Why are we concerned about a contactless customer experience? As concerns around public health and safety continue to rise, so does the popularity of contactless service. In fact, it’s highly likely that consumers’ appetite for no-­contact support will persist post-pandemic. Business owners need to take this seriously because rest assured that customers are paying attention to how your business has adapted practices and procedures to ensure their safety.

Some businesses are already well on their way—­having implemented technologies and new ways of working to support customers virtually and limit physical interaction. Karla Dennis and Associates, Inc. has also been implementing safe and smart ways to work around our new normal. We have been meeting clients virtually even before Covid-19, so it is nothing new to us.

Our office staff has even been eating online and virtually. Whatever industry you are in, or wherever you take your business, there should be safety precautions in place. No matter where you are in the journey, the following tips and tactics can help you perfect the contactless customer experience in your business.

Make a plan for contactless customer experience

Any major change to a business requires proper planning. To start. be sure to map out every touch point in your client experience-from initial introduction to your business through product or service delivery. This allows you to view client experience in its entirety, and then adapt points of interaction to support a lower- or no-contact encounter. Your plan can also serve as a road­map for training staff on your company’s unique no-contact procedures. You may need to buy some covers for places that are points of contact, and look into costs for these extra safety precautions.

Identify needed technologies

There are so many technologies that support virtual services and support. For example, if you typically meet with clients onsite, implement a leading video conferencing tool, like Zoom or Teams, and meet with clients on-screen instead of on-site. If your business relies on clients being on premise (e.g., retail stores). implement no-­touch readers to take payments or apps that allow customers to order and pay ahead of picking up merchandise. If you haven’t marketed online before, perhaps now is your chance to look into that as well!

Create a personalized no-contact experience

Perfecting your contactless customer experience isn’t just about limiting physical interaction; it’s also about keeping your customers’ experience positive. Be sure to maintain a level of personaliza­tion so consumers don’t feel neglected or under­served. For example, if you offer curbside product pickup, leave a thank you note in the customer’s packaging or send a follow-up thank you via the mobile app. Be creative in how you stay close to customers without, well… getting too close.

Communicate with clients

Whatever your contactless plan, be sure to stay in close communication with your clients-always! It’s a whole new world, and while some clients prefer the no-contact approach, others may be over­whelmed by the stark change. As you proceed with planning your perfected contactless customer experience, make sure you communicate with your clients along the way to keep them in the loop with new procedures and the reasons you are making these changes.

Use social media to ask questions, take surveys, or read reviews to see how you are currently doing, and if clients are happy with the new changes. Many businesses are doing all they can to stay afloat during this season. It may take a little research and creativity, but it is possible!

It’s truly a whole new world. The pandemic has changed the business landscape forever, so be prepared to serve your customers in the manner they expect-which is personal, safe and secure.