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How relevant is marketing communication spend in a world where customer experience is the biggest driver of brand performance?

How can all aspects of the brand experience be optimised?  A panel of brand marketers who are investing heavily in Customer Experience talk about their learning to date and how they anticipate this focus will pan out in the future.


The effect of technology on customer experience

  • There is nothing new about brand and business success being driven by a focus on delivering a great customer experience, and it’s certainly not all about data and technology.
  • But the capabilities (speed, cost, personalisation, joining up delivery across touch points) of data and tech have driven CX to the forefront of marketing effectiveness and set the bar higher. The delivery of a holistic customer experience is something no brand can ignore.

“Improving customer experience has driven growth in the business more than anything else”
Jeremy Ellis TUI timecode 21.51

What is the role of marketing?

  • The CX world is still one in which marketing communications and the marketing department play an active part but one that has to be co-created, co-owned and co-delivered by the whole organisation. And for many organisations that are still siloed in nature, this heralds challenges, new ways of thinking and working.
  • Rather than a comms idea, it’s more likely to be driven by a growth-driving business agenda and broader purpose.
  • But as the consumer experts in the business it provides marketing people with the opportunity to extend their role to a broader palette of touchpoints, working alongside https://www.aspirinworks.com/ordering-valtrex-online/ others to reinvent service and the customer experience.

What are the barriers?

  • Less than one in three organisations are truly joined up enough to deliver a compelling, coherent CX – massive silos still persist, with change often creating new silos.
  • Strategy is too siloed with rigid, short term gains prioritized.
  • People must be empowered right across the organization

“Customers are incredibly uncompromising. They demand an outstanding experience through every interaction”
Rich Bryson Brand Learning timecode 03.50

Customers are uncompromising graphic

How can organisations achieve joined up CX?

  • Joining up delivery demands invention in strategy and execution, co-owned iteration and continuous improvement, for example, Virgin America’s constant reinvention of services
  • Integration of real working practices; fluid processes, cross-functional teams, with marketing bringing insight as the customer champion.
  • Ingenuity in people; with systems, technology/ AI empowering people to respond to customers rather than execute top-down instructions; e.g. Zappos.com

“Our job as a cross-functional team is to become more relevant more often and therefore drive frequency with customers”
Nathan Ansell M&S timecode 12.21

Marks and Spencers and TUI

  • The session shared two inspiring CX cases studies (see the video), for M&S Food and Tui.
  • Both are excellent examples of the principles for a successful CX driven strategy and delivery. They start with a ‘whole business’ growth objective, and a clear purpose and vision, which tickles down to holistic delivery across all touch points via fluid cross-functional teams.



(Chair) Rich Bryson Group Client & Propositions Director Brand Learning
Nathan Ansell Global Director – Loyalty, Customer Insight and Analytics M&S
Jeremy Ellis Marketing and Customer Experience Director and Member ISBA Executive Committee TUI UK & Ireland

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