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Creating a 360-Degree View of the Customer

360-degree view of the customer

Ever feel like your understanding of your customers only scratches the surface? Or that your sales efforts just aren’t quite reaching your audience? By creating a 360-degree view of your customers, you can gain a comprehensive and holistic understanding of who they are and what they want.

Keep reading to learn more about how you can use Nutshell CRM to get a 360-degree customer view that helps you create marketing and sales campaigns that drive a higher return on investment (ROI) for your business.

What is a 360-degree customer view?

A 360-degree customer view refers to the idea that companies can gain a full, detailed view of their customers by aggregating customer data from different sources in one place. Usually, this location is a customer relationship management (CRM) system.

By having a 360-degree customer view, businesses gain a more complete understanding of their audience.

It’s like putting together pieces of a puzzle—with pieces all over the place, you may be able to guess what the big picture is, but you can’t make out all the details. A 360-degree customer view is the completed puzzle, details and all, where you can see everything that makes up the image that is your customer.

How to get a 360-degree view of the customer

Answering the question, “How do I get a 360-degree view of the customer?” starts and ends with data. First, you collect it. Then you analyze and interpret it. Read on to learn more about how to collect customer data and interpret it to get a 360-degree view of your customers.

1. Collect customer data

Whether you realize it or not, you’re always generating customer data, from your direct interactions with them to the digital footprints they leave on your website and social pages. Collecting that customer data is the key to getting a 360-degree view of your customers.

Use a CRM

One of the best ways to collect customer data is through CRM software. CRM systems like Nutshell pull customer data from different sources and organize it in one location so you can view all your customer data without jumping from platform to platform. In other words, they help you organize all your puzzle pieces.

Running an email marketing campaign that’s bringing in tons of data? No problem, Nutshell can connect to it. Collect customer information through web forms? Nutshell can connect to that, too.

Nutshell’s all-in-one CRM is home to dozens of software integrations, so you can simplify your data collection efforts no matter which platforms you use. 

Use direct customer engagement

Direct interactions with customers and leads can also yield valuable information about them regarding behavior, demographics, and key pain points.

Direct customer engagement isn’t limited to in-person interactions either—businesses operating online can collect data from direct customer interactions through things like:

  • Feedback surveys
  • Customer interviews
  • Customer service interactions
  • And more!

2. Analyze your data

Now comes the fun part: putting the puzzle pieces together. By analyzing the customer data you collect with your CRM, you can gain valuable insights into what makes your audience tick and how best to reach them through your sales and marketing efforts.

Analyzing customer data starts with looking for patterns and trends within the data itself. This may seem like a lot to take on manually, but with a powerful CRM like Nutshell, you can automate your data analytics efforts and create in-depth reports with the click of a button. 

Create customer segments

Another powerful data analysis technique all businesses can benefit from is creating customer segments. Customer segmentation, also known as market segmentation, is the process of putting customers into specific groups based on common characteristics and behaviors they share. 

Customer segments give businesses a 360-degree view of their customers by clearly defining different groups, or segments, that make up their audience. Through customer segmentation, businesses can focus their marketing and sales efforts on targeting a segment’s specific needs, driving a higher ROI.

Benefits of creating a 360-degree view of the customer

Though we’ve already briefly mentioned some benefits of getting a 360-degree view of the customer, let’s dive into them a bit deeper.

Identify customer needs

By creating a 360-degree view of your customer with your CRM data, your team can effectively pinpoint specific customer needs and adjust sales and marketing efforts to better address those needs.

After all, your business exists to offer solutions to customer needs. Take that a step further by using your 360-degree customer view to anticipate customer needs and position your business so your customers see you as the prime solution.

Better customer service

With understanding customer needs comes better customer service. Anticipating customer needs with your 360-degree customer view allows you and your customer service team to better prepare for customer issues and questions.

Better yet, you can make changes within your business’s products and services to eliminate potential issues and offer a better experience for your customers.

When it comes to helping specific customers, your customer service team can use data collected with your CRM to get a full rundown of specific clients prior to meetings so they can personalize customer service experiences for each person.

Informed marketing campaigns

Your customers aren’t the only ones who get to enjoy the benefits of a 360-degree customer view. With a more comprehensive understanding of your audience and their needs, your team can develop informed marketing and sales campaigns that effectively target your most valuable customers.

Keeping customer needs, behavior, and preferences in mind, your team can craft marketing messaging that resonates with your audience and encourages engagement.

Get a 360-degree view of your customers today with Nutshell

With Nutshell CRM software on your side, the possibilities for personalized customer experiences and better sales campaigns are endless.

Begin creating a 360-degree view of your customer today by starting a free trial of our all-in-one, easy-to-use CRM software. You can also contact us online to speak with one of our CRM specialists about what Nutshell can do for you.

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