Technology has become a permanent fixture in our lives but using it to create a relationship that works for both sides takes care and consideration. How can you transform a budding attraction into a fully formed customer journey? 

Here are five key principles for building and deepening lasting customer relationships:

1. Be Consistent 

Customers’ experiences with companies are formed by their interactions at every stage of the purchasing process. These are the interactions with digital touchpoints across multiple channels that make up the customer journey. 

Because customers can now choose the ways and channels in which they interact with companies, making sure those interactions are frictionless and consistent can often produce greater customer loyalty, trust and customer retention. Nurturing superior experiences results in customers becoming enthusiastic brand advocates, which frequently leads to customers spending more money.

2. Be Sophisticated

The digital era has spawned complex customer journeys that require sophisticated new levels of multichannel engagement that many traditional web CMSs cannot handle. That makes deep-level personalization essential because shallow demographics don’t cut it anymore. Companies must quickly understand their customers’ needs and give them what they want when they want it.

It’s necessary to pull data from a number of online and offline sources to gain a complete overview of specific needs, interests and expectations, which makes it no longer just about selling products but about turning those products or brands into lifestyle choices.

3. Be Personal 

Personalized content is an integral component of almost all stages of the customer journey and through marketing automation, content can be segmented by customer attributes to deliver the right content to the right customer at the right time.

Digital marketing and customer experience management must be intricately interwoven with content marketing strategies to map content to each phase of each customer’s purchase journey. By integrating CXM (customer experience management) solutions with your CMS, you can achieve the kind of intelligent content delivery that delivers real insight for each customer segment.

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4. Be Nurturing

Integrating your platforms to unify functions such as e-commerce and marketing will ensure that content is being applied effectively for engagement across all channels. Use analytics to reveal deeper insights, as well as functionalities such as lead nurturing and marketing automation to create unified campaigns that nurture, engage and respond to customers more effectively during the customer journey from the web to social media to email. 

Keep in mind that customers have often traveled through most of the customer journey before they ever speak with your sales team. This means that companies must help customers navigate the sales funnel toward a buying decision with sensitive and intelligent lead nurturing processes. 

5. Be Channel Specific

Channel-applicable personalization is key to nurturing positive customer experiences, but effective personalization can only be achieved using accurate, up-to-date customer information, channels, products, geolocations and other relevant data domains.

Using a CXM platform to achieve critical integrations with other systems provides access to customer data no matter where it is stored. With a complete and continuously updated customer picture available to sales, products teams, marketing and management, platforms can be integrated with systems such as CRM, customer service applications and other analytics processes.

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