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If Comcast had a social customer service strategy in place, the exhausting Block conversation gone viral could have been avoided. Social Media Today’s fourth edition of "The Social Customer Engagement Index 2014: Results, Analysis, and Perspectives" proves it. Adobe’s SVP of marketing is quoted in the index, “We have a matter of 300 milliseconds to turn our actions into great experiences that help us build new customer relationships and extend existing ones. With less time to make a connection and convert it into a meaningful relationship, companies have to act quickly—and react even quicker, which means taking a hard look at their current capabilities to make fast moves. This includes how quickly they can respond to customers when they need help.”
Great customer service is not about being perfect. The truth is, it really is impossible to get it right every time. Most customers know this and expect an occasional problem to occur. It's not so much the problem that is the issue, usually. It's the way we (or our team) handle the situation.
Providing poor customer service has always been a dangerous proposition for brands. Failing to meet consumer expectations damages brands, but pre-2005 (before social media began to explode) the risks were relatively small. Any single service event could have destroyed brand loyalty for a single...