How are customer touch points changing?
Customer touch points are the windows of interaction between an individual buyer and your business. This encompases any exchange, whether in person or via digital means. Research in the “State of the Connected Customer” report shows how modern customers are looking for interactions that are connected and contextualized at every turn. From product recommendations to proactive service, customers expect touch points that are uniquely personalized across their journey.
For business teams accustomed to owning only one stage of the customer journey, it’s a tricky proposition. Customers judge companies based on their experience as a whole — not just interactions with individual departments — and they expect consistency.
70% of customers say connected processes are very important to winning their business.
“People expect to be able to engage across multiple touch points anytime and seamlessly transition between them. Companies need a full picture of what that journey looks like for any individual, and understand their pain points.”
Customer touch points grow as digital channels multiply.
As brand channels multiply, many companies struggle to prioritize the touch points they invest in. If younger generations point the way to preference trends, however, social, online communities, and voice assistants are critical.
Sixty-seven percent of millennials and Gen Zers use voice-activated personal assistants like Siri and Alexa to connect with companies — 1.7x more than traditionalists and baby boomers who do the same.
In marketing, customers want personalized touch points.
Personalization is another common thread that customers say is important. Even if a customer hasn’t interacted with a company, they still want to feel known. Customers are 2.1x more likely to view personalized offers as important, versus unimportant.
In sales, customers seek connected touch points.
In customer service, customers value multichannel touch points.
Customer service isn’t just a reactionary cost center — it’s a core element of differentiated customer experience. To meet current standards, service must be quick, readily available anywhere, and even proactive.
Increasingly unfamiliar with the concept of waiting, customers are keen on self-service tools that empower them to find quick answers on their own; when they do need more personalized help, they’re not apt to wait on hold. Customers are 4.7x more likely to view real-time messaging as important versus unimportant.