The times when customer complaints were seen as a distraction that should be eliminated are over. Most businesses today understand that complaints are a valuable source of information. In fact, there might be no better way to collect direct feedback from your customers. A complaint not only shows what and where went wrong, whether it’s a problem with your product, service, customer support or internal processes. By hearing these problems and acting upon customer feedback you can improve your business and prevent similar complaints in the future.
Very often, though, dissatisfied customers don’t give voice to the complaints. Actually, a study by TARP Research as far back as 1999 uncovered the fact that for every 26 unhappy customers, only 1 will bother to make a formal complaint. The rest will either stay where they are disappointed or will silently take their business elsewhere. According to another research by 1st Financial Training services, 96% of unhappy customers don’t complain, 91% of those will simply leave and never come back. >>>
All businesses, even the most successful ones, will have unsatisfied customers every once in a while. But most of unhappy customers actually never bother to complain. They simply leave and switch to competitors without even letting you know when and how your company failed to meet their expectations. On the bright side, statistics says that 95% of those who complain, are ready to give you a second chance, if you manage to handle their initial complaint successfully and in a timely manner. So how to do it effectively and turn every complaint into a positive customer experience to win those customers over for life?
It’s all about the attitude
The key to successfully dealing with complaints is in the right attitude towards them. As simple as that. In fact, customer complaints should be embraced and seen as unsolicited feedback which is always a valuable source of information about your business. >>>
No matter how hard we try we simply cannot please 100% of the people 100% of the time, that’s why customer complaints are inevitable in customer service. Whatever the problem might be, the way you address unhappy customers and handle their complaints can have a major impact on your company’s reputation.
Obviously, ignoring complaints and failing to resolve them can make your customers leave and spread negative word of mouth. On the bright side, 56%-70% of the customers who complain to you will do business with you again if you resolve their problem. If they feel you acted quickly and to their satisfaction, up to 96% will do business with you again, and they will probably refer other people to you. >>>
With the Internet becoming part of our lives users prefer complaining publicly about services or products. According to Conversocial 88% of consumers are less likely to buy from companies who leave complaints unattended. But what about those customers who just did not complain and went away silently? These will be forever lost for a company and will never come back. To prevent customers from switching to competitors businesses should pay more attention to their complaints and address them timely.
However, this is not enough. Complaints are the greatest source of learning, they show us where we fail and where and how we should improve. Here are 10 most common reasons why our customers complain. >>>