TTEC Digital recently hosted a “Books & Bourbon” event, which brought leaders in retail customer experience together to discuss the important role that empathy plays in customer experiences. We were fortunate enough to co-host with bestselling author of Wired to Care and CEO of Jump Associates, Dev Patnaik. The conversation was enjoyable, and the bourbon wasn’t half bad, either.
While the bourbon is long gone, the insights we gained are here to stay. Below, I’ve outlined four of my favorites for retailers, all on the topic of empathy:
1. Technology can’t substitute for human empathy. As more and more brands rely more deeply on technology, consumers have lost collective trust in their ability to make empathetic decisions. Some brands who used to embody their missions have lost sight of the most important point: customer satisfaction.
2. Data must inform intuition, not replace it. As the retail industry evolves, we’ve started seeing an over- reliance on data, compared to intuition. The goal of data should always be to enable decision makers to make better decisions for their customers, informed by both empathy and intuition.