Have you ever encountered a situation when you would click the live chat button on a website promising instant online help and you would not reach anyone? I did. At other times, I would contact live chat support and instead of finding an answer to my question, I would be escalated to another person who would say that they will check the information and email me later.
I do understand that some questions take research and some issues take time to be diagnosed and fixed.
And still, I feel frustration in many such situations, especially when I have to explain the issue over and over again to another agent or repeat the same things in email later. As a customer, I want to be helped here and now while my question is still relevant and the issue is current.
Perhaps similar customer experiences are the reason first contact resolution remains an important metric in customer service. According to the Customer Experience Executive Report by CCW Digital, 70% of customers consider first contact resolution the most important factor when interacting with a company, yet only 10% of companies believe they excel at its delivery. >>>
Everyone working in customer service knows that words are incredibly powerful, and some of them can truly either make or break customer service experiences. In fact, according to Andrew Newberg M.D. and Mark Robert Waldman, the authors of Words Can Change Your Brain, a single negative word can trigger the release of dozens of stress-producing hormones. Using the right customer service phrases in your communication with customers makes all the difference between a bad service and a delightful one.
Empathy is the Key to Excellent Service
Empathy is the ability to “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes”. Believe it or not, customers are not expecting customer service professionals to resolve their issues 100% of the time. On the other hand, they do expect empathy from service agents every single time they contact your company’s support. Empathy statements can do so much in making customers feel that they are understood, respected, and their feelings are validated. >>>
As a live chat software provider, we saw many of our clients adding direct messenger links to their websites and missing on the opportunity to see additional details about their customers and improve the quality of their customer service. Direct links to the messenger, although they allow the customers to chat with the company, don’t have the capability to pass any information from the visitor’s browser.
While we are aware that some of the live chat tools available in the market today don’t have this feature, which may be the reason some of our customers are not expecting to see this functionality, we try to encourage our clients to utilize the chat tool to its full potential and make sure that they take advantage of the benefits that real-time monitoring offers. >>>
Have you ever heard “No” as a customer? How did you feel? Were you disappointed? Sometimes it may happen that we need to say “No” to our customers or deliver negative news. In fact, this is one of the most unpleasant parts of customer service workflow. Dealing with negative news requires specific skills and self-control. It is not easy to say “No” and continue a smooth conversation.
In any customer interaction, the words you say either ruin your relationship with a customer or build it up. That is why it is important for any company to do this right across all customer service channels. So, how to say “No” without spoiling your customer service experience? Here are 8 tips to begin with. >>>
There’s no doubt that in this increasingly digital era Live Chat has become the number one support tool for many businesses from different fields and industries. Small start-ups, mid-sized companies and major corporations use it to handle customer communication. Whatever the company size, they enjoy greater results in terms of customer satisfaction, mainly driven by high user adoption and minimum support needs.
What makes Live Chat so compelling to customers and why do more and more people prefer it over phone and email? And still, why do so many online consumers rate their typical live chat experience as poor? Let me share with you the top 3 pro arguments and top 3 worst attitudes to avoid. Look to these indicators to figure out how Live Chat can come in handy for your business, and what you should definitely bear in mind if you opt for this support solution. >>>
Customer service representatives play a key role in business growth and promotion – by supporting customers they build trust and improve brand awareness, reduce the number of complaints and facilitate your marketing efforts. More than that, they often are the only contact a customer has with a company. If your business is in need of creating or growing a customer service team, there should be a process of evaluating its performance to make the team successful. >>>
Providing outstanding customer service naturally starts from finding and hiring the right employees for your customer support team. While perfection can hardly ever be achieved – some people just happen to possess the qualities that make them more suited for the role of a customer service representative, while others simply don’t. Before we jump into exploring what makes a fantastic customer service employee, here are the key questions you should ask before hunting for a perfect support agent:
What is the ideal support personality for YOUR company culture?
What hard skills are absolutely necessary for the job?
What soft skills are ‘must-have’ and desirable to have?
What exactly will the agent be responsible for?
Having those questions answered in detail will give you a better understanding of what you should be looking for in your ideal candidate. But beyond that, there are certain characteristics and qualities that set excellent customer service employees apart. >>>
Chat etiquette plays a huge role in customer service. Professional and authentic interaction with clients goes far beyond the opportunity to make a sale. It helps to build a lasting relationship with the customer, inspire future communication and create fans and advocates of your brand.
How to treat the customer to be able to appreciate all these benefits and escalate your service to a more professional and human level?
Customer service training is the most important part in achieving these goals.
Professional line of communication is not that obvious to expect your service agents to get at it intuitively. It is especially true with new employees who often need help finding the proper style of communication which would stick with your business objectives and allow them to maintain their authenticity.
Below are some guidelines on how a service agent can best handle the major key points in a live chat conversation. >>>
Millennials now make up the largest consumer demographic with more spending power than any other generation. According to Accenture, while Millennials are already a potent force (spending approximately $600 billion each year), they will truly come into their own by 2020, when their spending in the US is projected to hit $1.4 trillion annually and represent 30% of total retail sales. Businesses that intend to keep them as customers need to rethink how to approach this generation.
Is your customer service Millennial-friendly?
Millennials have high standards for fast, seamless and consistent cross-channel, cross-platform, real-time, personalized experiences. And they can easily take their business to a competitor, if you fail to meet their expectations. In fact, studies reveal that 68% of 18 – 34-year-old consumers have stopped doing business with a brand due to a single poor customer service experience. >>>
It’s no secret that customer service employees have to deal with angry customers nearly about 80% of the time. In this digital age only a few people will call your support to inquire about a product or service when most of the answers can be easily found online.
While you obviously can’t control problems caused by malfunctioning products or service errors, you can control how you respond to complaining customers. The stats show why you should take them seriously:
Nearly 70% of customers quit doing business with an organization because they felt they were treated rudely or with indifference.
95% of customers share bad experiences with others, 54% share bad experiences with 5+ people, 45% share negative reviews on social media.
66% of customers are most frustrated from interacting with employees who are rude or unfriendly.