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How Memories Build Lasting Customer Relationships
Home 5 The Intuitive Customer Podcast - CX Podcasts 5 How Memories Build Lasting Customer Relationships
How Memories Build Lasting Customer Relationships

A Master Class Part 2: Unlocking the Psychology of Customer Experience

In this episode, we continue exploring the psychology behind Customer Experience, focusing on the role of memory. Customer loyalty hinges on how memories are formed and retained. Therefore, understanding memory formation is crucial for designing impactful experiences.

Memory formation begins with encoding, where new information is processed and stored in the mind. Encoding involves several effects, including the Primacy Effect, which prioritizes remembering initial experiences, and the Recency Effect, which emphasizes recollecting recent events. Additionally, the Frequency Effect highlights the importance of repeated actions in memory retention.

Retrieval effects determine how stored memories are recalled. Professor Daniel Kahneman’s Peak-End Rule suggests that people remember the most intense emotion experienced during an event and its conclusion. This rule applies to evaluative memory, shaping overall perceptions of past experiences.

Memory also has structure. Memory structure resembles a fishing net, with individual memories as knots connected to form a net, which represents the larger memory network. Retrieving one memory often triggers the recall of associated memories, along with the emotions and experiences linked to them. It’s helpful to picture the fishing net at the bottom of a shallow pool and imagine pulling it by one of the knots to the surface. You get the knot you grabbed, but all the connected knots come along, too.

Strategically managing memory formation involves planning for encoding, recall, and structure. Tactics such as leveraging primacy and recency, incorporating humor or emotional connections, and providing follow-up reminders can enhance memory retention. It’s crucial to prioritize memorable aspects of the experience and reinforce positive memories over time.
Considering the interconnected nature of memory concepts, such as the relationship between encoding and recall, helps design experiences that leave a lasting impression. For instance, understanding how customers perceive value allows you, as a professional, to highlight key features that resonate with your target audience, instilling confidence in your ability to create memorable customer experiences.

In this episode, we discuss how memory plays a significant role in driving customer loyalty, making it essential to proactively shape how customers remember their experiences. By being deliberate about memory formation, businesses can create meaningful connections and foster enduring relationships with their customers.

In this episode, you will also learn:

  • The importance of encoding and retrieval in memory formation.
  • Strategies for enhancing memory retention, such as leveraging Primacy and Recency effects.
  • The role of emotional connections in shaping memorable experiences.
  • The significance of follow-up communication in reinforcing positive memories.
  • How memory structure influences the recall of associated experiences.
  • The interconnected nature of memory concepts and their implications for experience design.