CX Common Terms Glossary2018-08-17T11:28:01+00:00

Jargon Buster

Use our glossary tool to search for and demystify some of the terminology surrounding customer experience.  Each consultancy may use different terms to describe what they mean so don't take these definitions as sacred, however here we've defined some of the terms we hear to explain what WE mean.
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There are 6 names in this directory beginning with the letter C.
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
A detailed map of the customer journey describing the processes and behaviours that will bring the customer promise alive at each key customer touch point. This should also identify the brand 'hallmarks' those specific moments where you can wow the customer to truly differentiate your brand and create a memorable experience.

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE MANAGEMENT (CEM)
The entire process of defining, designing and delivering the experience that a customer receives which differentiates the brand and drives customer advocacy. What CRM consultants often say they offer but rarely do. (It's what we are best at even if we do say so ourselves!)

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE SCORECARD
The key measures that enable the organisation to measure the delivery of its promise and impact on business results.

CUSTOMER JOURNEY
The keys steps where a customer engages with a brand; from awareness to purchase, to lifetime relationship.

CUSTOMER PROMISE
A collection of statements or customer commitments that support the overall brand promise at a more granular level and describe what the organisation will do to deliver the promise. Its purpose is to focus the entire organisation (and, as such, will not usually be communicated to customers) on those critical customer-focused actions that lead to improved business results. E.g. O2 'Making our customers lives easier'.

CUSTOMER RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT (CRM)
The process of capturing customer data, tracking customer behaviour and using this to communicate more effectively, for example loyalty cards. Often used too narrowly to mean the technology that enables it.

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