You want to be Customer-centric – why not use “design”?

Successful designers are typically remembered for the beautiful things they make that have function as well as form. They excel at delivering the emotional connection we have with products – and that is why we buy. This can be applied to all types of businesses and types of problems – it is not just about the transaction for products but experiences within and outside the business.

The principles and process that is intuitive to these designers can be embedded in your business. Creating and aligning teams of people that think like designers can give you the competitive edge in the market place and create meaningful customer and employee experiences.

“Increasing the public not only expect services to be more accessible and reliable; they expect them to meet their personal needs. Citizens are moving out of their traditional role as “passive recipients” to that of engaged consumers and service delivery models can and should evolve to meet this. Increasingly complex social goals, especially preventative measures cannot be achieved by doing thing to people as opposed to doing things with them”

Briggs et al, Co-Design: Toward A New Service Vision For Australia? Jan 2011

Creation of Value

Design thinkers encapsulate a customer-centric business approach – they focus on real world interaction and experimentation. They are led by deep customer insights, articulated and unarticulated customers needs. They create products, services, processes, business models, strategies and conversations that have high value for your customers and employees.

There are process and tools that enable you to learn and apply customer led behaviours such as empathy, integrative thinking (analytical and novel), optimism, experimentalism and collaboration to everyday business and leadership.

Design in business works

Click here to listen to a recent story on ABC news talking about how our financial industry is embracing design.

Are you interested in creating change within your organisation and with your customers? Do you need to think about shifting your relationship with customers and employees from one of passive consumption to participatory?

Design Led Innovation can help you to differentiate yourself from others in your market.

What type of relationship do your customers want with you?

If you would like to hear more about design and how it can help your business contact Jane here