The customer has been king for a while, but he certainly hasn’t had a castle. To date, there hasn’t been a single, unified place where a company or organization can interact with the customer, listen to his desires, and orchestrate the fulfillment of his needs. Now, new research conducted by Leader Networks and CMX Media suggests that a customer experience revolution is underway and that the customer has been ensconced in his rightful place: the online community.
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The customer journey has long been an integral part of the online community experience. Many – dare I say most? – online communities make “the journey” a key part of their mission, aiding the customer before, during and after the point of purchase or other key decision. Communities are dedicated to helping customers and other stakeholders understand, explore, question and learn about products and services. T
Want to build an online community? When you understand the power of the online community, you’re bound to answer in the affirmative.
“The pen is mightier than the sword” wrote Edward George Bulwer-Lytton in 1839. Little did he know what was to come with the advent of social media? Around the globe, customers – friend and foe alike – share their experiences using indelible digital characters all across the social channel. We are experiencing a customer-driven revolution where companies are no longer defined only by what they say about themselves. Rather, customer experiences are a major force defining the strongest brands, and the Achilles heel of firms which fail to deliver on customer expectations.
Many enterprises suffer from a little-documented condition known as “social media insecurity.” These anxiety-plagued firms are fearful that somehow, somewhere, they are falling behind their competitors and will suffer unforeseen hardships and failure if they are not at the cutting edge of social media activity. Of course, precise performance metrics for the cutting — or even bleeding — edge are elusive, if not downright impossible to determine. This is especially true for B2B organizations who may be overly influenced by consumer social media tools and examples.