Most businesses understand that customer satisfaction is a key metric of organizational success. But many businesses also struggle with making those customer satisfaction metrics actionable and meaningful - internally and externally. Actionability has been a challenge that businesses have struggled with for years, and it is only becoming more challenging as the digital environment facilitates - and also confuses - the consumer's path to purchase.
In the early days of marketing and marketing research, we described the path to purchase as AIDA (awareness, interest, decision, and action). And that worked fairly well for marketers who controlled the information and distribution channels to the consumer. However, in our more complex digital world, consumers can take many paths to purchase, some of which we control and some we don't, and businesses need to understand and monitor all of those paths.