customer experience
October 24, 2023

Elevate Your Small Business with CX: Strategies and Inspiration

Are you a small business owner who would like to put your products and brand at the forefront? If you answered yes, then look no further than customer experience (CX). Today, customer experience stands as a pivotal factor that can truly set your business apart and help you stand out from your competition. In this blog post, we'll delve into why small business owners should consider incorporating a CX program and how to get started easily. We will also draw inspiration from how Beacon used CX to boost policyholder satisfaction to create a positive company culture that earned recognition as a "Best Place to Work in Rhode Island" by Providence Business News (PBN).

Why CX Matters for Small Businesses

  • Customer Loyalty and Retention: A well-crafted CX program builds customer loyalty, encouraging repeat business and word-of-mouth referrals.
  • Revenue Growth: Satisfied customers are more likely to spend more with your business and are less price-sensitive.
  • Employee Engagement: A focus on CX boosts employee morale by showing them their efforts directly impact customer happiness.
  • Positive Company Culture: Prioritizing CX fosters a customer-centric culture where every team member values customer needs.

How to Get Started with a CX Program

Starting a CX program need not be daunting so we've provided a simplified roadmap to get you on the right path.

  1. Understand Your Customer Base: Identify your target audience, their pain points, and expectations.

  2. Set Clear CX Goals: Define clear objectives for your CX program. For example, aim to improve response times, streamline user interfaces, or enhance post-purchase support.

  3. Implement Customer Surveys: Integrate post-interaction surveys to gather customer feedback. Metrics like CSAT, CES, and NPS can provide insights into customer satisfaction and areas for improvement.

  4. Understand Key Metrics for Measuring CX: CSAT, CES, and NPS
    • CSAT (Customer Satisfaction Score) measures how satisfied customers are with a specific interaction or experience.
    • NPS (Net Promoter Score) gauges overall customer loyalty and the likelihood of recommending your business.
    • CES (Customer Effort Score) assesses the ease with which customers can achieve their goals when interacting with a business – in other words, how easy it is to do business with your company.
  5. Empower Your Team: Train and empower your employees to deliver excellent customer service. Recognize and reward exceptional CX efforts.

  6. Continuously Improve: Regularly analyze CX data and make necessary changes. Adapt your strategies based on customer feedback and evolving market trends.

  7. Encourage Innovation: Use customer feedback to innovate and develop new products or services that directly address customer needs.

  8. Utilize Technology: Leverage customer relationship management (CRM) tools to track customer interactions, preferences, and purchase history.

  9. Celebrate Successes: Share positive feedback and success stories with your team to reinforce the impact of their efforts on the overall CX

Beacon's CX Success Story

Beacon is an example of how CX can make a significant impact. Why does customer experience matter to us? A positive customer experience helps a business retain customers, but it also promotes loyalty and encourages satisfied customers to share their experiences with others. That's why for the last 2 years, we have invested heavily in understanding what it's like for our policyholders to do business with us, and we have listened to what they have to say.

Each quarter Beacon sends out a customer experience survey to a sample of our policyholders. They are asked to rate their satisfaction with their overall Beacon workers' compensation insurance experience and to provide feedback on their personal experience across all of the services provided by Beacon. They are also asked to share their likelihood of recommending us to family/colleagues and their likelihood of doing business with us in the future. The results are in and it is great news! Beacon policyholders are satisfied!

Key Takeaways for Small Business Owners

In conclusion, the importance of a CX program cannot be overstated for small businesses. By embracing CSAT, CES, and NPS metrics, you can tailor your efforts to meet customer expectations and drive success in multiple dimensions of your business. Look to Beacon as an example of how CX can not only elevate your customer experience but also empower your employees and cultivate a thriving company culture.

Download your printable version of Beacon's customer experience data and survey results summary


Learn if Beacon Mutual Could Be Right For Your Business

For more than 30 years, Beacon Mutual has been the premier local workers’ comp insurer of RI businesses, but don't take our word for it. The survey results don't lie. Close to 600 policyholders have trusted Beacon to protect their business and employees continuously since 1992 so we must be doing something right!  Learn if partnering with Beacon could be right for your business. Find Your Industry.


Tessa Tavares Costa
Written by

Tessa Tavares Costa

Content & Customer Experience Marketer, Co-Chair Beacon's DEI Committee

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