digital transformation

Today’s competitive market is reducing margins and driving enterprises from customer acquisition to customer retention approach. The need of the hour is customer centricity, to create products around customer needs.

Telecom service providers, unlike online industries like Amazon, Apple, Google and eBay, store customer data in silos due to the inherent complexities in the service portfolio. This in turn impedes 360 degree view of the customer and adversely impacts customer loyalty.

“There were 5 exabytes of information created between the dawn of civilization through 2003, but that much information is now created every 2 days, and the pace is increasing …”

Eric Schmidt, Google CEO, at Techonomy Conference 2010

The first step towards customer centricity is to break these silos and transform them to a unified platform that gives a 360 degree view of customer data and then pool all customer data into a central warehouse that maps different lines of businesses to a customer.

“The teams merged but the systems didn’t, so from the outside it looks like a merged company, but from the inside we see a mobile customer, a TV customer, an Internet customer, but sometimes they can all be the same person.”

Martin Péronnet, Monaco Telecom CEO, from www.totaltele.com

The second step is to use this unified platform to deliver customer knowledge that will be used by marketing to send relevant offers for up-sell and cross-sell. Further, you will have to move into interactive operations by identifying customers (based on daily usage)who are prone to move to another operator. These customers are given personalized and relevant offers to retain them. The final step is to align all departments in using the consolidated customer data in their day to day operations to provide a superior customer experience.

Customer centricity is not about replacing your existing systems, but it is simply a realignment of your processes for business agility and operational efficiency.

Reference
What customers really want. (n.d.). Retrieved January 27, 2015, from www.rolandberger.com

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Przyklenk, senior manager, digital insights, for TDBank Group talks on why relevant data should be used for marketing rather than big data.

“You don’t need a lot of data to make decisions, just the right data” says Przyklenk.

TDBank Group, the second largest financial institution in Canada, began re-evaluating their customer data when branch traffic declined without a significant increase in digital transactions. Przyklenk talks about the challenges referred to 5 S’s the bank is facing while data analysis.

  • Siloed: multiple systems for different lines of business to connect to customers
  • Structured: several layers of data ownership, governance and access levels, requires vast institutional knowledge
  • Super-expensive: internal cost structures including chargeback models for processing time and bandwidth
  • Strange: systems are older than the analysts using them and the information generated is difficult to understand
  • Speed: financial institution mainframes offer faster processing speed but without structured data analysis cannot be effective.

A huge amount of unstructured data from multiple sources is dirty and data analytics cannot make sense of it. Prospects and customers expect personalized and relevant offers based on behavioral and relationship data, which cannot be achieved with the above challenges.

Przyklenk said among customer data collection and analysis, enterprise should invest in centralized data warehouse, data management platform and customer journey mapping.

Centralized data warehouse will consolidate all the customer data which in turn will help marketers spend more time on launching campaigns rather than consolidating data. This consolidated warehouse can also be integrated with other applications like CRM to make customer data available to all stakeholders. A data management platform and customer journey mapping will provide a single customer relationship across different lines of business with a personalized communication. Finally these changes in an organization will provide a 360 degree view of your customer.

 

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Forrester research shows that since 2007 the average customer experience in the industries has gone up and the number of bad customer experiences has dropped down to minimal. But according to the latest predictions, 2015 is not a good time to provide an average customer experience. Customers are empowered more than ever and they have been interacting with numerous companies to get the best experience.

Next year companies will invest more on technology to stand out of the crowd by having a superior customer experience and soon the average customer experience companies will not be appreciated. This digital race from good to great customer experience will hit the gas pedal, and government & public sector companies will also be part of it.

Forrester says the next level of customer experience is an emotional interaction. Analytics on customer data from extended sources like social media platforms, campaign management platforms, mobile apps, and loyalty programs needs to be used to provide a more emotional interaction with the customer. This data is further used to personalize interactions in real time to transform the needs and wants of individual customers. The battle ground is shifting to new areas based on customer needs and companies should be prepared to explore them.

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