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Customer Experience Design

Customer experience has become the single most important differentiator

Products and services are turning into commodities at an exponential rate. One of the few remaining differentiators today's businesses can use as a competitive weapon is the experience they (knowingly and unknowingly) offer to their customers.

The value customers attach to products and services is determined by the experience across the whole of the customer decision journey.

Whether you like it or not, all customer interactions engender an experience. Managing these experiences in a methodological and disciplined fashion has become imperative in today's business world. It is the single largest opportunity for creating and capturing value.

Customer Experience Design as a marketing discipline

From our collaborations with clients across a range of industries, from retail to B2B engineering, we have distilled a methodology for the sustainable management of customer experience.

Based on touchpoint and customer journey analysis, and infusing interactions with brand identity, we help you design for desired customer experiences and monitor the effectiveness of interactions.

You'll find more information on our methodology and how to apply it in our whitepaper "Customer Experience Design: a framework for a new marketing discipline".

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The Reference Antwerp developed a brand new website for Biscuterie Jules Destrooper. The result is astonishing and the whole team is, quite rightfully, extremely proud of it. It all started with... a cookie. Not only did it inspire the web design, but also the user experience. Design is Dead/The Reference took care of the whole package: from photography to design to development. 

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June 27 2019
Three ways how connected systems improve customer experience

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We all know the customer experience impacts the bottom line. Experience influences the decision to become a customer, remain a customer or recommend you to other people.

The customer experience is a direct result of how a business has designed its systems and processes. In other words: the backstage dictates what happens on the front stage.

Connecting these backstage systems and processes can dramatically improve the customer experience.

 
Blog Strategy and consultancy
May 16 2019
Data consultancy is ‘data science with a baseball bat’

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After digitalisation and digital transformation, data is the new hero on the playing field. A logical step when it comes to evolving towards an optimal customer experience. Companies are therefore looking for various different data profiles. In addition, agencies and consultancy firms are attaching greater importance to this in their current approach and services.

As a result, buzzwords are often bandied about and certain terms are misused or taken out of context. Translating data into practical business value is not always straightforward. At The Reference, we therefore use the term 'data consultant' as we place the emphasis on the broader picture and offer more concrete guidance according to the needs of our clients.

Our Senior Data Consultant Roel Peters and Data Consultant Senne Vermassen clarify a few things below.

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