How to Collect the Best Customer Information For Your Voice of the Customer:

WE shares his advice for optimizing your Voice of the Customer (VoC) and meeting the best customer information.

VoC is the term used to define both the specified and unspecified needs and requirements of your customer and their insight of your products and services.

A prosperous VoC programmer will help you decide what products and services you should offer and enable you to identify critical features and specifications for those products, services and any connected processes.

For this programmer to succeed it’s imperative that both VoB and VoC are fully united and working composed towards the same goals.

I would continuously recommend excruciating your project and responsibilities into four separate areas.  These are;

1. Identify customers

2. Gather Customer Information

3. Analyse Customer Information

4. Determine Customer needs.

I’m exactly going to provide best practice and tips around ‘Step 2 – Gathering Customer Information’, but I am always happy to go into more detail on how to identify customers, analyses customer information and determine customer needs in follow up sessions or upcoming articles.

Fold Customer Information – Step 2

The team responsible for handling step 2 has a big task gaining of them and it’s essential that they are able to identify and obtain relevant, topical and accurate information about the customer.  It’s this customer information and response collected that will inspiration the way of the business and urgencies improvement projects.

So, to ensure all-out value and benefit, there are four things to keep in mind when studying this data.

  1. Is your creation or service appropriate for purpose?
  2. What are our features?
  3. Customers requirements and needs?
  4. What are our customer’s needs, wants and seen as astonishing?

Appropriate for Purpose

  • Customers want a product or service to meet their needs – no more, no less. You should shape your product or make your service to the exact features and competences and be alert you can have too much as well as too little in terms of quality.
  • What the customer reflects ideal is frequently referred to as “Fit for purpose”.
  • One way to think about your product or service is as a group of features.
  • After this viewpoint, to be “Appropriate for purpose” means that the product or service needs only the desired mixture of features and each feature has the correct level of superiority.

Feature Set

From your customers point of view every product or service features from the following classes:

Feature Customer What Is It
Basic Wants it The vital feature set (must have). If a product or service absences a basic feature the customer simply will not consider it, no matter how attractive it is.
Expected Needs it What the customer would expect from this type of product or service (should consume).
Excited Pleased by it Unforeseen but desirable features not normally expected (could have).
Dissuader Discards it Features which actively discourage the customer from seeing your product or service.

Needs and Wants

  • Persons often confuse what they essential with what they want. ‘Needs’ are basic – your product or service is no good without them, whereas ‘wants’ are desirable but not complete necessary.
  • Needs and wants are often judged emotionally by the customer, which is why observing and testing their conduct is always advisable.
  • ‘Delighters’ are separate from ‘wants’ as the customer does not expect them, but is surprised and joyful when they are uncertainty.

Important Points

  • Marketplace research is not very effective at classifying basic geographies (they are simply expected) ad exciters (they are unidentified).
  • Predictable can be discovered by market research and observation.
  • Predictable can lead to displeasure if poorly implemented?

Greatest if the time just requesting a customer what they want isn’t sufficient.  The team responsible for step 2 has to be talented to determine;

  • What the customer think’s they drawn
  • What the customer tells you they think they want

Classifying VoC data into one of the above allows you to amount the quality of information assembly and helps you to distillate on where to improve in certain areas.

Instances of Customer Information Sources:

Research Methods Listening Post Internal & External Data
Interviews Complaints Existing Company Information
Focus Groups Customer Service Agents Industry Experts
Surveys Sales Agents Secondary Data
Observation Billing Competitors
Accounts Receivable

At last, Once you fold this information, it’s best to analyses it in order to then determine customer needs. Calmer said than done of course, but following the advice in this article will help to put you in the best position possible.