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Competing on Customer Journeys

  • David C. Edelman
  • Marc Singer

customer journey harvard review

As digital technology has enabled shoppers to easily research and buy products online, sellers have been scrambling after them, trying to understand and satisfy their wants. Savvy companies, however, are using new tools, processes, and organizational structures to proactively lead digital customers from consideration to purchase and beyond. They are creating compelling customer journeys and managing them like any other product—and gaining a source of competitive advantage.

Building successful journeys requires four key capabilities: automation, to smoothly carry customers through each step of their online path; personalization, to create a customized experience for each individual; contextual interaction, to engage customers and appropriately sequence the steps they take; and journey innovation, to add improvements that enhance and extend the journey and foster customer loyalty.

In addition, the most successful companies have a particular organizational structure, with a chief experience officer overseeing a journey-focused strategist and a “journey product manager.” This latter role is critical—the journey product manager leads a team of designers, developers, data analysts, marketers, and others to create and sustain superior journeys, and he or she is accountable for the journey’s ROI and general business performance.

You have to create new value at every step.

Idea in Brief

The problem.

Digital tools have put shoppers in the driver’s seat, allowing them to easily research and compare products, place orders, and get doorstep delivery of their items. Sellers have largely been reactive, scrambling to position themselves where customers will find them.

The Solution

Companies can use new technologies, processes, and organizational structures to proactively lead rather than follow customers on their digital journeys. By making the journey a compelling, customized, and open-ended experience, firms can woo buyers, earn their loyalty, and gain a competitive advantage.

The Strategy

Superior journeys feature automation, personalization, context-based interaction, and ongoing innovation. To achieve all this, companies need to treat journeys like products, built and supported by a cross-functional team that’s led by a manager responsible for the journey’s business performance.

The explosion of digital technologies over the past decade has created “empowered” consumers so expert in their use of tools and information that they can call the shots, hunting down what they want when they want it and getting it delivered to their doorsteps at a rock-bottom price. In response, retailers and service providers have scrambled to develop big data and analytics capabilities in order to understand their customers and wrest back control. For much of this time, companies have been reacting to customers, trying to anticipate their next moves and position themselves in shoppers’ paths as they navigate the decision journey from consideration to purchase.

  • David C. Edelman is an executive adviser and a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School.
  • Marc Singer is the director of McKinsey’s global customer engagement practice.

customer journey harvard review

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Julian De Freitas

Julian De Freitas

Assistant professor of business administration.

Julian De Freitas is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration in the Marketing Unit, and Director of the Ethical Intelligence Lab, at Harvard Business School. He earned his PhD in psychology from Harvard, masters from Oxford, and BA from Yale. He teaches Creating Brand Value in the elective curriculum, and has also taught in the required and executive curricula.  

His research focuses on how AI/automation impacts core issues in marketing, including innovation diffusion, branding, and customer relationship management. He works on problems at the intersection of consumer psychology, ethics, and AI.

Julian is the winner of the Case Center Outstanding Writer award and nine teaching awards, including Harvard College’s Special Commendation. He was formerly a Rhodes Scholar. 

He has published over 40 articles in journals such as Nature Human Behavior , Nature Medicine , The Journal of Consumer Psychology , The Wall Street Journal , and Harvard Business Review . He has also written cases about various companies in tech and beyond, as well as consulted for companies on topics related to AI, insurance, ethics, and regulation.

customer journey harvard review

  • Valenzuela, A., S. Puntoni, D. Hoffman, N. Castelo, J. De Freitas, B. Dietvorst, C. Hildebrand, Y.E. Huh, R. Meyer, M. Sweeney, S. Talaifar, G. Tomaino, and K. Wertenbroch. "How Artificial Intelligence Constrains Human Experience." Journal of the Association for Consumer Research (forthcoming).  View Details
  • Agarwal, Stuti, Julian De Freitas, and Carey K. Morewedge. "How Automakers Can Address Resistance to Self-Driving Cars." Harvard Business Review (website) (April 3, 2024).  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and G. Cohen. "The Health Risks of Generative AI-Based Wellness Apps." Nature Medicine (forthcoming). (Pre-published online April 29, 2024.)  View Details
  • Agarwal, Stuti, Julian De Freitas, Anya Ragnhildstveit, and Carey K. Morewedge. "Acceptance of Automated Vehicles Is Lower for Self than Others." Journal of the Association for Consumer Research (forthcoming).  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and Alon Hafri. "Moral Thin-Slicing: Forming Moral Impressions from a Brief Glance." Art. 104588. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 112 (May 2024).  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Will Consumers Buy Selfish Self-Driving Cars?" Wall Street Journal (October 14, 2023), C5.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Stuti Agarwal, B. Schmitt, and N. Haslam. "Psychological Factors Underlying Attitudes toward AI Tools." Nature Human Behaviour 7, no. 11 (November 2023): 1845–1854.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Ahmet Kaan Uğuralp, Zeliha Uğuralp, and Stefano Puntoni. "Chatbots and Mental Health: Insights into the Safety of Generative AI." Journal of Consumer Psychology (forthcoming). (Pre-published online October 26, 2023.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Ahmet Uğuralp, Zeliha Uğuralp, Laurie Paul, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, and T. Ullman. "Self-Orienting in Human and Machine Learning." Nature Human Behaviour 7, no. 12 (December 2023): 2126–2139.  View Details
  • Nam, Jimin, Maya Balakrishnan, Julian De Freitas, and Alison Wood Brooks. "Speedy Activists: Firm Response Time to Sociopolitical Events Influences Consumer Behavior." Special Issue on Consumer Insights from Text Analysis edited by Grant Packard, Sarah G. Moore, and Jonah Berger. Journal of Consumer Psychology 33, no. 4 (October 2023): 632–644.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Will We Blame Self-Driving Cars? A New Study Finds That People Are Likely to Hold Autonomous Vehicles Liable for Accidents Even When They’re Not at Fault." Wall Street Journal (January 28, 2023), C5.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Should You Start a Generative AI Company?" Harvard Business Review (website) (June 19, 2023).  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "What Is the Optimal Pattern of a Customer Journey?" Harvard Business Review (website) (March 31, 2023).  View Details
  • Prinzing, Michael, Julian De Freitas, and Barbara L. Fredrickson. "The Ordinary Concept of a Meaningful Life: The Role of Subjective and Objective Factors in Third-Person Attributions of Meaning." Journal of Positive Psychology 17, no. 5 (2022): 639–654.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Andrea Censi, Bryant Walker Smith, Luigi Di Lillo, Sam E. Anthony, and Emilio Frazzoli. "From Driverless Dilemmas to More Practical Commonsense Tests for Automated Vehicles." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 118, no. 11 (March 16, 2021).  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and Mina Cikara. "Deliberately Prejudiced Self-driving Vehicles Elicit the Most Outrage." Cognition 208 (March 2021).  View Details
  • Tarhan, Leyla, Julian De Freitas, and Talia Konkle. "Behavioral and Neural Representations en route to Intuitive Action Understanding." Neuropsychologia 163 (December 2021).  View Details
  • Gan, Chuang, Jeremy Schwartz, Seth Alter, Damian Mrowca, Martin Schrimpf, James Traer, Julian De Freitas, Jonas Kubilius, Abhishek Bhandwaldar, Nick Haber, Megumi Sano, Kuno Kim, Elias Wang, Michael Lingelbach, Aidan Curtis, Kevin Feigelis, Daniel M. Bear, Dan Gutfreund, David Cox, Antonio Torralba, James J. DiCarlo, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Josh H. McDermott, and Daniel L.K. Yamins. "ThreeDWorld: A Platform for Interactive Multi-Modal Physical Simulation." Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS), Datasets and Benchmarks Track 35th (2021).  View Details
  • Kim, Kuno, Megumi Sano, Julian De Freitas, Daniel Yamins, and Nick Haber. "Towards Modeling the Variability of Human Attention." In Bridging AI and Cognitive Science (BAICS) Workshop. 8th International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), April 26, 2020.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Sam E. Anthony, Andrea Censi, and George A. Alvarez. "Doubting Driverless Dilemmas." Perspectives on Psychological Science 15, no. 5 (September 2020): 1284–1288.  View Details
  • Kim, Kuno, Megumi Sano, Julian De Freitas, Nick Haber, and Daniel Yamins. "Active World Model Learning with Progress Curiosity." Proceedings of the International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) 37th (2020).  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Kyle A. Thomas, Peter DiScioli, and Steven Pinker. "Common Knowledge, Coordination, and Strategic Mentalizing in Human Social Life." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 116, no. 28 (July 9, 2019).  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Peter DiScioli, Kyle A. Thomas, and Steven Pinker. "Maimonides' Ladder: States of Mutual Knowledge and the Perception of Charitability." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 148, no. 1 (January 2019): 158–173.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Mina Cikara, Igor Grossman, and Rebecca Schlegal. "Moral Goodness Is the Essence of Personal Identity." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 22, no. 9 (September 2018): 739–740.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and George A. Alvarez. "Your Visual System Provides All the Information You Need to Make Moral Judgments about Generic Visual Events." Cognition 178 (September 2018): 133–146.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and Samuel G.B. Johnson. "Optimality Bias in Moral Judgment." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 79 (November 2018): 149–163.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and Mina Cikara. "Deep Down My Enemy Is Good: Thinking about the True Self Reduces Intergroup Bias." Journal of Experimental Social Psychology 74 (January 2018): 307–316.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Hagop Sarkissian, George E. Newman, Igor Grossman, Felipe De Brigard, Andres Luco, and Joshua Knobe. "Consistent Belief in a Good True Self in Misanthropes and Three Interdependent Cultures." Cognitive Science 42, no. S1 (2018): 134–160.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Mina Cikara, Igor Grossman, and Rebecca Schlegel. "Origins of the Belief in Good True Selves." Trends in Cognitive Sciences 21, no. 9 (September 2017): 634–636.  View Details
  • Phillips, Jonathan, Julian De Freitas, Christian Mott, June Gruber, and Joshua Knobe. "True Happiness: The Role of Morality in the Concept of Happiness." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 146, no. 2 (2017): 165–181.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Peter DiScioli, Jason Nemirow, Maxim Massenkoff, and Steven Pinker. "Kill or Die: Moral Judgment Alters Linguistic Coding of Causality." Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition 43, no. 8 (August 2017): 1173–1182.  View Details
  • DiScioli, Peter, Rachel Karpoff, and Julian De Freitas. "Ownership Dilemmas: The Case of Finders Versus Landowners." Cognitive Science 41, no. S3 (2017): 502–522.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Kevin P. Tobia, George E. Newman, and Joshua Knobe. "Normative Judgments and Individual Essence." Cognitive Science 41, no. S3 (2017): 382–402.  View Details
  • Thomas, Kyle A., Julian De Freitas, Peter DiScioli, and Steven Pinker. "Recursive Mentalizing and Common Knowledge in the Bystander Effect." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 145, no. 5 (2016): 621–629.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Nicholas E. Myers, and Anna C. Nobre. "Tracking the Changing Feature of a Moving Object." Journal of Vision 16, no. 3 (February 2016): 1–21.  View Details
  • Newman, George E., Julian De Freitas, and Joshua Knobe. "Beliefs About the True Self Explain Asymmetries Based on Moral Judgment." Cognitive Science 39, no. 1 (2015): 96–125.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Brandon Liverence, and Brian J. Scholl. "Attentional Rhythm: A Temporal Analogue of Object-Based Attention." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 143, no. 1 (February 2014): 71–76.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Ahmet Kaan Uğuralp, Zeliha Uğuralp, Laurie Paul, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, and Tomer Ullman. "What Would It Mean for a Machine to Have a Self?" Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 23-017, September 2022.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Unselfish Alibis Increase Choices of Selfish Autonomous Vehicles." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 23-043, February 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Ahmet Uğuralp, Zeliha Uğuralp, Pechthida Kim, and Tomer Ullman. "Summarizing the Mental Customer Journey." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 23-038, January 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Xilin Zhou, Margherita Atzei, Shoshana Boardman, and Luigi Di Lillo. "Public Perception and Autonomous Vehicle Liability." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 23-036, January 2023. (Revised January 2023.)  View Details
  • Paul, Laurie, Joshua B. Tenenbaum, Julian De Freitas, and T. Ullman. "Reverse Engineering the Self." Working Paper, 2022.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and Elie Ofek. "21Seeds: Taking Shots at Breakout Growth." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 524-087, May 2024.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Replika AI: Monetizing a Chatbot." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 524-038, February 2024.  View Details
  • Ofek, Elie, Julian De Freitas, Michael Moynihan, and Nicole Tempest Keller. "21Seeds: Taking Shots at Breakout Growth." Harvard Business School Case 524-008, December 2023. (Revised February 2024.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and Elie Ofek. "Navya, Instructor Spreadsheet." Harvard Business School Spreadsheet Supplement 524-701, June 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and Elie Ofek. "Navya: Steering Toward a Driverless Future." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 524-007, June 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and Jeremy Yang. "Hometown Foods Pricing Calculator." Harvard Business School Simulation 523-708, June 2023. (Revised December 2023.) (Click here to access this case.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Elie Ofek, Shaun Ingledew, and Tonia Labruyere. "Navya: Steering Toward a Driverless Future." Harvard Business School Case 523-046, September 2022. (Revised May 2024.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and Nicole Tempest Keller. "Replika AI: Monetizing a Chatbot." Harvard Business School Case 523-016, November 2022. (Revised March 2024.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Jeremy Yang, and Das Narayandas. "Hometown Foods." Harvard Business School Multimedia/Video Supplement 522-718, July 2022.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and Jeremy Yang. "Hometown Foods." Harvard Business School Teaching Note 522-104, June 2022. (Revised March 2024.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Jeremy Yang, and Das Narayandas. "Hometown Foods: Changing Price Amid Inflation." Harvard Business School Case 522-087, March 2022. (Revised March 2024.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Jeremy Yang, and Das Narayandas. "Hometown Foods Spreadsheet Supplement for Students." Harvard Business School Spreadsheet Supplement 522-714, March 2022. (Revised March 2024.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Jeremy Yang, and Das Narayandas. "Hometown Foods Spreadsheet Supplement for Instructors." Harvard Business School Spreadsheet Supplement 522-715, March 2022. (Revised March 2024.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, K. Uguralp, and Z. Oguz. "Ethical Risks of Autonomous Products: The Case of Mental Health Crises on AI Companion Applications." Paper presented at the Society for Consumer Psychology Annual Conference, San Juan, PR, March 2–4, 2023.  View Details
  • Balakrishnan, Maya, Julian De Freitas, and Alison Wood Brooks. "Speedy Activists: Firm Response Time to Sociopolitical Events Influences Consumer Behavior." Paper presented at the Society for Consumer Psychology Annual Conference, San Juan, PR, March 2–4, 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, X. Zhou, Margherita Atzei, Shoshana Boardman, and Luigi Di Lillo. "Public Perception and Autonomous Vehicle Liability." Paper presented at the Association for Consumer Research Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, October 26–28, 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, K Uguralp, Z Oguz, and Stefano Puntoni. "The Dark Side of Generative AI: Chatbots and Mental Health." Paper presented at the Association for Consumer Research Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, October 26–28, 2023.  View Details
  • Agarwal, Stuti, and Julian De Freitas. "Autopilot or Copilot? Label Mismarketing and Autonomous Vehicle Liability." Paper presented at the Society for Judgment and Decision Making Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, November 17–20, 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, K. Uguralp, Z. Uguralp, and Stefano Puntoni. "Chatbots and Mental Health: Insights into the Safety of Generative AI." Paper presented at the Business & Generative AI Workshop, Wharton School, AI at Wharton, San Francisco, CA, United States, September 8, 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, C Colas, T Mills, Laurie Paul, L. A. Paul, and T. D. Ullman. "An Intrinsic Motivation for Self-Orientation." Paper presented at the 6th International Workshop on Intrinsically Motivated Open-Ended Learning, Paris, France, September 13–15, 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, X Zhou, Margherita Atzei, Shoshana Boardman, and Luigi Di Lillo. "Public Perception and Autonomous Vehicle Liability." Paper presented at the Society for Consumer Psychology Annual Conference, Nashville, TN, United States, 2024.  View Details
  • Agarwal, Stuti, Julian De Freitas, A. Ragnhildstveit, and Carey K. Morewedge. "Acceptance of Automated Vehicles Is Lower for Self Than Others." Paper presented at the Asia-Pacific Association for Consumer Research Conference, Asia-Pacific Association for Consumer Research, Bali, Indonesia, 2024.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, A. Ragnhildstveit, and A.K. Uğuralp. "Stigma Against AI Companion Applications." 53rd Association for Consumer Research Annual Conference, Denver, CO, October 20–22, 2022.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, P. Kim, and T. Ullman. "Evaluative Dynamics: Summarizing Customer Journeys, Interviews, and Lives." Association for Consumer Research Annual Conference, Denver, CO, October 20–22, 2022.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Should Automated Vehicles Favor Passengers Over Pedestrians?" Paper presented at the Society for Consumer Psychology Annual Conference, March 2022. (Virtual.)  View Details
  • Nam, Jimin, Maya Balakrishnan, Julian De Freitas, and Alison Wood Brooks. "Timely Statements: Swift Brand Activism Is the Most Effective and Memorable." Paper presented at the Society for Judgment and Decision Making Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, November 10–13, 2022.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, Samuel G. B. Johnson, Z. Kohn, and P. Kim. "Corporations are Viewed as Psychopaths with Good True Selves." Paper presented at the Society for Consumer Psychology Annual Conference, March 2022. (Virtual.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Deliberately Prejudiced Self-driving Vehicles Elicit the Most Outrage." Paper presented at the Society for Judgment and Decision Making Annual Meeting, 2021. (Virtual.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., Samuel G. B. Johnson, Z. Kohn, and P. Kim. "Corporations are Viewed as Psychopaths with Good True Selves." Paper presented at the Association for Consumer Research Annual Conference, 2021.  View Details
  • Kim, P., J. De Freitas, and T. Ullman. "Lifelines: Summarizing the Pattern of a Meaningful Life." Paper presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting, 2021. (Virtual meeting.)  View Details
  • Prinzing, M., J. De Freitas, and B. Frederickson. "The Ordinary Concept of a Meaningful Life." Paper presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting, 2021. (Virtual meeting.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., and M. Cikara. "Deliberately Prejudiced Self-driving Vehicles Elicit the Most Outrage." Paper presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting, 2021. (Virtual meeting.)  View Details
  • Zhao, X., J. De Freitas, L. Tarhan, and G. A. Alvarez. "A Performance-optimized Limb Detection Model Selectively Predicts Behavioral Responses Based on Movement Similarity." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL, 2020.  View Details
  • Sano, M., J. De Freitas, N. Haber, and D. L. K. Yamins. "Learning in Social Environments with Curious Neural Agents." Paper presented at the 42nd Cognitive Science Society Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, 2020. (Virtual.)  View Details
  • Kim, K-H, M. Sano, J. De Freitas, N. Haber, and D. L. K. Yamins. "Towards Modeling the Developmental Variability of Human Attention." Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2020.  View Details
  • Kim, K-H, M. Sano, J. De Freitas, N. Haber, and D. L. K. Yamins. "Active World Model Learning with Progress-driven Exploration." Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2020.  View Details
  • Kim, K-H, M. Sano, J. De Freitas, N. Haber, and D. L. K. Yamins. "Learning World Models with Progress-driven Exploration." Paper presented at the 37th International Conference on Machine Learning, Vienna, Austria, 2020.  View Details
  • Tarhan, L., J. De Freitas, G. A. Alvarez, and T. Konkle. "Semantic Embeddings of Verbal Descriptions Predict Action Similarity Judgments." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL, 2020.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., J. L. Rips, and G. A. Alvarez. "The Capacity Limit of Personal Identity." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL, 2020.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Capacity Limits for Higher-level Thought? The Self as a Case Study." Paper presented at the Cognition, Brain, & Behavior Research Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, September 5, 2019.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J. "Identity and Morality without Mind." Paper presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, United States, 2019.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., K. H. Kim, N. Haber, C. Conwell, G. A. Alvarez, and D. L. K. Yamins. "Intrinsic Curiosity May Give Rise to Animate Attention." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL, 2019.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Strategic Mentalizing and Common Knowledge in Social Life." Paper presented at the Social Brownbag Talk Series, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, 2018.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "From Pixels to Moral Judgment: Extracting Morally Relevant Information in Minds and Machines." Paper presented at the Cognition, Brain, & Behavior Research Seminar, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, November 30, 2017.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., A. Hafri, G. A. Alvarez, and D. L. K. Yamins. "Learning to Recognize Objects Provides Category-orthogonal Features for Social Inference and Moral Judgment." Paper presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting, Ann Arbor, MI, United States, 2018.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., A. Hafri, G. A. Alvarez, and D. L. K. Yamins. "From Pixels to Moral Judgment: Extracting Morally Relevant Information in Minds and Machines." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL, 2018.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., P. DeScioli, K. Thomas, and S. Pinker. "The Ladder of Charity." Paper presented at the 29th Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference, Boise, ID, United States, 2017.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., and S. G. B. Johnson. "The Efficiency Principle in Moral Judgment." Paper presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting, Baltimore, MD, 2017.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., and G. A. Alvarez. "Changing Moral Judgments by Exploiting the Visual System." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL, 2017.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., and G. A. Alvarez. "Moral Psychophysics." Paper presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, United States, 2016.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., and G. A. Alvarez. "Moral Psychophysics." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL, 2016.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., K. A. Thomas, P. DeScioli, and S. Pinker. "The Strategic Bystander: Recursive Theory of Mind and Common Knowledge in Decisions to Help." Paper presented at the 27th Human Behavior and Evolution Society Annual Conference, Columbia, MO, United States, 2015.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., H. Sarkissian, I. Grossmann, F. De Brigard, A. Luco, and G. E. Newman. "Is There Universal Belief in a Good True Self?" Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Philosophy and Psychology, Tartu, Estonia, 2015.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., and S. G. B. Johnson. "Behaviorist Thinking in Judgments of Wrongness, Punishment, and Blame." Paper presented at the 37th Cognitive Science Society Annual Conference, Pasadena, CA, United States, 2015.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., H. Sarkissian, I. Grossmann, F. De Brigard, A. Luco, G. E. Newman, and J. Knobe. "Is There Universal Belief in a Good True Self?" Paper presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting, Durham, NC, United States, 2015.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., N. E. Nobre, and A. C. Nobre. "Mental Tracking of Dynamic Features." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, St. Pete Beach, FL, 2015.  View Details
  • Phillips, J., C. Mott, Julian De Freitas, J. Gruber, and J. Knobe. "Is That All There Is to Happiness?" Paper presented at the 16th Society for Personality and Social Psychology Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA, United States, February 26–28, 2015.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian, and K. Knobre. "Feature Extrapolation in Mental Tracking." University of Oxford 2nd Year DPhil Students Poster Event, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, 2014.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., K. Tobia, J. E. Newman, and J. Knobe. "The Good Ship Theseus: The Effect of Valence on Object Identity Judgments." Paper presented at the 36th Cognitive Science Society Annual Conference, Quebec City, Canada, 2014.  View Details
  • Newman, J. E., J. De Freitas, and J. Knobe. "Beliefs about the True Self Explain Asymmetries Based on Moral Judgment." Paper presented at the Society for Philosophy and Psychology Annual Meeting, Vancouver, Canada, 2014.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., B. M. Liverence, and B. J. Scholl. "Visual and Auditory Object-based Attention Driven by Rhythmic Structure over Time." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, 2013.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., B. Liverence, and B. J. Scholl. "Attentional Rhythm: A Temporal Analogue of Object-based Attention." Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Vision Sciences Society, Naples, FL, 2012.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Keynote Speech." 10th Consumer Neuroscience Satellite Symposium, Society for Neuroeconomics, Sauder School of Business, University of British Columbia, Canada, July 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Keynote Speech." In Workshop on Social Intelligence in Humans and Robots. Robotics: Science and Systems Conference, July 2020.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Workshop on Autonomous Driving" Keynote Speech. IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, 2020. (Virtual.)  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "Interacting with Tech: Exploring Consumer Choices in the Age of Automation." In Special Session. Association for Consumer Research Annual Conference, Seattle, WA, United States, October 26–28, 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, J., P. DeScioli, J. Nemirow, M. Massenkof, and S. Pinker. "Mutual Constraints in Moral Cognition and Language." International Conference on Thinking, Providence, RI, 2016.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "[Invited Presentation]." Paper presented at the JDM PhD Seminar, University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business, 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "[Invited Presentation]." Paper presented at the Moral Psychology Seminar by Liane Young, Boston University, 2019.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "[Invited Presentation]." Paper presented at the New England Marketing Conference, 2022.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "[Invited Presentation]." Paper presented at the Junior Faculty Research Brown Bag, Harvard Business School, 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "[Invited Presentation]." Paper presented at the HBS Faculty Research Symposium, Harvard Business School, 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "[Invited Presentation]." Paper presented at the Marketing Unit Spring Seminar, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "[Invited Presentation]." Paper presented at the Behavioral Science Seminar, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2023.  View Details
  • De Freitas, Julian. "[Invited Presentation]." Paper presented at the 12th Triennial Invitational Choice Symposium, INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, August 9–12, 2023.  View Details
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Customer Journey Maps — Walking a Mile in Your Customer’s Shoes

Perhaps the biggest buzzword in customer relationship management is “engagement.” Engagement is a funny thing, in that it is not measured in likes, clicks, or even purchases. It’s a measure of how much customers feel they are in a relationship with a product, business or brand. It focuses on harmony and how your business, product or brand becomes part of a customer’s life. As such, it is pivotal in UX design . One of the best tools for examining engagement is the customer journey map.  

As the old saying in the Cherokee tribe goes, “Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes” (although the saying was actually promoted by Harper Lee of To Kill a Mockingbird fame). The customer journey map lets you walk that mile. 

“Your customer doesn’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” — Damon Richards, Marketing & Strategy expert

What Is a Customer Journey Map?

A customer journey map is a research-based tool. It examines the story of how a customer relates to the business, brand or product over time. As you might expect — no two customer journeys are identical. However, they can be generalized to give an insight into the “typical journey” for a customer as well as providing insight into current interactions and the potential for future interactions with customers. 

Customer journey maps can be useful beyond the UX design and marketing teams. They can help facilitate a common business understanding of how every customer should be treated across all sales, logistics, distribution, care, etc. channels. This in turn can help break down “organizational silos” and start a process of wider customer-focused communication in a business. 

They may also be employed to educate stakeholders as to what customers perceive when they interact with the business. They help them explore what customers think, feel, see, hear and do and also raise some interesting “what ifs” and the possible answers to them. 

Adam Richardson of Frog Design, writing in Harvard Business Review says: “A customer journey map is a very simple idea: a diagram that illustrates the steps your customer(s) go through in engaging with your company, whether it be a product, an online experience, retail experience, or a service, or any combination. The more touchpoints you have, the more complicated — but necessary — such a map becomes. Sometimes customer journey maps are “cradle to grave,” looking at the entire arc of engagement.”

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A fictitious customer journey for the persona Samantha Bonham through the Rhythm Road learning service.

What Do You Need to Do to Create a Customer Journey Map? 

Firstly, you will need to do some preparation prior to beginning your journey maps; ideally you should have: 

User personas . If you can’t tell a typical user’s story, how will you know if you’ve captured their journey?

A timescale. Customer journeys can take place in a week, a year, a lifetime, etc., and knowing what length of journey you will measure before you begin is very useful indeed.

A clear understanding of customer touchpoints . What are your customers doing and how are they doing it?

A clear understanding of the channels in which actions occur. Channels are the places where customers interact with the business — from Facebook pages to retail stores. This helps you understand what your customers are actually doing.

An understanding of any other actors who might alter the customer experience. For example, friends, family, colleagues, etc. may influence the way a customer feels about any given interaction.

A plan for “moments of truth” — these are the positive interactions that create good feelings in customers and which you can use at touchpoints where frustrations exist.

Sample persona named Evelyn, that includes demographic information, goals, frustrations, favorite brands and social media usage.

User personas are incredibly useful tools when it comes to putting together any kind of user research . If you haven’t developed them already, they should be a priority for you, given that they will play such a pivotal role in the work that you, and any UX teams you join in the future, will produce.

Once you’ve done your preparation, you can follow a simple 8-point process to develop your customer journey maps: 

Review Organization Objectives — what are your goals for this mapping exercise? What organizational needs do you intend to meet?

Review Current User Research — the more user research you have at your fingertips, the easier this exercise will be. Be creative, and if you don’t have the right research to define the journey, then consider how you can carry that research out.

Review Touchpoints and Channels — the next step is to ensure that you effectively map touchpoints and channels. A touchpoint is a step in the journey where the user interacts with a company or product, and a channel is the means by which the user does this. So, for example, a touchpoint could be “pay this invoice” and channels could be “online,” “retail,” “over the phone,” “mail,” etc. It can also help to brainstorm at this stage and see if there are any touchpoints or channels you’ve missed in your original data collection exercise.

Create an Empathy Map. An empathy map examines how the customer feels during each interaction — you want to concentrate on how the customer feels and thinks as well as what they will say, do, hear, etc. in any given situation.

Build an affinity diagram . The idea here is first to brainstorm around each concept you’ve touched on and then to create a diagram which relates all these concepts, feelings, etc. together . This is best achieved by grouping ideas in categories and labeling them. You can eliminate concepts and the like which don’t seem to have any impact on customer experience at this stage, too.

Sketch the customer journey. How you do this is up to you; you can build a nice timeline map that brings together the journey over the course of time. You could also turn the idea into a video or an audio clip or use a completely different style of diagram. The idea is simply to show the motion of a customer through touchpoints and channels across your time frame and how that customer feels about each interaction on that journey. The map should include the outputs of your empathy map and affinity diagram.

Iterate and produce. Then, take your sketches and make them into something useful; keep refining the content and then produce something that is visually appealing and useful to stakeholders, team members, etc. Don’t be afraid to rope in a graphic designer at this stage if you’re not good at making things look awesome.

Distribute and utilize. The journey map serves no purpose sitting on your hard drive or in your desk drawer — you need to get it out there to people and explain why it’s important. Then, it needs to be put to use; you should be able to define KPIs around the ideal journey, for example, and then measure future success as you improve the journey.

Birds-eye view of the IxDF Journey Mapping Course.

When creating the Journey Mapping course , the IxDF used a modified customer journey map to better understand the end-to-end experience for aspiring and junior UX designers .

Anatomy of a Customer Journey Map

A customer journey map can take any form or shape you like, but let’s take a look at how you can use the Interaction Design Foundation’s template (link below).

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A very basic customer journey map template.

The map here is split into several sections: In the top zone, we show which persona this journey refers to and the scenario which is described by the map. 

The middle zone has to capture the thoughts, actions and emotional experiences for the user, at each step during the journey. These are based on our qualitative user research data and can include quotes, images or videos of our users during that step. Some of these steps are “touchpoints” — i.e., situations where the customer interacts with our company or product. It’s important to describe the “channels” in each touchpoint — i.e., how that interaction takes place (e.g., in person, via email, by using our website, etc.). 

You can download our Customer Journey Map Template here:

Customer Journey Map

The Take Away

Creating customer journeys (including those exploring current and future states) doesn’t have to be a massively time-consuming process — most journeys can be mapped in less than a day. The effort put in is worthwhile because it enables a shared understanding of the customer experience and offers each stakeholder and team member the chance to contribute to improving that experience. Taking this “day in the life of a customer” approach will yield powerful insights into and intimate knowledge of what “it’s like” from the user’s angle. Seeing the details in sharp relief will give you the chance to translate your empathy into a design that better accommodates your users’ needs and removes (or alleviates) as many pain points as possible. 

References and Where to Learn More

Learn how to create different types of journey maps, including service blueprints and experience maps in the course “Journey Mapping” .

User experience strategist, Paul Boag gives an overview of customer journey mapping in this article .

Here is a checklist of everything you need to get started with customer journey mapping.

Journey maps come in different formats. Here is one created by Kate Kaplan, Insights Architect at Nielsen Norman Group.

Adam Richardson, a Creative Director at global innovation firm frog design shares another format for journey mapping, in this article .

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Identifying and effectively mapping customer journey touchpoints are crucial steps in enhancing the customer experience and fostering brand loyalty. By understanding every interaction a customer has with your brand, you can create a seamless and personalized journey that not only meets but exceeds their expectations.

In this guide we will look at what are customer journey touchpoints, how to identify and improve them.

What are Customer Journey Touchpoints?

Customer journey touchpoints are the various points of interaction between a customer and your brand throughout their journey. These interactions can occur through multiple channels such as social media, website visits, emails, customer service calls, or in-store experiences. At each touchpoint, customers form impressions, gather information, and evaluate their experiences, ultimately impacting their perception of your brand and influencing their decision-making process.

Each touchpoint is an opportunity to delight, inform, and build trust with your customers. By ensuring consistency, relevance, and excellence across these interactions, you can create a cohesive and memorable customer journey that fosters loyalty and drives positive outcomes for your brand.

Types and roles of customer journey touchpoints

There are various types of touchpoints that customers encounter throughout their journey with a brand.

  • Digital touchpoints : These include interactions through your website, mobile apps, or social media platforms. For instance, the ease of navigation on your website can leave a lasting impression on a customer’s perception of your brand.
  • Physical touchpoints : These are the tangible interactions customers have with your brand, such as product packaging or in-store experiences.
  • Human interactions : Personal interactions, whether they are in-person or over the phone, significantly impact customer satisfaction and loyalty.

How to Identify Customer Journey Touchpoints

Identifying customer touchpoints is like putting together the pieces of a puzzle to see the full picture of how customers interact with your brand. Here’s how to identify these touchpoints:

1. Map out the customer journey

Start by visualizing the journey your customers take when they interact with your brand.

  • Visualize the customer journey from awareness to post-purchase.
  • Break it down into stages: awareness, consideration, purchase, and post-purchase.
  • Understand each phase’s significance in the customer experience.
  • Identify key touchpoints where customers interact with your brand.
  • Use insights to enhance the customer experience and drive positive outcomes.

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2. List potential touchpoints

Think about all the places and ways customers might come into contact with your brand during each stage of the journey. This could include your website, social media profiles, physical stores (if applicable), emails, advertisements, customer service interactions, and more.

3. Review existing data

Take a look at the data you already have. Analyze website analytics, social media engagement metrics, email open rates, and any other relevant data points to see where customers are currently interacting with your brand.

4. Seek customer feedback

Reach out to your customers directly to gather insights. Conduct surveys, interviews, or focus groups to understand their experiences and learn about touchpoints that may not be immediately obvious. Ask questions about how they discovered your brand, what influenced their purchase decisions, and how they felt about the overall experience.

5. Walk through the customer journey

Put yourself in your customers' shoes and experience the journey firsthand. Go through the process of finding information about your products or services, making a purchase, and interacting with customer support if needed. Take note of every touchpoint you encounter along the way.

6. Collaborate across departments

Work together with colleagues from different departments, such as marketing, sales, customer service, and product development. Each team may have unique insights into customer touchpoints based on their interactions with customers in their respective areas.

7. Document your findings

Create a comprehensive list or map of all the customer touchpoints you’ve identified. Organize them by stage of the customer journey and channel of interaction. This document will serve as a valuable reference point for understanding the customer experience and identifying areas for improvement.

8. Regularly review and update

Customer touchpoints may evolve over time as technology changes, customer preferences shift, or new channels emerge. Make it a priority to regularly review and update your understanding of touchpoints to make sure that your strategies remain relevant and effective.

Why is it Important to Understand Customer Journey Touchpoints?

Understanding touchpoints is crucial because they provide invaluable insights into the customer experience. Here are a few benefits of identifying customer touchpoints.

  • Improved customer experience : Understanding touchpoints ensures businesses can tailor experiences to meet customer needs and preferences, leading to greater satisfaction and loyalty.
  • Spotting pain points : Identifying touchpoints helps businesses find areas where customers might encounter difficulties or friction, allowing for improvements to enhance satisfaction. To learn more about customer pain points refer to the guide on “Customer pain points”
  • Efficient resource allocation : Knowing where customers interact with the brand enables businesses to focus resources on high-impact touchpoints, maximizing return on investment.
  • Competitive advantage : Delivering exceptional experiences through optimized touchpoints sets businesses apart from competitors and strengthens their position in the market.
  • Improved customer retention : Creating smoother, more enjoyable experiences increases the likelihood of customers returning, fostering long-term relationships and driving business growth.

Examples of Customer Touchpoints

Let’s dive into examples of customer touchpoints at various stages of the customer journey to better understand them.

Customer touchpoints on the path to purchase

Before a customer makes a purchase, they embark on a journey of discovery and consideration. This journey involves encountering various touchpoints that shape their perceptions and influence their decisions. Understanding these touchpoints is crucial for businesses to effectively engage with potential customers and guide them towards making a purchase.

  • Social media ads : Targeted ads on platforms like Facebook or Instagram introduce customers to your brand.
  • Search engine results : When customers search for products or solutions online, they encounter search engine results pages (SERPs) that feature organic and paid listings.
  • Blog posts : Informative blog content addresses customer pain points and provides solutions, driving awareness.
  • Influencer endorsements : Collaborating with influencers who align with your brand exposes your products to their followers.
  • Online forums : Participating in relevant online communities allows you to engage with potential customers and answer their questions.
  • Webinars or workshops : Hosting educational events establishes your expertise and introduces your brand to new audiences.
  • Email marketing campaigns : Email newsletters, promotional offers, and product updates keep your brand top-of-mind and encourage engagement from potential customers.

Customer touchpoints during purchase

The moment a customer decides to make a purchase is a critical juncture in their journey. At this stage, businesses have the opportunity to create a seamless and enjoyable buying experience that encourages customers to complete their transaction.

  • Product pages : Detailed product descriptions, high-quality images, and customer reviews on product pages provide customers with essential information and reassurance.
  • Checkout process : A seamless checkout experience, including multiple payment options, guest checkout, and security assurances, ensures a frictionless purchase.
  • Customer support : Providing responsive and helpful customer support during the purchase process reassures customers and resolves any questions or concerns they may have.
  • Cross-selling and upselling : Recommending related or complementary products during the checkout process encourages customers to add additional items to their purchase.

Customer touchpoints after purchase

The post-purchase phase is an essential part of the customer journey, where businesses have the opportunity to build lasting relationships and encourage repeat purchases. By providing excellent post-purchase support and engaging customers with valuable content and offers, businesses can enhance satisfaction and loyalty.

  • Order confirmation : Immediately after a purchase, customers receive order confirmation emails or messages that confirm the transaction and provide essential information, such as order details and tracking numbers.
  • Shipping notifications : Providing regular updates on the status of customers' orders, including shipping notifications and tracking information, keeps customers informed and engaged.
  • Product usage guides : Offering instructional guides, tutorials, or how-to videos that help customers get the most out of their purchases enhances satisfaction and encourages product adoption.
  • Follow-up surveys : Sending post-purchase surveys or feedback requests solicits valuable insights from customers about their purchase experience.
  • Reorder reminders : Sending personalized reorder reminders or product recommendations based on customers' purchase history and preferences encourages repeat purchases.

Touchpoints in customer service

Customer service plays a crucial role in the overall customer experience, influencing satisfaction, loyalty, and retention. By providing responsive, helpful, and personalized support across various touchpoints, businesses can address customer inquiries, resolve issues, and exceed expectations.

  • Phone support : Offering toll-free customer service hotlines allows customers to speak with a representative directly for assistance with inquiries, issues, or product support.
  • Live chat : Providing live chat support on your website allows customers to engage with a representative in real-time for quick assistance or answers to questions.
  • Email support : Responding promptly and professionally to customer inquiries, complaints, or feedback via email demonstrates your commitment to customer satisfaction.
  • Social media engagement : Monitoring and responding to customer inquiries, comments, or messages on social media platforms demonstrates your responsiveness and accessibility.
  • Self-service resources : Offering self-service resources such as knowledge bases, FAQs, or help centers empowers customers to find answers to common questions or issues independently.

Tips for Mapping and Improving Customer Journey Touchpoints

Follow these best practices and tips to create a customer journey that delights and engages your audience at every touchpoint.

Start with the end in mind

Begin by defining your objective for mapping customer touch points. Whether it’s improving customer satisfaction, increasing conversions, or enhancing brand loyalty, clarifying your goals will guide your mapping process.

Identify customer personas

Understand your target audience by creating detailed customer personas . Consider demographics, preferences, behaviors, and pain points to ensure your touchpoint map accurately reflects the needs of different customer segments.

Take a holistic approach

Look at the entire customer journey from end to end rather than focusing on individual touchpoints in isolation. This holistic perspective allows you to understand how touchpoints interact with each other and how they collectively impact the overall customer experience.

Be data-driven

Utilize data and analytics to inform your decision-making process. Analyze customer behavior, website metrics, social media engagement, and customer feedback to identify trends, patterns, and areas for improvement.

Prioritize key touchpoints

While it’s essential to consider all touchpoints, focus on optimizing the key touchpoints that have the most significant impact on the customer experience and business outcomes. This could include touchpoints that influence purchase decisions, drive customer satisfaction, or impact retention rates.

Personalize the experience

Tailor the customer experience to individual preferences and behaviors whenever possible. Use data-driven personalization techniques to deliver relevant content, offers, and recommendations at each touchpoint, making customers feel valued and understood.

In conclusion, understanding customer journey touchpoints is indispensable for building strong relationships with your audience and delivering exceptional experiences. By identifying, optimizing, and strategizing around these touchpoints, you can foster customer loyalty, drive conversions, and differentiate your brand in a competitive marketplace.

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13 min read Customer journey analytics can help you to nail down exactly why your customers behave the way they do and tie your customer experience efforts to financial outcomes. Learn how to use customer journey analytics for improved CX with our ultimate guide.

What is customer journey analytics?

Customer Journey Analytics is the process of understanding the impact of every interaction a customer has with your business.

Often, customer journey analytics starts with a customer journey map , which is presented as a graph, flow chart, or other visual that documents each stage of the relationship between a customer and a brand.

However, instead of just charting their customer journey on a map, customer journey analytics takes a further step to analyze what effect each interaction has on your customers’ decisions.

Further information is overlaid to help analyze how each interaction drives customers toward the end goal.

Customer journey analytics can include analysis of:

  • Customer needs
  • Emotional highs and lows
  • Key metrics per step in the journey
  • Customer satisfaction scores , customer effort scores , and other survey results

Customer journey analytics can help you to direct your customers’ attention and resolve any pain points that stop them from taking desired actions. It helps you to augment your customer experience and develop a customer journey that not only gets customers to where you want them to go, but helps them connect to the journey itself.

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Customer journey analytics vs. customer journey mapping

Many brands have a broad sense of their customer journey but haven’t optimized it by creating a comprehensive customer journey map or analyzing what affects their customers’ experience.

Customer journey analytics and customer journey mapping are complementary but different processes. Here are the main ways in which they are distinct, and how they work together.

What is customer journey mapping?

Customer journey mapping is the process of laying out the end-to-end journey in a clear way. Creating a map of every touchpoint your customer will experience means you can see what steps your customers take to reach the end goal of a purchase, signup, or other action.

Often, journey maps are documented at the process level. For example, an insurance provider would map the claims process, and a bank would document the new account process.

Some common components of customer journey maps include:

  • The process being evaluated
  • The stages of the journey
  • Critical customer interactions and touchpoints
  • Representative customer quotes
  • Key customer expectations
  • Metrics like satisfaction score, mention volume, NPS
  • Trends in topics related to this part of the journey

Our ultimate guide to customer journey mapping can help you to draft your first customer journey map or optimize one you have already.

How do you use customer journey analytics with customer journey mapping?

As we’ve already explained, customer journey analytics is the process of gathering as much information as you can from every part of the journey and analyzing the journey for pain points and successes.

Understanding which parts of the journey function as planned and which obstacles are in the way of your customers’ progress means you can take action to ensure they complete their journey as you intend.

Benefits of customer journey analytics

There are several benefits to completing customer journey analytics. From better understanding your customers’ behavior to a better ROI for your customer experience , customer journey analytics gives you better insights and a more informed strategy for improvement.

Your brand becomes more customer-centric

Understanding the customer journey allows your company to be more customer-centric . It allows you to closely evaluate the activities, expectations, thoughts, and feelings of your customers . You learn what they like and dislike, how to move them through your buying cycle, and how to satisfy and retain them . When journey mapping is complemented with customer journey analytics it helps you understand the priority for your customer experience initiatives.

Your business becomes more unified

In addition, with the right focus, customer journey mapping and customer journey analytics break down internal silos. They empower you to streamline services across departments. Not only that, but they help to align everyone by providing a common understanding of the customer experience. Employees get greater visibility into what happens upstream and downstream of their interactions with customers, letting everybody provide a more consistent, high-quality experience.

You can find track issues as they happen

With a sophisticated customer journey analytics platform, you can pinpoint issues in real-time. You can test new approaches and see their influence on your customer experience and bottom line with analytics that update as quickly as you need them.

You see direct and indirect feedback in one place

Explicit feedback – for example, the information you gather through surveys – is easier to pinpoint to specific interactions customers have with your brand. The customer has an experience and directly after, you request input.

Implicit feedback is more complex to understand. This type of data might include operational data such as sales numbers, or it might cover social mentions, what your customers say on the phone to your care center, third-party reviews, and more.

Understanding how your audience thinks, feels, and acts in response to customer interactions without directly asking them might seem impossible, but with tools such as conversation analytics , you’re able to link your customer journey to this type of customer data.

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An example of using customer journey analytics

Customer journey analytics can be used to understand the impact of sub-journeys limited to single processes – such as opening a new account – or the entire digital customer journey .

Below is an example of how you can use customer journey analytics to chart the success of each journey.

Resolving a customer satisfaction issue for a specific sub-journey

Let’s take a printer business that provides hardware to its customers. The brand has realized that the repair sub-journey is currently leading to low Net Promoter Scores (NPS) and a higher cost to serve per customer.

The journey

First, the brand needs to chart the customer journey. It looks like the below:

  • A customer has an issue with their printing device
  • They call the customer care center to schedule a repair
  • The service agents arrive at their place of residence
  • The repair is made

However, there are other ways this journey might unfold. For example:

  • The service agents arrive at their place of residence but the customer is not present
  • The repair cannot occur, so the customer has to call again to reschedule the repair
  • The repair is made at a later date when the customer is present

The analysis

Overlaying the NPS scores on this latter journey, the company realizes that the NPS score drops when the customer has to reschedule the repair. Asking the customer to go through the same process once again to rebook their appointment is causing customers to feel less satisfied with their experience.

Using natural language processing (NLU), the team can also see that there is a more negative sentiment expressed in the open text question they have added to the NPS survey. With the additional calls to the care center, the cost to serve each customer also increases.

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With customer journey analytics in place, the brand team can see if this improves NPS scores at the same points in the customer journey, and measure in financial terms the impact of actions taken for improved customer experience .

How to use customer journey analytics

Customer journey analytics provides the insight you need to successfully manage your customer’s journey. From lowering customer churn to helping you predict customer behavior, putting a customer journey analytics solution in place will help you to leverage your customer behavioral data for financial success.

But how do you start using customer journey analytics? Below is the outline of the actions you’ll need to take.

1. Map your customer journeys and aggregate data

First, you need to create a customer journey and aggregate the customer data that you already have. Good customer journey analytics tools will be able to do this for you, cutting down the time your team needs to spend sourcing data from third-party locations, customer service chat logs, and survey results.

Competent customer journey analytics software will also be able to track data in real-time, allowing you to build a comprehensive map that reacts to current customer behavior . It should also be able to draw data from numerous sources, helping you to break down traditional business silos and understanding customer interactions from all business angles: sales, marketing, and more.

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2. Analyze your customer behavior and data

Once you have your customer journeys mapped out and your data collected, you can link specific interactions to particular customer behavior, survey results, social media comments , and more. You’ll need a customer journey analytics solution to be able to link all of this data together in an efficient way.

3. Take action informed by data-led insights

Customer journey analytics provides you with the ability to see cause and effect, as well as providing you with concrete steps to change specific interactions or the entire customer journey. When customers react badly to specific processes or interactions, you can test how changes in your customer journeys affect their future decisions.

Not only that, but you can coordinate your teams across your business to work on customer satisfaction with their experience, based on the data you’ve analyzed. For example, if customers are led to purchase through your marketing but aren’t happy with their purchase, they will deal with your marketing , sales, and customer care teams. Understanding what specifically caused a problem for them means you can inform each team of actions they can take to improve.

How customer journey analytics can improve your customer experience

Brands often hit a wall when trying to measure customer experience . Charting your customers’ often nebulous sentiment and which actions have an impact on customer experience can be difficult without the right tools to hand.

Understanding the return on investment for specific actions taken for customer experience is difficult for a number of reasons:

  • Data is siloed or overwhelming
  • Business departments work separately with a lack of oversight
  • Actions aren’t based on data
  • There isn’t a way to track the impact of actions on customer experience

Qualtrics CustomerXM allows you to see the value of customer journeys with rich data analysis, provided through conversational analytics . With natural language understanding, Qualtrics is able to provide you unrivaled insights into customer emotions, sentiment, and more to paint a complete picture of friction points and their rationale. Powered by feedback from multiple areas of your business, you are able to create a plan of action with a tangible effect on your customer experience and business outcomes.

With a deeper understanding of customer behavior, your brand is able to not only understand the return on investment of your actions but develop a customer experience that delivers results. Extending your customer lifetime value , increasing customer satisfaction, and reducing customer churn becomes easier when you understand the triggers for the behavior.

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Customer success goes beyond providing good customer service; it involves understanding each customer’s unique needs and goals and proactively helping them achieve success with your product or service. Each stage presents unique opportunities to engage and delight customers, from awareness to retention.

Prospective customers are looking to solve problems at every phase of the journey. To capture their business, you need to have the answers to their questions – and their customer pains. Do you have what I need? And why should I choose you? It’s also important to be as introspective as possible. As much as your customers are asking questions of you, you should also be asking questions of how accommodating your approaches, processes and ongoing support are to your customers. What are your customer value-drivers? Are you setting them up for a poor customer experience? Or, have you really fine-tuned a customer-centric approach and developed a holistic understanding of your audiences to set yourself apart from an otherwise competitive market? 

By focusing on the complete customer lifecycle, you can ensure that every customer will see value at every stage of the journey – building long-lasting relationships and ensuring they remain loyal throughout their customer lifetime. 

Awareness: Do I Know That You Can Help Me?

The awareness stage marks the initial point of contact between a potential customer and your business. It’s the moment when your business first enters their radar.

Proximity Is Key

Consider this situation: you come home from work and notice ants in your kitchen. What do you do? Chances are, you will go to Google and search for “pest control near me.” Almost 100% of potential customers will do that when looking for home services.

Being “found” locally is crucially important. Proximity is not only a key deciding factor for customers but also a key ranking factor in Google search results. With the rise of mobile search and location-based services, it’s essential to be easily discovered by nearby customers.

Google Business Profile (GBP) has emerged as a powerful tool for improving local visibility. An optimized GBP:

  • Is 2.7x more likely to be considered reputable by consumers*
  • Gets 7x more clicks*
  • Is 50% more likely to lead to a purchase or lead*
  • Sends strong signals to Google and shows you are a real business

*https://support.google.com/business/answer/10515606?hl=en 

By creating and optimizing your GBP listing , you can increase your chances of appearing in local search results and Google Maps, making it easier for customers to find you when they’re in your area. Ensure your listing includes accurate information about your business, such as address, phone number, hours of operation and website URL. Encourage satisfied customers to leave positive reviews on your GBP profile, as these can significantly influence prospective customers’ decisions.

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As technology continues to change, so will the way we attract customers. Staying ahead of technological developments — like Google’s Search Generative Experience (SGE) , which uses generative AI to provide tailored search results — is crucial for maintaining visibility. In a few years, SGE might play as significant a role in your business outcomes as SEO does today.

Consideration: Why Would I Want to Buy From You?

During the consideration stage, customers evaluate their options and weigh the benefits of different products or services. It’s a critical phase where businesses have the opportunity to differentiate themselves and build trust with potential customers.

The Importance of Customer Reviews

At this stage of the user journey, customer reviews are critical. Online reviews not only provide “social proof” that your business is trustworthy, but they also influence search rankings; Google’s algorithm uses customer reviews to determine where a website should rank in its search results. 

As businesses that land the top spot in those search results get almost 40% of clicks, this is an important metric to pay attention to. Plus, reviews show that you have the “buy-in” from happy customers. And that is influential in and of itself:

  • 95% of customers say they read reviews before making a purchase decision*
  • 88% of customers who read online reviews say they influence their decisions**

*https://learn.g2.com/customer-reviews-statistics

**https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/google-click-through-rates-ctrs-ranking-position-2022-evan-bailyn/

Be sure to solicit reviews by sending email and text message requests, and incentivize your technicians to ask for reviews as well. Monitor your reviews and respond quickly and professionally to each one, including negative reviews that dig deeper into customer issues. A proactive, professional response to a negative review can actually help turn it into a positive by showing prospective customers that you care about making things right when a mistake does happen.

Be Transparent 

Transparency in pricing and offerings is also vital for customer journey optimization at this stage; it helps customers make informed decisions and fosters additional trust in your brand. Clearly outlining the costs associated with your products or services eliminates surprises and reduces the likelihood of customers feeling misled or dissatisfied. Providing detailed information about your offerings, such as features, specifications and benefits, allows customers to compare and evaluate their options effectively and create a better buying experience. 

Engagement: How Will I Work With You?

Engagement is where meaningful customer interactions take place, deepening the connection between your brand and your audience. 

Meet Your Customers Where They Are

Customers expect seamless and personalized experiences across multiple channels and customer touchpoints – and not everyone communicates in the same way. Omnichannel communication allows businesses to meet these expectations by integrating various channels, such as social media, email, live chat and in-person interactions, into a cohesive and interconnected experience.

Investing in omnichannel practices enables businesses to engage with customers wherever they are – whether they’re browsing your website, interacting on social media or just surfing the web.

By providing consistent messaging and positive experiences across all channels, you can create a cohesive brand identity and reinforce your value proposition. This will keep you front of mind when the ideal moment of truth comes for your prospective customers and they’re ready to make a decision. Additionally, omnichannel communication lets you capture valuable data and actionable insights from customer interactions, enabling you to tailor your marketing efforts and further personalize the customer experience.

Make It Easy 

To maximize engagement, businesses should prioritize responsiveness and accessibility, ensuring prompt and helpful responses to customer inquiries and feedback. Use immediate feedback channels such as live chat, email or social media, and leverage automated solutions like chatbots or email autoresponders. Your website should have prominent “book now” buttons, available chatbots and self-service portals. Send automated service reminders, renewal messages and other tips and information. In other words, make buying from and communicating with you as easy as possible, and offer multiple options for prospects and customers before, during and after the sale for a great customer experience.

Retention: What Benefits Do I Get for Being a Loyal Customer?

Retention is the culmination of efforts to nurture long-term relationships with customers and foster customer loyalty to your brand. It’s essential for businesses to focus on retaining existing customers: It costs five times as much to get a new customer as it does to retain an existing one. Retention efforts also contribute directly to your bottom line as recurring revenue – increasing customer retention rates by 5% will increase your profits by 25% or more.* Nearly three-quarters of consumers say a good experience is vital in influencing their brand loyalty, so you want to make sure you’re making these customers happy.

* https://blog.hubspot.com/service/customer-retention

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One effective retention strategy is bundling services, where businesses offer additional value by combining multiple products or services into a single package. Bundling services not only provides added convenience and value for customers but also incentivizes them to remain loyal to your brand. By offering bundled packages at a discounted rate compared to purchasing individual services, businesses can encourage customers to consolidate their purchases and reduce churn.

Offer Multiple Payment Options

Finally, optimizing payment processes and treating processing fees as a cost of doing business can streamline transactions and enhance the overall customer experience. By offering flexible payment options, such as mobile payments and installment plans, businesses can cater to their customers’ diverse needs and preferences and remove barriers to purchase. Additionally, providing transparent pricing and billing information instills trust and confidence in your brand, reducing the likelihood of customer dissatisfaction or disputes.

Reward Great Service

Additionally, businesses can enhance the customer experience by implementing innovative initiatives that go above and beyond traditional service offerings. For example, introducing a “Highly Exceptional” rating system based on customer feedback and satisfaction metrics can recognize and reward exceptional service experiences, further incentivizing employees to deliver outstanding service. Another avenue to consider is investing in a structured sales program that cross-trains technicians to handle in-field inquiries and upsell additional services to drive revenue growth and improve customer satisfaction.

When customer satisfaction is present, your technicians should also be cross-trained to ask for customer reviews! Immediacy in the request helps drive follow-through, and by requesting this work in the field, you can also begin to correlate positive reviews with key employees. This closes the loop back to the awareness stage, completing your full customer lifecycle journey. 

Conclusion: The Ideal Customer Journey

Mastering the entire customer journey is essential for any home services business. By prioritizing proximity, transparency, omnichannel communication and enhanced experiences, you can create lasting impressions that drive loyalty and advocacy. Embrace innovation, stay attuned to evolving customer needs and continually refine your approach to deliver exceptional experiences at every stop on the road.

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Although many articles discuss customer journey mapping (CJM), both academics and practitioners still question the best ways to model the consumer decision journey. We contend that most customer journey maps are critically flawed. They assume all customers of a particular organization experience the same organizational touchpoints and view these touchpoints as equally important. Furthermore, management lacks an understanding of how to use CJM as a cross-functional, strategic tool that promotes service innovation. This article proposes a solution to the unwieldy complexity of CJM by linking customer research to the CJM process and by showing managers how to develop a customer journey map that improves a customer's experience at each touchpoint. Using the case of an actual retail mall, we show that common CJM assumptions about the equal importance of all touchpoints are fundamentally wrong, and how easy it is for retail managers and strategic planners to make incorrect judgements about customer experience. This article demonstrates through a case study how customer research helped a mall's strategic management team understand which touchpoints were more or less critical to customer experience. It also shows key strategic initiatives at each touchpoint, resulting in cross-functional input aimed to advance service innovation at the mall.

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Diet Review: Ketogenic Diet for Weight Loss

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Finding yourself confused by the seemingly endless promotion of weight-loss strategies and diet plans? In this series , we take a look at some popular diets—and review the research behind them .

What is it?

The ketogenic or “keto” diet is a low-carbohydrate, fat-rich eating plan that has been used for centuries to treat specific medical conditions. In the 19 th century, the ketogenic diet was commonly used to help control diabetes. In 1920 it was introduced as an effective treatment for epilepsy in children in whom medication was ineffective. The ketogenic diet has also been tested and used in closely monitored settings for cancer, diabetes, polycystic ovary syndrome, and Alzheimer’s disease.

However, this diet is gaining considerable attention as a potential weight-loss strategy due to the low-carb diet craze, which started in the 1970s with the Atkins diet (a very low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet, which was a commercial success and popularized low-carb diets to a new level). Today, other low-carb diets including the Paleo, South Beach, and Dukan diets are all high in protein but moderate in fat. In contrast, the ketogenic diet is distinctive for its exceptionally high-fat content, typically 70% to 80%, though with only a moderate intake of protein.

How It Works

The premise of the ketogenic diet for weight loss is that if you deprive the body of glucose—the main source of energy for all cells in the body, which is obtained by eating carbohydrate foods—an alternative fuel called ketones is produced from stored fat (thus, the term “keto”-genic). The brain demands the most glucose in a steady supply, about 120 grams daily, because it cannot store glucose. During fasting, or when very little carbohydrate is eaten, the body first pulls stored glucose from the liver and temporarily breaks down muscle to release glucose. If this continues for 3-4 days and stored glucose is fully depleted, blood levels of a hormone called insulin decrease, and the body begins to use fat as its primary fuel. The liver produces ketone bodies from fat, which can be used in the absence of glucose. [1]

When ketone bodies accumulate in the blood, this is called ketosis. Healthy individuals naturally experience mild ketosis during periods of fasting (e.g., sleeping overnight) and very strenuous exercise. Proponents of the ketogenic diet state that if the diet is carefully followed, blood levels of ketones should not reach a harmful level (known as “ketoacidosis”) as the brain will use ketones for fuel, and healthy individuals will typically produce enough insulin to prevent excessive ketones from forming. [2] How soon ketosis happens and the number of ketone bodies that accumulate in the blood is variable from person to person and depends on factors such as body fat percentage and resting metabolic rate. [3]

What is ketoacidosis?

There is not one “standard” ketogenic diet with a specific ratio of macronutrients ( carbohydrates , protein , fat ). The ketogenic diet typically reduces total carbohydrate intake to less than 50 grams a day—less than the amount found in a medium plain bagel—and can be as low as 20 grams a day. Generally, popular ketogenic resources suggest an average of 70-80% fat from total daily calories, 5-10% carbohydrate, and 10-20% protein. For a 2000-calorie diet, this translates to about 165 grams fat, 40 grams carbohydrate, and 75 grams protein. The protein amount on the ketogenic diet is kept moderate in comparison with other low-carb high-protein diets, because eating too much protein can prevent ketosis. The amino acids in protein can be converted to glucose, so a ketogenic diet specifies enough protein to preserve lean body mass including muscle, but that will still cause ketosis.

Many versions of ketogenic diets exist, but all ban carb-rich foods. Some of these foods may be obvious: starches from both refined and whole grains like breads, cereals, pasta, rice, and cookies; potatoes, corn, and other starchy vegetables; and fruit juices. Some that may not be so obvious are beans , legumes, and most fruits. Most ketogenic plans allow foods high in saturated fat, such as  fatty cuts of meat , processed meats, lard, and butter, as well as sources of unsaturated fats , such as nuts, seeds, avocados, plant oils, and oily fish. Depending on your source of information, ketogenic food lists may vary and even conflict.

  • Strong emphasis on fats at each meal and snack to meet the high-fat requirement. Cocoa butter, lard, poultry fat, and most plant fats (olive, palm, coconut oil) are allowed, as well as foods high in fat, such as avocado, coconut meat, certain nuts (macadamia, walnuts, almonds, pecans), and seeds (sunflower, pumpkin, sesame, hemp, flax).
  • Some dairy foods may be allowed. Although dairy can be a significant source of fat, some are high in natural lactose sugar such as cream, ice cream, and full-fat milk so they are restricted. However, butter and hard cheeses may be allowed because of the lower lactose content.
  • Protein stays moderate. Programs often suggest grass-fed beef (not grain-fed) and free-range poultry that offer slightly higher amounts of omega-3 fats, pork, bacon, wild-caught fish, organ meats, eggs, tofu, certain nuts and seeds.
  • Most non-starchy vegetables are included: Leafy greens (kale, Swiss chard, collards, spinach, bok choy, lettuces), cauliflower, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, asparagus, bell peppers, onions, garlic, mushrooms, cucumber, celery, summer squashes.
  • Certain fruits in small portions like berries. Despite containing carbohydrate, they are lower in “net carbs”* than other fruits.
  • Other: Dark chocolate (90% or higher cocoa solids), cocoa powder, unsweetened coffee and tea, unsweetened vinegars and mustards, herbs, and spices.

Not Allowed

  • All whole and refined grains and flour products, added and natural sugars in food and beverages, starchy vegetables like potatoes, corn, and winter squash.
  • Fruits other than from the allowed list, unless factored into designated carbohydrate restriction. All fruit juices.
  • Legumes including beans, lentils, and peanuts.
  • Although some programs allow small amounts of hard liquor or low carbohydrate wines and beers, most restrict full carbohydrate wines and beer, and drinks with added sweeteners (cocktails, mixers with syrups and juice, flavored alcohols).

*What Are Net Carbs? “Net carbs” and “impact carbs” are familiar phrases in ketogenic diets as well as diabetic diets. They are unregulated interchangeable terms invented by food manufacturers as a marketing strategy, appearing on some food labels to claim that the product contains less “usable” carbohydrate than is listed. [6] Net carbs or impact carbs are the amount of carbohydrate that are directly absorbed by the body and contribute calories. They are calculated by subtracting the amount of indigestible carbohydrates from the total carbohydrate amount. Indigestible (unabsorbed) carbohydrates include insoluble fibers from whole grains, fruits, and vegetables; and sugar alcohols, such as mannitol, sorbitol, and xylitol commonly used in sugar-free diabetic food products. However, these calculations are not an exact or reliable science because the effect of sugar alcohols on absorption and blood sugar can vary. Some sugar alcohols may still contribute calories and raise blood sugar. The total calorie level also does not change despite the amount of net carbs, which is an important factor with weight loss. There is debate even within the ketogenic diet community about the value of using net carbs.

Programs suggest following a ketogenic diet until the desired amount of weight is lost. When this is achieved, to prevent weight regain one may follow the diet for a few days a week or a few weeks each month, interchanged with other days allowing a higher carbohydrate intake.

The Research So Far

The ketogenic diet has been shown to produce beneficial metabolic changes in the short-term. Along with weight loss, health parameters associated with carrying excess weight have improved, such as insulin resistance, high blood pressure, and elevated cholesterol and triglycerides. [2,7] There is also growing interest in the use of low-carbohydrate diets, including the ketogenic diet, for type 2 diabetes. Several theories exist as to why the ketogenic diet promotes weight loss, though they have not been consistently shown in research: [2,8,9]

  • A satiating effect with decreased food cravings due to the high-fat content of the diet.
  • A decrease in appetite-stimulating hormones, such as insulin and ghrelin, when eating restricted amounts of carbohydrate.
  • A direct hunger-reducing role of ketone bodies—the body’s main fuel source on the diet.
  • Increased calorie expenditure due to the metabolic effects of converting fat and protein to glucose.
  • Promotion of fat loss versus lean body mass, partly due to decreased insulin levels.

The findings below have been limited to research specific to the ketogenic diet: the studies listed contain about 70-80% fat, 10-20% protein, and 5-10% carbohydrate. Diets otherwise termed “low carbohydrate” may not include these specific ratios, allowing higher amounts of protein or carbohydrate. Therefore only diets that specified the terms “ketogenic” or “keto,” or followed the macronutrient ratios listed above were included in this list below. In addition, though extensive research exists on the use of the ketogenic diet for other medical conditions, only studies that examined ketogenic diets specific to obesity or overweight were included in this list. ( This paragraph was added to provide additional clarity on 5.7.18. )

  • A meta-analysis of 13 randomized controlled trials following overweight and obese participants for 1-2 years on either low-fat diets or very-low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets found that the ketogenic diet produced a small but significantly greater reduction in weight, triglycerides, and blood pressure, and a greater increase in HDL and LDL cholesterol compared with the low-fat diet at one year. [10] The authors acknowledged the small weight loss difference between the two diets of about 2 pounds, and that compliance to the ketogenic diet declined over time, which may have explained the more significant difference at one year but not at two years (the authors did not provide additional data on this).
  • A systematic review of 26 short-term intervention trials (varying from 4-12 weeks) evaluated the appetites of overweight and obese individuals on either a very low calorie (~800 calories daily) or ketogenic diet (no calorie restriction but ≤50 gm carbohydrate daily) using a standardized and validated appetite scale. None of the studies compared the two diets with each other; rather, the participants’ appetites were compared at baseline before starting the diet and at the end. Despite losing a significant amount of weight on both diets, participants reported less hunger and a reduced desire to eat compared with baseline measures. The authors noted the lack of increased hunger despite extreme restrictions of both diets, which they theorized were due to changes in appetite hormones such as ghrelin and leptin, ketone bodies, and increased fat and protein intakes. The authors suggested further studies exploring a threshold of ketone levels needed to suppress appetite; in other words, can a higher amount of carbohydrate be eaten with a milder level of ketosis that might still produce a satiating effect? This could allow inclusion of healthful higher carbohydrate foods like whole grains, legumes, and fruit. [9]
  • A study of 39 obese adults placed on a ketogenic very low-calorie diet for 8 weeks found a mean loss of 13% of their starting weight and significant reductions in fat mass, insulin levels, blood pressure, and waist and hip circumferences. Their levels of ghrelin did not increase while they were in ketosis, which contributed to a decreased appetite. However during the 2-week period when they came off the diet, ghrelin levels and urges to eat significantly increased. [11]
  • A study of 89 obese adults who were placed on a two-phase diet regimen (6 months of a very-low-carbohydrate ketogenic diet and 6 months of a reintroduction phase on a normal calorie Mediterranean diet) showed a significant mean 10% weight loss with no weight regain at one year. The ketogenic diet provided about 980 calories with 12% carbohydrate, 36% protein, and 52% fat, while the Mediterranean diet provided about 1800 calories with 58% carbohydrate, 15% protein, and 27% fat. Eighty-eight percent of the participants were compliant with the entire regimen. [12] It is noted that the ketogenic diet used in this study was lower in fat and slightly higher in carbohydrate and protein than the average ketogenic diet that provides 70% or greater calories from fat and less than 20% protein.

Potential Pitfalls

Following a very high-fat diet may be challenging to maintain. Possible symptoms of extreme carbohydrate restriction that may last days to weeks include hunger, fatigue, low mood, irritability, constipation, headaches, and brain “fog.” Though these uncomfortable feelings may subside, staying satisfied with the limited variety of foods available and being restricted from otherwise enjoyable foods like a crunchy apple or creamy sweet potato may present new challenges.

Some negative side effects of a long-term ketogenic diet have been suggested, including increased risk of kidney stones and osteoporosis, and increased blood levels of uric acid (a risk factor for gout). Possible nutrient deficiencies may arise if a variety of recommended foods on the ketogenic diet are not included. It is important to not solely focus on eating high-fat foods, but to include a daily variety of the allowed meats, fish, vegetables, fruits, nuts, and seeds to ensure adequate intakes of fiber, B vitamins, and minerals (iron, magnesium, zinc)—nutrients typically found in foods like whole grains that are restricted from the diet. Because whole food groups are excluded, assistance from a registered dietitian may be beneficial in creating a ketogenic diet that minimizes nutrient deficiencies.

Unanswered Questions

  • What are the long-term (one year or longer) effects of, and are there any safety issues related to, the ketogenic diet?
  • Do the diet’s health benefits extend to higher risk individuals with multiple health conditions and the elderly? For which disease conditions do the benefits of the diet outweigh the risks?
  • As fat is the primary energy source, is there a long-term impact on health from consuming different types of fats (saturated vs. unsaturated) included in a ketogenic diet?
  • Is the high fat, moderate protein intake on a ketogenic diet safe for disease conditions that interfere with normal protein and fat metabolism, such as kidney and liver diseases?
  • Is a ketogenic diet too restrictive for periods of rapid growth or requiring increased nutrients, such as during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or during childhood/adolescent years?

Bottom Line

Available research on the ketogenic diet for weight loss is still limited. Most of the studies so far have had a small number of participants, were short-term (12 weeks or less), and did not include control groups. A ketogenic diet has been shown to provide short-term benefits in some people including weight loss and improvements in total cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure. However, these effects after one year when compared with the effects of conventional weight loss diets are not significantly different. [10]

Eliminating several food groups and the potential for unpleasant symptoms may make compliance difficult. An emphasis on foods high in  saturated fat  also counters recommendations from the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the American Heart Association and may have adverse effects on blood LDL cholesterol. However, it is possible to modify the diet to emphasize foods low in saturated fat such as olive oil, avocado, nuts, seeds, and fatty fish.

A ketogenic diet may be an option for some people who have had difficulty losing weight with other methods.  The exact ratio of fat, carbohydrate, and protein that is needed to achieve health benefits will vary among individuals due to their genetic makeup and body composition. Therefore, if one chooses to start a ketogenic diet, it is recommended to consult with one’s physician and a dietitian to closely monitor any biochemical changes after starting the regimen, and to create a meal plan that is tailored to one’s existing health conditions and to prevent nutritional deficiencies or other health complications. A dietitian may also provide guidance on reintroducing carbohydrates once weight loss is achieved.

A modified carbohydrate diet following the Healthy Eating Plate model may produce adequate health benefits and weight reduction in the general population. [13]

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  1. Competing on Customer Journeys (Via Harvard Business Review)

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  2. Harvard Business Review: The Truth About Customer Experience

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  3. Tutorial on the McKinsey/Harvard "Customer Decision Journey" by John

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  4. Customer Journey Map: Definition & Process

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  5. How to Create a Customer Journey Map to Optimize Your Campaigns

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  6. What Is Customer Journey Mapping Customer Journey Map

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  1. Employees First, Customers Second- A Case-study in Harvard

  2. "Customer Experience Comes First"- A Conversation With Raymond James CEO Tash Elwyn

  3. Dikshu Kukreja's Journey: Harvard to CP Kukreja Architects

  4. "Defining customer journey management"

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  1. Competing on Customer Journeys

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  2. What Is the Optimal Pattern of a Customer Journey?

    One way to think of customer journeys is as continuous patterns of mental experiences traced over time. Thinking of customer journeys as patterns raises a new set of productive questions, such as: Which patterns are most successful? And what features of those patterns lead to success? Some have argued that the best patterns are smooth and ...

  3. 4 Strategies to Simplify the Customer Journey

    4 Strategies to Simplify the Customer Journey. By: Richard L Gruner. Making things easy is harder than you think. Length: 1265 word count. Publication Date: May 14, 2021. Discipline: Operations Management. Product #: H06CWV-PDF-ENG.

  4. Designing Customer Journeys for the Post-Pandemic World

    The author offers three simple but critical factors that will determine whether your post-pandemic customer journeys will help amplify or impede business growth. First, be customer-centric, not company-centric. Second, create flexible journeys based on need-points, not touchpoints. Third, measure (and optimize) customer journeys and experiences ...

  5. Harvard Business Review: 7 Steps Mapping the Customer Experience Journey

    This Harvard Business Review (HBR) article from the current November 2015 issue summarises the classic steps involved in mapping the customer journey as: Consideration; the customer initially ...

  6. Summarizing the Mental Customer Journey

    "Summarizing the Mental Customer Journey." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 23-038, January 2023. SSRN; ... Harvard Business Review (website) How Automakers Can Address Resistance to Self-Driving Cars. By: Stuti Agarwal, Julian De Freitas and Carey K. Morewedge. February 2024;

  7. Going on a journey: A review of the customer journey literature

    1. Introduction. In the past few years, the concept of customer journey has been widely adopted by both academics and practitioners. Such interest has been driven by the emerging prominence of the customer-centric philosophy in the marketing field (Crosier & Handford, 2012).The term customer journey commonly refers to a process or sequence that a customer goes through to access or use an ...

  8. What Is the Optimal Pattern of a Customer Journey?

    "What Is the Optimal Pattern of a Customer Journey?" Harvard Business Review (website) (March 31, 2023). Read Now; ... Harvard Business Review (website) How Automakers Can Address Resistance to Self-Driving Cars. By: Stuti Agarwal, Julian De Freitas and Carey K. Morewedge. February 2024;

  9. Julian De Freitas

    "What Is the Optimal Pattern of a Customer Journey?" Harvard Business Review (website) (March 31, 2023). View Details. ... "Summarizing the Mental Customer Journey." Harvard Business School Working Paper, No. 23-038, January 2023. View Details. De Freitas, Julian, Xilin Zhou, Margherita Atzei, Shoshana Boardman, and Luigi Di Lillo. ...

  10. Customer Journey Maps

    Adam Richardson of Frog Design, writing in Harvard Business Review says: "A customer journey map is a very simple idea: a diagram that illustrates the steps your customer(s) go through in engaging with your company, whether it be a product, an online experience, retail experience, or a service, or any combination. The more touchpoints you ...

  11. Understanding Customer Experience Throughout the Customer Journey

    Rawson Alex, Duncan Ewan, and Jones Conor (2013), "The Truth About Customer Experience," Harvard Business Review, 91 (September), 90-98. PubMed Google Scholar

  12. Managing the Complete Customer Journey [Video]

    Many companies recognize the importance of customer experience and emphasize a few select ""customer touchpoints."" But the authors of a new Harvard Business Review article suggest that this may not be good enough. While individual touchpoints matter, what matters even more is a customer's complete, cumulative, end-to-end journey.

  13. How Chinese Retailers Are Reinventing the Customer Journey Five lessons

    Greeven, MJ, Xin, K & Yip, GS 2021, ' How Chinese Retailers Are Reinventing the Customer Journey Five lessons for Western companies ', Harvard Business Review, vol. 99, no. 5, pp. 84-+. How Chinese Retailers Are Reinventing the Customer Journey Five lessons for Western companies.

  14. What are Customer Journey Touchpoints and How to Identify Them

    Here's how to identify these touchpoints: 1. Map out the customer journey. Start by visualizing the journey your customers take when they interact with your brand. Visualize the customer journey from awareness to post-purchase. Break it down into stages: awareness, consideration, purchase, and post-purchase.

  15. Customer Journey Analytics: A Complete Guide

    Watch On Demand Demo. A complete guide to customer journey analytics. 13 min read Customer journey analytics can help you to nail down exactly why your customers behave the way they do and tie your customer experience efforts to financial outcomes. Learn how to use customer journey analytics for improved CX with our ultimate guide.

  16. What You're Getting Wrong About Customer Journeys

    By: Ahir Gopaldas, Anton Siebert. Companies often believe they should make their customers' experiences as effortless and predictable as possible. But the authors' research shows that this approach is overly simplistic--and can even…. Length: 9 page (s) Publication Date: Jul 1, 2022. Discipline: Marketing.

  17. Customer Journey Optimization: Maximizing Success For Your Business

    Mastering the entire customer journey is essential for any home services business. By prioritizing proximity, transparency, omnichannel communication and enhanced experiences, you can create lasting impressions that drive loyalty and advocacy. Embrace innovation, stay attuned to evolving customer needs and continually refine your approach to ...

  18. Customer engagement

    Customer engagement is an interaction between an external consumer/customer (either B2C or B2B) and an organization (company or brand) through various online or offline channels. [citation needed] According to Hollebeek, Srivastava and Chen (2019, p. 166) S-D logic-Definition of customer engagement is "a customer's motivationally driven, volitional investment of operant resources (including ...

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  23. How to Create a Realistic Customer Journey Map

    Although many articles discuss customer journey mapping (CJM), both academics and practitioners still question the best ways to model the consumer decision journey. We contend that most customer journey maps are critically flawed. They assume all customers of a particular organization experience the same organizational touchpoints and view these touchpoints as equally important. Furthermore ...

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