Pitfall 5: One-size-fits-all Customer Journey Mapping
Customer journey maps are one of the best ways to identify focus areas for your CX transformation programme. Customer journey mapping is a visual representation of every experience your customers have with you. It is a powerful tool which enables you to step into your customer’s shoes and see your business through their eyes.
Customer journey mapping enables you to develop a holistic view of current customer experiences across touchpoints and focus on customer behaviours, needs and wants at different stages of the journey. It helps you identify ‘moments that matter’ and pain-points, enabling you to prioritise and concentrate efforts and expenditure on what matters most to maximise CX effectiveness.
Given the power of customer journey mapping, it is imperative to not fall into the one-size-fits-all trap. Customers have different needs, values and pain-points. It is important to identify and define your target personas and create a specific map for each persona.
Ensure you invest the time to develop a data strategy to not only identify target audiences that personas require immediate attention, but also to support your organisation's customer journey and personalisation efforts. Focus on data-driven audiences first, then expand to other personas and customer journeys as your CX programme grows.
It is important to map your current state (unless you are a start-up business) and focus on CX improvement areas. Do not start with a future-state map - you cannot transform what you don’t know.