All bird posts about Customer experience

Customer experience (CX) is the sum of all experiences a customer has with a supplier of goods or services, over the duration of their relationship with that supplier. (source: Wikipedia)

Omnichannel customer experiences

A new design challenge

Forget native apps, forget responsive web design, and say hello to omnichannel. We have moved away from the design of a single application, product or service. Increasingly, organizations have to deal with a multitude of them. This evolution is triggered by technology and raises a number of issues, challenges, and problems. How can we create a ‘seamless’ experience across all of the channels? How can we always keep the customer at the center of the design process? And are our tried-and-tested design methods good enough, or do we also need a new way of designing, so-called omnidesign, to meet the needs of the omnichannel challenge? First, let’s look at what we think omnichannel actually is.

Customer journey maps and blueprints

Considerations to get the most value out of them

With the transition from user experience to customer experience, many designers take a broader view on their design work. They are not just dealing with the design of individual products, applications or websites but also focus on services, connected touchpoints and multiple channels of the full organization.

A strategic design movement started by followers

Trip report from INTERSECTION15

This year the second edition of INTERSECTION took place in Berlin. The event was integrated with the conference Design Management Europe, organized by the renowned Design Management Institute, under the motto ‘Design to Align’. Design to Align explores the intersection of Strategic Enterprise Design and Design Management to bring design to a strategic level, making use of high-level design approaches such as User Experience Design, Service Design, Design Thinking and Enterprise Architecture. Attendees with various backgrounds, professions and perspectives all shared their common interest: getting design at the strategic level of the enterprise.

Most CX initiatives fail in organizations

The CX pyramid model explains why

Most companies view customer experience as a task (or chore) rather than a mission. They assign a couple of employees to focus on customers while the rest of the company goes about its business focusing on efficiency, acquisitions and margins. As a result, many CX initiatives and activities fail in the long run. The CX Pyramid model explains how to do it better.

Design languages and systems

How enterprises create consistent digital experiences

Design languages and systems are a hot topic these days. They are a response to the challenge of creating consistent, seamless, and compelling digital experiences in the context of an increasing number of devices, channels and touchpoints. Within the design constraints presented by responsive and adaptive design, libraries of experience principles, (visual) design elements and sometimes even code examples for enterprise digital experience design are emerging.

The brand experience and user experience alliance

The necessary step towards customer experience excellence

This is a plea for a tight cooperation of brand experience (BX) and user experience (UX) professionals in the financial sector. It’s my conviction that such an alliance contains opportunities for financial organizations to improve their customer experience in general and their credibility in particular.

The discovery of brand experience by UX professionals

Informaat has a rich history in bringing a human-centeredness to technology. Disciplines and practices such as human-computer interaction, user interface design and design for user experiences are long-established and deeply ingrained in our DNA. We consider ourselves competent in outside-in thinking, and experts in experience design. As the breadth of our offering has expanded to encompass the design of digital touchpoints in entire service ecosystems, we start to encounter another professional area of experiential thinking: brand experience. So – we wondered – how do we relate?

Where we are and what awaits us in 2015

Collecting new year trends from crystal ball readers

At the end of every year, analysts, thinkers and watchers provide their view on where we stand and what’s ahead of us in the coming year. These crystal ball readers predict our future with lots of statistical materials, like diagrams, charts and other nifty visualizations. Applied to various domains such as the internet, mobile or (social) media, they all agree on one thing: Digital disruption of society is getting stronger and stronger. So, what’s their predictions for 2015?

Digital CX improvement requires a systematic approach

A Forrester paper commissioned by Informaat

To consistently meet or exceed customers’ expectations, firms must take a systematic approach to digital customer experience management. In conducting in-depth interviews with 16 business professionals, Forrester found that several of these companies had adopted some best practices for digital design.

From customer service to brand experiences

“Every business is a service business in some sense these days,” says Mark Di Somma in a recent post on customer brand experience. For that reason, customers expect “customer service” as a pre-condition in their relationship with a company. It’s only the customer experience that brands deliver that makes the big difference.

From customer journeys to services and experience

A four-stage CX maturity model

By now, many organizations understand the relevance of a customer focus and try to incorporate customer thinking in their strategy. However, confining a customer experience strategy to only customer services and customer journeys only is missing a trick. While they are both important, a larger opportunity exists by moving into customer-centric services and experiences.

Four guiding principles for CX excellence

Similar to operational, financial or strategic excellence, customer experience (CX) excellence is an organizational competence, capability or capacity. In the 21st century, organizations with a high degree of CX excellence are more successful than others. They focus not only on the needs, expectations and dreams of customers, they also tend to have high levels of employee engagement. The level of CX excellence can be determined for all kinds of organizations, both profit and not-for-profit. While CX excellence for commercial organizations may result in increased profit, growth and shareholder value, for government agencies it reduces costs, increases trust or builds on renewed connections with citizens. But what are the principles guiding organizations to CX excellence?

How employee engagement impacts the customer experience

Engaged employees are a great asset for companies, especially in relation to delivering great customer experience (CX). In a webinar (2012), customer experience transformist Bruce Temkin (of the Temkin Group) and chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association ( explains how companies with superior customer experiences and loyal customers deal with the engagement of their employees.