It is no longer a secret that social media channels are used for assisting customers on a daily basis. Customers tend to ask questions and resolve their issues publicly. In fact, 90% of consumers surveyed by Social Sprout have used social media in some way to communicate with a brand. Over a third (34.5 %) said they preferred social media to traditional channels like phone and email.
No doubt that listening to customers on social media has become the main priority for any business today. And the main challenge is how you respond to your audience. Obviously that building better relationships with your customers through social media can add up to huge wins when it comes to customer loyalty and your brand reputation. Before we start exploring the main secrets of social media customer support, here are statistics you cannot ignore: >>>
More and more customers take an advantage of self service options before contacting customer support representatives. In fact, Gartner reports that improving the self-service experience of consumers is among the top 3 priorities for companies that aim to improve customer experience and service. According to Zendesk 50% of customers think it’s important to solve product or service issues themselves. By creating a page for customer self service with most frequently asked questions and answers to them you will not only empower your online shoppers to find information they need in your support portal, but will also cut down on customer service costs. Here are the most important benefits of a FAQ page:
Assist your customers proactively by anticipating their needs before they have to ask for help
Cut down on customer service costs and save time of your customer service team
Offer your customers a portal where they can find not only answers to their questions but also read more about your company
Your FAQ page can be a valuable SEO and PPC asset
Educate your customers on the topic related to your business
Predefined, canned or saved responses in some cases help to facilitate and enhance live chat communication. However, live chat agents should keep in mind that misusing this feature may lead to their chat sessions sound robotic and unfriendly. All bread is not baked in one oven. The same should be applied to live chat canned responses for your company’s customer service. They should be unique and adjusted to your business needs.
Though, it seems quite clear what kind of responses to add, I would like to describe some scenarios which will help you to create canned responses for your live chat.
Greeting your customer
Most live chat providers offer an ability to customize system messages, which appear automatically when the chat is initiated. Definitely, adding valuable for your customers information to such messages will save your team’s time and will give your customers clear directions what to do further. You can include some basic instructions, greet your customers or just thank them for contacting your support chat. Here are a couple of examples of such messages: >>>
Many companies tend to focus too much on the service or product they provide and forget about listening to their customers. Inevitably, this results in revenue and profit reduction. The main goal of any business is to make money. However, it is easier to reach it when we listen to our customers and understand their needs.
In fact, there is nothing more effective for the quality of our service than listening to what our customers say. Still, businesses often do not solicit their customers’ opinions and thus they lose that precious connection with them that creates smooth experience.
In this blog post I would like to share with you the experience of business leaders who deliver excellent customer service and listen to their customers. >>>
Modern customers are becoming more and more demanding to brands. We cannot ignore the fact that 84% of millennials don’t trust traditional advertising. Old methods to reach customers no longer work as they had worked before. Together with personal selling, advertising, and sales promotion marketers need to offer creative content and run YouTube channel as well as promote their brands on Instagram.
In my today’s blog post I decided to describe eight ways that will help you to reach more customers. However, at first I would like to offer an infographic with statistics that will make you rethink your social customer engagement strategy: >>>
No business can afford to be a customer service laggard. NewVoiceMedia survey results reveal that an estimated $62 billion is lost by U.S. businesses each year following bad customer experiences. Forrester data shows that 72% of businesses say that improving the customer experience is their top priority.
Customer service trends topic is one of the most discussed today. Every year customer service experts publish their lists of trends, share their predictions and provide useful tips for improving your company’s customer service experience. In our blog we also published series of articles on this topic. Following those posts I would like to discuss three important customer service trends. >>>
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” – Mother Theresa
The way you respond to your customers shows how you respect them and their business. In one of my earlier blog posts I offered useful recommendations for greeting your customers. Today I decided to talk about a proper conversation closing. This idea occurred to me while I was writing an email to a customer and was thinking about the proper closing. >>>
Almost all businesses strive to offer superior customers service. However, not all of them succeed in this. There are certain factors that negatively affect customer service quality and do not allow companies to reward their customers with exceptional customer service.
Before I start talking about these factors I’d like to ask, do you know what customer service means? Let’s see what customer service experts say about customer service.
Shep Hyken: “Customer service is the experience we deliver to our customer. It’s the promise we keep to the customer. It’s how we follow through for the customer. It’s how we make them feel when they do business with us.”
Steve Curtin: “Customer service is a voluntary act that demonstrates a genuine desire to satisfy, if not delight, a customer.”
Kate Nasser: “Customer service represents the heart of a brand in the hearts of its customers.”
And now answer yourself. What does customer service mean to you and your business? The quality of the service you deliver and your objective will depend on your answer….. >>>
More and more websites offer live chat support today so that their customers can get immediate and thoughtful service whenever they need. However, sometimes like many other tools live chat is being misused and customers instead of receiving smooth and pleasant customer experience leave the chat room angry or disappointed. Why does this happen? You cannot ignore the fact that live chat etiquette already exists and customers expect specific behavior and attitude. When the pattern is broken customers feel frustrated and rate your service as poor.
Chat conversations can be easily saved and shared on social media, like this happened with Amazon’s dissatisfied customer who spread the word about negative experience with one of employees. To avoid such situations you need to train your customer service team to treat customers politely and with respect. In this blog post I would like to offer 10 tips for being polite on live chat. >>>
Dissatisfied customers are, unfortunately, an inevitable fact of business life. How you respond will determine whether the customer shares on social media how terrible your customer service is or will remain loyal to your company. Lots of brands have gone out of business because of poor customer service. More than ever, customers want to be treated with respect. According to the report Customers 2020 by Walker Information in collaboration with Customer Think and the Chief Customer Officer Council, by 2020 customer experience will overtake price and product as the key brand differentiator.
In this article I will highlight the main reasons why customers leave dissatisfied and will unfold unpleasant facts about the impact of poor customer service on the brand. On the below infographic you will see valuable statistics from NewVoiceMedia and ClickFox about poor customer service effect on the business: >>>