It’s not about the leaders’ views on customers, it’s about independent measurement

If you ask senior leaders how customer-centric is the business they lead, the chances are that they will be much more positive than the reality.

If you ask 10 people in a business from different functions how customer-centric their business is, they will likely give widely different opinions.

If you ask 500 people, you will definitely get a wide variety of views.

If you ask 1000, there will be an even wider divergence.

Why?

Because they don’t objectively measure the most vital ingredient of customer centricity – customer culture: that is, what people in the business do that impacts customers. Specifically – how do they behave and what practices do they implement day in and day out with respect to customers.

We know from countless studies that an organization’s customer-centric culture drives customer experience that in turn drives customer retention and loyalty that leads to higher growth and profit as shown in this diagram.

If you don’t embed a strong customer culture right across the organization, you won’t get the rest – retained customers, trust, productivity, growth, and profit. Also, as a leader, you won’t get your team behind you or the momentum you need to be successful. At best your performance will be short-term, at worst it could be disastrous.

To get a strong customer culture you must find out where you are today through objective measurement that includes feedback from a large sample of people in your team or your business. Not just any measurement like employee engagement or net promoter score. Both of these measures are useful, but they do not measure customer culture.

This culture gap is a risky blind spot where decisions are taken in the dark and money invested on improving customer experience is lost.

You must use a purpose-built customer culture measurement tool. This must include universal behaviors that have been definitively found and tested to enable you to assess your company’s level of customer-centric practices – benchmarked against the most customer-centric and profitable businesses in the world.

There is only one purpose-built, validly tested, and reliably implemented customer culture measurement tool in the world – the Market Responsiveness Index (MRI). This has been used by more than 1000 organizations over the last 10 years and helped them create a unified view of their level of customer culture that everyone can agree on – and act to strengthen.

Visit us at MarketCulture to take this vital step.

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