Every business acknowledges that the reason for their existence is the Customer. Every business wants to design products and services that are meant to address their customers’ needs. Yet, almost every business struggles to understand what their customers really want from them.
Is it any wonder that billions are spent worldwide in trying to gauge the truth of the matter, via interactions driven by focused groups and metrics like C-SAT and NPS? To make matters worse, in this Age of Digital and A.I., the “Customer” is also ever evolving!
How do you make sense of it all?
Yes, customers do exhibit different personalities and needs. But, there are a few insights and common traits that can help most businesses get going.
Here are some of my learnings…
In the India context, it helps to keep in mind that the first 100 Mn Digital Consumers were Younger, More Urban, More Men, More Desktop, while the last 100 Mn are relatively Older, More Rural, More Women, More Mobile.
That said, customers all over the world are figuring out how they can leverage the abundance of Technology that now comes embedded in most platforms, products and services.
They want more and more to happen via Digital channels, so they can access it On-The-Go.
They want lesser clicks, faster page loads, shorter queues, reduced turnaround times, smaller forms.
They want more self-service options (Starbucks?), and want less IVRS interactions (Your call is important to us…?).
In other words, they want their interactions with your brand to be relevant, useful and enjoyable.
Oh, and thanks to online forums, reviews, ratings, and social media exchanges, they probably know more about your product or service than your Sales agent does!
Keep these factors in mind when trying to improve relevance of your offerings, instead of simply believing “you know what’s best for them”. And, don’t leave any opportunity to talk to a real customer – to listen to what really matters to them.
After all, there is just no substitute for a real conversation.