Customer Journey Mapping – The First Step

Customers are the most important aspect of any business and keeping them happy should be our main concern. This not only ensures sales the first time, but also increases the rate of repeat business.

Customer journey maps have increased in popularity over the years, due to their ability to allow you to walk in your customers shoes and see how well you are meeting their needs at every stage of their interaction with your business.

These maps are a beneficial tool that can be used in many different ways:

–          they can help you identify the strengths and flaws in your marketing campaigns and determine where improvements need to be made.

–          they can provide you with real feedback and pinpoint exactly what your customer truly needs and values.

–          they can help you to develop more effective campaigns that raise the customer’s level of satisfaction.

 From the first impression of your business, to communicating with staff, to receiving the product or service; the way the customer feels about your business strongly reflects on your brands image and reputation.

 It’s up to you how you want your customer journey map to look, whether you use text and illustrations or a flow chart. The important part is being able to easily see where you can implement new ideas, incorporate experiences and marketing techniques along the customer’s journey.

 It is crucial to have a long lasting relationship with your customers and being able to know how they really feel about your business gives you the opportunity to make changes where needed.

 Just remember, a customer can share their experiences, good or bad, with many other people. The impression they have been left with directly impacts the way they portray your business to others and word of mouth is one of the most vital advertising methods available.