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Getting Into the Customers, Shoes: Customer Journey Management

Crafting Customer Experience Strategy

ISBN: 978-1-83909-711-9, eISBN: 978-1-83909-710-2

Publication date: 4 May 2021


A customer's journey of searching for a product or service, evaluating it, purchasing it, using it, recommending it, rebuying it or rejecting it is unique in itself. Organisations always have dreamt of getting inside the customers' minds and trying to understand what's happening inside at each of these steps. This chapter explains the customer journey concept and the analysis of the various components of the customer journey. We highlight that the firms need to understand the customer journeys and the multiple touchpoints they interact with to create a worthwhile customer experience. The chapter lists out the various touchpoints, including social/external touchpoints, customer-owned touchpoints, partner-owned touchpoints and brand-owned touchpoints. We discuss three frameworks that can be used by a firm to understand design a customer journey. These frameworks include AIDA (awareness, interest, desire and action), MAI (measure, analyse and improve) and journey maps. The chapter recommends the various steps which a firm can use to create a journey map. In the end, we create a linkage between the customer journey and business transformation. The chapter builds a case for the application of customer journey management by pointing out that it is a complex phenomenon, and the firms should use a structured approach to design and manage the customer journey.



Rishi, B. and Popli, S. (2021), "Getting Into the Customers, Shoes: Customer Journey Management", Popli, S. and Rishi, B. (Ed.) Crafting Customer Experience Strategy, Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 21-45.



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