Strong communication skills have always been critical for career success. In customer service, an ability to communicate clearly and effectively with customers is more than just a nice skill that is desired to have. In fact, it’s an essential that ultimately defines the whole team productivity and customer satisfaction.
Most customer service reps realize how important their communication styles are for creating a strong company image to their customers. They do their best to communicate clearly and professionally. And yet, sometimes they still fail to effectively do it.
This blog post is aimed to take you to the basics and help you understand how, why, and where communication can break down. Use these tips to improve the quality of your everyday communication with people at work >>>
I’ve been working in the customer service front line for more than 7 years and to be honest, in the beginning I was not sure if it was the right job for me. As a young person, which way can you find it out?
When you have little experience, your chances of figuring out what you are really fit for are very small. That’s because you often tend to confuse the mental and emotional states you simply have by yourself and the thoughts and emotions which your job triggers in you. For example, you may be unhappy about something in your life and then you get to deal with a difficult customer at work. Of course, the conversation goes very tough and you become even more unhappy and start feeling this is not the right job for you. You just can’t handle it! Does it mean, however, you are not fit for the job? Surely, no.
With more experience, perhaps having the possibility to try different tasks or jobs, observing other people in their workplaces, you gradually start to understand what makes a certain job a fit or not a fit just for you. >>>
The number of channels and choices for customer support are growing and businesses who enable customers to reach them on the channel of their choice experience high levels of customer satisfaction.
Of course, the more traditional methods of email and phone calls are channels that many consumers still prefer. But other platforms such as SMS, social media, live chat and self-service have all seen significant rises in popularity and use.
So how do you make the most of these different channels to maximize their effect and ensure happy customers? Here’s a breakdown of best practices for successful multichannel customer service: >>>
“Politeness goes far, yet costs nothing.” – Samuel Smiles
There might be a huge number of companies offering the same products or services. The critical difference is ultimately how you make people feel when they do business with you and interact with your brand. No matter your business, excellence in customer service etiquette will always set you apart and give you the edge over your competition.
In fact, customer service agents can be the first and only contact point for customers and are therefore the face of a company. Yet many of them are very often blind to the fact that they are losing business every day by not knowing or simply ignoring the essential service etiquette. >>>
As a customer service manager or representative, you know first hand just how important it is to provide quality, effective customer service – especially in today’s world where social media dominates. Though these media platforms have undoubtedly played a monumental role in the changing landscape of customer service communication, customer’s wants and needs remain relatively unchanged. They want to be heard, understood, and respected and they want it done on their own terms.
Esteban Kolsky, founder of thinkJar, a Customer Strategy consulting and think tank, notes that it is the customers themselves who must choose and validate their customer experience. >>>
According to a Walker study, by the year 2020 customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator. That is why it is important to stay connected with your customers and keep them informed about your company innovations and events.
You may attract new customers with help of great content. However, to keep them you need to offer exceptional customer experience. Over the next five years 41% of B2B and 47% of B2C organizations will try to differentiate from competition with help of great customer service. Superb customer experience generates a positive buzz among other customers and their friends. In this blog post I would like to offer you 6 strategies you may take to stay connected with your customers and create positive customer experience. >>>
Holidays are approaching and we, the Provide Support team, started thinking what treat we could give to you, our blog readers.
In our sincere appreciation of your readership, we would like to offer you a selection of our best articles for managing your live chat support.
Over the last few years we have covered a wide range of topics related to live support, from hiring the most talented agents, training them, selecting the best tools and maximizing efficiency. We crafted these articles based on our own experience offering customer service via live chat, putting in our love and attention to detail.
We hope you will enjoy this selection and find some useful ideas and tips which you can incorporate in your best practices. >>>
The business age we live and work in today is often called the Age of the Customer which means that shifting the focus on the customer now matters more than any other single factor like product innovation and technology racing.
No surprise, these days we often hear that customer experience is the new competitive battlefield. Brands that consistently deliver better customer service and customer experiences enjoy sustainable growth and business success, and set new standards for their markets. >>>
Spend a lot of time talking to customers face to face. You’d be amazed how many companies don’t listen to their customers. ~ Ross Perot.
To build a successful business, whatever it is, you need to have a clear understanding of who your customers are. So how sure are you that you truly know your customers and what they really expect from your business and customer service? Do you know them at least as well as they know your brand?
Answering those questions might be challenging as today’s consumers are much more sophisticated, much more educated and more demanding as they used to be a while ago. In fact, 72% of them now expect a customer service agent to know their contact information, product information and service history as soon as they engage and without being asked. >>>
Holiday season is the perfect time to meet relatives and friends. It’s the time when all of us are up to our ears in holiday rush and non stop 24/7 shopping.
For consumers it’s the best time to take advantage of discounts and holiday offers. For businesses the competition becomes fierce, as retailers and shop owners fight for customer attention amidst the holiday madness.
Some businesses use out-of-the-box ideas to win more customers and leave less innovative competition in the dust. In this blog post I would like to share best holiday season practices from business and customer service leaders. Take a look at them. >>>