Customer experience is at the centre of every marketing strategy in Singapore. Your goal as a marketer isn’t to sell products or services, but to deliver personalised experiences and meet customer expectations.
This demands that you understand your customers well enough to know what offers and experiences are most relevant to them. The point rests on gaining a more distinctive view of your customers.
You have to understand their journey as customers. You have to understand how they make decisions and rationalise their reactions to things.
There’s only one way to achieve this – and that is, by visualising everything. You should start by telling the story of your customer’s experience – right from the point where they discovered your website, to the point where they became your loyal customers. You must be in a position to give critical information on the key part of the interaction that happened along the way.
This is what marketers refer to as customer journey mapping. You’re simply keeping track of every major moment of a customer’s journey. You want to find out the specific details of what triggered a specific course of action. What made them change their mind? What strategy did you use to nudge them and has it been effective on a series of other customers?
The process of mapping a customer’s journey isn’t an easy one when you think about it. That’s mostly because there’s no direct approach to it. And at the end of the day, everything still boils down to preference.
Many organisations prefer using general mind-mapping tools that effectively address their needs. But there’s a section that still prefers using collaborative tools that they can use to include the anecdotal data that they have collected from various members of their team and other departments as well.
That goes without mentioning a list of companies that prefer the customer journey mapping tools they use to create visuals in the line of infographics that narrow down to the finer details of their customers’ journey.
Let’s just say you’ve got options aplenty when it comes to this. We’ll try to rundown the very best of these tools so you can read through and pick one that you think best resonates with your business needs.
Here goes the list:
Smaply is not your ordinary customer mapping tool. It’s a customer intelligence solution that takes an entirely different approach. It’s focused on customer voice leads and how you can use it to improve your business strategies and decisions.
The tool offers text, survey, and sentimental analytics that marketers can use to make more informed marketing decisions based on the collected data. It takes an omnichannel approach by collecting data from multiple places and sources before analysing this information to come up with useful insights that marketers could take advantage of today
This approach focuses on informing an organisation as a whole on the various data points that apply to all of its aspects. The end goal is to help you improve the experiences of both your current customers and prospects.
- Automatic graphs
- Drag and drop layout
- Freely arrange lanes
- You can add more lanes including storyboards. You could also add more text lanes to narrow your focus on specific topics and enrich the map.
- They have graphs that help you understand the customers’ journey much better.
- Visualise channel usage
The tool comes with a 14-day free trial, with an option to choose between the four different pricing packages provided.
Their starter package goes for €25 per month plus VAT which varies depending on your country. This package can only sign up one user, with an option to only use it for a maximum of 3 projects. It comes with no option to add more users.
Next in line is their regular package which goes for €50 per month exclusive of VAT. This package allows you to include up to 3 users. And there’s no limit as to the number of projects you’re allowed to run.
Third in their four-tiered pricing plan is their business package, which goes for a good €100 per month. This option allows you to include three users with an option to work on an unlimited number of projects.
Lastly is the enterprise pricing plan. You have to contact them for a customised quote.
This is a collaborative customer journey mapping tool that you could use to get your teams to visualise on the vital aspects of a customer’s journey. The tool also makes it possible to import existing customer data. This allows you to embark on designing a more comprehensive journey map for your customers.
Arriving with the tool are the templates that give you a head start. These templates also make it easy for you to edit data and share information around. And once you begin to run the testing maps; it lets you store the touchpoints. These touchpoints allow you to determine customer impact, cost, and, most importantly, your return on investment.
- The tool allows you to create actionable maps that you could use to deliver targeted results for a more specific customer base.
- It gives you a more comprehensive understanding of your customers. You get to track them from multiple angles and discuss them with your colleagues and other members of your team in real-time.
- It’s a flexible and one of the most secure SaaS-based customer journey management tools you’ll ever come across.
- It’s a collaborative tool that allows you to bring other stakeholders on board via task management and initiatives, customer and employee feedback, and initiative reporting.
The tool has no definite pricing plan. You have to contact Touchpoint for a quote.
Gliffy is a cloud-based editor for creating and editing diagrams. It’s more lightweight and therefore not suited for handling technical diagrams, particularly those that require your team members and colleagues to collaborate.
The tool offers plenty of simple features. For instance, it comes with organisational charts and Venn diagrams. You also have an option to create a free account, with which you can create a maximum of 5 diagrams. And mind you, all the diagrams you create are public.
That means, if you’re planning to draw a confidential diagram, then you’re better off subscribing for one of their paid pricing plans.
- The software is super-fast. That because it’s designed to run on HTML5 editor. It also allows users to create large-sized diagrams without wasting much of their time.
- It stacks a series of drag-and-drop shapes that you can incorporate into your project. That goes without mentioning their extensive library and their point-and-click formatting.
- It automatically stores saved diagrams that you can easily access and track your changes.
- It allows you to collaborate with whoever you want more easily. There’s also an option for you to share your projects with your colleagues and team members easily.
- Google Drive Integration.
- Import Visio documents
They have a free plan that you could sign up for today. It’s to be however noted that this plan limits the number of diagrams you can create to five. The created diagrams are also free. So if you’re looking to throw in some confidentiality into the diagrams you create, you might want to consider signing up for one of their paid plans below.
Their professional pricing plan goes for $7.99 per month. This plan is billed annually.
Their team plan goes for $4.99 per month per every member of your team you bring on board. Again, this plan is billed annually and can accommodate up to 50 users.
For their enterprise, you have to contact the company for a customised quote.
Canvanizer is easy-to-use mapping software that boasts a wide range of uses, including mapping customers journey. The tool allows you to develop, structure, and brainstorm your concepts and ideas with your team and colleagues.
You could also use it as your daily task manager, where you’ll be using it to delegate tasks and keep track of the progress that you’re making. It also arrives with loads of templates that you could use for different types of projects.
It’s also among the few tools that allow you to import spreadsheets directly from a CSV file where you’re not willing to start a new project from scratch.
- The tool allows you to refine your ideas and concepts.
- It also gives you a general rundown of your service processes.
- Service journey
- The pre-service period includes public relations, advertisement, word of mouth, expectations, and social media.
- It naturally supports design thinking
Has a free trial that you could jump on straight away.
UXPressia is a web-based management tool for customer experience. The tool is designed to help your team share, visualise, present, and improve the various aspects of their customer journey.
It offers a series of features such as real-time collaboration, integration with various data sources, drag-and-drop edit, and a modern interface.
Other than that, the tool flaunts a flexible customer or buyer persona, impact map builders, and a long list of predefined templates. You’re also allowed to build your own templates and share them across with the rest of your team members.
- Flexible map layout
- 15 different sections types
- Emotional graph
- An option to import your maps in a high-resolution, printer-friendly doc file
- You could share maps with your colleagues or team members
They have a free trial that you can sign up for today. With their free trial, you’re only allowed to create one project, one map, and one persona. You can also share the project with only one user. On the upside, this plan still comes with SSL security.
For their professional plan, you have two options i) to make a monthly payment of $24 or ii) to make an annual payment of $240. With this plan, there’s no restriction as to the number of projects you could create. You’re also not restricted on the number of maps, personas, and shares you could make.
For their enterprise plan, you’ll have to contact them for a quote.
OmniGraffle is a multifaceted diagramming with a broad use case. It can be used for interior design or wireframe design. It can also create neat and more precise customer journey maps to be shared with your team members and colleagues.
Professional designers and artists can also use it to draw diagrammes and casual maps. It’s also one of the easiest tools to use if you’re a beginner with absolutely zero experience on customer journey mapping.
- Non-destructive combination of shapes.
- Converts text to shapes and line to shapes
- Works on iOS devices and Mac only
- Allows you to organise details with Diagramming subgraphs and object notes
Has a 14-day free trial period that you could use to test the tool around before investing your cash in it.
For Mac, the tool goes at a one-time fee of $99.99 for the Graffle 7 license and $199.99 for their Graffle 7 Pro license.
For an iOS, the tool goes for $49.99 for their standard license and $99.98 for their pro license.
Optimove is a cloud-based customer marketing tool. The tool designed to allow for highly targeted communication that empowers online brands to grow through CRM automation. This tool allows you to plan, measure, execute, and optimise a highly-personalized marketing plan for your customers.
- Real-time hyper-targeting
- Predictive customer modeling
- Self-optimisation personalisation
- Multi-channel campaign automation
The tool comes with no definitive pricing plan. That means you have to contact Optimove for a price quote.
This is the tool for you if you’re an automotive dealer or manufacturer and are looking for something that will help you increase your service revenue stream. Xtime Spectrum is a fully-integrated system that’s based on the cloud. It’s designed to help automotive dealers and manufacturer deliver an exceptional user experience.
It can track customers from the point where they land on your site to the point where they complete a purchase. In other words, the system offers comprehensive coverage on a buyer’s journey.
- Arrives with four integrated products – Invite, Engage, Schedule, and Inspect.
- The system runs on Xtime Cloud, which holds the entire solution for superior services and exemplary results.
- The system delivers a pretty consistent user experience, thanks to the single integrated Xtime platform it runs on.
Again, you have to contact Xtime for a price quote if you want to use their system.
Asana is a task management web application. It’s designed to foster collaboration and facilitate team communication within your organisation.
There’s also an option for creating customer journey maps using the program. This allows you to track your customers every step of the way. Even better is the fact that you can add your team members to your projects and tasks.
The team also makes it possible for you to share your files with members of your team and communicate with them. With every change you make, any users that you’ve signed up for the project will be notified via their inbox. This allows you to check the update right on time and make the necessary changes or leave a comment.
- One of the easiest tools around. Using it feels a lot like making a list.
- Come with Android and iOS apps that you can use for free.
- Features projects, tasks, conversions, and friendly dashboards that strive to make everything easy for everyone involved.
- You can see how your project is progressing without scheduling a meeting.
- Allows you to turn some of the conversations that you have into meaningful tasks.
- You can easily convert some of the tasks to projects with absolutely no strain on your part.
- The tool has a free version for customers that are just starting out. With the free version, you are allowed to create an unlimited number of tasks, projects, and conversations. You’re also allowed to add 15 members of your team. The only limitation is that it features basic dashboards and search feature.
- The premium version of Asana goes for $9.99 per month, but with annual billing. You may be discounted depending on what time of the year you’re signing up with them. All the basic features that you’re likely to find in the free version of the tool are replicated here. On top of all that, there’s no set limit as to the number of members you can add to your team. This plan also comes with an advanced search, unlimited dashboards, task dependencies, custom fields, and a room to create private teams or projects.
- They have an enterprise pricing plan. But you have to contact them for a price quote. This plan features everything you can find in their premium package, but with more dedicated customer support.
Mural is the tool you use to organise your ideas, identify problems, and define the solutions you have through visual collaboration. The tool also makes it possible to collaborate with remote teams. You can also brainstorm and synthesize the ideas you have using workspaces that can visualise your concepts and inspire high levels of thinking.
It’s for this reason that the tool is ranked among the most effective customer journey mapping tools you’ll ever come across.
- Continuous collaboration during and after work sessions.
- Suited for both individual and group work in their customer journey mapping process.
- The tool inspires heightened levels of thinking. It does this by creating a visualised way of thinking. It also facilitates decision making through built-in frameworks and templates.
The tool has a 30-day free trial.
Their standard plan is priced at $12 per month on every member you bring on board. This pricing plan applies for annual billings only. For monthly billings, the amount shoots up to $16 per month on every member you sign up.
For their enterprise plan, you have to reach out to the company for a customised quote. With this plan, you’ll be granted all the features you’re likely to find on their standard package on top of the power to scale up and manage a series of interconnected workspaces within your organisation.
UpWave is a super-advanced task management platform for small and medium-sized businesses. The software stacks a vast array of unique features. Examples include the ultra-modern interface, which comes with detailed step-by-step tutorials on how to use it. It’s also one of the easiest interfaces to figure around.
With the tool, you can bring every member of your team on board to help you out with planning and sharing ideas and tasks through visual boards. The tool is also designed in a manner that allows you to track your workflow and streamline your productivity.
Mind you, every single piece of information you use will be stored in the cloud. That means any member of your team can access it from anywhere so long as they have an active internet connection.
- With UpWave, you can describe task and ideas. It also has an option for adding comments, sharing subtasks, setting deadlines, and sharing your files with whoever you please.
- You can see the complete journey of your customers through visual boards. The tool also makes it possible to track your workflows.
- UpWave facilitates collaboration, engagement, and productivity across members of your team.
The tool comes with a 30-day free trial that you can take advantage of today.
It’s also one of the cheapest tools around – with their standard package going at $4 per month. This package comes with unlimited boards, integrations, cards, premium support, credit card payment, and custom backgrounds.
For their enterprise package, you might want to contact them for a quote. This package comes with all the standard features but with an added benefited of tailored support.
The Final Thought
There’s no limit as to the amount of data you can collect today. The sheer volume of it might be daunting. But that’s no reason not to take advantage of the incredible amount of customer insights that these tools provide. Or isn’t that what you need to propel your business to the next level of success?
Do you want to find out more about customers experience or how to integrate customer journey mapping into your next web project? Well, shoot us an email at MediaOne Marketing — or better, consider calling us at +65 6789 9852, and we’ll be glad to chip in and help.