Use experience journeys to create value
A journey map is a visual story of a customer’s experience over time with a service, product, organisation or system. A current state and future state experience journey can be created for any of the relationships within your value chain, but more often than not focuses on your customers, employees, or intermediaries. It provides a sequential and holistic view of the end-to-end experience your customer has with your organisation, product, service or channel. It depicts the customer experience in a holistic way, considering needs and expectations, touchpoint interactions, and back-end technical and business process, and provides a roadmap of business initiatives for cross-functional groups and product, service and channel leaders.
The journey maps can be built in stages dependent on your organisational priorities. A current stage journey map helps identify breakpoints and items to “fix” in the short-term. It also alludes to more long-term opportunities that can be further explored in a future state journey map.
A future state journey map defines medium-term innovation and long-term strategic innovation opportunities. Both current and future state journey maps can illustrate with consideration for front and back-stage interactions, processes and expectations.
A journey map is informed by customer and business insight and illustrates the stages of an experience, the steps the customer took, channels they utilised, touchpoints they interacted with and who was involved. Journeys are a powerful communication tool for organisations as they not only show the experience the customer has with the organisation but they also illustrate the experiences the customer has with outside of the control of the organisation including the influence of personal networks, social media, competitors and personal research.
Why create an experience journey?
- To help business units form a shared focus, provide clarity to the desired customer experience across channels, and facilitate collaboration.
- They build empathy when used to communicate the end-to-end customer experience journey, supported by real stories to highlight breakpoints and moments of truth.
- They inform holistic decision-making and inform process, system, product, service, and business model design and innovation.
- They are visually large, giving research findings more impact, and making them easier to remember.
- They show how a customer negotiates an interaction and how they experience a brand in it’s entirety.
- They provide guidelines and direction for those responsible for delivery and channel interactions.
- They build support for change and can unify disparate business units and channels.
- They can be used as a training or education tool to show relationships and consequences.
How can you use a journey map?
- To inform supporting initiatives across systems architecture, business processes design, product and service design, marketing, communications and training of front-line staff.
- To inform the innovation roadmap and initiatives prioritisation and selection.
- It identifies a prioritised list of capabilities required to deliver the optimum experience. This informs capability building activities, and resource planning.
- To build engagement, empathy and support change across the organisation.
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