Customer Experience And Engagement Differences

Customer Experience And Engagement Differences

In this article i will explain the difference between Customer Experience And Engagement Differences.

With all the emphasis put on the customer in the global business environment, knowing exactly what it is your customers are wanting, how they feel about your businesses products or services and what their expressed views are on social media, knowing the nuances of customer terminology is critical to be able to differentiate between a satisfied customer and one who seethes beneath the surface because they believe their views are muted by more popular trends. Two of these terms, customer experience and customer engagement, will help you see through the superficial appearance and understand exactly what your customers say and mean.

Customer Experience

If there is one aspect of conducting business that most businesses prioritize it is customer experience. This part of the customer is something that can be measured either in person or online either engaging through your website or social media. For example, a customer’s experience in thewebsite checkout process can often decide whether they will return to make that second purchase. A difficult checkout process and a cancelled purchase or failed return visit is definitely a negative customer experience – without any actual feedback. The result of regular negative customer experiences for a large number of people will reflect negatively on your bottom line.

Customer Engagement

If you have ever taken a survey or carried one out, you understand the basics of customer engagement. Instead of inferring a customer’s satisfaction or dissatisfaction with a product or the business, you have a method of directly measuring the criteria by direct interaction with the person. Even though a survey may not seem like a direct interaction, the responses are definite and clear. Customer service departments and representatives are the most often encountered point of engagement between the business and customer. Other personal contact methods are showroom floors and social media networks. In fact, paying close attention to social media may be the best alternative as customers and potential customers are more likely to talk openly about their perspectives than most other direct contact methods.

The Result of the Mix

It is important to avoid separating customer experience and customer engagement when making evaluations of customer satisfaction. Each may be measured in different ways, but the message is communicated – either silently or vocally. The results need to be completely and objectively analysed without placing too much emphasis on any one part of the marketing strategy. If a reduction of online purchase activity has been caused by customers cancelling the process in mid-process, the source of the problem may be the technology or the design of the web site. Immediately suggesting technology is the problem advocates a simplistic approach to what may be a complex problem.

In the same way, if a wave of negative customer feedback comes back from surveys and in-store interviews, the problem may be with the product itself or may be in how the business is promoting or selling the product. Oftentimes, Twitterstorms are the result of a politically incorrect or offensive ad made by the company that has nothing to do with the quality of the product. The product may be desirable, or even great, but the customer’s concern is not about the product but the connection of the ad with the product. Social media analysis would be one way to clarify if this is the case.

However a company chooses to measure customer satisfaction and customer engagement, they are critical to the long term success of the company. The customer always comes first and that’s why we work so hard building our businesses to CARE for our customers , and with a satisfied customer comes an increased bottom line. That is the final total of customer experience and engagement.


Andrew Marriott
Owner & Founder at AJR Solutions
I am a technical & creative guy who loves technology. From a very young age, I have had a passion for technology, website / graphic design and photography. I work hard & play harder, I’m driven and full of enthusiasm with a passion to help others. Technology, digital design, web development & creative photography are areas I am really passionate about.

In the past i have worked for a leading IT Solutions & Managed service provider in Rotherham dealing with a range of IT platforms, such as - on site field engineering and remote support, dealing with all types of servers such as Virtual & Physical, Hyper–V, VMware, Windows server 2012 R2, SBS - Small Business Server 2008 2011, SQL, Terminal, Exchange, Active Directory, Group Policy, TCP, IP, DNS, DHCP, VPN, RDP, hybrid & cloud, Office 365 and managed security solutions such as Antivirus and Spam filtering.

Prior to this, I worked for Wickersley School & Sports College as the Lead IT & Network Technician and also supporting local primary schools with IT Support and engineering visits & Project Management, while also running my own company AJR Solutions, providing IT & Creative Solutions.

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