Are Your Customers Finding What They Need?

Customers Finding What They NeedIs there anything more frustrating than trying to find what you believe is a core function of a web site and NOT being able to do so? How about searching for a restroom in a busy department store with a total lack of helpful signage? What about the app you KNEW you downloaded last week but can’t seem to locate again? This month, we’re positioning our CXI® magnifying glass on the topic of findability: Are Your Customers Finding What They Need?

While it may seem like a small topic in the grand theater of customer experience, it is a key component to creating experiences for your customers that are truly memorable for the good stuff – not the totally frustrating. After all, how can any experience be effortless if there is so much effort in just finding what we need?

Some topics we look forward to examining:

  • Web site navigation – The topic du jour since 1998 has been how to make navigation easier for users. As companies expand and contract within their own walls, the web sites often show the strife through bloated primary navigation options or navigation via the company org chart. 
  • Signage as a touchpoint – It’s amazing what’s overlooked in what might be the one of earliest forms of customer “help.”
  • Marketing communications – Eagerness in launching a marketing campaign has forced more than one prospect to search for a landing page, a specific promotion or even a company that isn’t easy to find. How can we make this easier?
  • Internal tools and resources – We’re passionate around here about how vital your people are to the customer experience. They can only help your customers if they can find what they need when they need it.
  • Digital clutter - We all have it now. Accept your customers do, too, and need your help finding what they need. Text messages, email newsletters and desktop push notifications – oh my!
  • Embracing the NEW – Not too long ago, pundits were claiming we would never read content online. Then they said we wouldn’t pay with our phones. New technology that answers the question “Can I do this easier” for customers always wins.

What else should we tackle? Our ongoing discussions on Facebook, Twitter, Google + and of course, here, help drive what we turn our magnifying glass to next. And don’t forget we are always looking for microinteractions to add to our Pinterest board or even earn the title of Microinteraction of the Month! Join us anywhere you can find us!

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Jeannie Walters

Jeannie Walters is the Chief Customer Experience Investigator™ and founder of 360Connext, a global consulting firm specializing in the cornerstones of customer experience: customer engagement, employee engagement and connections like social media. 360Connext serves mid-market companies and larger by helping them evaluate their true customer experience. The evaluations always lead to improvements which then lead to results like increased online conversions or loyalty.

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