THE YEAR OF THE CUSTOMER

THE YEAR OF THE CUSTOMER

Forbes magazine declared 2016 The Year of the Customer, noting that consumers are smarter than ever, have information at their fingertips, expect to be appreciated and share their experiences (good or bad) with the world. Many sources have additionally proclaimed that customer service will separate the winners from the losers – that experience is overtaking product and price as the key differentiator and motivator for brand loyalty. To healthcare marketers, the customer experience is familiar ground. This is a trend that health systems have been paying attention to for years – and are now being financially motivated and rewarded to ensure satisfaction scores remain high. What can healthcare marketers do to impact customer experience? In conferences and strategic planning sessions, this question routinely rises. The first thing that you can impact is expectations. Customers draw their expectations of a health system based on what we tell them with marketing, advertising and word-of-mouth. We can impact what customers expect from our brand by: Developing a brand position that truly differentiates in your market and accurately reflects the culture of the organization. Formulating a brand promise that is meaningful, resonates and is deliverable. Inspiring our internal audiences (who interact with our customers every day) to deliver on and live this promise. Establishing a social media strategy and filter for “on-brand” shared content. 7 additional ideas that you can implement now to impact the customer experience 1.)  Dig deeper on differentiators and develop those into what Jay Baer (customer service expert and author) calls “Talk Triggers.” These are messages that you use consistently and faithfully to differentiate your organization to elicit and reinforce positive...
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