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Valuing Customer Value Management

Customer Value Management (CVM) is widely undervalued in the way we practice customer experience management (CEM). Excellent resources on the CVM topic abound, yet few executives &#8212 and even few CEM professionals — are aware of them. Sometimes CVM seems too quantitative or difficult to grasp or implement, but the companies that have distilled customer value management principles are certainly reaping higher value for their stakeholders, especially customers! In addition to step-by-step calculations for customer lifetime value, return on customer, customer equity, customer value-added, and other essential metrics, CVM literature provides practical advice that is absolutely necessary for managing customer experience right.

Firms of Endearment (by Sisodia, Sheth & Wolfe) explains how "endearing companies tend to be enduring companies". By asking a broad sample of people which companies they love, and then working backward to identify those companies’ collective, distinctive set of core values, policies, and operating attributes — and then their return on equity — amazing findings resulted. The firms of endearment (FoE) list includes the usual suspects, and then some: Amazon, BMW, Caterpillar, Google, Harley Davidson, IDEO, IKEA, JetBlue, Johnson & Johnson, LL Bean, REI, Trader Joe’s, UPS — to name a few. "They actively align the interests of all stakeholder groups, not just balance them … and can do seemingly contradictory things such as pay high wages, charge low prices, and get higher profitability." Indeed, the financials seal the deal: " the public FoEs returned 1,026 percent for investors over the 10 years ending June 30, 2006, compared to 122 percent for the S&P 500; that’s more than a 8-to-1 ratio! Over a 10-year horizon, FoEs outperformed the Good to Great companies by a 3.1-to-1 ratio." Continue reading

Customer Experience Management is More Than Engagement

This article is 5th in a series describing 10 unique characteristics of customer experience relative to more well-known concepts such as customer satisfaction and retention. The characteristic defined in this article is: Duration — Customer experience encompasses the point from which customers become aware they have a need until they say that need is extinct.

Customer engagement is really what many of us think of when we use the phrase customer experience management. During the past 15 years, customer-focus efforts have largely emphasized service excellence in contact centers, up-selling in CRM, or affinity-building in NPS or communities or references. While these customer engagement endeavors are subsets of customer experience management (CEM), they are often more revenue-oriented than customer well-being oriented, and hence, fall short of goals for superior customer experience and accompanying expectations for strong business results.

Return on Investment
For customer engagement to generate revenue, constant investment in campaigns, service, and technology are necessary. Alternatively, initial investment in CEM organically generates customer engagement for growth in revenue, and simultaneously reduces costs, for growth in profits. CEM is a dedication to serving customer needs from the customer’s perspective. By aligning the entire company with the customer’s perspective, CEM eradicates non-value-add activities and attitudes within a company, preventing hassles and minimizing waste. When customers enjoy hassle-free experiences, they’re naturally motivated to Continue reading