How to build a customer journey orchestration strategy

How to build a customer journey orchestration strategy

Customer journey orchestration (CJO) makes use of completely different instruments to present seamless experiences for purchasers and improve income. Because customer journey orchestration casts a broad web throughout your entire customer lifecycle it’s important to have a strategy on your know-how.

“When we talk about customer orchestration, we’re talking about much more than just a buyer’s journey,” stated Carlos Hidalgo, CEO of martech consultancy Digital Exhaust, at The MarTech Conference.

Here are some pointers for constructing a CJO strategy.

Technology shouldn’t be a strategy

Too usually, organizations put the cart earlier than the horse and get know-how with out figuring out what they’re going to do with it.

“Technology can only enable the strategy that you’ve already designed,” stated Hidalgo. “So if you’ve bought technology in the hopes of orchestrating the customer journey and you’re struggling with that technology, the chances are that it’s not the technology’s fault. The chances are that you don’t have a defined strategy.”

Consider the total spectrum of customer interactions

“Orchestration is also not funnel or conversion metrics,” Hidalgo stated. “And it’s not an initial purchase path.”

A customer journey contains all of the paths to buy. The drawback is that these paths don’t go in a straight line or simply discernible funnel, despite the fact that that’s a widespread approach wherein entrepreneurs refer to it.

“Think more broadly in terms of that full customer spectrum,” he stated, explaining that 90% of customer lifetime worth exists after an preliminary buy.

“A lot of that customer journey happens after the initial purchase, but there’s also a whole bunch that we need to be concerned about before the initial purchase, because that’s where we can really start to engage in meaningful interactions,” Hidalgo stated. 

Mapping the customer journey

Customer journey orchestration is a strategy enabled by know-how, stated Hidalgo. It has to prolong throughout the group and might’t simply be delegated to a single workforce like customer service.

Here are the overall areas or “macro stages” a customer journey orchestration strategy ought to embody.

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To keep on high of those phases, you want actual collaboration within the group as a result of completely different groups have to be included within the strategy.

“We know throughout all of these things, there’s ebbs and flows, there’s different people involved, there’s outside influences…that are impacting your customers and that are going to change how they interact with your products, that may change their buying process, that may change what they’re going to do from a renewal or a retention perspective,” stated Hidalgo.

Get to know your customer

The phases of the customer journey correspond with roles within the group. Follow up with these key folks and uncover what they learn about prospects on the particular phases.

Customer suggestions, surveys, interviews and customer information are additionally sources to assist discover out about prospects straight.

“There’s a lot of different ways to get to know our customers,” stated Hidalgo. This particularly applies to B2B prospects, the place longer conversations about their customer journey are acceptable.

“Speak directly to [customers], ask them what their end-to-end journey looks like,” he stated. “From the time you engage with our brand, now you own our product or service and you’ve renewed with us — what does that look like? Who was involved?”

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Connecting customer journey orchestration to expertise

“Without orchestration, you can’t deliver customer experience,” Hidalgo said.

Once you already know in regards to the phases of your prospects’ journeys and their wants at every stage, you possibly can build digital experiences that meet these wants. This contains the web site, cellular app, social media, service chats, paid media and different digital and offline touchpoints.

“When I’m talking about orchestrating, I’m not talking about you as an organization demanding a customer do these things so that you can sell your product or service,” stated Hidalgo. “What I am saying is, understand that journey so you can orchestrate that engagement.”

A customer will all the time management their journey, he stated. The purpose entrepreneurs want to have a customer journey orchestration strategy is to have the opportunity to present a higher expertise throughout that journey.

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