By now, nearly all companies have realized thatCX is the differentiator and customers value the experience above almost everything. Enormous effort and resources have been thrown at CX, and there have been huge gains. According to Forrester’s 2017 Customer Experience Index (CX IndexTM), however, CX quality plateaued or declined for most industries and companies.
It’s plain to see why. CX was a classic land grab where companies found it easy to deal with obvious problems. But now the hard work begins. Customers are getting used to enhanced experiences and want increasingly better service. Companies need to keep up with these expectations or else fall farther behind. Forrester is predicting that in 2018, 30% of companies will see further declines in CX performance, which will mean declines in growth, or worse.
So are we going to stay put or decline? Or are we going to punch through to the next level? 2018 will be the year where this is decided. So what will be the big stories? How will technology and automation advance the customer experience? Here’s our take on what we think will be the biggest trends in 2018.
How will technology and automation advance the customer experience? Here’s our take on what we think will be the biggest trends in 2018.