Recently I was asked to share some strategies based on trends happening in the world of customer service. My answer centered on the following three strategies:
1. Use social media. First, let’s cover social media. It’s not a fad. It’s here to stay, and if you are not already doing so, you must embrace it. At the most basic level, use social media to be reactive to customer comments, especially complaints. Monitor Twitter, Facebook and any other social-media channels your customers use so that you can hear what they are saying about your company. Interact with them, and if there is a complaint, jump through hoops to take care of it.
Tip: If you receive a customer complaint, start a conversation that tells the customer (and all of his/her followers) what you plan to do about it. This way, you can turn a potential PR nightmare into a PR victory.
Also, use social-media channels to release value-added content. This can be in the form of tips and suggestions on how to best use your products or services. You can become a great resource to your clients. You can feature special customers. Use different ways to provide value to your clients via social-media communities.