As business managers or owners, we’re constantly faced with opportunities to widen the range of programs that we run — so how does the go/no go decision get made?Sometimes it’s something that is externally directed by a customer or competitive situation. Other times, it’s more about widening capabilities and impact.
Looking at mobile as a platform for feedback and VoC, we thought we’d explore things from the angle that helps the decision making process for the managers and owners of businesses that represent our key readers.
How can a new platform impact your VoC programs? We can identify two key areas of impact that your company should care about:
- Increasing the situations in which you can extract feedback from customers
- Offering more formats by which feedback that can be received
Each represents a significant leap in the value and (ultimately) the actionability of the feedback you get from your VoC efforts.
The impact of mobile on feedback situations
The saying goes ‘timing is everything’ and it doesn’t apply more anywhere than in VoC programs. The journey your customers go through, both before and after they become customers, can be broken down into distinct steps. Each represents a potential breaking point where the potential of the relationship can be diminished or enhanced.
The mobile platform opens up many of those stages of that journey to ‘real-time’ connection with customers. Companies can gain access to highly actionable and motivating data points including in-the-moment feedback from shoppers as they go through the buying process (not hours, days or weeks later). That same connection opens up the possibility of mapping your customers’ journey through the pre and post buying process. Lastly, there are specific situations — such as during a product launch or webinar — where real-time insights into customer sentiments are invaluable.
Second, mobile expands the options for feedback format. Think about it for a second: a customer has a bad experience that can’t easily be described in words alone. What impact would a video or photograph have on your company’s understanding and engagement with the problem? The actionability is dramatically higher and empowers businesses to better understand their customers’ experiences. The advent of smart phones and mobile applications gives companies numerous options for enhancing the type of feedback that customers can provide, and it all points back to the key for all VoC efforts — ACTIONABILITY.