Using Social Media as a Customer Service Tool [INFOGRAPHIC]

Posted on May 9th 2013

Using Social Media as a Customer Service Tool [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social media is not just an excellent tool to grow your brand identity and connect with customers, it is also one of the best tools for customer service. Followers of brands on social media expect a two-way and more from companies than ever before. Followers are not only looking for the newest coupon or information on the “Spring Line,” they want to be heard! When they are upset and shout it out to the social media world, they are also putting their relationship with the company on the line…”respond and respond well, or we are never ever getting back together.”

The infographic below explains how using social media for customer service can differentiate a “great” company from a “good” company on social media. In addition, the infographic explains how social media has changed how companies measure the success of their social media strategy. For example, customer service is no longer measured on the number of first-time resolutions and average handle time, instead successful customer service is based on up-sell/cross-sell rates and conversation volume metrics. By 2020, it is predicted that 90% enterprise level companies will be using social media for customer inquiries.

A surprising fact that may help you jump on the social media customer service train, is that e-service support requests (web, chat, social) from customers is expected to grow 53% in the next year! Customer service is no longer about responding to complaints that you receive, it is about actively listening, monitoring, and engaged with brand mentions online.

Social Media Customer Service Infographic


Brianna5mith

Brianna Smith

Brianna Smith is the Social and Digital Marketing Strategist at at Fpweb.net, a leading managed SharePoint hosting provider. As the Social and Digital Marketing Strategist, she manages Fpweb.net's inbound marketing efforts, including social media strategy, SEO, email marketing, and event promotion. Prior to her position at Fpweb.net, she was a brand strategist at Mudbug Media, an interactive media agency in New Orleans.  

She has built and developed a popular marketing blog, where she writes about social media, brand strategy, creating a personal brand strategy, online marketing, SEO, website design, monitoring your brand, and more. 

 

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Comments

Melissa Sills
Posted on May 9th 2013 at 3:38PM

"Customer service is no longer about responding to complaints that you receive, it is about actively listening, monitoring, and engaged with brand mentions online."

While I do agree that how you handle complaints via social media is growing to be more and more vital, I still think the #1 key is to respond in a timely manner.  We typically reply within 24 hrs to a customer's complaint, and then handle any issues offline.  The customer is usually more concerned with whether or not their issue is being looked into, versus how it's being looked into.