Customer Journey Maps are narrative stories of your users that allow you to see how a customer may have a need for your product, how they would come across your product, and how your product can benefit them. Creating these maps lets us realize where we may have flaws or gaps in our marketing strategy or use-case scenarios. Having a real and relatable customer story allows us to come up with the most logical solutions for our problems.
Creating journey maps for your customers is extremely important because it allows you to step into the shoes of your users. When you create step-by-step journey maps of your target customers, you're forced to go through the full-cycle marketing experience of your product. Customer journey mapping helps marketers and product developers identify what problems their product is trying to solve, where and how their target users will search for solutions to their problem, how they will implement your product as a solution, and how their product will benefit the customer's life. By journey mapping this process, it allows you to more efficiently allocate marketing and sales resources and have a better understanding of why your customers will be in need of your product.
Identify the main character in your journey map and create a persona for this character.
Decide what the key stages in the customer's journey are and add these stages as titles on your customer journey map to make sure you address them.
Start creating your journey map by taking your user persona and placing them in the first customer stage. Think about how they would react in this stage, then apply the same concept to the rest of the map.
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By Aaron Sherman