Customer Experience Innovation: As Simple As 1-2-3

I just published a research report called “Customer Experience Innovation In Three Steps” which describes the following three-step process for creating breakthrough customer experience innovations:

  1. Uncover the needs. Let’s start with an assertion: In every industry, customers have a lot of unmet needs. Why else would digital video recorders (DVRs) like TiVo gain momentum when there was no shortage of mature VCR options? The first step in the customer experience innovation process is to understand exactly what current and potential customers really need through end user research like ethnography.
  2. Design a disruptive strategy. After understanding what customers really want, firms need to define potential offerings. Although ideas for new products and services can come from anywhere, firms should consider designing solutions based on one or more of Forrester’s five disruptive customer experience strategies.
  3. Evaluate the opportunity. Not all innovations are worthy of investment. To decide which ones make sense to fund, firms can use the R-W-W (real-win-worth it) framework. How does this work? Only go ahead with proposals if you can answer “yes” to all three of the following questions: Is the opportunity real? Can you win? Is it worth doing?

The bottom line: Make sure that innovation is on your agenda.

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I am a customer experience transformist, helping large organizations improve business results by changing how they deal with customers. As part of this focus, I examine strategy, culture, interaction design, customer service, branding and leadership practices. I am also a fanatical student of business, so this blog provides an outlet for sharing insights from my ongoing educational journey. Simply put, I am passionate about spotting emerging best practices and helping companies master them. And, as many people know, I love to speak about these topics in almost any forum. My “title” is Managing Partner of the Temkin Group, a customer experience research and consulting firm that helps organizations become more customer-centric. Our goal is simple: accelerate the path to delighting customers. I am also the co-founder and Emeritus Chair of the Customer Experience Professionals Association (CXPA.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the success of CX professionals.

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