Hugh Dubberly and Shelley Evenson provided a helpful framework for looking at customer experience in 2008, when they released their Experience Cycle model.
In this framework, a customer’s interaction with a product or service is broken down into five phases: Connect & Attract, Orient, Transact, Extend & Retain, and Advocate.
You probably spend a great deal of time on connecting with consumers and attracting them, and also on the Transact, Extend & Retain, and Advocate phases.
Too often, “Orient” is the missing piece.
(Related: Who Controls Your Customer Experience?)
To write profitable insurance, an insurance company often needs to spend time to get and review information about the consumer. The consumer needs to understand why the insurance company needs this information, and how to get the information efficiently.
Insurance companies often expect consumers to go right from the Connect & Attract phase to the Transact phase, without going through the Orient stage. The consumer gets turned off by all of the unexpected requests for information, and may even bail out.
This can happen online, and it can also happen in a face-to-face sales environment.
So, in what ways might we fill in the missing piece?
First, we must understand what questions must be answered to get the consumer oriented. These questions include:
- Do I really need insurance?
- If so, what kind?
- How much do I need?
- How are my costs determined? How much will it cost?
- What does the process look like?
- How much time and information do I really need to give?
- How will you use my data? Will it be used against me now or down the road?
Next, we can take pages out of the lesson books from companies in other industry categories: