What makes the difference between a customer experience program that drives revenue and retention throughout the customer journey and those that fall flat?
Access to and action on customer feedback.
Powerful customer experience solutions require real-time access to customer feedback. This feedback is the fuel of customer experience programs and initiatives. Without it, we’re making educated guesses (at best) about what is and what is not working for our customers.
This playbook will provide your CX team with customer experience tools and help them understand how to use LoopVOC to:
Customer feedback is everywhere, and growing at an overwhelming place. The first step in enhancing customer experiences is to identify the places where your customers are sharing feedback about your company, products and services.
One of the best channels for customer feedback is online review sites. 88% of consumers trust reviews as much as personal recommendations. B2B customer review sites are being used by our customers to drive purchase decisions.
Feedback shared on these sites is trusted by customers, and should be acted on by companies. Prioritize this channel not just for brand awareness and leads, but for constant learning and improvement.
Additional Public Channels:
Qualitative NPS feedback is another critical channel for customer feedback. In addition to asking customers whether or not they’re likely to recommend your company or your products and services, ask them about their experience. Understanding the feedback driving the Net Promoter Score will provide guidance as to whether you should start, stop, or continue dedicating resources to specific initiatives.
Additional Internal Feedback Channels:
Connect your customer experiences and feedback in Loop
Once you’ve identified your feedback channels, you’ll want to connect this feedback in Loop. This step is easy, but it’s the most important step of all.
Using natural language processing, Loop extracts meaningful insights from customer feedback, so that customer experience marketing leaders can proactively identify issues impacting the customer experience, and pivot company initiatives to address them.
Your feedback data is what makes it possible for Loop to run its magic and extract real-time customer insights.
Once your feedback has been connected in Loop, the next step is to identify feedback trends related to the customer experience, such as Service, Onboarding, and Support.
Step 1: Review the topics related to CX, and identify those with a high amount of negative feedback.
In this scenario, we can see that customer feedback for Support is trending negative. We’ll want to drill into how this feedback has trended over time to understand if this is an ongoing issue or isolated to a specific incident.
Step 2: Understand if the identified feedback trend is getting better or worse over time.
It’s clear from the 12 month rolling view that this feedback has been trending negative over time, indicating that there is an ongoing issue impacting the customer experience that needs to be addressed.
Step 3: Identify the problem
Next, we drill into the verbatim feedback related to Support to understand the common issues coming up in customers’ feedback. We can see pretty quickly that one of the problems arising in this feedback is related to the responsiveness of the Support team.
Customers seem to be having a wide range of issues, but the constant in this feedback is that they’re unable to get in touch with Support to resolve issues or get answers quickly.
We’ve now identified a negative feedback trend, likely impacting the customer experience. Our next step is to understand how this feedback compares to competitors and what our plan of action should be to improve customer experience marketing and overall marketing experiences.
Rather than immediately dismissing the problem as a non-issue or jumping into action, we advise customers to do a little bit more research to gather context and perspective. Understanding how this customer feedback compares to competitor feedback will help you understand both the risk and opportunities this feedback represents to your business.
Step 1. Connect competitor feedback in Loop
Start by identifying comparable and aspirational companies in your industry, whether they are directly competing with you now or could be in the future. You can leverage online review sites like G2 Crowd and Capterra to see what companies the market is comparing you to today.
There are multiple ways to access the Competitive Benchmarking dashboard feature:
Adding competitors to your dashboard will provide you with real-time updates on their customer feedback, giving you a more comprehensive view into what is and is not working for them.
Step 2. Compare negative feedback trends to competitors
Now that your competitor feedback has been added, you can benchmark your CX feedback trends to competitors.
Comparing to Competitor B:
In this scenario, feedback about customer Support is more negative for Competitor B. Digging into their feedback, we uncovered that Competitor B’s feedback is getting worse over time, with customers stating that agents are uninformed and unresponsive. This presents opportunity for *My SaaS Product* as it highlights opportunities to improve our own Support function and win customers that are struggling with increased problems with Competitor B.
Comparing to Competitor F:
Support feedback for Competitor F, however, is more positive and has remained so over time. Feedback indicates it’s a simpler tool that requires less support. This represents a threat to *My SaaS Product*—highly positive Support feedback for a competitor could mean losing customers to competitors if the Support experience is not improved.
Step 3. Make decision on taking action
From digging into the customer feedback data, we now know the following:
Our next step is to decide on whether or not the feedback trends warrant action. Do this by weighing the risks of inaction:
The best step forward is to understand the importance of customer experiences and address the breakdowns in the customer support experience by creating actions
Understanding customer experience issues will be key as you put plans in place to address them, it will be important to understand the root cause of the feedback, internal or external factors, and any steps that have been taken previously.
Taking action will require cross-team collaboration to ensure that there is alignment on the customer experience objectives and owners for each action.
Step 1: Identify Root Cause and past initiatives
Work with cross-functional partners to identify contributing factors and understand if past actions have had an impact on the feedback trends.
Things that could be impacting Customer Support responsiveness:
Understanding the root cause of the issue or breakdown in the customer experience is critical to charting a path forward to address the issue. Conversely, perhaps the issue was known but the impact was not. In this case, customer feedback trends are the proof points needed to align teams on why and how to address a problem.
Once the root cause or past initiatives have been identified, create retroactive actions to mark the specific events contributing to the feedback trends. In this case, let’s assume there was a Support team consolidation, which caused volume per rep to increase, and responsiveness to decline as a result.
Step 2: Communicate with customers and employees
This is an often overlooked but critical step. Don’t assume that your customers or your employees know that you’re addressing an issue. Transparency is key when solving problems.
Letting customers know that an issue is being worked on could be the difference between them staying and going. Customers don’t expect perfect, but they do expect accountability. Addressing the breakdowns in customer experience marketing and being transparent about the steps you’ll take to resolve the issues is a key differentiator between a company that says they’re customer-driven and a company that actually is.
Step 3: Create new initiatives to address the issue
Once you’ve identified the root cause of the issue and aligned stakeholders on the importance of addressing it, you’ll create specific action plans.
If the root cause of Customer Support responsiveness is team consolidation, consider implementing action plans such as:
After you align on actions to be taken, create new actions in Loop and assign owners for visibility. In this case, we’ve created the action to add a prioritization queue and protocol to ensure that the highest priority issues are addressed first.
Step 4: Follow-up with customers and employees
Continue to be transparent about the specific actions your company has taken to address the issue. Let customers know what they can expect to see or how the Support process will change moving forward when you continue with marketing an experience.
Let them know that the action you’re taking is in direct response to their feedback, and that their feedback will continue to be valued and prioritized through customer experience marketing in the future. Ask for them to continue to share feedback and provide direction for where they can continue to share.
Step 5: Track the action to understand if it solves the issue over time
The final step is to measure the impact of your actions over time to ensure that you’re driving the intended outcome through customer experience marketing.
Setup regular cross-functional team meetings to review customer experience marketing actions and progress to goals (ensure that there are specific metrics you’re measuring against like call volume or sentiment changes). Are existing actions solving the problem or is additional action needed?
Continuously monitor customer feedback to inform your Start/Stop/Continue plan:
Customer feedback is a gift. The key to using Loop to improve your Customer Experience program is following the four steps outlined above: listen for feedback, identify and understand trends, benchmark to understand risk and opportunities, and then adapt strategies to respond. When you change your customer experience marketing and customer service to improve experiences in marketing, your customers will feel more connected with your company.
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