Two-thirds of us have jumped on social media to complain about bad customer service. Today BNR asks expert Chris Smoje, how do you give good customer service on social media?
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Here are some key take-outs:
- For the customer there’s a big difference between fulfilment and evaluation. A restaurant might have been great and left them fulfilled, but later when they have food poisoning, it doesn’t measure up on evaluation.
- Businesses need to monitor and respond on social media – especially if you’re an online brand. Responses should be personable and human to human. Use casual language, empathy, and no stock standard responses
- Don’t fight back! If you wouldn’t speak to someone like that face-to-face, don’t speak like that online. Don’t forget, what you post on social media (including replies) can be seen by thousands, if not millions, of people.
- Don’t delete posts or threads. It sends a message that you’re running away from something.
- When someone complains online, that’s an opportunity for your brand. It lets people see how you respond to criticism and that you’ve improved things for future customers.
- Respond in a timely manner. If you have social media accounts, then you have to be monitoring them.
- Monitor your competitors’ social media. Look at the comments and reviews. Ignore the one- and five-star comments. Highlight what it is the customer is asking that the brand isn’t providing. What’s the service gap? That’s your opportunity.
On My Desk
- Chris recommended Blinkist
- Nic mentioned the 2018 Edelman Trust Barometer
- Sarah recommended an article from Buffer Social on the new Facebook algorithm
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