Don’t confuse digital-first customer experience with digital-only

As a result of the pandemic, we have seen customers dramatically shift to online channels. These days most customer journeys start online even if they may finish via a physical channel. It’s why Australian businesses are prioritising digital experiences and adopting what’s referred to as a digital-first mindset. Customers expect seamless, fast, and consistent digital …

Why CX and employee experience (EX) need human empathy

Perhaps one of the biggest lessons learned through the pandemic is the immense value of human contact and the importance of empathy. When people feel connected to others and understood, their interactions are more meaningful and likely to elicit positive responses. When we consider digital transformation efforts, there is often a focus on the technology …

Are broken brand promises costing you customers?

If branding is about making promises and setting expectations, customer experience is about keeping them. Unfortunately, according to a recent study by Qualtrics, many Australian brands are failing to live up to expectations. The Qualtrics study surveyed 1000 respondents across Australia and New Zealand where more than half of them (54%) said they have switched …

The importance of creating secure customer journeys

Many people see identity management as a purely security-oriented function, but its role in engagement and customer satisfaction is equally important. It can also offer a significant competitive advantage for brands competing for online customers by providing secure digital customer experiences. The rapid growth in digital channels and the need to offer exceptional digital customer …

The CX balancing act: human experience vs digital technology

Digital technology is vital to be able to provide personalised customer experiences at scale and in a way that is economically viable. Yet, digital transformation can appear disconnected from human experiences and build barriers between customers and the brand. We’ve seen the rise of chatbots, AI and increased automation matched with the rapid shift to …

Australian retail brands will have a hard time in satisfying customers in 2022

The retail landscape is significantly challenged today. With supply chain issues impacting on stock levels, increasing volumes of returns and increased customer expectations in relation to online deliveries – local brands will have a hard time in satisfying customers in 2022. As a result, retailers will find that they quickly need to adopt new systems …

Orchestrating serendipity to elevate the customer experience

The unexpected or apparently random discovery of a new product, according to recent research, can have a major and positive impact on the customer experience.  When customers unexpectedly discover something new that they like, their enjoyment and satisfaction of a particular product or service will be greatly enhanced.   Recent research by the University of …

What should we expect from AI (Artificial Intelligence) in 2022?

From chatbots to hyper-personalised experiences to better understanding customers, AI and machine learning have been used in a variety of contexts to improve the customer experience. In 2022, the role of AI is expected to expand as enterprises become mature in its adoption. More and more business leaders in Australia as well as consumers are …