In life, we are all guilty of making flawed assumptions. For example, guessing what someone is thinking or why a particular action was taken. Without context, we can easily get it wrong.

Thankfully, in the world of online shopping, it is possible to put yourself into the customer’s shoes and avoid flawed customer experience assumptions.

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To do this you need to get the full picture of a customer’s online journey. You need to rely on a mix of insightful tools and data points and ensure both eCommerce and IT team collaborate and share insight effectively.

However, this transition can take time and even today, some still rely on the basic analytics such as, customer numbers, abandonment and purchase. In this scenario, it is easy to make flawed customer experiences assumptions. And the cost to the online business can be high.

Here are a few of the most common Flawed Customer Experience assumptions:

Flawed Customer Experience assumption No. 1

Because someone bought, they automatically had a good online customer experience. 

Don’t mistake shopper persistence for customer satisfaction. Many determined customers may have doggedly worked their way through an inept and deeply frustrating site to get what they wanted – but, they will never, ever return for a repeat experience!

Flawed assumption No. 2

Sub-optimal customer experiences happen in isolation.

They don’t!  All too often Sub-optimal customer experiences happen in multiples – indeed, the worst record of multiples in my experience was a site where one unfortunate customer had 18 sub-optimal events in one visit!

The e-Commerce team know the traffic numbers and the IT team know about slow pages and the customer sees various messages. How do you know who experienced all / some of the above and what that means to their conversion rates?

Add to this things like ‘out of stock’ messages, which are viewed as an unfortunate but inevitable reality of business life. They are not seen as sub-optimal customer experiences. Unfortunately, for you and your profits, customers have a rather different perspective!

Another record saw 31 “out of stock” message occurrences in one visit – want to know if they bought?

Flawed Assumption No. 3

The best way to increase online revenue is to drive more traffic, or unique visitors (UV’s).

But why drive more traffic to a store with lower than achievable conversion rates? That is not a sensible investment plan, but one that is commonplace.  Campaigns, personalisation, social, search are all about driving more traffic.

Imagine the double hit of improved results of both increased conversion and more UV’s because both are being optimised in parallel.

Flawed Assumption No. 4

Speed is the determining factor.

Well, it is one factor and it is absolutely critical, but there are 5 other categories that impact customer experience [Layout and forms, Search (Found, No results etc), Messages (positive, errors system etc), Repeated Actions] and those you need to be able to see, count and alert on if you want to ensure the best experience is happening.

Understanding speed is important but these response times in isolation or in their absence do not ensure a good online experience.  Understanding the speed from the customer’s experience changes the perspective and having the context is invaluable.

Flawed Assumption No. 5

Heatmaps give me all the insight I need into a customer’s online experience.

Well that’s simply not the case. Let’s be honest, like speed, this is only one aspect of customer experience.  Heatmaps only provide insight into aggregated interactions on a particular page but have no concept of complete user journeys

How do a combination of factors across the journey, such as particular error and warning messages, repeated navigations etc alter the propensity to purchase? Much more information is required or a flawed customer experience assumption is likely to be reached.

Flawed Assumption No. 6

I run VOC surveys and that tells me all I need to know about an issue. 

Again, a critical piece of the jigsaw, but (a real example so please excuse the wording) when a customer says “I was trying to buy x and you wouldn’t let me, wtf!!” then how do you act on this and understand if it’s an isolated experience?

Too often it is difficult to recreate a specific issue, and there is no insight into how many others experienced this issue. Given VOC responses are typically received by around  1% of the user population, that is a very small sample to work with and base decisions on.

Nobody wants to act on Flawed Customer Experience assumptions. But these are real issues that are costing ecommerce businesses revenue right now. The good news is that each can be addressed by digging deeper into our customers’ online experiences. By relying on the right mix of tools and data you can assume a little less, and earn a lot more J

To learn more about how Customer Experience Management could give your online business deeper insight into your clients online experiences, visit www.userreplay.com or call 0118 902 6810 to talk to a UserReplay expert.

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We are proud to announce that UserReplay have been awarded their ISO/IEC 27001:2013, the global standard for Information Security Management Systems.

By achieving the internationally recognized ISO/IEC 27001 certification, UserReplay has demonstrated its commitment to Information Security Management in the development and implementation of its software solutions globally, and signaled the further strengthening of its credentials in the Customer Experience Analytics sector.

About UserReplay Certification

The certification is an internationally recognized information security management standard which ensures organizations can apply a framework to business processes to help identify, manage and reduce risks to information security, and considers not only IT but all business operations. UserReplay’s certification of the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 certification achievement demonstrates an organization’s ability to meet compliance requirements, which in turn increases external and internal customer satisfaction.

UserReplay sought to undertake the ISO/IEC 27001:2013 accreditation in response to our commitment to protecting Customer data to the highest possible standard and as part of our dedication to providing the highest possible information security management in the digital customer experience analytics industry.

Commenting on UserReplay’s ISO/IEC 27001: 2013 accreditation, John Thompson, CEO, said:

“This is a strategic attainment for us. Ultimately, we want to continuously improve the services we offer to our customers, and we are proud to add this accreditation. This is a reflection of the focus we have had in this area since we started-out, proving our readiness to meet our customers’ compliance requirements.’

‘We work continuously to ensure that we not only meet, but exceed the requirements of a growing organization serving a demanding industry. We have a huge appetite for ensuring that our customers receive the benefit of rigorous yet swift business processes and robust security systems. This is a major step forward in UserReplay demonstrating its commitment to Information Security Management and will positively help in co-operating with our customers’ compliance requirements,’ he adds.

To read more about UserReplay’s ISO/IEC 27001:2013 accreditation click here.

What is the cost of a poor eCommerce Customer Experience? Think of it from a personal viewpoint. How many times have you been left frustrated by a bad eCommerce customer experience? How many times have you had an online transaction cancelled, timed-out or been driven to switch to a more user-friendly rival site?

It happens to all of us at one time or another…

CMO.com reports that an average of 10.9% of online revenue is spent on marketing. IMRG that global abandonment rates are rising. And the market view is B2C conversion is 1%-4% and B2B about 10%.

From our own research “Counting the Cost of Not Knowing”, we found that:

  1. 85% of organizations say understanding why customers may struggle with their website is a current challenge
  2. 82% have difficulties maintaining a single approach to eCommerce Customer Experience Management across mobile and web
  3. 89% believe eCommerce Customer Experience is a significant differentiator in their sector right now
  4. 76% plan to increase investment in online channels over the next 12 months

Delivering a seamless, rewarding eCommerce Customer Experience is paramount. It is damaging to keep upping the spend on driving people to your site if it is not delivering a good user journey.

It’s the key differentiator that drives loyalty and improved margins. Anything that damages or diminishes that experience is a dangerous and costly aberration.

Here’s the evidence…

The 2016 Christmas Season Consumer Survey reveals that: “19% of eCommerce Christmas customers were forced to shop with alternative retailers due to stock unavailability and delivery time constraints” (source: eConsultancy Blog). But this begs a key question: how many businesses know the price they are paying for out-of-stock and delivery constraints? How many potential customers clicked-off in frustration and took their loyalties and buying power to a competitor?

Probably, it’s an unknown quantity. Most companies have no comprehensive way of tracking the customer’s onsite experience, quantifying the size of this problem or taking instant action to eliminate losses. They rely on assumptions based on limited metrics. But having this insight is a game-changer for online revenue.

It’s the online equivalent of “your call is being recorded for quality and training purposes”. Then imagine taking all this real-time data (including all the equivalent recordings and linked request and response data) and using it to remove sub-optimal experiences, while the customer is online.

For Pizza Hut, this delivered £4.7M of additional eCommerce revenue in just one year. For Direct Ferries, it equated to a 1% increase in conversion rates (just imagine what a 3%, 4%, 10% uplift could do for your bottom line).

And the secondary benefits are equally impressive. Efficiencies right across the team will enhance proof of purchase, fraud validation, customer services and internal processes that directly deliver online improvements.

Sadly, for the customer, it’s still a reality that most businesses do little more than track the basic analytics of the numbers that arrive at the online store and those that either abandon or succeed to complete their purchase.

Without having the full picture of a customer’s eCommerce experience, the cost of not knowing could be significantly damaging your online revenue potential.

To find out more about how UserReplay Customer Experience Analytics can help you know the truth about your online customer experience get in touch

 

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What is the cost of a poor eCommerce Customer Experience? Think of it from a personal viewpoint. How many times have you been left frustrated by a bad eCommerce customer experience? How many times have you had an online transaction cancelled, timed-out or been driven to switch to a more user-friendly rival site?

It happens to all of us at one time or another…

CMO.com reports that an average of 10.9% of online revenue is spent on marketing. IMRG that global abandonment rates are rising. And the market view is B2C conversion is 1%-4% and B2B about 10%.

From our own research “Counting the Cost of Not Knowing”, we found that:

  1. 85% of organizations say understanding why customers may struggle with their website is a current challenge
  2. 82% have difficulties maintaining a single approach to eCommerce Customer Experience Management across mobile and web
  3. 89% believe eCommerce Customer Experience is a significant differentiator in their sector right now
  4. 76% plan to increase investment in online channels over the next 12 months

Delivering a seamless, rewarding eCommerce Customer Experience is paramount. It is damaging to keep upping the spend on driving people to your site if it is not delivering a good user journey.

It’s the key differentiator that drives loyalty and improved margins. Anything that damages or diminishes that experience is a dangerous and costly aberration.

Here’s the evidence…

The 2016 Christmas Season Consumer Survey reveals that: “19% of eCommerce Christmas customers were forced to shop with alternative retailers due to stock unavailability and delivery time constraints” (source: eConsultancy Blog). But this begs a key question: how many businesses know the price they are paying for out-of-stock and delivery constraints? How many potential customers clicked-off in frustration and took their loyalties and buying power to a competitor?

Probably, it’s an unknown quantity. Most companies have no comprehensive way of tracking the customer’s onsite experience, quantifying the size of this problem or taking instant action to eliminate losses. They rely on assumptions based on limited metrics. But having this insight is a game-changer for online revenue.

It’s the online equivalent of “your call is being recorded for quality and training purposes”. Then imagine taking all this real-time data (including all the equivalent recordings and linked request and response data) and using it to remove sub-optimal experiences, while the customer is online.

For Pizza Hut, this delivered £4.7M of additional eCommerce revenue in just one year. For Direct Ferries, it equated to a 1% increase in conversion rates (just imagine what a 3%, 4%, 10% uplift could do for your bottom line).

And the secondary benefits are equally impressive. Efficiencies right across the team will enhance proof of purchase, fraud validation, customer services and internal processes that directly deliver online improvements.

Sadly, for the customer, it’s still a reality that most businesses do little more than track the basic analytics of the numbers that arrive at the online store and those that either abandon or succeed to complete their purchase.

Without having the full picture of a customer’s eCommerce experience, the cost of not knowing could be significantly damaging your online revenue potential.

To find out more about how UserReplay Customer Experience Analytics can help you know the truth about your online customer experience get in touch

 

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The weather is hot, bags are packed  and people are going on holidays …some may even embark on a holiday romance! Apparently 58% of Britons will have a holiday tryst in their lifetime. Sadly, 93% of these relationships barely last longer than the runway at Gatwick.

Similarly, in ecommerce, we’re told in a recent Kleiner Perkins report that, if your website is not creating the right customer experience, making your customers smile and sweeping them off their feet, 82% of your visitors will go…never to return again.
Continue reading “CeX on the Beach”

The digitization of business has created an even bigger opportunity for technology to not only keep the lights on, but drive tangible business value.  This is especially evident where we see a recent shift from traditional application performance management (APM) as a stand-alone solution, to digital performance management (DPM).  The shift simply means that end user experience can no longer be separated from infrastructure performance and vice versa. Solution providers need to address both sides of the equation and help companies to create a digitally intelligent, customer facing architecture that differentiates them from the competition.





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Even before Forrester established DPM as a new discipline, there was another mindset helping companies differentiate themselves—an unyielding focus on the customer experience.

It’s easier than ever to leverage technology making customer experience one of the few chances a company has to differentiate themselves from the competition.

Marketers may already have taken up this charge, but without the technical infrastructure tools and technology it is impossible to know how the interaction between customers and your environment are performing.  So it is time for infrastructure and operations to become customer obsessed as well.

What Does It Mean to Have Customer Obsession?

As mentioned previously, before Forrester introduced the concept of DPM, customer obsession was a recognized strategy for a company to differentiate themselves – Forrester laid out an operating model for being customer obsessed. If you are knowledgeable about DPM, the concepts within customer obsession will seem familiar. This is because without being customer obsessed, it is difficult to realize the true value of DPM.

According to Forrester, there are 4 main operating principles that create a customer obsessed business:

  • Customer-Based Decision Making: Traditionally infrastructure and operations teams have stayed in the background while the business focused on customers. Customer-based decision making means understanding the “why” for you and your customers—not just the “what” and “how.”
  • Making the Most of Customer Data: Technologists have been tasked by marketing with collecting customer data for years. Unfortunately, businesses haven’t been capable of making the most of that data. Being customer obsessed means infrastructure and operations should be equipped to deliver valuable customer insights.
  • Agility Is Everything: If there’s one aspect of being customer obsessed that the technology function can relate to is it’s the call for agility. Customer expectations change so rapidly that you can’t risk falling behind. The sense of customer loyalty is disappearing rapidly, so staying ahead of the customer experience means everything to your business.
  • Breaking Down Siloes: Siloes have always made sense—you can set up the infrastructure so if there’s a problem with one function it won’t affect overall operations while you troubleshoot. But integration is critical for customer obsession. When you’re focusing on the customer journey, you’re working with sales, marketing, product development and other functions, which means connecting many departments rather than walling them off.

 

When you put these principles into practice and take up customer obsession within the technology function, you’ll see that application performance management (APM) solutions alone are not enough. Adopting a DPM approach, combining APM with Customer Experience Analytics (CEA) is a way to turn the customer obsessed mindset into tangible business value.

Digital Performance Management Technology for the Customer Obsessed

While you’ve focused on APM, your marketing colleagues have relied on customer experience analytics to tap into their own customer obsession. At the very least, they should also be examining and considering the friction facing users as they interact with the technology.

However, being customer obsessed means going the extra step further to integrate your APM processes with customer experience visibility. In this way, you can tailor business decisions to specific customer experience priorities.

UserReplay works with APM vendors to deliver a DPM vision that drives business value for infrastructure and operations teams. Contact us today for more information on how UserReplay can help you drive business value.

John Thompson, CEO, UserReplay.





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One-point-two trillion dollars.

That may be the most jaw-dropping reason for any forward-looking CEO, CMO, CIO, or CDO – along with key members of their teams – to secure a place in an upcoming webinar presented by User Replay in collaboration with Forrester and Market America (Tuesday, March 7, 2017, 12:00 pm EST). The session will bring together top global experts in a visionary discussion of emerging strategies for “Building a Customer Insights Driven Business through Digital Intelligence.”

Digital Intelligence Webinar Highlights

Let’s not lose sight of that $1.2 trillion: that’s the amount that businesses driven by customer insights are projected to take from the coffers of competitors who remain mired in the old ways of thinking and doing, between now and 2020. How that will happen – and how businesses can capture their share of the revenue – will be one lesson learned from the webinar, but the full syllabus is equally impressive.





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During the program, participants will delve into topics such as how the use of digital intelligence gives companies the strategic edge that enables them to differentiate themselves, both in terms of their products and the customer experience they deliver – and why businesses that are driven by customer insights are always positioned to outpace those that don’t give this aspect the focus it deserves.

Balancing out some of the more abstract and academic concepts, however, the webinar also promises to stay grounded in real-world experiences and real-world solutions, in part through a detailed look at how Forrester and Market America drives every facet and function of its enterprise with customer insights.

Cutting-Edge Concepts and Internationally-Recognized Authorities

The presenters themselves provide a hint as to the depth and breadth participants can expect from what promises to be an intriguing session.

James McCormick, Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, one of the world’s leading research and advisory firms. He is an internationally acknowledged expert in such areas as digital intelligence and analytics, and CX optimization.

Michael Brady, CIO of Market America, has vast expertise in the design, implementation, and operation of sophisticated IT systems and applications, as well as in formulating IT strategy and policy to serve both current and future business needs.

Ellen M. Steinlauf, Corporate Market Development & Strategist for UserReplay and the firm’s head of corporate marketing, will moderate the webinar, bringing not only deep marketing knowledge to the program but also extensive executive experience in managing technology in the financial services industry.

In their respective segments, the presenters will discuss: how Forrester defines a customer-insights-driven business, and how digital intelligence supports that strategy; how Market America successfully applies digital intelligence tools to its businesses; and how User Replay fits into the overall digital intelligence architecture.

At the heart of the entire webinar is the shared understanding that digital intelligence has become much more than a useful tool in today’s digital ecosystem – it has become an imperative, a strategic capability that businesses need to fully master, rather than merely dabble in, as many still do.

To put that in perspective, as the webinar organizers point out, 73% of firms aspire to be data-driven, but only 29% have mastered turning the massive volume of data at hand into action. By contrast, a truly insights-driven business leverages data and analytics regularly and consistently in order to optimize both its products and the customer’s experience.

A Process, Not A Finished Product

One sure takeaway from the webinar will be the realization that ‘Building a Customer Insights Driven Business through Digital Intelligence’ is actually one building project that never really ends.

While the design, architecture, and construction of a viable and thriving customer-insights-driven-business are all important elements of the presentations, the need for both a system and a company mindset that not only allows for continuous improvement of digital intelligence but demands that it is always at the forefront.

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The free webinar, which will begin at Noon Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday, March 7, is being presented by UserReplay in collaboration with Forrester and Market America. Those interested in attending can reserve a seat by completing a simple registration form on the UserReplay’s website and locking in the time and date on their calendars. For those unable to attend the live presentation, the organizers are offering to send a recording of the event to interested parties who note their inability to attend on the registration form.





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There is friction within the C-suite that has persisted for a long time. CMOs and CIOs continue to struggle to help one another. As companies aim to differentiate themselves based on customer experience, CMOs and CIOs must work together to eliminate friction in the buyer’s journey.

Traditional application performance management (APM) that CIOs have come to rely on, and customer experience analytics (CXA) that CMOs rely on, perform different functions and elucidate different sides of the same coin. CIOs and CMOs are now able to be on the same page.

Digital performance management (DPM) is emerging as the integrated replacement for silos of APM and customer experience analytics. If you as the technologist are not sure if you should begin to investigate how DPM will make a significant difference in your business, consider 3 examples of friction between CMO/CIO that digital performance management has the potential to address.





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Scenario 1: Trying to Tie Lost Revenue to Technical Issues

For CIOs, this situation isn’t new. Users report a problem, explain it as best as possible, and they are expected to dive into the APM solution and fix it.  On the flip side, the CMO sees that conversion rates have dropped despite no changes having been made to the application.  The CMO suspects there are technical issues and wants technology to solve the problems.

If the APM solution indicates that everything appears to be normal and the CMO doesn’t have additional information to illustrate where or how a problem for the customer has manifest, an impasse may be reached—how can anyone attach lost revenue or a bad customer experience to and underlying technical issue?

An integrated DPM approach can bring the CMO and CIO together to change the dynamic: instead of a vague description of the problem, the CMO can illustrate how conversion rates are being affected in a segment of users and that solving the problem would be worth, for example, $1.2 million.  An integrated DPM approach provides data and session playback from specific customer experiences, which can be used alongside an APM solution to provide information about the technical symptoms of the problem, and more accurately and rapidly diagnose the issue.

More effectively and precisely communicating with the CMO could result in $1.2 million of revenue being unlocked.

Scenario 2: Resolving Customer Support Issues Prior to Losing Business

Support for the customers’ experience versus support for the underlying technical environment has mainly been separate until now.  For example, a eCommerce customer might call a help desk to explain that the checkout process has been compromised. The help desk explains to technical support that an individual customer purchase worth $500 wasn’t successfully completed. Without information such as which device the user or customer was using, the browser they were using, and the specific sequence of events, there’s not much that can be done.  There is certainly nothing that can be done fast enough to avoid losing precious business.

When an integrated customer experience (CXA) and APM solution are used together to create a DPM approach, replays of the entire customer journey can be viewed showing when and who experienced a compromised checkout. Replays of the journey can show that the user was on the Safari browser and the APM solution can also be used to see that a recent update caused problems for certain customers.

Rather than having CMOs point blame at the technology or CIOs claiming user error, a digital performance management approach bridges the data gap between the two.

Scenario 3: Prioritizing Technical Work Based on Revenue Impact

Prioritization of known application problems is a common practice for technical teams. However, there are times when the technical team needs much more direction as to which problems to address first and second and so on, based upon which will impact business the most.  As holidays approach and a freeze of changes to an application is put in place, the CMO should be able to prioritize any issues more effectively.

The real question is how each issue will impact revenue. Without this insight, technical teams are left guessing to determine which tasks to execute first.

With traditional APM, it is impossible to have insight into the monetary value of every customer experience issue, but having a unified view of the customer experience coupled with application performance, DPM or a digital performance management approach, solves that issue. When the CMO asks about revenue impact, you can provide the top 4 issues and agree on how they should be prioritized.

These are just 3 specific use cases where DPM allows organizations to get a deeper look into how a customer’s journey impacts both the customer experience and its business impact. There is a reason why Forrester advises companies to ‘take application performance to the next level with DPM.’

Digital Performance Management Solves Friction Problems

A company can drive business value through customer experience coupled with aligning infrastructure and operations teams with marketing. CIOs and CMOs can now find common ground, and the company will not have to fly  blindly into digital transformation.

Learn more about how to integrate your APM solution with customer experience analytics to drive a DPM approach. Contact us today to learn about how UserReplay can be combined with your APM solution to create a unified approach to finding revenue that your business has already earned.

John Thompson, CEO, UserReplay.





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It’s no secret that businesses will differentiate themselves through customer experience as digital transformation continues to take hold.

While marketing teams are credited with customer experience success; technology infrastructure and operations teams are responsible for the back end. Technology performance and availability will always be critical; therefore CIOs and CTOs must broaden the range of their responsibility to truly impact business outcomes.

Traditional application performance management (APM) is no longer enough—digital performance management (DPM) has become the key to aligning infrastructure and operations with business goals.

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Why Application Performance Management Disappoints for Customer Experience

The infrastructure and operations story has always been the same. You implement your APM solution to ensure that key software is performing properly and remains available.

When tickets come to you with a problem, you dig into the technical defects and work to resolve them as quickly as possible. Because uptime and performance have become an expectation (not a luxury), infrastructure and operations have traditionally been viewed as a cost center.

A business can save a lot of money by guaranteeing uptime—but that doesn’t contribute to revenue recognition. According to Forrester, there are 3 main reasons why APM has been holding companies back in this regard:

  • Operations Data Silos: As marketers and eCommerce leaders work to improve the customer experience by delivering the right content and offers at the right times, performance metrics are collected separately. You know applications are running smoothly, but APM can’t tell you how or what is actively affecting click through rates, revenue generation, or customer lifetime value.
  • The Business Impact of Performance Is Unclear: Your ability to maintain application performance is not directly correlated with application value. Applications are built to support sales or deliver content and engage customers, not to ensure performance. Performance is a factor. But if you can’t directly correlate its relationship to sales or customer satisfaction, APM can’t be credited with direct revenue impact.
  • Failure to Align with Business Needs: As digital transformation continues at a rapid pace, successful companies will be those that prioritize the customer. If you don’t know what customers want at every stage of their engagement with an application, performance in and of itself won’t be of value.

To address these APM shortcomings, infrastructure and operations teams must evolve toward what Forrester is calling digital performance management.

What Is Digital Performance Management, Exactly?

Forrester defines DPM as optimizing customer experience and business KPIs through comprehensive performance monitoring and analysis of technology, application, and business metrics.

But what does that really mean?

Digital performance management is a more comprehensive vision that brings application performance management from its low-level focus to a broader business perspective by including the customer and business context. In order to drive business value you must align or integrate APM with a customer experience analytics solution that provides insight into the interaction between the customer and the application.

Contact us today and learn why UserReplay is the only customer analytics solution vendor partnering with APM vendors to deliver a more comprehensive DPM vision that drives real business value.

John Thompson, CEO, UserReplay.





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