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Service Design for Business: A Practical Guide to Optimizing the Customer Experience

Service Design for Business: A Practical Guide to Optimizing the Customer Experience

Ben Reason , Lavrans Løvlie , Melvin Brand Flu

ISBN: 978-1-118-98892-3

Jan 2016

208 pages

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A practical approach to better customer experience through service design

Service Design for Business helps you transform your customer's experience and keep them engaged through the art of intentional service design. Written by the experts at Livework, this practical guide offers a tangible, effective approach for better responding to customers' needs and demands, and provides concrete strategy that can be implemented immediately. You'll learn how taking a design approach to problem solving helps foster creativity, and how to apply it to the real issues that move businesses forward. Highly visual and organized for easy navigation, this quick read is a handbook for connecting market factors to the organizational challenge of customer experience by seeing your company through the customers' eyes.

Livework pioneered the service design industry, and guides organizations including Sony, the British Government, Volkswagen Procter & Gamble, the BBC, and more toward a more carefully curated customer experience. In this book, the Livework experts show you how to put service design to work in your company to solve the ongoing challenge of winning with customers.

  • Approach customer experience from a design perspective
  • See your organization through the lens of the customer
  • Make customer experience an organization-wide responsibility
  • Analyze the market factors that dovetail with customer experience design

The Internet and other digital technology has brought the world to your customers' fingertips. With unprecedented choice, consumers are demanding more than just a great product—the organizations coming out on top are designing and delivering experiences tailored to their customers' wants. Service Design for Business gives you the practical insight and service design perspective you need to shape the way your customers view your organization.

Introduction vii

Chapter 1 Why Service Design 1

Three Trends That Make Service Design Relevant Today 2

Use Service Design to Deal with Business Ambitions and Organizational Challenges 4

Key Concepts 7

Chapter 2 Foundations: Three Critical Factors in Service Design 15

Movement 17

Structures 32

Behavior 44

Challenges 50

Chapter 3 The Customer Story: Understanding Customers Better Provides the Basis for Customer-Driven Service Improvement and Innovation 53

Get the Basics Right and Achieve Customer Experience Excellence 54

Prevent Customer Irritations and Failures 62

Engage Customers Effectively 70

High-Impact Customer Innovations 78

Chapter 4 Business Impact: Designing a Service around Customers’ Needs Provides a New Way to Address Age-Old Business Challenges 87

Innovate New Business Concepts 88

Becoming a More Digital Business 96

Achieve Higher Customer Performance 106

Successful Launch and Adoption of a New Product or Service 117

Chapter 5 Organizational Challenge: Using Customer Centricity to Move Your Organization Forward 125

Foster Internal Alignment and Collaboration 126

Deliver Better Staff Engagement and Participation 134

Build a Customer-Centric Organization 141

Building a More Agile Organization 151

Chapter 6 Tools 161

Customer Profiles 162

Customer Insights 164

Customer Journeys 166

Customer LifeCycles 168

Cross-Channel Views 170

Service Scenarios 172

Organizational Impact Analysis 174

Creative DesignWorkshops 177

Acknowledgements 181

Index 183