If you’re ready to move from marketer to experience maker, you’ve come to the right place. Here you can dive into a curated collection of study materials, organized into seven lessons. And learn to create a consistent brand experience that’s everywhere your customers are.
Far too many people find online forms a cumbersome and time-consuming process. But not the customers of IDFC Bank — thanks to experience maker Abhay Jahorey.
Before revamping the onboarding and enrollment processes at IDFC Bank, opening a savings account used to take hours, or even days. “Now when our customers come on the website, they’re able to not only open the account, they’re able to fund it, and within four minutes, start using it.”
That’s the kind of enrollment experience every business wants. “Simple, powerful, persuasive,” as Johorey says.
Master this marketing art to do the same for your business.
We’ve organized your Enrollment & Communications study materials into six lessons — each easily completed in 30 minutes or less. Work through one goal at a time. Apply what you learn to your current situation, then come back to take the next lesson.
01 | Assess your strengths and weaknesses.
Whether your organization offers online mortgage loan applications, tax services, or travel arrangements, you can make or break a customer’s experience with your digital enrollment forms and communications. A study by Dun & Bradstreet found that conversion rates surge by 19 percent when forms are partly prefilled for users. For IDFC Bank, that meant architecting their system so customers only had to enter their “know your customer” (KYC) data once. After that, it would automatically pre-populate for every product or service — on any channel. This kind of personal touch makes every customer journey look and feel effortless.
In just ten questions, you can identify your gaps in the enrollment experience — then learn to fill them with finesse.
“Effortless customer experiences produce an 88 percent increase in customer spend.”
— Matt Dixon, The Effortless Experience
02 | Eliminate friction.
You know the saying, “You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” The first moment your audience pulls up a chair — or, more likely, a mobile device — to engage with you, it’s likely with an enrollment experience. So it has to be great from the get-go.
The best experience makers identify friction points and transform them into opportunities. And they manage their communications and forms from a single, centralized system, making it easy to refine and streamline the customer journey at every single touchpoint.
You can too. Do it right, and you’ll build a feedback loop of personalizing, connecting, selling, cross-selling, and nurturing a lifelong relationship. Harvard Business School found that just a 5 percent increase in customer retention could lead to an increase in profits from 25 to 95 percent.
Learn how a content-first approach and more connected communications keeps customers coming back for more.
03 | Be consistent.
In this age of experience, you can’t afford to let your audience slip away. Every moment of engagement counts — including every form and ongoing communication. They all need to be seamlessly interwoven across every channel and point of connection. After all, your customers’ lifetime value is at stake.
Whether they’re filling in forms, completing an application, subscribing to a list or service, or creating an account, you want to make the experience a positive one. Aim for a seamless customer journey that glides right along. Because if you introduce friction points, they’ll take their business elsewhere — long before you have the chance to win their loyalty.
Learn how to create an effortless enrollment process for your customers — and your team.
“We have a self-service model with the classic browser, website, mobile-optimized website, and app site, and also assisted digital, like our contact centers. All of these touchpoints are seamlessly connected together.”
— Abhay Johorey, Former Head, Digital, Consumer bank, IDFC
04 | Create unforgettable experiences.
Great performers know it’s all in the delivery. For Johorey and IDFC, great performance means delivering a consistent brand journey and exceptional customer service — from emails to enrollment. A robust enrollment solution can help you create engaging customer experiences from beginning to end.
As you explore ways to make enrollment and ongoing communications into something that’s not only painless but laden with possibility, you’ll need a framework fit for a lifelong customer relationship.
Learn what to look for and the questions you should ask when evaluating enrollment forms and management solutions.
“We were looking for a technology solution that would integrate all aspects of the customer journey—which began from display and interest all the way up to actually activating the account. We did not want disparate technologies where you spend a lot of time stitching them together.”
— Abhay Johorey, Former Head, Digital, Consumer bank, IDFC
05 | Learn from leaders.
Your enrollment experience should be more than a sum of its parts. No matter how stellar any one system, site, app, tool, or platform is, your customers will fare best when every component works in concert with the others.
The application process at Investitionsbank Berlin is a great example. As the bank looked to better digitize applications for their customers, they sought a modern, proven solution. They now have a system that connects to their SAP and CRM systems, and even the German credit bureau. And with streamlined forms, they’ve reduced processing time by half.
You can see the same kind of results with a system that has built-in logic, responsive design, and updates that can be made automatically from one centralized place.
Read how Investitionsbank Berlin realigned its customer focus to slash errors and processing delays.
06 | Prove business value.
As marketers, we all relish the feeling of a great ROI. When you overhaul just one part of the customer experience — like digital forms — you make the entire experience more convenient, unified, and effective. And you improve your entire operations.
You’ll be able to onboard new customers faster — with a lower abandonment rate. You’ll also rev up your organization’s inner workings by lessening the labor involved in creating, updating, and managing your forms and documents. It’s a win-win for your enterprise and your customers.
There’s a compelling business case for brilliant forms. See just how much is at stake.
According to an IDC study, users of Adobe Experience Manager Forms see an average annual savings of $242,300 per 100,000 forms and documents submitted — and a 379% three-year ROI.
About the experience maker
“Be sharp. Stay keen.” That’s the first thing you see on Abhay’s LinkedIn profile. And as one of Abhay’s colleagues notes, he lives up to it, saying his mind races at the speed of light. Abhay looked after all things digital, and all things payment, at IDFC’s Consumer Bank division in Mumbai until fall of 2018. That’s when Adobe, recognizing his exceptional talent as an experience maker, recruited to head the company’s strategic initiatives.
Adobe can help
Our end-to-end solution connects your forms and communications processes, so you can make enrollment, applications, and onboarding an effortless experience for all.
Don’t stop now. Master another marketing art.
Now that you’re a Enrollment & Communications expert, it’s time to take on a new marketing art. Choose one below, then work your way through that collection of guides, videos, inspiration articles, and more — all created and curated by Adobe experts to help you become an epic experience maker.