Objective: Set Expectations and Minimize Problems
Sometimes the objective isn't to delight customers but to stop annoying them. Two further styles can help to reduce or prevent customer dissatisfaction.
Style 3. Sharing Insights
Organizations fails to use much of the customer data they collect, but they could achieve a variety of benefits from sharing some of it with their customers. Sharing data can establish a company as a trusted element in a customer's decision-making process, and can even lead to opportunities to monetize data. The data may require little analysis, as the emphasis is on openness and sharing, not on providing deep insights.
Style 4. Ensuring "It Just Works"
An organization's value proposition is often built on a few key attributes, such as product reliability, low cost and service consistency. When these fundamentals go wrong, it can be a long and costly process to regain a customer's trust, especially if his or her needs are met by a competitor in the meantime. Organizations can apply analytics in a variety of ways to determine the key factors for customer satisfaction. In some cases, doing this requires feedback from customers, but in others organizations can use event-monitoring systems to identify issues before they become visible.
Objective: Do the Usual Things, but Better Every Time
The final two styles should improve the customer relationship the more consistently they are used.
Style 5. Massive Customization
In an increasingly digital world, it's already surprisingly easy to deliver customized products. It should get even easier as the traditional 4Ps of marketing (price, product, promotion, and place) can be adjusted to suit customers better, which should lead to it becoming commonplace to create and deliver customized products on the basis of analysis.
Style 6. Changing Behaviors
The most obvious use of analytics is to encourage changes in customers' behavior. One can strive to understand and change behavior at any phase in the customer relationship, and in any context, but most efforts focus on acquisition, cross-selling and retention. In some cases, though, the greatest benefit comes from analysis that is informed by an understanding of customer psychology.