Voice of the Customer (VOC) vs. Voice of the Customer (VOC) ??
For service organizations seeking to grow, excellent service delivery of existing offerings instills trust with the customer. That trust is the cornerstone to successfully launching new services. But the goodwill of that trust can only be leveraged if new service offerings provide NEW value. And excellence in what you do doesnt guarantee providing that new value. To put it another way, doing something well for someone doesnt mean you will add value in everything new you can think of or be asked to do for them in the future.
What is common between delivering on current services and new services is the ability to execute. What is different is that the Voice-of-the-Customer (VOC) is well defined in the former case and has yet to be defined in the latter. Defining VOC well is a function of listening well. Execution and listening are critical to both situations. Execution has the same definition in both cases. But the two situations call for two different types of listening.
How does the listening differ? Well, in Service Delivery the target had been acquired at the time of the sale. Therefore, you are listening to determine if you are hitting the target and, if not, how youre missing and by how much. In the case of new service design, you are trying to acquire the target. When delivering existing services, customer requirements are well known and VOC must be collected on how well you are performing vis a vis those requirements. With new services, you are more heavily involved in defining customer requirements.
Too often, I see companies launch new services with confidence based on their ability to stay tuned to a specific target and hit it consistently only to fail with a new service launch. The reason they failed is that they never properly defined the new target. Staying on a target and finding a new target are really very different.
For Service Delivery, the primary listening or targeting challenge is how to (i) monitor VOC and (ii) convert VOC to Critical to Quality. To launch new services, the primary listening or targeting challenge is to define the value to be delivered per the customer or define Critical to Customer Requirements.
In the end, service delivery VOC is about how to understand your processes while the VOC needed to successfully launch new services is about understanding the customers unexpressed needs.
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