Even in the midst of a global pandemic, there is one thing that’s for sure: people still want to be treated well. This concept is at the core of customer experience – the simple idea of people wanting to feel seen, known, and appreciated by the companies they’re buying from. Even as many companies seek to temporarily halt production of certain items or close their doors to dine-in patrons, they’re finding themselves in a weird place: wanting to stay top-of-mind for customers amidst potential closures, and not wanting to stir anxiety or fear while they do it. In fact, according to a June 2020 survey (1) performed by our team at Futurum Research, which talked to 330 companies in North America and Europe, 57% said their entire business model needed to reconsidered in the wake of COVID-19. Let’s just say that things are about to get a whole lot more competitive and CX may be the thing that keeps you in business.
For anyone who has ever dreamt of being able to click on any image and buy it, whether it’s Jimmy Fallon’s suit on Late Night or the chair he’s sitting on, Facebook has announced it’s stepping up its e-commerce game with a brand new shopping experience powered by AI.
Companies who bring many of these customer service trends to life are the ones who are going to be successful. Nike is one of those companies. They invested in a value-added app that helps customers track their runs. At the same time, the app provides value to the customer, it’s providing information about customers to Nike. So, after a certain amount of miles run, the app might suggest to the customer it’s time for a new pair of Nikes. Through augmented reality, the customer can point the app to their foot and try on different styles. Then, it’s able to size your foot perfectly, and you can place the order and get your new trainers in record time. And for those that prefer a tangible experience, you can touch, feel, and smell their products in their flagship stores.
According to IDC, 85% of enterprise decision-makers say they have a time frame of two years to make significant inroads into digital transformation or they will fall behind their competitors and suffer financially.