Does Your Brand Downplay the Voice of the Customer?


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For all the talk about customer-centricity, some businesses ironically downplay the actual voice of the customer. They chase trends and make investments without fully considering how these initiatives will transform the customer experience.

That’s how CCW starts their latest report, the 2023 CCW MARKET STUDY | CX Trends, Challenges, & Opportunities. I can’t tell you how much the statement that companies chase trends and investments based on lord-knows-what resonates with me. You cannot be customer-centric without bringing the customer voice into all you do. After all, that’s what it means to be customer-centric.

CCW polled 517 adults in the United States about their expectations, goals, and sentiments when interacting with brands via customer service or the contact center only. The report talks about outcomes and the impact on customer experience if the voice of the customer isn’t infused into designing and delivering a great contact center experience.


Key findings from the report include.

  1. Only 4% of consumers feel that their experiences have improved over the past year; 57% feel they’ve gotten worse!
  2. Only 13% of consumers feel brands are delivering highly personalized experiences, and 25% feel brands are failing to deliver quick, easy, and convenient interactions.
  3. Sixty-six percent of customers endure long wait times. Pain points like answering repetitive questions or difficulty reaching a live agent are also disappointingly common in today’s customer engagement landscape.
  4. Consumers have yet to witness any major improvement on the frontline. They don’t feel agents are becoming more adept at communicating warmth, knowledge, or empathy.
  5. Experiences are not simple or frictionless. The majority of customers experience more difficulty receiving a refund or make-good – and more trouble reaching a live phone agent.
  6. Nine out of ten customers are more likely to support brands that offer easy experiences, and nearly as many gravitate toward those that display personalization.
  7. Brand values matter; two-thirds of consumers care about a brand’s public stances on hot-button issues, and 84% consider a brand’s reputation for employee-centricity.
  8. Customers of all age ranges continue to place more trust in phone calls than any other brand communication option. About 95% still expect access to a live agent for some or most issues.
  9. Many brands are failing to personalize their outbound texts and emails. To correct this, they will have to cultivate more customer trust in their data and security initiatives.
  10. Online reviews and social media discussions do not shape every consumer’s perception, but they have enough of an impact to warrant a prominent place in any company’s customer experience strategy.

Are you serious about calling your organization “customer-centric?” Do you listen to the voice of the customer? Are you working toward using that voice to design and deliver a great customer experience? How are you personalizing the experience? How well are you meeting customer expectations? I’m guessing you, like many others, have work to do.

What can you do? Read these posts to find some direction.

There’s more to read and to do, but that will get you off to a great start. I think you’ll find that there’s one bullet point in that list that nicely sums up where the work lies: data is at the heart of designing and delivering a great experience.

We had clients that wanted kitchens and we were selling them pots and pans. ~ Eric Murphy

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Republished with author's permission from original post.

Annette Franz
Annette Franz is founder and Chief Experience Officer of CX Journey Inc. She is an internationally recognized customer experience thought leader, coach, consultant, and speaker. She has 25+ years of experience in helping companies understand their employees and customers in order to identify what makes for a great experience and what drives retention, satisfaction, and engagement. She's sharing this knowledge and experience in her first book, Customer Understanding: Three Ways to Put the "Customer" in Customer Experience (and at the Heart of Your Business).


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