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Service Design is now a major determinant of a brand’s survival and ability to stand out from the competition. Find out how designing services the right way can set a business up for success.
As users increasingly expect more personalised experiences, brands are now relying on Service Design to create innovative and relevant experiences for its people, partners, products, and processes.
According to Matt Kurowski, Service Designer and Co-Founder of Think5678, Service Design is the “intentional creation of valuable and impactful human experiences that create some kind of business or social value.”
Take advantage of the benefits of Service Design to stand out from the crowd. Here’s how Service Design can help your business or brand:
Utilising tools such as empathy maps and service blueprints, Service Designers are able to capture the entire end-to-end customer journey. By examining both an end user’s current experience and expectations, Service Designers are able to determine various pain points and moments of delight within a service.
There are five layers to designing for human interactions within Service Design:
Service Designers understand that delivering a great service is not only dependent on the service itself, but on the experience of people delivering that service. In this way, Service Designers aim to improve and innovate services that affect both customers and organisations.
Service Design enables companies to deliver experiences that create value for customers and allow for meaningful connections between the customer and the company. By reviewing all touchpoints and interactions that lie beneath a customer’s line of visibility, Service Design becomes the catalyst for innovation and future growth opportunities. By exploring the parts that make up an experience, businesses are able to identify opportunities for innovation from the inside, out.
Tools for understanding the different parties involved in a service include:
The benefit of Service Design lies in its holistic process that aims to design a seamless and effortless solution for customers. Service Design ensures that the overall experience is consistent and easily understandable, with little to no friction for the customer between touchpoints.
As a core pillar of design, creating consistency in a service is about making it intuitive. By examining all the areas of a service, Service Designers aim to increase the usability and learnability of the different aspects of that service.
The main benefits of improving the consistency of a service include:
One of the major reasons that 90% of startups fail is creating a product that no one wants, also known as the inability to find product-market fit. Service Design improves companies’ chances of success by keeping them agile towards the constantly evolving needs of customers and changes in technology.
A Service Design led approach can help yield higher adoption and retention rates, as well as increase customer satisfaction. This drives increased revenue and market share in a highly competitive global market.
Through activities such as research, affinity mapping, empathy mapping and constructing a service blueprint, Service Designers are able to build and ideate a solution that is not only fit-for-purpose but also addresses the end user’s core job to be done.
By “stepping outside of the building” and going directly to end users, Service Design brings together all players in a service, thus drastically improving the collaboration and creativity of an end solution.
By removing stakeholders’ blinkers, Service Design injects a fresh perspective, incorporating various angles into a solution that include the client, customer, stakeholders and even external factors such as the environment.
Service Design considers how technology and products intersect and consider their relationship on a larger scale, providing an overarching view that would not be possible by simply looking at the immediate problem ahead.
Service Design offers businesses a chance to align their organisational goals with customer needs. Following the logic of service design, what the customer wants should directly inform the goals that a business sets for itself.
Companies often treat the customer’s needs as an opportunity to resolve or give additional value back to an original motive for purchasing a product or service. However, customer needs can also shape a business on a much broader scale.
The ultimate objective of Service Design is to ensure that all of a business’s people, processes, resources and values are directed toward pleasing the customer. Any business that aligns its organisational goals with customer satisfaction is ultimately setting itself up for success.
Want to learn how to deliver unforgettable services by focusing on the customer’s needs at every touchpoint?
You can reap the benefits of using Service Design in your business or brand with our range of Service Design courses, which come in two flexible formats (part-time and self-paced) and offer you the chance to:
Want to discuss your course options? Speak to a course advisor and take your first steps into the exciting world of design.