Do you know what’s the most exciting opportunity for a business? Yes, that’s right – It is to create a favourable customer experience. In the 2016 Digital Marketing Trends Report by Econsultancy and Adobe, it was revealed that a major chunk of companies believe in providing a smart customer experience to their target audience.

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However, most of them only try to achieve this. This is the age of personalization. Customers seek human engagement. Whether the communication takes place on phone, via emails or newsletters – the tone and messaging should strike the right chord with them and if it doesn’t, then the business loses out on customers sooner or later.

Do you know 85% of customers are willing to pay up to 25% more to ensure a superior customer service experience and 55% of them will recommend the company if they are happy with their experience? The biggest challenge for businesses perhaps is to keep up with that pace and still communicate with their customers despite the digital chaos.

Let’s take a look at 5 ways to build a customer experience strategy that helps you, the marketer, to make the most of the coming year:

1. Omnichannel marketing

In both B2B and B2C spectrum, aligning content and design across all platforms to maintain a consistency is a must. The value proposition that you put forward in the market is your brand message. After all, it is a promise that is made to potential customers. You should make sure it is delivered clearly.

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Apart from this, you should offer insightful information to your customers regularly. Showcase yourself as the authority in your industry. Integrate robust data and analytics into your omnichannel marketing strategy.

Use machine learning to update data as the market evolves. Companies such as Wigzo offer great tools to achieve this. It will help you to create more relevant content for your audience.

Read more: 5 Omni Channel Marketing Mistakes Costing You Customers

2. Website personalization

The website is the face of a business. It is the first step towards building a customer base which is why your website should appeal to them and this can be ensured if it is designed to cater to individual needs.

The team at Brooks Running, an eCommerce portal, saw that many people were putting multiple shoes of the same size or a half size different into their online shopping carts, and when they compared this data to their product return data, they saw that at least one pair was being returned.

To bring down the return rate, they opted for a unique personalization strategy. Whenever a shopper added a second shoe size to their cart, a dialog box would pop up asking, “Not sure which size to get?”, and offer a fit guide and support line for the customer to call.

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This brought down the return rate of the eCommerce firm to 80% by making the customer experience more personalized and smooth.

Read more: Why Effective Personalization Isn’t Just About Your Website And What You Need To Do

3. Push & web notifications

According to Adweek, push notifications are a default tactic for mobile apps to communicate regularly with their users and deliver 50% higher open rates than emails. Despite the increased use of mobile phones, desktop usage still accounts for 42% of the total internet time. This is where web push notifications enter the picture.

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The aim of such notifications is to nudge the customers to take an action. Now this action can be to check out “Today’s deal” or to finish the checkout process which is otherwise on “idle” mode. eCommerce firms make heavy use of this functionality as it enables them to stay engaged with their customers.

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In an age where cart abandonment rates are high and competition is tough, eCommerce firms have to continuously find ways to send messages that are hyper-personalized and on the right platform – and what’s better than sending a web or mobile push notification?!

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Using Wigzo-personalised & trigger-based notifications, our client was able to convert 33% of people abandoning their cart. Why don’t you give it a shot too?

4. Email personalisation

Since the last two years saw an overload of “personalized emails”, 2017 is dedicated to reinventing that “personal touch” that is absent from many kinds of business interactions. 1:1 marketing is also known as “segment of one”.

Wigzo, for instance, automates email marketing processes by auto-populating the emails that each subscriber receives based on what he or she has previously shown interest in. This doesn’t just boost the open rates of emails, but also the conversions from the channel.

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Similarly, cutting-edge designs that can be tweaked and reused and are high on responsiveness, independent of device and screen size can speed up the daily workflow for any business. Big and bold banners, coupled with engaging text and clear CTAs are instant eye-catchers.

Read more: Email Personalization – Your Guide For 2017

As a marketer, you must strive to make the customers to buy the “experience”. The smartest brands build communities and foster long-lasting relationships that turn into brand loyalty and a much higher rate of customer satisfaction.