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Let’s face it, who wants an economy class experience? Not many of us. In fact a study by American Express in 2014 revealed that 68% of customers are willing to pay more if they believe the company will provide excellent customer service. Today on the blog we’ll look at the 5 ways to upgrade your customer’s experience from run of the mill to first class.

1. Mobile Optimization
Gone are the days when travelers would be issued with paper tickets. Today flying is a very digital experience with travelers having the ability to check in online, by swiping a mobile phone, or even by using a custom built app. If your website doesn't offer a mobile-friendly web experience, not only are you not providing the best customer experience but you could be missing out on a huge potential customer base. In a study published in the International Business Times it was reported that 1 in 5 millennials’ use their smart phones exclusively to access the internet. So if you haven’t already it’s time to get your site looking good on every device.

Read our mobile optimization best practices guide for guidance on developing a more effective mobile strategy.

2. Upgrade your User Interface
We’ve all had that airport experience of waiting in enormous lines as we watch the business and first class passengers effortlessly move to the front of the queue. Well, its time to make sure that your website site does the same by being fast to load and easy to use. But a good user interface doesn’t just stop at your website, you also need to consider all of the touch points a customer may have with your company. Are your social media channels current with engaging content? Do you reply regularly to posts? Do you have a telephone number that is easy to find and answered promptly? During the engagement stage potential customers could be looking for details about your brand and product, so make sure that they are quick and easy to find.

3. Personalize the experience
“Window or aisle?” As a first class customer you are rarely asked the question – why – because the airline already knows. Each time a customer interacts with your brand they provide both explicit and implicit information about themselves. By utilizing this information effectively you can make the customer feel like they are having a personalized experience. So consider doing a content audit and looking for all of the points in the customer journey where you could be delivering a more tailored, personalized message and help convert prospects into customers.

4. Use big data
Rumors abound of big airlines testing everything, down to the flavors of the chocolates in the flight lounge. In today’s data centric world you can also harvest the data of your potential customers thanks to a range of big data repositories like Google Analytics, Marketo, Hubspot, Campaign Monitor. Using the data gleaned from these tools in conjunction with analytics platforms that track interactions and behaviors, allow you to develop important customer insights and tweak your customer experience to perfection.

5. Customer Service is key
At last you make it onto the plane, settle into your first class seat and sip on the complimentary champagne you have been given. An ‘upgraded’ customer experience is ultimately about the ability to make your customers feel special. This feeling can be created in many different ways from well trained, friendly staff to a website that answers a customers questions before they even think to answer them. Whichever way you choose to ‘upgrade’ your customer’s experience it’s worth the effort because we all love flying first class.

Create a Winning Customer Experience

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