Customers are more connected than ever digitally. But how do they connect with brands emotionally?
Through trust, a new Salesforce State of the Connected Customer report suggests. Customers are willing to trust brands, and there are certain issues that are key to that.
Trusting customers. Nearly half (49%) say they mostly trust companies to act with society’s best interests in mind, and an additional 19% say they completely trust this to be the case, according to the report. Under a third say they mostly distrust (27%) or completely distrust (5%) companies.
Since society depends on safeguarding the earth’s resources, environmental concerns loom large in customer trust. This is why 78% of customers say that environmental practices weigh in on their decision to buy. Going green wins trust, and trust leads to buying.
Service. Another road to trust comes out of how brands that sell products manage everything else. Experience is critical. And this is where the study shows a raising of the bar for customer demands.
In 2020, 80% of customers said that the experience the company provides is as import as the product or services. In 2022, this number jumped to 88%.
Communication. The pandemic raised also the stakes for communication and customer distrust of crossed signals. 74% of customer said that communicating honestly and transparently was more important to them than before the pandemic.
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Why we care. The digital customer is a moving target. This means marketers have to continually update their best practices to deliver higher quality experience. And they have to meet high expectations while remaining transparent and not appearing to jeopardize the trust of their customers.
That’s the negative side of the exchange, the multiplying challenges and pitfalls of digital experience. On the plus side, it appears that customers are providing more opportunities than ever for marketers to build trust when all the dots are connected.
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