CHAPTER 3 Digital connections: Stimulus, channels, touchpoints and typologies

This chapter introduces the world of digital channels and how companies should select them carefully.

In today’s digital landscape, capturing the moment has almost become the only way to prove that the moment even existed (see figure 3.1, overleaf). Digital trends in our society have allowed us to access data and information worldwide, communicate without boundaries of time or place, and make multiple transactions in real time. With the number of internet users consistently increasing, so too are the number of digital channels and routes for communication.

Illustration shows group of people clicking pictures of the Mona Lisa in Louvre, Paris by using their smartphones and tablets.

Figure 3.1: viewing the Mona Lisa in the Louvre, Paris, in the digital age

In a world full of digital trends and digital moments, how can we embrace this new way of interacting and design for it? One way of doing this is to embrace the medium through which users interact with most businesses today — the digital channel. Digital channels are at the centre of communication between an organisation and its customers.

‘Digital channels’ is a collective term to describe technology-based platforms that use the internet to:

  • connect with customers
  • provide a range of different content and functions
  • facilitate communication with a range of different levels of interaction.

This includes social media such as Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, content sites ...

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