Evaluating the ROI of Customer Journey Management Platforms

This post provides a step-by-step guide for CX practitioners on how to evaluate ROI for Customer Journey Management Platforms.

Customer experience (CX) is a key differentiator in today's highly competitive business landscape. As a result, organizations are increasingly turning to Customer Journey Management Platforms (CJMPs) to enhance their CX strategies. These platforms offer valuable tools and insights to understand and improve customer journeys. However, for CX practitioners, it's crucial to evaluate the return on investment (ROI) of CJMPs to ensure that they deliver tangible benefits. In this blog, we will explore the steps and considerations for CX practitioners to assess the ROI of CJMPs effectively.


Understanding the Components of ROI

Before diving into the evaluation process, it's essential to grasp the components that make up ROI when it comes to CJMPs:

Costs: This includes the initial investment in the CJMP, ongoing subscription fees, training costs, and any additional expenses related to its implementation and maintenance.

Benefits: The benefits can be both quantitative and qualitative. Quantitative benefits may include increased revenue, reduced customer churn, and time and/or cost savings. Qualitative benefits can encompass improved brand reputation and enhanced customer loyalty.

Timeframe: Determine the timeframe over which you will measure ROI. CX improvements often take time to manifest fully, so consider both short-term and long-term impacts.


Evaluating ROI Step-by-Step

Now that we understand the components of ROI for CJMPs, let's break down the evaluation process into actionable steps:

Set Clear Objectives: Define specific objectives and key performance indicators (KPIs) that you want to achieve with the CJMP. This could include reducing customer service response times, increasing customer satisfaction scores, or improving conversion rates.

Collect Baseline Data: Before implementing the CJMP, gather data on the identified KPIs. This baseline data will serve as a point of comparison to measure improvements.

Calculate Costs: Calculate all the costs associated with acquiring, implementing, and maintaining the CJMP. This should include software licenses, consulting fees (if necessary), and any hardware expenses.

Measure Benefits: Over time, assess how the CJMP impacts your chosen KPIs. For example, if your goal is to improve customer satisfaction, measure customer satisfaction scores before and after CJMP implementation.

KPIs can be customer-centric, like Customer Effort Score (CES), Customer Satisfaction Score (CSAT), Customer Impact, Ease of Use, Desirability, etc. They can also be business-centric, like alignment to strategic objectives, cost savings, revenue/revenue growth, brand perception, etc. 

Quantify Benefits: For quantitative benefits like increased revenue or cost savings, calculate the actual monetary gains. Consider using customer lifetime value (CLV) to gauge the long-term impact.

Evaluate Qualitative Benefits: While qualitative benefits are harder to measure, they are equally important. Monitor changes in brand perception, customer feedback, and loyalty to understand the CJMP's qualitative impact.

Account for the Timeframe: Keep in mind that some benefits may take time to materialize fully. Be patient and measure ROI over the agreed-upon timeframe.

Compare Costs and Benefits: Calculate the ROI by subtracting the total costs from the total benefits and dividing the result by the total costs. Here's the formula: ROI = (Total Benefits - Total Costs) / Total Costs.

Consider Indirect Impacts: CJMPs may have indirect impacts, such as improved employee morale due to streamlined processes or improved organizational alignment leading to greater adoption and faster impact. These can also contribute to ROI.

Adjust and Optimize: If the ROI falls short of expectations, consider adjustments to your CX strategy or how you're using the CJMP. Continuous optimization is key to maximizing ROI.


Evaluating the ROI of Customer Journey Management Platforms is essential for CX practitioners looking to make informed decisions about their CX strategies and technology investments. By following these steps and considering quantitative and qualitative as well as direct and indirect benefits, you can gain a comprehensive understanding of how a CJMP is contributing to your organization's success. Remember that CX improvements often take time, so be patient and adaptable in your approach and always seek opportunities for further optimization.

At JourneyTrack, we understand that measuring the impact of your CX efforts is an integral, if not the most important, part of building a successful CX practice and helping your organization to become more customer-centric. 


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