How can firms operationalize the customer experience and create customers for life? It is great to talk about it, make it a company-wide initiative, pound our fists on the boardroom table and commit to becoming customer-centric, but what are the actual steps marketing operations can take to operationalize the customer experience?
Since the introduction of SPIN selling in the early ‘80s, the world of B2B customer engagement has seen steady innovation. Telephone cold calling, voicemail and emails became vital tools used to let prospects know you wanted to talk to them. When you did get a positive response, face-to-face meetings for problem discovery and PowerPoint presentations to drive the impact of your solution home became the standard. B2B selling was ruled by the conventional wisdom of seasoned sales executives who had control of the information. Through vast experience and advanced training in strategic and positional selling, they knew exactly how to win. It was a seller’s market and a game of inches.
Chili Piper, a scheduling platform, aims to accelerate the sales process by solving the gap between account interest and sales outreach. It is designed to improve the customer experience by providing an easy way for prospective customers to book a meeting, schedule a phone call or start chatting with someone immediately after filling out a lead form.
The first phase of the integration is designed to streamline the digital marketing process and help marketing teams improve campaign content and personalization. Sitecore Connect will be available later this month in the Salesforce AppExchange and on the Sitecore Developer Portal, according to a press release.
"Companies have to transform the way they engage with customers [who] have come to expect tailored experiences across every touchpoint,” said Jon Suarez-Davis, Chief Strategy Officer of Salesforce Marketing Cloud, in a statement. “With Salesforce Marketing Cloud and Sitecore, users are able to better understand customer interactions across all channels and optimize marketing campaigns in order to enhance the complete customer journey.”
Digital transformation has given B2B companies new and innovative ways to enhance their buyer’s experience. While it positions marketers to creatively engage and nurture prospects, innovation has also enabled B2B marketing and sales reps to gain deep insights into buyer needs and expectations.
Adobe announced the launch of its new Experience Cloud, which will integrate with the company's Creative and Document Cloud offerings to better the customer experience. The company also unveiled updates throughout its cloud offerings, including enhancements to its AI technology via a new partnership with Microsoft, as well as new partner integrations.