Social Media Engagement - Free Ebook


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In the "age of the customer", customers expect companies to do more than just reply to incoming messages. It's key to actively listen and proactively initiate conversations with your community.

With insightful tips and tricks, this eBook will help you to become a leader in social media engagement by setting up an engagement strategy.

In this eBook, you will learn about:
•Why social media engagement is the new marketing
•How brands should engage with their community
•How to take social customer service to the next level

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  2. 2. ATENCION – PAGINA AÑADIDA AL DOCUMENTO ¡!! IMPORTANTE: Este documento NO se puede DESCARGAR desde nuestra cuenta. Para ello, dirigiros al ENLACE DE DESCARGA EN LA WEB DEL AUTOR. Lo encontraréis en el TEXTO EXPLICATIVO del post / artículo NOTA IMPORTANTE: Todo el contenido pertenece a sus autores. Nuestro propósito es difundir el mismo entre nuestro público y publicamos los documentos sin posibilidad de descarga e indicando su origen. Si el autor considera que debemos retirar este documento, rogamos nos escriba a
  3. 3. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 1 of 20 AUTHOR Lien Brusselmans works as Marketing Manager at Engagor. She joined the company in its early days and initially handled not only Marketing but also Sales and Customer Service. The experience she gained has already proven very valuable when writing blog posts, cases studies and e-books like the one you are about to read.
  4. 4. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 2 of 20 WHAT IS THIS E-BOOK ABOUT? In this e-book you will learn more about how Customer Service on social media is no longer enough. People expect more: they want to genuinely engage with brands. THIS E-BOOK DISCUSSES SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT AND HOW YOUR OWN COMPANY CAN MAKE IT WORK. Social Media Engagement is The New Marketing 3 Why Should you Engage With your Community? 5 How to Become a Leader in Social Media Engagement 7 How to Turn Consumers Into Your Very Own Marketers 11 Setting up an Engagement Strategy 14 Let Social Media Management Tools Help You 16 Conclusion 19 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
  5. 5. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 3 of 20 For far too long, Marketing has been a one-way street. Through campaigns you send out a message, and you hope it captures consumers’ attention and helps them remember your brand when they are in need of your products or services. This might have worked for some brands and some campaigns, but today con- sumers have had enough of this pushy and imposing way of working. They want to go back to the basics: real human relationships. CONSUMERS WANT TO GO BACK TO THE BASICS: REAL HUMAN RELATIONSHIPS. Thanks to social media, this is becoming reality. Consumers are talking to brands and more and more brands are responding. What’s more, they not only reply to people’s questions but the Customer Service team also goes beyond that and builds actual relationships. SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT IS THE NEW MARKETING Photo by highwaysagency on Flickr 1
  6. 6. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 4 of 20 Through this genuine Social Media Engagement, Customer Service is becoming the new Marketing. Social Media Engagement is more than “just” interacting with your community. It also involves listening to what your audience has to say and acting on it. If people are displeased with a certain product or service, companies can easily find out about it. Not by scanning the social web 24/7, but by having it scanned for them. All major brands are working with social media monitoring and management tools nowadays. Why? Because these tools monitor the social web for you. They combine all search results in one central social media inbox and allow you to filter the results according to your needs. You can filter on certain products (how do people like this product?), regions (what do people in Texas have to say about us?), authors, sentiment, and so much more. You can learn more about social media management tools in chapter 6 of this e-book. By automating all the preliminary work (except, of course, the conversation), com- panies have time to focus on what it’s all about: Social Media Engagement. Learning what people say about you, act on it, and interact with your community.
  7. 7. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 5 of 20 ENGAGED CONSUMERS ARE LOYAL You might be wondering why you should bother investing all that time and energy into conversations with consumers and that is indeed a fair question. After all, business is about making money and not about making new friends. What’s the use of being regarded as a great brand if this is not reflected in your sales? IF YOU RELATE TO A BRAND, YOU WILL BE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO BUY NEW PRODUCTS AND SERVICES FROM THAT BRAND. Well, you can take our word for it. Your efforts will pay off! Consider your own ex- perience. If you plan on purchasing a new laptop and you’re choosing where to buy it, what will you do? Buy it from a store you: already have a good experience with, that has already helped you very well in the past, and that you feel that you WHY SHOULD YOU ENGAGE WITH YOUR COMMUNITY? Photo by jasonahowie on Flickr 2
  8. 8. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 6 of 20 relate to? Or, at some other shop that you’ve never bought from or even spoken with? Assuming the price is the same at both stores, most people will go for option 1. If you relate to a brand, you will be much more likely to buy new products and services from that brand. ENGAGED CONSUMERS BECOME BRAND ADVOCATES What is even better than having one customer loyally buying from your brand? Having many! By building a good relationship with one customer, you can reach their entire network. If consumers are pleased with your products and service, they will spread the love. Both online and offline on social media, these people will become real brand ambassadors. BY BUILDING A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH ONE CUSTOMER, YOU CAN REACH THEIR ENTIRE NETWORK.
  9. 9. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 7 of 20 HOW TO BECOME A LEADER IN SOCIAL MEDIA ENGAGEMENT Good Social Media Engagement is not some complex concept for a few, privi- leged social initiates. Some people get so caught up in the minute complexities, they forget about its roots. Just strip away all the technical jargon and industry terms, and you’re left with this: the makings for good Social Media Engage- ment are the same as those for good offline engagement. The need for good business practices has always existed. The way a business treats the needs of a customer now is no different than 50 years ago. What changed though, is the method with which businesses provide service and sup- port to their customers. Though customers constantly interact with companies on the internet, it doesn’t mean that they expect any less of a genuine interaction. It’s imperative that com- panies realize that an interaction in any environment, whether it be with an in-store employee or an online community manager, should always maintain the same level of courtesy and helpfulness. Photo by birgerking on Flickr 3
  10. 10. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 8 of 20 Here are some guidelines to keep in mind when it comes to good Social Media Engagement: Build Relationships Both On- and Offline All the time and energy your company invests in growing a social network, buil- ding a brand experience, developing a marketing strategy, etc. is very important. But, it is completely wasted if you’re forgetting the ultimate truth: on the other end of every business transaction is a person. It’s not the amount of Page likes or Twitter followers that move mountains, it’s the network of relationships you build with people offline. By taking the time to plant the seeds in those personal business relationships, you’ll be rewarded with a flourishing network of people that can AND want to help your business succeed. Ditch Automation Customers want to encounter real people in service and support situations. We all dread those automated, call-in customer support lines where you have to fight an uncooperative options menu and a dead computer voice. Why should people feel any differently in regards to social media Customer Ser- vice? In many situations, it’s better to avoid automation and have a small staff to respond to social media Customer Service issues for a human touch. DON’T FORGET THE ULTIMATE TRUTH: ON THE OTHER END OF EVERY BUSINESS TRANSACTION IS A PERSON.
  11. 11. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 9 of 20 Entrust Your Social Team with the Reputation of Your Brand At times, there can be nothing more frustrating than the forced smile and nod of a Customer Service agent who truly understands your problem but is powerless to provide a proper solution. A company’s support team serves as the face of that company and should be equipped to handle problems in the most thoughtful and professional manner possible. Customers don’t want your sympathy, they want you to remedy their problem with an expeditious and equivalently appropriate solution.
  12. 12. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 10 of 20 Every company has to decide for itself what makes for an effective Social En- gagement strategy. What will set your brand apart in the minds of customers is the unique way you customize your social business practices. This is what will keep people talking about you, and nothing beats word-of-mouth!
  13. 13. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 11 of 20 HOW TO TURN CONSUMERS INTO YOUR VERY OWN MARKETERS Talking to your customers and turning them into brand advocates is still a bit of a vague concept. To make this more concrete, we’ve compiled a list of 5 ways to empower your customers to become your biggest ambassadors. CUSTOMERS ARE NEVER PASSIONATE ABOUT YOU, THEY’RE PASSIONATE ABOUT WHAT YOUR PRODUCT OFFERS THEM. Boost Offline Word-Of-Mouth Customers are never passionate about you, they’re passionate about what your product offers them. That’s why companies need to reach out to people that do magnificent things with their product and help show them off. Photo by denisdervisevic on Flickr 4
  14. 14. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 12 of 20 Don’t use influencers (or influencer marketing) alone to put the spotlight on your product, but also use existing customers who are already die-hard fans of your product and shine the spotlight on them. Build Die-Hard Brand Advocates A very efficient way of getting people excited about your brand is by reaching out to them with helpful information about your products. Companies that provide customers with helpful information score high so- cial points and successfully nurture brand advocacy. Real-time help can turn a negative situation into a winning customer experience and help develop a strong connection with customers. Encourage Customers to Give Testimonials Testimonials on your website are a great sales technique if you don’t push it too much. The right testimonial gains trust of customers and creates credibility with prospects. Clearly show your website visitors that other people have dealt with the same issues and were able to overcome them by using your product. This way you can show your visitors that your ultimate goal is to help them. Testimonials should be short, easy-to-consume, and genuine. Never just include quotes such as, “I like your product and the price is great.” Let your customers be specific about your product’s key features. Dedicate a Page on Your Website to Use Cases You can take testimonials one step further by showcasing complete case studies on a dedicated page on your website. Make that content come to life by adding quotes, important feedback, or even include a short video. A dedicated use cases page puts your customers in the spotlight. It lets them tell For example, Zappos is a company that heavily focuses on responding to customer issues in real-time and creating the ultimate customer experi- ence. Its warm and genuine tone of voice makes them receive an incredibly high amount of positive feedback.
  15. 15. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 13 of 20 a story from their own perspective from customer acquisition, to purchase, and on to engagement. A dedicated use cases page is a way of extending the brand you’ve worked so hard to create. Use cases are an important element of branding because people get to know your brand from someone else’s perspective. Ask for a Much-Wanted Review Focus not only on your own website, but widen your scope and concentrate on external online resources. Reading a positive review from an existing customer can only bolster confidence for the right purchase. There’s no amount of advertising, tweeting, or direct mailing that has quite the same impact on customers the way an objective peer review does. What you say about your brand doesn’t matter. It’s what others say that counts! It’s important to remember that soliciting reviews from customers should be handled delicately. The biggest challenge is actually getting them and not dea- ling with negative ones. Make sure you make the reviewing process as easy as possible. Offering a small yet appropriate incentive (like a 10% discount or similar offer) can often help convince people it’s worth their time. THE RIGHT TESTIMONIAL GAINS THE TRUST OF CUS- TOMERS AND CREATES CREDIBILITY WITH PROSPECTS. This is the new Marketing. You talk to your consumers to create a genuine relationship. You help them with their questions, you listen to their feedback, and you show gratitude if they actively support and advocate your brand. In re- turn, consumers will be loyal to your brand and spread the love. The result? More sales and higher retention.
  16. 16. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 14 of 20 SETTING UP AN ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY For some brands, a substantial part of their Customer Engagement will of course be Customer Service. The question you should ask yourself is whether you are going to reply to every single post. Will you also reply to people that are just talking about your brand and not addressing you directly? Will you reply to insults and compliments? Every company has their own angle when coming up with an engagement strategy and more concretely an answering scheme. An answering scheme is a clear guide social media agents follow on a day to day basis when social media messages roll in. SIT DOWN AND BUILD YOUR ANSWERING SCHEME BEFORE YOU DIVE INTO SOCIAL MEDIA CUSTOMER SERVICE. 5
  17. 17. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 15 of 20 Comments versus questions The core of social media Customer Service is replying to the questions people ask your brand. But then there are also more ambivalent posts like remarks or people who are just talking to their friends about your brand. If you pick this up and the message actually contains a question, you can reach out and offer your help. People will be positively surprised at your proactive ap- proach! This is how you turn Customer Service into genuine Customer Engage- ment. Twitter @mention or not? Some brands reply to all social messages about their brand while others don’t. What often happens is that brands don’t react to tweets that only mention their name but not @mention their Twitter handle. Use a social media management tool to easily pick up both types of messages and reply to them. Small effort for you, very much appreciated by customers! Compliments If people compliment your brand, it’s a nice gesture to thank them, like, or favorite their message. Just a heads up that you appreciate them taking the time to share their positive experience with your brand! Of course, if the workload is too high, you should prioritize the actual questions. Insults Remember your parents’ wise words: if someone insults or mocks you, don’t start an argument but just ignore them. The same goes for insults to your brand. There’s no use in responding to these types of messages. Peo- ple can give their opinion or criticize you because of a bad experience with your brand, and in that case, you should definitely give them a response. However, once these become offensive insults, it’s best to just ignore them. Key takeaway? Sit down and build your answering scheme before you dive into social media Customer Service. It will save you lots of time, worries, and discussions.
  18. 18. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 16 of 20 LET SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT TOOLS HELP YOU Social media management tools often have a lot more features than the ones you’re using. You probably often think ‘I wish I could do this’ or ‘it would be cool to do that’. What if we told you there is a good chance the tool you are using for social media management actually allows you to do these actions? Here’s four things you might already have wished for in the past, and how you can actually make these dreams come true. I wish I didn’t see all these French messages, I don’t even speak any French! Solution: automatic routing Set up an automation recipe to make sure all messages in French are automa- tically assigned to your colleague who speaks French. In the same way you can route all messages by certain authors, on certain topics, with a certain sentiment, etc. 6
  19. 19. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 17 of 20 Didn’t this person ask us exactly the same question last month? Solution: history of conversations between your brand and a customer If you want to offer efficient Customer Service and build relationships, you need context. As a customer, you also expect brands to know some things about you: which products/service have you bought, what questions have you already asked in the past, etc. If a customer has asked exactly the same question only one month ago, it’s worth the effort to find out why it wasn’t answered properly back then. Maybe the person who answered this customer added a note with some more information to his contact information sheet. Context is essential! It makes your Customer Service more efficient and the customer will be grateful for this personalized approach. MAKE SURE YOU RECEIVE AN AUTOMATIC EMAIL NOTIFICATION WHENEVER AN INFLUENCER MENTIONS YOUR BRAND TO AVOID A CRISIS OR FULLY BENEFIT FROM A POSITIVE POST. What if an influencer says something about us and we only reply after 5 hours? Solution: email notification whenever an influencer mentions your brand If online influencers talk about your brand, it’s always a good thing to respond fast. If it’s a negative remark, you should apologize, explain, and show that you care and want to help or solve the problem. If it’s positive, you can share the post with all your followers or fans, reach out to the influencer to thank them, etc. Waiting several hours to do this doesn’t work on social media. The effect will be much less powerful. Make sure you receive an
  20. 20. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 18 of 20 automatic email notification whenever an influencer mentions your brand to avoid a crisis or fully benefit from a positive post. I wish I didn’t lose that much time looking up the information customers need. Solution: use canned responses to quickly introduce links to information in your replies Canned responses (or templates, scripts, whatever you call them) often have a negative connotation. Indeed, you shouldn’t send out standard replies to every question people ask on social media. How would you feel about it yourself? You can, however, very well use canned responses for bits of information you have to share over and over again. If there are some FAQs that always come back, you can make the link to the FAQ a canned response so you can easily introduce it in your reply to a customer. Add some words of your own, and you’re done. This will save you loads of valuable time! USE CANNED RESPONSES TO QUICKLY INTRODUCE LINKS TO INFORMATION IN YOUR REPLIES
  21. 21. E-Book - Social Media Engagement Page 19 of 20 IN THIS E-BOOK, YOU HAVE LEARNED MORE ON HOW TO EFFECTIVELY ENGAGE ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND WHY THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. A SMALL RECAP OF THE KEY TAKEAWAYS: 1. People long for genuine relationships with brands on social media 2. Engaged consumers are loyal and become brand advocates 3. Build online relationships as if you were talking face to face 4. Brand advocates market your brand through reviews, testimonials and word of mouth 5. Build a thorough Engagement Strategy before you dive into social media 6. Social media management tools save you valuable time Social media holds a huge power for brands, so don’t neglect it. Social Media Engagement is becoming an invaluable Marketing tool, and the sooner you adapt, the better. CONCLUSION7
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