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Customer Touchpoints

Customer Touchpoints


Optimize your customer journey to attract more customers, increase revenue, increase their loyalty and get more recommendations.

The Customer Touchpoints canvas fits several use cases:

  1. Plan your marketing and sales activities, your online presence and / or your advertisements and check your plan regarding consistency and plausibility
  2. Sketch out potential customer journeys to identify logical breaks, bottlenecks, dead ends or gaps in your offering.
  3. Define relevant performance indicators including critical points for monitoring them.
  4. Identify potential sources for customer data.

Learn more about the Data Strategy Design method.



You can use the Customer Touchpoints canvas either way: to document the current state of your marketing and sales activities and channels or to design their target state or you combine both together. You can do this for your company as a whole or only for single products. You can also focus only on certain aspects (channels, content, performance indicators etc.) or look at several aspects at once. This solely depends on your objective when using the canvas. For example, if you would like to define performance indicators to measure the performance of certain marketing & sales channels, you should only document the current state of the channels and when looking at the target state focus on the performance indicators.

Always start with the current state before turning to the target state. On top of that ask yourself which content (for example product information or offers) a user is expecting in which phase of the customer journey. Only then think about suitable formats and channels for this content. Afterwards you can define performance indicators which depend on the selected channels and choose the right tools to measure success. Write each answer on one card. Further down in this tutorial you'll also find some questions which can guide you throughout the described process.

Use different colors for different status and / or aspects, for example:

  • Green: existing channels, content etc.
  • Red: missing channels, content etc.
  • Yellow: content and features
  • Blue: channels and formats
  • White: performance indicators and tools

Either start with the (customer) acquisition or with the revenue. The starting point only depends on what's easier for you. Work yourself from the top to the bottom or vice versa and from the left to the right though all boxes. The boxes correspond to the phases of a customer journey and reflect the mental context of a user (please see also the following abstracts).


During the acquisition phase the company, brand or the product is might not yet known by the customer. Maybe he or she also has no desire or need for the products and services of your company. Hence, you need to attract his / her attention and interest.


  • Who are our potential customers and what do they want or search for?
  • On which channels, places or via which platforms can we reach our potential customers?
  • How can I attract their attention and get their interest?
  • Which formats, content and channels are suitable?
  • Which performance indicators measure the success according to the respective channel?
  • Which tools do we need to measure these performance indicators?


  • Content: customer stories, interviews, manuals, product comparisons etc.
  • Formats: white paper, video, blogs etc.
  • Channels: search engine advertising, retargeting, display, poster or TV advertising etc.
  • Performance indicators: click rates, click prices, reach, coverage, viewing rate, customer acquisition costs etc.
  • Tools: ad manager, web analytics, social network insights etc.


A customer enters the activation phase after he or she has been acquired (acquisition), referred by friends (referral) or brought back by a customer retention measure (retention). This phase mainly deals with convincing customers of the company's products and services and to move them towards an active examination of the offers. This is also called activation.


  • Which are our customer touchpoints?
  • Which online and offline presences do we offer?
  • What are for example suitable online landing pages?
  • Which information, offers, services or entertainment does the customer look for on those presences?
  • What do we need to offer to the customer so that he / she is contacting us or leaving us with his / her contact data?
  • What do we need to offer on top so that customers stay with us?
  • Which performance indicators measure the activation success?
  • Which tools do we need to measure these performance indicators?


  • Content: product catalog, price lists, technical information, offer description, general terms and conditions, certificates, references etc.
  • Formats: online shop, show rooms, product samples or subscriptions etc.
  • Features: contact form, product search, shopping basket etc.
  • Channels: web page, social media profile, mobile applications, store, call center etc.
  • Performance indicators: visitors, registrations, active users, qualified leads etc.
  • Tools: CRM systems, web analytics, mobile analytics etc.


The customer retention helps to increase the duration of the customer relationship. It does not matter if the customers are paying customers or customers who are only using respectively consuming a service. That's because many free-to-play / free-to-use offers in the internet are based on the mechanic that the costs for offering an online service (e.g. an online game) are very low compared to the customer acquisition costs. Therefore it's worth to keep a customer active until he / she is ready to pay for (extra) services.


  • Which reasons does a customer have to revisit us?
  • How can we motivate him / her to revisit us?
  • Which possibilities do we offer the customer to stay in contact with us?
  • Which advantages does the customer have doing so?
  • Which channels do we offer the customer for this?
  • Which performance indicators measure the success of the customer retention?
  • Which tools do we need to measure these performance indicators?


  • Content: new products and offers, important updates etc.
  • Formats: newsletter, personal notifications etc.
  • Channels: mail, mobile notifications, SMS, chat apps etc.
  • Performance indicators: return rate, churn rate etc.
  • Tools: CRM system, web analytics, mobile analytics etc.


Generating revenue with the customer is the customer touchpoints' objective. This revenue can be generated on your own presences (e.g. online shop) or in other / foreign platforms (e.g. marketplace). Revenue can be direct (sale) or indirect (commission). It can be transaction based (e.g. product price) or transaction independent (e.g. monthly subscription fee).


  • Which products and services do we sell on the presences?
  • How do we convince the customer to buy?
  • Which additional information or incentives does the customer desire?
  • How does the customer buy and pay for the products / services?
  • What happens after the sale?
  • Which performance indicators measure the success of sales?
  • Which tools do we need to measure these performance indicators?


  • Products / services: goods, information, software, service etc.
  • Provisioning: delivery, download, streaming, X-as-a-service etc.
  • Channels: web page, app store, marketplace, store etc.
  • Performance indicators: average revenue per user, shopping basket size etc.
  • Tools: ERP system, CRM system, web analytics etc.


Non-paying users who are recommending the company's products and services to other prospects are as important as paying customers because they attract new customers with their referral. They help to reduce the customer acquisition costs. Hence, it's important to not only win paying customers but also social media followers as brand ambassadors and product recommenders.


  • Which reasons does a customer have to recommend our company?
  • Which incentives can we offer for recommendations or how can we motivate customers to recommend us?
  • Which possibilities do we offer customers for recommendations?
  • On which channels can a customer give a recommendation?
  • Which performance indicators measure the referral success?
  • Which tools do we need to measure these performance indicators?


  • Content: friendship discounts, exclusive offers, ratings etc.
  • Features: share button, send by mail button etc.
  • Channels: mail, social media posts, word of mouth, news in chat apps etc.
  • Performance indicators: recommendations, acceptance rate, k-factor etc.
  • Tools: survey, web tracking, invitation code etc.


Step one step back after you have run through all boxes respectively phases of the customer journey and ask yourself: are the journeys the customer can take consistent and efficient? Are there any logical breaks, dead ends, bottlenecks or gaps? Here are some negative examples:

  • You are advertising with content on foreign web pages to acquire customers but this content cannot be found on your own web page or is hidden on sub pages.
  • You are acquiring users on social media channels but these users do not convert to web page visitors.
  • You are losing many customers on the way to a sale on your web page because the (click) distance is too long.
  • You are advertising online but your customers are not able to reach you offline.

Derive some concrete next steps after removing these weak points:

  1. Where is potential for further optimizations?
  2. Which content, formats or channels etc. are missing?
  3. Which performance indicators do we need to measure and analyze?
  4. Which tools do we need to implement?

Going for data-driven solutions it's good practise to develop a respective Data Strategy as well as to prioritize use cases accordingly depending on their Analytics Maturity. To define the relevant content, features and formats it's advisable to work with the Value Proposition Template. The results of this template could be transferred to a Business Model / Case (in terms of a channel). Finally data points can be derived from the customer touchpoints and located in the Data Landscape.

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