How To Deliver Buzzworthy Customer Care

Besides commenting on breaking news, celebrity hearsay and updates on latest trends and predictions across various industries, social media users also love to comment on their customer care experiences. And consumers trust word-of-mouth (WOM) reviews from their friends, family and fellow social media users more than any other type of brand referral.

In fact, an infographic from Lithium revealed that a whopping 92 percent of consumers trust recommendations from friends and family more than any other form of advertising. What’s more, WOM influences 50 percent of all purchase decisions.

As such, the task at hand isn’t simply to generate more positive WOM reviews, but also to generate a quantifiable amount of it in the first place. In other words, to increase your brand awareness, customer engagement and ROI on your integrated marketing and customer care initiatives you must strive to produce the quality of customer care that makes consumers buzz around the web.

The Internet is blossoming with blogs, social posts and news articles about companies that have entered into the “winner’s circle” of customer care. And your consumers heed the reviews included in these content types and base their decisions from them as well. Take CNBC’s summary of the latest findings from Consumer Reports—a company that provides customer care ratings—that highlights the industries that are the best and worst in customer care.

The companies that landed on the “best list” didn’t get there by chance. Rather, they exuded superior customer care that offers a human element that is becoming so vacant in customer care due to the rise of digitization and automation.

So if you want your consumers to buzz about your company, then you must invigorate your strategy and go above and beyond by personalizing each and every phone call, providing continuous professional support for Communicators so that progress never comes to an end and remaining alert to the ever-changing needs and requests of your consumers.

You can’t rise to the top by sitting, waiting and wishing…the best-of-the-best in customer care work tirelessly to provide support that positively impacts their cherished consumers.

Steve Brubaker began his career at InfoCision in 1985. In his current role as Chief of Staff and as a member of the Executive Team, he is responsible for HR, internal and external communications, and manages the company’s legal and compliance departments. Brubaker is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the DMA and PACE. He also donates his time to serve on several university boards, including the Executive Advisory Board for The Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing at The University of Akron and The University of Akron Foundation Board. He has also been honored with a number of awards and recognitions for his contributions to the call center industry, including the ATA’s highest honor, the prestigious Fulcrum Award.

How Word-of-Mouth Can Make or Break Your Contact Center Success

When a consumer has a great experience with a brand he or she is likely to tell friends and family about the experience, as well as recommend the business, therefore generating more leads via word-of-mouth.

In fact, the American Express Global Customer Service Barometer revealed that 42 percent of consumers are most likely to try new business if they were referred by a friend or family member. In fact, 34 percent of consumers said that positive word-of-mouth is even more important than a sale or promotion.

But consumers are just as likely—if not more—to spread negative feedback like wildfire if their experience is disappointing. Indeed, businesses must ensure their customer care initiatives are pristine in order to inspire positive word-of-mouth about their brand. As such, the strength and intuitiveness of contact center agents’ behaviors—such as social intelligence, empathy and problem solving skills—are essential to providing a truly out-of-this-world customer experience.

Since consumers’ reactions carry the most weight in your business’ success and reputation, it’s vital to ensure your customer care agents end every call on a positive note. Here are two to enhance your agents’ quality of customer care:

  • Utilizing Business Intelligence Tools: There is much to be said about contact center technology and its ability to guide agents’ before, during and after their interactions with consumers. For example, tools like predictive analysis garner insights from consumers’ past behaviors and compiles the information in such a way that allows agents to prepare for future interactions more soundly. This technology helps agents solve problems faster and become more receptive to particular consumer’s preferences.
  • Continuing Professional Development: Once agents have completed initial training, their learning process shouldn’t come to a halt. Instead, contact center supervisors should continue to provide professional development training in order to maintain proper phone etiquette and problem solving skills. It’s important that all agents are able to come across as knowledgeable and empathetic over the phone with each and every consumer to ensure the best customer care experience possible.

A single phone call can either generate a multitude of leads or backfire and send your brand’s reputation on a downwards spiral. However, businesses can ensure that all chatter about its brand is positive so long as contact center agents make use of the right tools and continuously improve upon their quality of customer care best practices.

Steve Brubaker began his career at InfoCision in 1985. In his current role as Chief of Staff and as a member of the Executive Team, he is responsible for HR, internal and external communications, and manages the company’s legal and compliance departments. Brubaker is a member of a number of professional organizations, including the DMA and PACE. He also donates his time to serve on several university boards, including the Executive Advisory Board for The Taylor Institute for Direct Marketing at The University of Akron and The University of Akron Foundation Board. He has also been honored with a number of awards and recognitions for his contributions to the call center industry, including the ATA’s highest honor, the prestigious Fulcrum Award.