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Can Non-Customer Facing Teams Impact Customer Experience (CX)?

Sep 09, 2022
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5 min read
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Maria George

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There’s a common misconception that delivering great customer experiences is the responsibility of only support teams. 

But that’s far from the truth. 

Did you know that non-customer-facing teams – like marketing, finance, and legal – can impact customers’ feelings about a brand? 

Dan Gingiss, a renowned Customer Experience thought leader, elucidates this through several real-life examples in a webinar with Hiver. 

We decided to put together the key takeaways and highlights from the discussion.

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1. The Marketing team: First impressions matter.

If you think about it, an advertisement, billboard, social post, or flier is mostly our first encounter with a brand. That’s where the first impression happens. And it sets the tone for what is to follow – between the customer and the company. 

Dan highlights how clever marketing can positively impact customers’ perception of your company – through some interesting examples such as gas station signage, a Nebraska tourism guide, a dentistry brand, and more.                                                       

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Here’s an example of a brand campaign by Mintdentisry.com. Though it is just dentistry, look how eye-catching their cover page is.

2. The Product team: Meeting needs and creating experiences hand-in-hand.

Great products don’t just meet customer expectations. They enable customers to have memorable experiences. 

Case in point: Apple. Dan discusses how Apple emphasizes the ‘experience inherent in the product.’

This is something many companies overlook.

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Bubly, Pepsico’s sparkling water brand, prints customized messages on top of the can. Adding some simple notes on the tab goes a long way to make sparkly water fun to drink.

3. The Customer Service Team: Are you listening?

Customer service comes into the picture when the customer experience breaks. It’s a bit of a reactive strategy that aims to fix and resolve issues. 

At this stage, paying attention to customer feedback and acting on it is essential. Customers who know you listen to them stick with your company and increase customer retention.

In this discussion, Dan highlights various relatable scenarios in customer service. For example, we all get frustrated when we get in touch with a company’s contact center and are put on hold for a long time. Imagine being on hold and hearing some good music, like I’m on Hold by Alex Cornell.

Legal doesn’t have to be boring. As the saying goes, ‘No rule mandates monotony.

Say, for example, you want customers to read your insurance policy or any disclaimer. Dan suggests using ways to make it humorous and catchy. Even consider providing gift vouchers to persuade your customers to read legal documents. 

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An insurance company named Squaremouth decided they wanted their readers to read their insurance policy. So they hid a $10,000 gift inside the policy booklet.

5. The Social Media team: Chance to go viral (for the right reasons).

Social media is a massive platform for building brand value. Companies’ social media accounts should indulge in lighthearted interactions with their followers.

Below is an example of how Asos, a UK fashion brand, made a typo in its packaging bags. After realizing the blunder, most businesses would have discarded these bags, but not Asos. They decided to turn it into a viral marketing campaign. 

6. The Finance team: It’s (not) always about the money.

One of the primary responsibilities of finance is to ensure invoices are processed on time. This could involve multiple follow-ups with customers and vendors, but it doesn’t have to be so cumbersome or awkward.

Dan reflects on an instance where a food truck was willing to take whiskey as a payment method. Now that’s being creative!

7. Courteous Custodial Department: All about the emotions

You’d be surprised to know that the custodial department significantly impacts customers.

Dan plays an audio clip of a father who took his son to a hospital for surgery. The father couldn’t resist when he saw signage in the restroom that read, “Hang in there, Dad.” That moment was incredibly reassuring for him.  

This is what going the extra mile for customers is all about! 

Way Forward:

Every department in an organization impacts customer experience, either directly or indirectly. So, to truly create delightful experiences for customers, you need to look at customer satisfaction as an organization-wide initiative. 

And for that to happen, you need to create a company culture that thinks customer-first all the time. You also need to invest in the right tools that enable different departments to access customer data and insights and cross-collaborate when required. 

This is where a multi-channel customer service platform like Hiver can make a huge difference. Curious to know how? Take Hiver for a spin and see for yourself.

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