Customer-Facing Analytics - What Is It?


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There are few things more important to your business’s success than the data it relies on for decision-making purposes — nowadays, the same is true for your customers. No matter what kind of technology solution you provide, your end-users expect it to come with analytics that explains the why and how behind what they’re seeing. Enter customer-facing analytics. Let’s take a closer look at what customer-facing analytics is and why it’s so crucial that you make it available to your customers.

What Is Customer-Facing Analytics?

Customer-facing analytics, also known as user-facing analytics, is a form of analytics that delivers data insights directly to end-users as part of a product’s user interface. Unlike traditional business intelligence, which is strictly internal and used for strategic decision-making within a company, customer-facing analytics is outward-facing and designed to empower end-users with real-time, actionable information.

Why Does Customer-Facing Analytics Matter Right Now?

According to Harvard Business Review, companies collectively spent $274 billion on data analytics in 2022, yet a staggering 76% of these organizations feel that they did not achieve success in harnessing their data to its full potential. This gap highlights the critical need for solutions that deliver tangible value from data analytics investments.

Adding to this issue is the fact that customers, now more than ever, are demanding the integration of analytics features into the technology solutions they use. This shift reflects a broader trend marked by the average user becoming more sophisticated and more reliant on data-driven insights for decision-making.

The challenge for technology solution providers stems from the need to reconcile these two goals (leveraging data insights effectively and meeting customer expectations regarding data visibility) with the resource-intensive nature of building and maintaining customer-facing analytics solutions. Traditional business intelligence tools are not usually adequate because they are not designed with end-users in mind. However, diverting the required resources from a development team's core focus introduces significant operational challenges for most companies.

That’s where an out-of-the-box customer-facing analytics solution like Toucan comes in. Toucan offers a customizable, embedded analytics platform that allows technology providers to offer their customers user-facing analytics without needing to divert internal resources. This new class of simplified customer-facing analytics solutions has emerged specifically as a way to address the challenges around the growing demand for customer-facing analytics.

What Are the Key Features of Customer-Facing Analytics?

Let’s explore a few of the key features of customer-facing analytics solutions:

1. Easy Data Source Connection

The ability for businesses to easily connect to various data sources is crucial. In the context of customer-facing analytics, smoother data source connection streamlines the data integration process and enhances users’ ability to gather comprehensive insights no matter where the information originates.

Simplified data connection and extraction ensures that users can always access the most relevant and up-to-date information — whether it's stored on-premises or in the cloud — leading to more accurate decision-making. Better data source connection also promotes business agility by enabling users to adapt quickly to changes in the data sources an organization uses.

2. Data Governance

Data governance (in the context of customer-facing analytics) is the practice of ensuring the accuracy, reliability, and security of the information that’s presented to end users. Establishing effective data governance is crucial for fostering a culture of data-driven decision-making.

Robust data governance helps to protect data quality and maintain adherence to compliance standards — not to mention it instills confidence in end-users regarding the trustworthiness of the data they’re receiving. Just as importantly, effective data governance safeguards sensitive information so users don’t need to worry about security breaches.

3. Engaging Data Visualization

The best customer-facing analytics tools present data in visually engaging ways in order to enhance the end-user’s experience and make the analytics useful for a broader audience. Ideally, users without any specialized data analysis skills should be able to immediately understand the data insights that are being presented.

Presenting data via engaging visualizations makes complex information easily understandable for your customers and drives adoption. When you provide clear, visually-appealing charts and dashboards, it makes it possible for users to quickly grasp key insights and extract important trends. Plus, offering data insights in visually engaging ways not only improves information retention but also encourages users to explore and interact with the data on a deeper level.

4. Deep Customization

Customer-facing analytics tools are also highly customizable. Deep customizability empowers users to tailor their analytics experiences to their specific needs. This enhances user satisfaction by allowing each customer to focus on the metrics and insights that matter for their specific use cases.

When customizability is a priority, users can personalize their dashboards, reports, and data visualizations to align with their exact goals. Aside from the immediate, practical benefits, deep customization also promotes a sense of ownership for each customer by making the insights they see uniquely relevant to them.

Additionally, a customizable customer-facing analytics solution with a white-label option allows your business to tailor the dashboards and reports that customers see to match your business’s branding. You can customize colors, shapes, fonts, logos, and more to provide a seamless, on-brand experience for your end-users.

5. Collaboration and Sharing Capabilities

Customer-facing analytics fosters a communicative data environment where it's easy to share data insights between users or teams. Various departments can team up on analytics projects and collectively make informed decisions without the usual roadblocks and data silos that tend to bog down inter-team collaboration.

Real-time collaboration and information-sharing also facilitates easier knowledge exchange between teams, which can speed up problem-solving even on single-team projects where one team could benefit from another’s knowledge. Similarly, the ability to seamlessly share data-based reports with stakeholders offers a significant efficiency-boost.

Customer-Facing Analytics Use Case Examples

To illustrate the value of a dedicated customer-facing analytics platform like Toucan, let’s look at a couple of example case studies:

1. LOGIX: Easy to Understand, External Analytics


LOGIX, an equipment provider, needed to be able to track company performance in the sense of traditional business intelligence. However, they needed an analytics solution capable of handling more than traditional business intelligence alone. They needed a solution that was also capable of offering detailed performance insights on an individual client level, not only to the business, but to the clients themselves.

LOGIX’s ideal solution would also include features that would make it possible to interact with clients — for example, by reminding them when it's time to pay their bills or warning them that an intervention is impending. They also needed a solution that would make it possible for clients to book their interventions directly from the customer-facing analytics platform.

Toucan proved to be the perfect solution for LOGIX. Our customer-facing analytics platform shares all relevant data insights with both the company (LOGIX) and their clients, and also facilitates easy collaboration between company and clients directly within the analytics platform.


2. Breezy: Embedding Analytics in a SaaS Application

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Breezy, a SaaS CRM solution, had already entered the market with a well-defined look and feel and a loyal base of customers when they decided to add an extra layer of value to their product: customer-facing analytics. This decision was based on the realization that real-time, actionable data was exactly what their customers needed to get even more out of the Breezy CRM tool.

However, the problem was that Breezy’s tech team already had enough on their plate developing and maintaining the main features of the CRM platform. Despite the importance of adding data analytics for customer engagement, they simply didn’t have the resources available. So, they started looking for an out-of-the-box solution that would help them realize their goal of better data visibility for their customers without requiring them to invest substantial internal resources.

Fortunately, Toucan was a perfect match. Not only does Toucan offer the customer-facing data insights that Breezy was looking for, but it was also fully compatible with their existing branding and layouts — a critical consideration, since Breezy added their customer-facing analytics feature to a product that was already live. Thanks to Toucan’s seamless, white-label customizability, Breezy was able to integrate it into the existing application without a hitch.

Learn more about how customer-facing analytics could be a game-changer for your users. Book a demo and see Toucan in action!


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