Understanding the Importance of Customer Advocacy
In this episode of the Feedcast podcast, Tricia interviews Jim Tincher, CEO of Heart of the
Customer, as they explore the journey from a product-focused mindset to prioritizing customer
experience. Jim emphasizes the need for companies to advocate for customer needs and build
products and services around them. By sharing real-life examples, he highlights the pitfalls of
designing for oneself and the importance of understanding the customer journey.
Overcoming Challenges and Maintaining a Customer Focus
Jim and Tricia discuss the common challenges that companies face in maintaining a customer-
focused mindset. They address the tendency to prioritize growth, cost management, and other
business objectives over the customer experience. Emphasizing the need for executive buy-in,
they stress the significance of incorporating customer experience into decision-making
processes and aligning all departments to understand and meet customer needs.
The Key Elements of Successful Customer Journey Mapping
The conversation delves into the key elements of successful customer journey mapping. Jim
outlines the five questions that organizations should address: identifying the right business
problem, determining the appropriate journey and customer, selecting the right approach, and
assembling a capable team. By focusing on these aspects, companies can gain valuable
insights into their customers' experiences and identify areas for improvement.
Companies Getting Customer Experience Right
Jim highlights companies that are excelling in customer experience, going beyond the traditional
examples. He shares inspiring stories of organizations such as Dow, Hagerty, and UKG, who
have successfully prioritized customer-centric approaches and revolutionized their respective
industries. These examples demonstrate the significance of measuring enjoyability and trust in
B2B interactions and emphasize the importance of emotions in shaping customer experiences.
Moving Beyond Traditional Metrics
Tricia and Jim explore the limitations of traditional metrics, such as net promoter score (NPS), in
truly understanding and improving customer experiences. They stress the need to listen to
customers' actions and words, as well as to measure and address emotional factors. They also
discuss the growing role of AI and chatbots in enhancing customer interactions and the
importance of keeping the customer at the center of the experience.
The episode concludes with Jim sharing insights from his book and the research he conducted.
He underscores the need for organizations to connect customer experience to their financials
and explains how successful companies create a customer-centric culture. By embracing
change management and aligning all departments, businesses can ensure that the customer
experience becomes part of their DNA.
Overall, this episode provides valuable insights into the shift from product-focused thinking to
prioritizing customer experience. It offers practical strategies for maintaining a customer focus,
enhancing journey mapping efforts, and leveraging metrics that truly measure customer
satisfaction and loyalty.
[01:56] From product design to customer experience
[06:22] Advocating for customer needs
[11:46] Why do companies shift away from customers?
[22:10] Where does the customer journey start?
[27:29] What companies are doing it right?
[30:06] Jim’s book and the research he found
[34:15] Closing statements