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CX Manager Vs Customer Support: Why You Need Both?

CX Manager vs. Customer Support_ The difference between them, and why you need both

You’re probably already aware that customer experience manager and customer support are important for digital companies.

However, SaaS, software, and e-commerce companies have a slightly different, additional challenge on their hands. Your potential customers can easily research and even test-drive all of their options before purchase. Sounds like a challenge to you? Then let’s jump in.

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Ok, back to the article 😊! According to Entrepreneur, great customer support strengthens your company’s brand, opens doors for partnerships, and increases retention — which is 5 times more profitable than acquisition. 

For software, e-commerce, and SaaS brands however, unlike in brick-and-mortar businesses, you must consider the entire customer journey in order to attract and retain customers.

Website feedback improves the user journey

That’s the job of a customer experience specialist.

In this article, you’ll discover the purpose of an independent cx manager responsibilities and evaluate whether your company needs one now. 

The unique role of a customer experience manager

In e-commerce and software, the competition is always just a few finger-taps our mouse clicks away. Online businesses must work to build loyalty and trust even before prospects become customers. Otherwise, you risk customers churning out for something “easier.”

Pie chart for customer experience and customer sentiment

Accomplishing this requires special attention from the first brand impression all the way through purchase and usage. A customer experience specialist does just that. They assume responsibility for reading the market and connecting with customers through a positive experience with your online brand, start to finish.

Customer Support vs. Customer Experience Manager Responsibilities

According to a recent CX survey ran across 100+ digital companies, the multiple departments within a company would have customer experience-related activities at hand. And support is in the lead, meaning most companies still rely on them to move the needle for CX.

Interestingly, a surge of VoC (voice of customers) teams can be seen on the horizon. Especially in B2C companies, the strategy and ownership of customer experience clearly have a different value than support and operations. Hence 56% of the companies have established independent CX teams to tackle that.

CX managers vs. Customer Support - who is taking the lead

What exactly are the CX manager’s responsibilities? Why do many companies expect the customer support team to step up to these functions?

Here’s a simple comparison:

Customer SupportCustomer Experience Manager
Pre-purchase
– Answer questions about terms of sale
– Assist customers to understand the usage of the product
– Establish communication channels between the company and customers
– Remove obstacles for customers to fully experience the brand and product
Purchase
– Support order placements or cancellations
– Resolve customer complaints
– Cancel or upgrade accounts
– Ensure customer satisfaction
– Build customer relationships
Post-purchase
– Assist with refunds or exchanges

– Analyze customer interaction data to optimize the customer experience
– Enhance customer loyalty

As you can see, a customer experience manager’s responsibilities are more overarching than those of customer support.

Why SaaS and E-Commerce Need Customer Experience Managers

How can an e-commerce or software business know whether it needs a customer experience manager? Consider these signs:

Is your company having trouble…

…converting leads into customers?

…managing multiple communication channels?

…smoothly transitioning customers from marketing to sales, and sales to customer support?

…identifying why customers are churning?

collecting customer feedback and analyzing data about customer usage?

…optimizing and measuring the value of customer experience?

Use feedback to measure customer satisfaction and loyalty

If so, it may be time to hire a customer experience manager who can take ownership for overseeing and improving the entire customer journey.

Care for the entire Customer Journey

What is the customer journey? Different businesses label it differently. However, for the purpose of understanding how a customer experience manager operates, the main phases of the journey are the first impression, consideration, purchase, usage, and loyalty.

During the first impression phase, marketing creates “need generation” and a “trigger” to attract potential customers. 

Then, customers consider the product and evaluate their options. E-commerce has a unique challenge here; whereas customers standing in a store are more likely to simply make a purchase, online customers can easily shop around. So it’s the customer experience manager to ensure a superior experience. 

When a purchase is made, sales and marketing have done their job. But the work of retaining the customer in a competitive market isn’t over. 

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