Engaging Loyal Customers to Evangelize Your Brand

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - October 8, 2009) - A recent study, "Customer Experience Management: Engaging Loyal Customers to Evangelize Your Brand," conducted by Aberdeen Group, a Harte-Hanks Company (NYSE: HHS), explores the undeniable customer centric shift that is forcing all organizations to rethink customer engagement. "Measuring the customer experience emerged as the number one strategy all organizations will be implementing to mitigate challenges with customer satisfaction and the need to improve customer retention," explains Ian Michiels, Practice Director of Aberdeen's Customer Management Technology Group and author of the study. "Ultimately, CEM requires a customer centric shift in the way the entire organization thinks, not just customer facing roles. The more organizations can link CEM with improvements in business performance, the more valuable it will become to inject resources into the organization to manage and improve the customer experience; these may include technology investments, headcount additions (to own customer experience improvement), or consultants." The findings isolate organizations that achieve superior performance in customer retention and customer satisfaction to identify how these organizations grow and harvest customer advocates for new customer acquisition.

"Simply increasing communication with customers is not enough to improve the customer experience. The organizations that are thriving in this economy are creating superior customer experiences by showing customers how their input, opinions, and experiences have been translated into better customer experiences," explains Ian Michiels. "Every customer experience is an opportunity to influence customer acquisition, customer retention, loyalty, and advocacy." CEM strategies help define the relationship between customer satisfaction, retention, loyalty, and the brand.

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