How to map out the digital transformation for the company.
- Customer Experience (CX) remains the top driver of digital transformation but IT and marketing still influence technology investments.
- Only half (54%) of survey respondents have completely mapped out the customer journey.This means that many companies are changing without true customer-centricity.
These are the key findings from the Altimeter Research, somehow I feel this quote from Seth Godin suits where we need to start.
Because then the question next is, why do you need to make this product. Or this program. Or this initiative. Why this is good. Do you know who your customer is ? Are you building a business for money or to make a difference ? And in then end, what kind of solution are you giving to your customer ?
I could go on and on but I feel we can understand that product and customer is inseparable. And the customer journey in matching solutions or value to your customer will never end. And so there is a need to understand clearly. What is Customer Experience or Customer Journey ?
What is the difference between Customer Experience and User Experience ?
As the above picture based on linked article stated, the customer experience represents every step of the journey from when users are running price comparisons, to when users try the product, to when users may resort to customer service if their needs aren’t met.
The UX is the customer/user’s experience with a specific product, for our purposes, a website, app, or software. The design of the interface — its usability, information architecture, navigation, comprehension, learnability, visual hierarchy, etc. — all combine to create the UX, whether positive or negative. The goal of the UX designers, then, is to make sure the brand designs products that solve the right problem in an efficient and enjoyable manner.
Now, yes Digital and Social Media division role was to serve the Marketing and Communication department in the first place. But I learned that marketing is just one part of the equation. An integral part nonetheless but just one part. At that time, I knew that we just need to start at one point. I do feel it’s ok to start with marketing or any other parts of the organisation, for example with PR or customer service. As I have always said in many occasion, we gotta start from somewhere.
Now why is this understanding important. Why not concentrate with just marketing and communication. Again and again, I would always say, that when a brand is opening itself to online it is just like opening a faucet. Other questions that might not be just about the marketing campaign or the thematic information would enter endlessly. And we can never neglect that. After all, using a brand name represent everything that is to the brand. However it does not mean we have to do everything. Every single function to the organisation. But being someone who understands the possibility means we need to manage it well. In objective to manage our audience expectation well.
And I do believe as we learn more from the process of digital transformation, we learn from the opportunities that benefits us, we would want to invest more to the next stage of the digital transformation process itself. Most probably with all division to take part of the digital transformation, maybe start up a committee or one day digital and social media would be a department itself. This is me thinking out loud, thinking forward and visualise the future.
Based on the fact that digital and social media is a tool to accommodate a pathway of customer experience or a channel to opportunities like sales, customer services, marketing etc, we need to understand how it works, starting from the business process. It would also take some understanding on how a company understand their customer. In this case how Putera Sampoerna Foundation process a social initiative or an education program. When we understand how this business process from A to Z, therefore we then understand how one product connects with another product and becomes a representation of the missions in serving the bigger dream, the vision. I hope I’m making some sense.
Of course seeing something missing or identified things lacking of a certain proses is normal. And wherever we go we would seek ongoing process of inputs and planning or implementations of adjustments. However, it is not rare that my findings are becoming another different challenge that actually are not within my territory.
For the record, the IT department was truly a great partner for the Digital and Social Media team. I guess geeks do stick together.
Putera Sampoerna Foundation (PSF) has 4 pillars to activate their missions which are education, women empowerment, entrepreneurship and compassionate relief with 10 total social initiatives brands ; PSF Corporate, Save a Teen Program, Sampoerna Academy, Sampoerna University, Koperasi Jasa Siswa Bangsa, School Development Outreach, Indonesia Berkibar, Sahabat Wanita, Mekar, and Bait Al Kamil. And everybody wants to go digital.
To be able to plan and develop anything digital it starts from screening, identifying and understanding all the things, the process of the business, but also to understand the brands, each parts of the organisation, the insights, what is what, why is why and so on.
All work processes are established mainly to serve each purpose together and become one collaborative effort as an ecosystem. And in an ideal situation, when we are able to identify and agreed each customer journey of each product or program, we are able to build and map stage by stage. And then, to develop a road map that works for everyone as effective and efficient as possible. That is the ideal way. Most of the times the sequence on getting to understand the journey or getting the information are not in ideal order. So in my experience, for a certain project the development of the digital concept are based on the business objective.
Sometimes as i gathered all the informations, I began to divide them into different compartments. In my head, in my notes. Some might be important, some might be useful for later, will see. It’s really important to have structure, one to understand the basics, why and how and secondly to make everything become sense as we relay back to the objectives on each projects and of course the company. Digital channels whether functions to be as a communication tool or for any other supporting process for example customer service, sales or anything else, in the end has to link to a purpose. And for a corporation with many brands, business units and supporting operational units working together based on the company’s mission, it is crucial that we have the digital architecture identified based on the customer’s journey.
As digital and social media are only channels based on my learnings this allows me to foresee and understood better, the actualisations of each brand and all supporting functions of the organisation. Understood what is systematically missing.
I was in a situation that I felt compelled to make things better. Or to do the best that I can do. However i was very much supported by the management when it comes to implementation or doing the actual work it becomes tricky and full of challenge. Knowledge management was one of my identification and recommendation that I raised on my first year. Due to many changes happening like staffs turnover or changes in brand identity or change in business strategy of the company. Lesson learned, knowledge management was implemented on my next project at Pita Kuning. This is the same reason why I had to initiate the development of digital and social media guidebook, crisis guidebook and policy. Sometimes, things just needed to be push forward.
At the same time, I found The State of Digital in Companies by SocialBakers
And I used this to guide where we were on building digital and social media for the company. At my last year, there are points of stage that has already entering 2nd and 3rd stage. However, some status on the early stages was not entirely there yet.
I cannot say that I was able to identify the whole Customer’s Journey for PSF. And I will not share the actual digital architecture of PSF here. However I will share what the digital architecture was build upon. It was built based the the needs of marketing and communication purpose on all brand, how it connects with each other and continuously updated regularly based on these status :
- What the brands it stands for
- What are the Digital and social media channels of each brands. Such as, Main websites, supporting websites (microsites, blogs), applications, social media channels, internal channels or supporting tools.
- The mapping connection between each brands and its channels all together as a journey.
- The numbers of digital and social media channels on each brands and all together including supporting channels was identified.
The developments of digital channels infrastructures, learning process, education process was done simultaneously all together and it was truly one hell of a ride. And that is why the digital and social media team was able to learn so quickly. Our learning curve was the implementation itself.
Through the help of Gitong from Gagas Imaji our web developer agency we had the opportunity to meet with Dondi Hananto. And he shared how and the stages in digital assets development really relies on the customer journey itself.
“Building solution through product management really is the fusion between technology, what engineers do and the business side”, Marissa Mayer.
And in the end, based on my learning, if we have reach to a point where we are already managing all functions of the brand through online and we have also managed our target customers through online, is when we are ready to monetise the situation or digital community.
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