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  • By Jessica Taft

    The 6 Steps to Create an Effective Customer Journey Map

    May 26, 2022 | About a 2 min read

    Blog, Marketing

    The 6 Steps to Create an Effective Customer Journey Map

    By Jessica Taft
    May 26, 2022
    About a 2 MIN read

    A key tool in developing any good marketing campaign, customer journey maps have become essential for brands to build experiences and marketing communication plans that resonate with today’s consumers and their fragmented attention.  

    Recommended Reading: The New Normal: Marketing to Consumers with Fragmented Attention

    So how does one create a customer journey map? Here are the six steps to creating this super-impactful tool.

    The Prep Work

    Before starting the process it’s essential to define two items:

    • Who are you trying to reach? Who is your target?
      • What drives their purchasing decisions? (rational drivers, emotional drivers)
      • What’s their purchasing behavior?
      • What types of media do they consume? What influences them?
      • Why would they want what you’re selling?
      • What motivates them?
      • What are their pain points and stressors?
    • What do you want to achieve? What are your goals for the campaign/initiative?

    Write them down; build your target customer persona(s). Collect any data, research, or other information relevant to these personas and goals so that you can reference them as you build your customer journey map(s).

    Step 1: Lay the Framework for the Buyer’s Journey

    Education, Solution, Selection: These stages of the customer journey map are where the buyer decision-making occurs and are typically broken down into Buyer Decision Stages.

    Depiction of Customer Journey Stages EDUCATE, SOLUTION, and SELECTION and corresponding Buyer Decision Stages

    Step 2: Define the Touchpoints

    At this step you’ll:

    • Identify the channels through which your target customer persona will encounter your brand. Be sure to consider both digital and physical touchpoints.
    • Plot out at what stage in the journey they’ll be when they have that touchpoint

    Step 3: Identify Content that Can Convert

    Now that you have the touchpoints plotted, it’s time to consider how you can make a positive impression on your target.

    What content or opportunities do you have that you can leverage, or that you can create, that can impact your target’s decision-making process and help move them to the next stage in their journey?

    Plot those out on the map tying them to the touchpoints and delivery channels. Additionally, define if those delivery channels are owned, paid, or earned.

    Step 4: Outline Stories That Will Engage

    With some overlap with Step 3, here you’ll define your messaging and content topics (stories) that will resonate with your target at different stages of their journey.

    Step 5: Validate (Don’t Speculate)

    Before implementing any customer journey map it’s important to validate it. Find someone that fits the target and verify that the information is relevant to them.

    Step 6: Revisit and Refine

    On at least a yearly basis, it’s good to revisit the journey and confirm, refine, or revise the journey based on new insights or changes in the landscape.

    Starting Your Journeys

    Ready to revisit some old customer journey maps? Or build some new ones? Be sure to connect with your day-to-day contact at Pathfinders or contact us below!

    Jessica Taft

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