For brands to succeed in 2020, they need to deliver digital-first experiences to customers over every channel. Digital experiences help brands capture greater revenue by driving preference, increasing customer loyalty and enabling higher pricing. Enterprises need to make delivering digital experiences a core competency in order to stay relevant and competitive, and they need to deliver them faster than the competition.
## Defining digital experience Modern digital experiences use technology to augment or expand our human experience. “I think of digital experiences as being digitally mediated ways of communicating,” says Amelia Winger-Bearskin, an artist, technologist and developer evangelist who has spent her career exploring the edges of technology.
Digital experiences can run on any channel — from mobile apps to an in-store digital display. Some experiences require customers to directly interact with technology, but others hide tech in the background, quietly facilitating an experience for their customers.
Effective experiences often reduce friction for users and synchronize communications across channels — and they need to give customers everything they expect: localization, personalization, intuitive interfaces, and beautiful design. Most importantly, successful digital experiences give customers something that they don’t think they can get elsewhere. And it’s not enough to deliver the digital experiences we see today; brands need to experiment with novel technology that could be the new standard tomorrow.
Consumers interact with hundreds of brands every day. These experiences shape their expectations — not only for a specific brand or industry, but across the board. Digital disruptors raise the bar for everyone and consumers show little mercy for brands that can’t keep up.
The future of digital experiences will be an entirely different landscape of integrated content and functionality. Brands will combine different technologies to understand customers at the and deliver superior digital products and experiences. Traditional brands will need to catch up and build digital competency in-house as the trend shifts to digital-first direct-to-consumer experiences. Mobile, AI, extended reality (AR/VR) and biometrics will be key to these expansions.
Backend operations will need to change to keep up with consumer demands: content silos unified, teams restructured and new extensible technologies added. Monolithic platforms and mega-suites are part of a prior generation of tools that provide an all-in-one solution at the expense of flexibility and speed. Best-in-class tools for each function — content, data, payments, inventory, etc. — will be integrated into a customized stack.
Contentful, as a content platform, can help you and your team deliver digital experiences that are fresh and synchronized across all devices. Contentful’s App Framework is a new, agile way to assemble that stack. With it, teams can easily integrate market-leading third-party services with the Contentful platform, or build custom integrations suited to specific business needs.
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Managing editor of the Contentful blog and API obsessed. Kiersten collaborates with Contentful's makers and users to write articles that support the community. She’s happiest when helping others talk about their Contentful-powered dream projects.