Create an inspiring brand that tells your strategic story and ensure its carried throughout all interactions.

On paper, you have a brand defined.  You’ve profiled your customers (buyer personas). You’ve mapped their moves through the funnel (buyer process). You know them quite well, in the abstract.

 

But what about up close and personal? How does your buyer and customer experience your brand promise?

 

Every interaction, or touchpoint, a buyer has with your company makes an impression. Even the most fleeting (or seemingly insignificant) moment carries a subtext about your brand. Rest assured, your buyers are picking up on it. To go deeper into the brand experience, download our 10th annual workbook, How to Make Your Number in 2017 and turn to the Brand Strategy and Planning phase on pages 174 to 179 0f the PDF workbook.

 

A touchpoint analysis will help you quantify the experience through a series of qualitative interviews. It’s similar to a “day in the life”: It allows you to walk in buyers’ shoes. See what they see. Find the hidden leaks in your funnel. And transform your marketing department into a buyer-centric, service-oriented enterprise. 

 

Every Touchpoint Sends a Message.

 

“We’re a competent, disciplined, unified team.”

 

“We care for our customers. Their well-being and satisfaction are our top priorities.”

 

No matter how powerful your brand positioning statement, your buyer experience must reinforce it. This includes all touchpoints along the way. Not most touchpoints; all touchpoints. If just one encounter evokes a negative response, you’ll lose credibility and influence.

 

Fortunately, the buyer experience is well within your control. You just need to identify and evaluate your touchpoints—big and small, concrete and abstract. From the buyer’s perspective, every detail matters. As does consistency of both messaging and tone throughout the buying experience.

 

This will help:  We created a Customer Interview Guide to help you map the experience customers have with your business. The Guide will reveal how your prospect’s buying process equipping you to enhance every touchpoint.  Download the Customer Interview Guide – Touchpoint Analysis

 

Here are just a few of the touchpoints you need to consider.

 

Your Office Environment

 

  • Colors—Are you reinforcing your brand image?
  • Layout—Is the arrangement inviting and comfortable?
  • Signage—Are you reaffirming your company distinctions, brand promise, and business principles?
  • Small touches—If you have lush foliage, for example, you’re signaling a high level of care. And a keen attention to detail. Your buyers will take note.

     

Your Customer Service Protocols

 

  • What traits do your company uniforms or dress standards emphasize? (Professionalism? Approach-ability?)
  • What questions do your front line employees ask, and in what order? (Does their personal concern for buyers rank highest on the list?)
  • Do employees make clear, in the simplest possible terms, what buyers can expect?
  • Are buyers offered a range of convenient options for doing business with you?

     

Your Email Communications

 

  • Are you sending updates at each stage of the buying process?
  • Are you giving buyers a voice, and making them feel valued, via satisfaction surveys?
  • Are you sending periodic newsletters to keep in touch and stay top of mind?

     

Your Social Media Presence

 

  • Are you posting consistently and frequently enough?
  • Does your activity align with your brand identity and your followers’ expectations?
  • Are your posts inspiring? Do they feel like two-way conversations, promoting audience engagement?

 

Requisite for Success: Empathy for Your Buyers

The truth is, buyers don’t make rational decisions. They make emotional ones. How they perceive your brand matters most. Positive feelings and associations keep them moving through the funnel.

 

When analyzing your touchpoints, channel your empathy. Focus on the human being who just happens to be a corporate decision maker. Think of how you’ve been ideally treated in the past. Then aim higher.  To go deeper into defining your brand, download our 10th annual workbook, How to Make Your Number in 2017. Turn to the Brand Strategy and Planning phase on pages 174 to 179 0f the PDF workbook.

 

How to make your number

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Vince Koehler

Brings deep marketing expertise to help clients make brands successful and drive strong marketing return on investment.

Prior to SBI, Vince served as the VP of Marketing for Integer and led e-commerce Agency of Record account teams at VML, a full service digital marketing agency. During his tenure, VML became a market leader, growing from 72 to more than 700 employees. Prior to VML, Vince was the President of Propeller Interactive, a digital marketing agency with clients such as Koch & Sprint.

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