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. >>>
The key to any business success is building trust and establishing strong relationships with customers as those are the main factors that contribute to customer loyalty and generate more sales. Very often though, we unknowingly create barriers that discourage customers from doing business with us, sometimes simply because we don’t realize they exist.
Assuming that your products or services are absolutely great, do you know what can drive your customers away and prevent you from building long-lasting relationships with them? >>>
In today’s digital, fast-paced world customer expectations and the rules of customer engagement are rapidly changing. What used to be acceptable and satisfactory in customer service a while ago is no longer enough. Being able to recognize and adjust to these new dynamics is absolutely vital in acquiring and retaining customers. While failure to address the changing consumer needs can put your business at risk.
Consumers are mobile and self-reliant: they are talking, texting, browsing, chatting and tweeting more than ever. Their lifestyles demand fast and convenient access to information anytime, anywhere. And, not surprisingly, they will no longer tolerate poor customer service. In fact, 72% of consumers already stopped doing business with a company because of a bad service experience. >>>
The world is rapidly changing, and so is customer service. If you think your business is offering outstanding service now, the truth is that with the ever changing customer expectations, what seems satisfactory today might simply be outdated within half year. Is your organization keeping up with the pace?
As customer service and customer experience have become key diffentiators for brands across all industries worldwide, it has never been more important to know as much as you can about your customers, their preferences and service expectations. In fact 75% of companies already recognize service as a competitive differentiator. >>>
In a huge variety of brands offering similar products or services, how do you separate yours from the competition? Since price becomes much less of a deciding factor when choosing between your brand and competitors, caring for your customers and nurturing relationships with them has never been more important in growing a successful business.
Zig Ziglar once famously said, “People don’t buy things for logical reasons, they buy for emotional reasons”. Statistically, 75% of buying experiences are based on emotion. It means that in order to attract and keep customers you need to do more than simply introduce them to your business or products, you need to create and keep an emotional connection with them. >>>
No matter the industry or the size of your business, great customer service usually comes down to reducing the effort customers have to make in order to get their questions answered and problems resolved. Live Chat has actually become one of the most effective customer service channels that allows businesses to provide that instant online support with minimal customer effort required.
When considering to implement live support chat a common question business owners ask is: ‘Will our customers use it?’ A recent Software Advice survey proves that the answer to this question is ‘yes’: 56 % of respondents report using live chat at least once while over one-third (39 %) say they have used it more than once. At that, live chat is more popular with younger generations (aged 18 to 34) who prefer using it to get answers to simple queries and questions they have while shopping online. >>>
We’ve all been victims of poor customer service in the past and we perfectly know what disappointed, dissatisfied and angry customers mean for a business. On the other side, great customer service can do wonders by creating happy, loyal customers or even brand advocates.
While there can be numerous and various reasons why so many businesses fail at providing great customer service, let’s focus on how exactly you can make it better. In fact, even small changes in your customer service strategy and daily customer service operations can actually have a huge impact.
This Infographic shows you 15 simple yet powerful ways to dramatically improve customer service at your business, no matter how big or small it is, and no matter what industry you are in. Have something valuable to add to this list? Feel free to share your thoughts, ideas and experiences in the comments. >>>
Customers might get angry for a variety of reasons, some justified, some not. Whether they confront you face-to-face, over the phone or in Live Chat, you are likely to encounter frustration, aggressiveness, irritation and very little patience. Handling such customers is one of the most difficult, stressful and challenging parts of the customer service job.
While unhappy customers tend to spread their negative experiences through word-of-mouth, online customer reviews and comments in social media channels, it can really hurt your brand’s reputation and even lead to revenue loss. On the other hand, the right response to a customer complaint can actually turn those unsatisfied customers into your loyal fans.
Check our Infographic with 10 simple tips on how to handle angry and rude customers effectively and 10 great quotes to remember when dealing with them. Have something to add? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. >>>