What's up fellow marketers!
There's been a big shift towards customer-centricity in digital marketing. But what does it actually mean to put customers at the center of your strategy? Simply put, it's designing everything around their wants, needs, and interests. To stand out, brands need to focus on providing relevant, personalized experiences to each customer. This requires having a digital marketing team that puts the customer at the heart of everything they do.
What Does It Mean to Be Customer-Centric?
"Your customers don't care about you, your product, or your services. They care about themselves, their dreams, their goals. Now, it's up to you to understand them so you can make yourself relevant." - Blair Enns, Win Without Pitching
A customer-centric marketing team always considers the customer first. They aim to understand customers' needs, pains, motivations, and desires. Then they use this knowledge to craft marketing strategies and campaigns that provide value.
Being customer-centric means:
Making decisions based on customer data and insights, not assumptions
Optimizing for customer satisfaction and lifetime value, not vanity metrics
Mapping out customer journeys to identify pain points and opportunities
Using feedback loops and direct customer research to guide strategy
Hiring a Customer-Focused Digital Marketing Team
The first step in building a customer-centric digital marketing team is hiring people with the right skills and mindset. Look for candidates who are:
Curious - Eager to learn about customers and their behavior
Empathetic - Able to see things from the customer's perspective
Data-driven - Let insights guide their decisions
Customer-focused - Keep the customer at the forefront always
You'll also want to assemble a diverse skill set, including abilities in:
Content strategy and creation
Social media marketing
Search engine optimization
Paid advertising (PPC, social ads)
Web analytics and attribution modeling
Customer research and testing
Fostering a Customer-First Culture
Hiring the right people is just the starting point. You also need to build a culture that encourages customer-centricity.
Foster empathy by having team members develop buyer personas and map out customer journeys. This builds understanding.
Make sure all decisions can be tied back to concrete customer insights. Don't rely on assumptions or gut feel.
Celebrate wins that provide value to customers, not vanity metrics. Recognize work that drives satisfaction.
Allow time for regular customer research and usability testing. Listen to feedback and act on it.
Developing Customer-Focused Processes
"Unlike products, customers have memories. This means that the business a customer generates for you tomorrow, either as a repeat customer or as a reference for other customers, is based largely on their memory of how well they were treated today." -Paul Jolley
Finally, ensure your processes align with putting customers first:
Map major customer journeys to uncover pain points and opportunities to improve experiences.
Build in regular feedback loops through surveys, interviews, and user testing. Use this input to guide strategy.
Rigorously analyze performance data, not just for key metrics but for insights into the customer experience.
Have a formal process for iterating on and optimizing campaigns based on what engages your customers best.
By instilling customer-centricity throughout your team, processes, and culture, you'll be better positioned to offer relevant, satisfying experiences. And in today's world, that's what sets brands apart.
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