Innovate Your Guest Experience by Focusing on Ministry Model and Brand

Your Guests are your customers.

At Forrester Research, Inc., customer experience is defined as how customers perceive their interactions with your company.

Kerry Bodine, Vice President and principal analyst serving Customer Experience Professionals at Forrester Research, has written a great blog post entitled: “Business Model And Brand: Keys To Customer Experience Innovation” (May 17, 2013)  that church leadership teams need to consider. Here’s an excerpt:

“If you want to shift your customers’ perceptions, you have to examine those interactions on a deeper level. Specifically, you need to look at the types of interactions customers have and the qualities that those interactions embody. And that’s where your business model and your brand come into play.

While the connection between business model and customer experience might be obvious, I don’t find that many companies actively consider the two in tandem.

  • Your business model determines the types of interactions customers will have.
  • Brand values drive the qualities of those interactions.

Organizations that want to differentiate their customer experience need to go beyond find-and-fix efforts that result in incremental improvements. They need to innovate the customer experience by refocusing on their business model and brand.

Read the complete blog post by Kerry here.

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Kerry Bodine

Kerry Bodine

Kerry is a vice president and principal analyst in Forrester's customer experience research practice and the coauthor of Forrester's book, Outside In: The Power of Putting Customers at the Center of Your Business. Kerry leads Forrester's research on customer experience design and innovation.

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I like it Mac and do agree with your opinions on the matter. Thanks much
— winston
In this era, we have the opportunity of professional church staff today who utilize their gifting to shape the image and atmosphere of the church organization. But the 100% real impact on the church visitors is genuine evidence of changed lives by the gospel and the active growing discipleship (just as it was in the first century church). One demonstration is financially rich believers ministering equally together with poor believers (how odd, and incredibly miraculous; all humble and bow at the foot of the cross.). It is the awesome contrast of church members vocations, race, gender, age, maturity, gifting, humility that demonstrates to visitors "there is a Spirit in the place". That first-time guest list of 10 are "physical excuses", not spiritual excuses. Those don't tell the story. The condition of facilities and publicly greeting people have zero to do with it. The power of God in and through believers lives dedicated to impact other people with their relationship bridge-building of acceptance of the lost around them. Empowered believers are infectious, loving, helpful, giving, self-less, dynamic, compelling, bold, Christ-filled. As I have been in many church settings domestically and internationally, the facilities can be poor, and yet the fellowship can still be rich. We need to operate with first church humility. People come to Christ on His terms, not on our human abilities of hospitality. A huge catastrophe in a community, disaster relief brings lots of people into churches – many come to the church in those terrible conditions no matter the physical condition of the local church. Off the condition of facility, and onto the condition of God's people (living stones).... and everything else will grow.... and the other physical issues will be corrected by the staff.
— Russ Wright
"While I understand the intent behind this phrase" Expound please. What do you understand to be the intent behind that phrase?
— Ken

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