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How To Deliver The Best Customer Service
Monday, 26 March 2018 at 13:16
Customer satisfaction is one of the most important success metrics in any business. Happy customers are loyal customers, and happy customers are more likely to tell other people about the great service they’ve received and recommend your brand.
If you’re reading this blog post, you might be thinking about what you can do to provide the very best service for your customers. Over the course of this post, we’ll share some of our top tips on how you can deliver great customer service.
1. PROACTIVELY OBTAIN CUSTOMER FEEDBACK
Waiting for someone to tell you they’ve had good or bad customer experience isn’t good enough. You need to ensure you are proactively obtaining feedback about your customer service experience, otherwise, you could never find out what is causing problems for your customers. In fact, 96% of unhappy customer will not complain to you, but they will complain to at least 15 people in their networks.
Commission customer service surveys using tools like SurveyMonkey. They offer a range of survey templates that allow you to collect feedback from your customers, so you can better understand their needs and requirements.
2. TAKE ON BOARD CUSTOMER FEEDBACK
Collecting customer feedback is one thing, but actually taking on board what your customers are saying, and acting upon it are two entirely different matters. It can be difficult to accept feedback from customers, especially when it is critical, but it is crucial you approach customer feedback as an opportunity for you to further understand the way your organisation works.
If you don’t actually use customer feedback in a constructive manner, and simply ignore it, the problems your customers are facing won’t get any better.
3. RESPOND ON THEIR TERMS, PROMPTLY
Social media is the present and future of customer service, with a staggering 67% of consumers using social networks for customer service enquiries. And when using social media to contact companies for this reason, 42% of consumers expect a response within 60 minutes.
One of the worst things you can do is ignore social media complaints, 45% of customers would be angry and 27.1% would stop doing business with your company completely.
While social media has become a key area for complaints, other approaches shouldn’t be overlooked. This includes email, telephone and direct mail. Whichever way your customers decide to get in touch with you make sure they can access your details readily, ensure you communicate clearly and respond promptly.
4. MIND YOUR MANNERS
It is often the simple things in life that give you the most pleasure, and manners are no exception. 70% of buying experiences are based on how the customer perceives they are being treated.
The solution is quite simple, treat your customer with courtesy and respect, and give them a memorable experience with your organisation - for all of the right reasons.
5. CARE FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS
Care is the area you should pay attention to. While the other three areas relate to customer acquisition, ‘care’ concerns customer retention. Once a prospect has become a customer, and they have made their purchase, more than often efforts to ‘wow’ them cease.
Building a healthy database of customers you have retained is key to ensuring your business delivers great customer service. In fact, 70% of companies say it’s cheaper to retain a customer than acquire one. Here are a couple of ideas on how you can re-engage with your existing customer base: