Customer communications and the digital experience (DX) have become so closely related that the gap between the two has already begun shrinking in the customer communications management (CCM) industry. As a result, DX integration has risen to the top as a key factor in making digital workplace technology purchases across businesses and industries.
Is your firm curating your own customer communications capabilities? Or to put it another way, are you leaving this critical piece of your digital customer experience software stack to outside vendors and hoping for the best?
Just a brief note to let readers know that I wrote an article that was published today by CMSWiRE. The site's theme this month is "digital literacy". The article explores how the user interface and user experience of digital workplace software can help or hinder the digital literacy of front-line employees.
Just because a software program gets the job done, that doesn’t mean it’s right for you. With a full array of customer communications management (CCM) solutions on the market, making sure your software package is business-friendly plays a key factor in how useful the program is for your brand and how high the return on investment (ROI) on that CCM software will be.
Many marketing mavens may well be aware of the capabilities of their customer communications management (CCM) software. However, when asked if their solution is cloud-native or just cloud-based, most would probably shrug a shoulder and ask: What’s the difference? Does it really even matter? It’s just a tech jargon nuance, right? Our response would be, YES! absolutely, there’s a huge difference. As we head into 2019, cloud adoption has become more ubiquitous and mainstream, and as a result, the term “cloud” can take on a variety of interpretations. In fact, what we’ve found to be true is that very few CCM vendors have a cloud-native solution. Many are offering a managed service or a SaaS subscription to software hosted in the cloud, but not created for the cloud. Currently, innovative solutions providers have devised a technical shift in favor of systems created specifically for the cloud. The good news: it’s not prohibitively expensive to get on board. Consider these advantages of a cloud-native system when devising your CCM solution.
A recently published report from Forrester, “Now Tech: Customer Communications Management, Q1 2019” (Forrester Research, Inc., January 11, 2019) cites Topdown as a future-oriented customer communications management vendor. In the report, Forrester vice president and principal analyst Craig Le Clair examines the Customer Communications Management (CCM) market and identifies the 17 most relevant CCM vendors, categorized by size (annual revenue) and capabilities (defined below). Glenn O'Donnell, Amanda Lipson, and Diane Lynch co-authored the study.