Customer Experience Basics: Keeping Promises

by Jeannie Walters

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Do you know the ingredients to a great customer experience? How about a lousy one?

The first ingredient, no matter what product or industry, is the expectation.

It’s about what promise you have made to a customer.

Wal-Mart has promised low prices. They have not promised much else, so customers are not shocked when they don’t get a lot of service or the store is not an example of elegance.

Nordstrom has promised service. Customers are willing to pay a bit more to get a better service and experience.

But if Wal-Mart has higher prices than the other guys, customers feel disappointed. This is not what they were promised! If shopping at Nordstrom is cumbersome and the service is poor, customer loyalty is chipped away.

The bare minimum of any customer is simply meeting the expectations of a promise. Those are table stakes. Exceeding the expectations is where the magic lies. Disappointing a customer is simply not meeting (or attempting to meet) those original expectations.

Do you know what you’ve promised?

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Jeannie Walters

Jeannie Walters is the CEO/Founder of Experience Investigators, a global Customer Experience consulting firm. She has 20 years of experience helping companies improve loyalty and retention, employee engagement, and overall customer experience. Jeannie is a Certified Customer Experience Professional (CCXP,) a charter member of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA,) a Professional Member of the National Speakers Association, LinkedIn Learning instructor, TEDx speaker, and President-Elect of the National Speakers Association Illinois chapter. Learn more here.

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