.

there are four tasks an effective VoE program should accomplish*:

1.)   Collect feedback from employees systematically – Whether it be an employee survey, comment box, intranet/social media comments, verbal feedback or “implied” feedback (such as attrition rates), the goal is to collect feedback regularly, and make it effortless for employees to give feedback.

2.)   Uncover root causes of customer experience issues – Integrate employee feedback with other sources, such as customer feedback, to get the full picture and uncover the true root causes of bad customer experience.

3.)   React to feedback and solve issues – Collaborate with employees to prioritize the identified issues, develop solutions and implement them.

4.)   Explain how employee feedback is used – A key part of keeping employees engaged in any VoE program is to close the loop on how their feedback is being used. Employees want to know their voices are being heard and see that their feedback is making a positive change.

To know more about how to create and utilize a Voice of the Employee program, contact us.

The secret to increasing brand loyalty. Don’t let it go

We’re pretty sure you’ve heard about the whirlwind success of Disney’s blockbuster Frozen. Not only was it a smash-hit at the box office, the story of Anna and Elsa has been translated into experiences and products across nearly every division of the company, setting off a firestorm of worldwide demand and embodying a modern, contemporary expression of the Disney brand.

Whether it be a plush Olaf doll, a show of Disney on Ice presents Frozen in your hometown, family adventure trips to Norway (the movie’s iconic setting) or nationally televised “Let It Go” sing-a-longs, consumers can’t get enough of the Frozen franchise.

Most recently, Disney has responded to demand by offering an entirely new experience: Frozen Summer Fun LIVE! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida. It features a procession of the movie’s characters , an outdoor snowfall (yes, in 90-degree weather!), an ice skating rink, live sing-a-long and a nightly Frozen-themed fireworks show.

So, what can other organizations learn from this? When consumers demand more of a product or service…seize the opportunity; don’t “let it go!” And, do so strategically. By giving Frozen fans new, relevant experiences that make an emotional connection with the brand, Disney continues to build loyalty.

Olaf

At Infinis Consulting brand loyalty course we discuss how customer loyalty is earned by consistently delivering on the brand promise over time. We examine how brand extensions successfully attract new target customers and/or gain a greater share of spend by creating new value and relevance for consumers, while delivering on the same brand promise.

So, how can your organization create a total brand experience that increases consumer attachment? Start by asking these questions:

  1. What are the “gaps” in your brand experience from the customer’s point of view?
  2. What new experiences could close these gaps while creating new value and relevance for consumers?
  3. What details can be considered to “plus” the brand experience for your customers?
  4. What will differentiate your experience from your competitors?

Addressing the gaps in your total brand experience will help ensure that your brand promise remains relevant and highly valued by consumers. And, by consistently delivering upon your brand promise, you will continue to make emotional connections with your customers and keep them coming back for more – over and over again.

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