To connect with new customers don’t try to get inside their heads. Get inside their hearts. Create an emotional connection. – Bill Quiseng
Some of the world’s most successful business leaders know that attracting customers and winning their loyalty isn’t merely about the product or service. It’s more about offering an experience that creates an emotional connection between the customer and the brand. In fact, the Temkin Group found that while all three components of customer experience – success, effort, and emotion – have a strong effect on loyalty, emotion turns out to be the most important element.
When companies connect with customers’ emotions, the payoff can be huge. According to the Harvard Business Review, consumers who are emotionally connected with a brand are anywhere from 25% to 100% more valuable in terms of revenue and profitability than those who are “merely” highly satisfied with it. >>>
The cost of losing customers differs wildly between businesses, but it gets even higher if a customer is lost due to poor customer service experiences. No doubt, customer service has a long-term impact on buying decisions, with customers continuing to avoid companies years after the initial negative interaction.
But what’s more, social media and online review websites enable bad service stories to be shared not only with family, friends or colleagues, but also with the general public affecting other potential customers. Which definitely means future lost sales for businesses, because:
- 95% of customers share bad experiences with others, 54% share bad experiences with 5+ people, 45% share negative reviews on social media;
- 63% of consumers read negative reviews on social media;
- 88% of customers trust online reviews as much as they trust friends;
- A single negative online review can cost the average business an average loss of 30 customers.
With over 2 billion Facebook users, +700 million Instagram users, and +300 million Twitter users, it’s no longer enough for brands to be merely present on social media. They need to be active and engaging. Today’s customers want their voices heard and problems resolved quickly and effortlessly whenever they reach out to brands on social media. And if brands are not part of the conversation – they will be left behind.
Obviously, it’s no longer a question if your business should listen to customers on social media – it’s a question of how you listen and, what’s even more important, how you respond. By delivering great customer support on social media, you can truly build stronger relationships with customers and improve customer loyalty. In fact, according to Aberdeen, companies that have a well-crafted social customer service approach experience 92% customer retention. >>>
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. >>>
Customer engagement is the future of e-commerce. – Brennan Loh, head of business development of Shopify
Now that global consumers are able to purchase nearly anything they wish on whatever device they want and wherever they happen to be, the eCommerce customer experience has dramatically changed. And while competition has grown and will continue to grow (according to Big Commerce, eCommerce is growing 23% year-over-year), businesses of all sizes ultimately must learn to separate themselves from competitors. The best way to do that is through improving customer engagement.
Whether you have just set up an eCommerce business or have been running one for years, you might need to take a closer look at the quality of your customer engagement practices. The infographic below explains why eCommerce customer engagement is absolutely critical today and offers 10 effective ways to instantly improve it. The ideas could be successfully applied to both B2C and B2B sectors. >>>
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: >>>
One customer can change the fate or course of your business forever. Just take a look at the United Airlines incident. We’ve all heard and saw it. It was very disturbing and we just can’t help but get angry and despise United Airlines. I won’t share the facts and other information anymore since I assume that you’ve already read a lot of articles and watched a number of YouTube videos about it.
So instead here are two lessons we can all learn from this incident:
1. Social media can make or break your business
This goes for all – whether you own a small or big business – social media can make a big impact on your business.
What does this mean to you? Everybody is on social media, if you do something good, it may be shared to the whole world. If you do something horrible, it may also get shared to the whole world. >>>
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. >>>
Your customer service employees are your brand representatives, the human face and the voice of your company. Their competence, soft skills and communication habits count tremendously toward the quality of the service they provide to your customers and impact overall customer satisfaction.
So what are the most common mistakes made by customer service professionals? In this infographic we’ve collected 15 most dangerous mistakes that can have negative consequences in customer satisfaction and loyalty. Is your customer support team guilty of any of them?
In fact, all of the listed mistakes are easily preventable. Make sure your customer service employees are aware of what exactly they are doing wrong when interacting with customers and provide them with regular training and mentoring to help them grow their professionalism and improve their skills. >>>
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. >>>