Who should lead the social customer interaction? Some say PR and Marketing. My vote is for Customer Service. Why? Customer service is where the brand is interacting with the brand. It's where customers are giving feedback to the company about its products and services... That information is gold to a company if they know how to use it.
As for the general customer care forums…Many of the non-technical issues posted can only be addressed by authorized Dell representatives with access to customer information-NOT BY PEERS as the Forums are designed to facilitate.That said, these questions are best handled through other secure, online tools.”
Cluetrain Manifesto (a book in 1999) said…Your best customer service agents & marketers? YOUR CUSTOMERS If you trust them… Dell shut general customer forums…
Social media is explodingBrands are no longer in control of their destiny Consumers “own” brands…and blog about it!Marketing investment continues to shift online
Customer Service: Your Place in history Leading the Social Customer Interaction
Your Role In The Transformation of Business As We Know It By Dr. Natalie L. Petouhoff www.drnatalienews.com @drnatalie
Listening to Customer conversations: • Monitoring • Responding • Reacting • Solving • Resolving and • Using customer feedback.
What’s really new? What’s theOpportunity for YOU?
Dell Hell… started with a post and…Source: http://www.buzzmachine.com/archives/cat_dell.html
“DELL SUCKS.DELL LIES. PUTthat in Your Googleand smoke it…”And gainedmomentum…
And it grew…Dwight Silverman, reporter from Houston Chronicle,Calls Dell : “Dell monitors forums, but its policy is not to respond. Contact us directly.” Dell Lies To Customers 2005Jeff says: I did. There’s a loop-hole repair/return policythat leaves customers unsatisfied
Ands the story ends up on CNN… Wolfe Blitzer’s… The Situation Room…Source: Youtube.com and CNN.com
We have a perfect storm that is super charging change… The attention of mass media Customers with higher expectations Customers with new tools to complain No way to control the conversation…
Can social mediai.e., feedbackbecome abusiness asset?
•Heard what her customers weresaying•It was not always positive – andwas stopping sales!•Gathered screenshots•Put them in a powerpoint•Gave them to her CEO
The CEO appointedher the lead on social customer interactions…
…the results were a complete business transformation… Absent of: Politics and resistance “Not invented here” or “not my problem” Social media lead to transformation of: Engineering, Product Development, QA Fulfillment, Order Management, Marketing, Sales and AdvertisingChalk it up to the “Witness” factor
ROI? Reduction in call volume Superusers answer customer questions Increase positive sentiment Increase in positive word of mouth Customers become marketers Increase in sales New product lines Specific products based on customer’s wants
Note to self: All social conversations have value Customer Service PR/ R&D Marketing Service / Sales Support
Dr. Natalie’s ROI MethodologyBenefits to Abilitybusiness to ROI Costs execute toimplement
Benefits Decrease Support Costs Increase effectiveness of Self-Service Increase effectiveness of Agent Assisted Service Increase Product Ideation Reduces “Broken/Doesn’t Work” call volume Improve natural SEO of website Reduction in paid search Increase in revenue Higher customer satisfaction/loyalty = higher customer lifetime value Buy more; don’t disconnect the service; go elsewhere
Take Charge of the Social Customer Interactions 1. Learn about social media and enterprise 2.0 2. Listen to your customers 3. Capture what they are saying 4. Present the information to executives 5. Be ready with an executable strategy and plan
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