The way your employees feel is the way your customers will feel. And if your employees don’t feel valued, neither will your customers. – Sybil F. Stershic
Companies like Zappos, Southwest Airlines and Ritz-Carlton Hotels have one thing in common – they are worldwide famous for providing excellent customer service and having friendly employees. Their employees are obviously passionate about their work and are willing to go the extra mile to help customers.
“Employee engagement is the emotional commitment the employee has to the organization and its goals. This emotional commitment means engaged employees actually care about their work and their company. They don’t work just for a paycheck, or just for the next promotion, but work on behalf of the organization’s goals.” – Kevin Kruse – NY Times Bestselling Author, Keynote Speaker
When employees are engaged, they truly care about customers, deliver better service and brand advocacy, and they are less likely to leave their jobs. While organizations enjoy better employee productivity and increased revenue: >>>
Good quality customer service is the best interest for both companies and their customers today. In the markets overflowing with similar products, offering a special memorable service is a foremost way to stand out from the crowd. However, do customers really need service to be special and tricky or do they want their basic needs to be met?
Research shows that the views that companies and their customers have on customer service differ significantly. While 80% of businesses believe they provide excellent customer service, only 8% of customers believe they are actually receiving excellent service.
2017 Customer Service Benchmark Report by SuperOffice proves that the things which companies fail to do in order to meet customer expectations for a good customer service remain quite obvious and basic. However, the number of companies which fail to fulfill the simplest requirements is very impressive. >>>
When it comes to providing outstanding customer service, it’s the people who make all the difference. While it certainly takes time, training, practice and dedication to become a rockstar in customer service, it doesn’t have to be that hard when you know where exactly to focus your efforts on. Here’s the list of 10 must-have soft skills that matter most and that everyone involved in customer service should master and use in their daily interactions with customers.
# 1 Effective Listening
Listening is the key to effective communication. Without the ability to listen carefully to what a customer is saying, a message could be easily misunderstood and misinterpreted. As a result, communication breaks down leaving a customer frustrated. Listening isn’t just about hearing. A good listener will not only listen to what is being said, but also what is left unsaid or partially said. Luckily, if your listening skills are weak, there are certain techniques for improving them. >>>
There’s no question that live chat is getting huge as more and more businesses are adopting the tool to stay competitive in the industry. In fact, according to Gartner, by 2018, over 80% of companies will offer some form of live chat on their website or on mobile devices to interact with their customers. Is your business still lagging behind the trend?
There are many reasons why offering chat support might be a valuable customer service strategy. One of the most compelling arguments is that customers have come to expect it and they absolutely love it. The SalesForce research found that 64% of consumers expect companies to respond and interact with them in real-time, while 80% of business buyers expect the same.
People aren’t just using live chat, they’re actually getting more satisfaction out of it than from any other support channel. As stated in the Zopim survey, 94% customers proactively invited to chat were somewhat or very satisfied with their live chat experience. >>>
Think of something you like to do regularly, whether it’s jogging, reading, or eating ice cream. What keeps you coming back? Chances are it feels good, and the emotions you associate with the activity make you want to do it again. In short, positive emotions lead to loyalty.
It seems like a simple equation, but how a brand should go about inspiring positive emotions in customers is a complex question. Emerging studies in behavioral science are telling us more and more about the relationship between emotions and decision-making. In the meantime, there are a few simple things any brand can do to spark positive, loyalty-inspiring emotions in customers. >>>
Customer service has shifted more and more online over the past couple of decades, and increasingly that means customers are reaching out via social media when they have an issue that they’d like you to resolve. It’s a great opportunity for businesses, as this kind of semi-formal interaction is likely to increase that customer’s spend by 20-40% when they are dealt with appropriately. Perhaps it’s something to do with the way we form our identities online, now: who we talk to, the platforms we use, and the things we buy, all form the way we see ourselves.
Of course, it isn’t always good news when you notice a tweet or Facebook comment from a customer. Frequently, these platforms are used to make a public complaint – either because they can’t find another way to get through to you, or because they believe that dealing publicly with the issue makes you more likely to resolve it quickly. Hopefully, they’re right – and you will be keen to turn this potential upset into positive publicity. It just takes a bit of insight and a little social media flair – all skills you can pick up online. >>>
Lots of businesses today use Live Chat software for their online customer communication needs. From small start-ups to major corporations, companies choose Live Chat as another customer service option for its high speed of resolution and incredible ease of use. Whether you are selling software, clothes, gifts, machinery, parts, books or any other type of product, Live Chat is a must to ensure consistently great customer service and high customer satisfaction rates.
Yet, it takes time and experience to use it the right way and utilize its features to the fullest. If your website visitors seem reluctant to start a chat with you, check out these tips that are easy to apply and proved to be very effective. I hope they would help you unlock its full potentialand enjoy a greater rate of customer engagement. >>>
It’s probably needless to say that loyal customers are the biggest assets of any business. Studies show that only a 5% increase in your loyal customer base can result in increases of revenue and profits up to 85% or more. Take a look at some more customer loyalty stats that might surprise you:
The cost of bringing a new customer up to the same level of profitability as an old one is up to 16x more. (SocialAnnex)
Existing customers are 50% more likely to try new products, and spend 31% more than new customers. (The Nielsen Survey)
68% of Millennials say they wouldn’t be loyal to a brand if it doesn’t have a good loyalty program. (The Bond Loyalty Report)
62% of Millennials report that brand engagement is more likely to make them a loyal customer. (USC Dornsife)
62% of consumers don’t believe that the brands they’re most loyal to are doing enough to reward them. (ClickFox)
So how much do you care about your loyal customers? And what’s even more important – do your customers really know how much you appreciate them? >>>
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 >>>
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: >>>