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Experiences Matter: On service design & higher ed

Ron Bronson
November 16, 2016

Experiences Matter: On service design & higher ed

A talk on service design & higher ed for Confab Higher Ed 2016 in Philadelphia.

Ron Bronson

November 16, 2016

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  1. About Ron Bronson Current: Strategic design, City of Bloomington (IN)

    Specialities: CMS migrations, stakeholder engagement, web governance, digital transformation. Past: Higher ed digital director. Consultant. Developer. Startup denizen. Recovering policy wonk. Likes: Loose-leaf tea, (Finnish) baseball, far-flung soccer teams & a potpourri of music genres.
  2. What is service design? A collaborative approach to creating service

    experiences from the customer perspective. Focused on quality, service design helps organizations gain end-to-end understanding of their services.
  3. What is service design? Services lead to outcomes. Outcomes are

    generated by value exchanges. Value exchanges occur through mediums & touchpoints.
  4. “In many ways, recruitment strategies at today's institutions are the

    same strategies used in 1978, only complicated by a proliferation of digital tools.” - Jens Larson
  5. HIGHER ED CONCERNS IN THE 1970S • How do programs

    better market themselves? • How do admissions professionals work with academics and administrators who don't have a marketing or enrollment background? • How do institutions adapt to shrinking budgets, reduced demand, and market pressures? • How do admissions officers better identify students who are likely to enroll? • How can cross-campus marketing teams better support and coordinate recruitment efforts?
  6. “The explosion of digital technologies over the past decade has

    created empowered consumers so expert in their use of tools & information they can call the shots.” -Harvard Business Review (Nov. 2015)
  7. Service design components Frontstage employees deliver the service directly to

    the user. Visible to the customer. Backstage employees make everything happen in the background. Invisible to the customer. Partners service employees are other partners involved in delivering the service. For example, UPS is a partner service employee to Amazon. You may order from Amazon, but UPS plays a role in completing your service experience. Customers are actually purchasing the service, which is sometimes a different user than who is actually using the service. Users directly use the service to achieve the outcome.
  8. Service design v. user experience • The number of stakeholders

    is greater. • A higher # and range of touchpoints. • Touchpoints and stakeholders are broader and interact with each over time.
  9. The service cycle The designer share of the problem isn’t

    the entirety of the problem. There are bigger issues afoot.
  10. Why is service design relevant to me? User experience is

    how a user interacts with a thing. UX is everybody’s job. A service is everything that helps a user meet their need.
  11. “Why do users or retention or revenue or click-through or

    likes or pages views matter? What is the value that a person will get by using your product or feature at the end of the day?” - Julie Zhuo
  12. Artifacts gives us a way to trace the path of

    how decisions get made. Too often we’re so concerned with the solution that we don’t focus on what the problems are and document them. Show your work. Remember how we got here. So we don’t make the same mistakes the next time.
  13. Service blueprint • Customer focused • Service experiences viewed end-to-end

    • Participants & stakeholders have clear understanding of CX and provide input to improve service innovation
  14. Journey Map A visualization of a customer's objectives, needs, feelings

    and barriers through the path-to-purchase for a product, service or brand.
  15. “Stress cases aren’t only about crisis — they apply when

    something mundane goes wrong, too.” Eric Meyer + Sara Wachter-Boettcher “Design for Real Life”
  16. “Redefining the objective once you’ve begun suggests you were never

    ready to begin in the first place.” -Tyrell Mayfield