What Marketers Can Learn from a CIO About Customer Experience

September 21, 2017

by Carla Johnson

IT has certainly crept into marketing’s world, but there’s opportunity beyond just ‘martech.’ While marketers use technology to improve efficiency and effectively capture data about audience, some IT counterparts are going well beyond that.

At a CIO Perspectives event, Home Depot CIO Matt Carey talked about his “mission to create an interconnected retail experience.” The $80 billion retailer is pushing to transform the customer experience across all its channels, whether it’s in stores, in a person’s home, online or on a customer’s mobile device.

Carey had an excellent point that marketers should take to heart. They’re listening to what matters most to their customers and then building backwards to come up with the experiences. Instead of looking at these four different checkout situations through siloed teams, they’re looking at the entire checkout experience.

It’s new for IT to look at customer experience in its entirety. It’s also new for marketing to do the same.

What if…and here’s a big what if…we collaborated across all departments to create the experiences that mattered most to customers and then made them a seamless, consistent reality?

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About Carla Johnson


Carla Johnson is a world-renowned storyteller, an entertaining speaker, and a prolific author.

Over the last two decades, Carla has helped architects and actuaries, executives and volunteers, innovators and visionaries leverage the art of storytelling to inspire action. Her work with Fortune 500 brands has served as the foundation for many of her books.

In her latest project, Fast Forward Files, she contributes to a larger collection of thoughts by some of the world’s greatest minds -  Shazam co-founder Dhiraj Mukherjee, activist and entrepreneur Heather Mills and behavioral designer, technologist and mental-health champion Peter Trainor. Consistently named one of the top influencers in B2B, digital and content marketing, Carla regularly challenges conventional thinking. 

Today, she travels the world teaching anyone (and everyone) how to cultivate idea-driven teams that breed unstoppable creativity and game-changing innovation.