Tips for Talking to Customers Online
Online marketing has become something of a double-edged sword for businesses who are new to the game. On the one hand, it’s an outstanding way to interact with customers and spread your message across multiple channels. On the other hand, it can also present some unique challenges for customer interaction. If you don’t have a background in customer service, you might at first be a little unsure about how to handle communicating with customers online, especially ones that might be rather disgruntled.
Don’t worry! Communicating with your customers is actually both simple and rewarding. Just keep the following tips in mind, and you’ll be fine!
Respond in a timely manner. When customers come to you online with questions or concerns, they’re probably looking for more instant, brief answers than if they would come to you through the phone. Do your best to respond to all questions and concerns as soon as you can. Plus, your quick response could help other customers on your blog or social media page who have the same question or concern!
Never have an auto response system. People want to talk to other people, not computers. Having an automated response system just makes people feel like they’re talking to robots who don’t care about their concerns.
Assign response duties to the right people. There are certain people within your company who are the best at interacting with your customers. If you don’t have a designated customer service staff, these are the people you’ll want to delegate online customer relations duties to.
Stay professional. Never pick fights or get personal with your customers—news of this sort of stuff travels quickly over the Internet, and you don’t want to risk a public relations nightmare. You may run into situations where you have to deal with a difficult client, but the best thing you can do is stay positive and professional.
Be polite. Always thank the customer for their question, or when they make comments about the quality of your product or service. No matter if it’s a good or bad review, their input is going to help make your business better. It’s important that they know this, so that they feel appreciated and continue to come back!
Keep it short. The attention span of Internet users is very brief. Keep your responses as brief as possible while still solving the issue that the customer brought up.
If you keep these tips in mind, you’ll find that online customer interaction isn’t hard at all. Don’t worry about responding to reviews, comments or questions any more! InterKnecht can help you connect with your customers in ways that will tremendously aid your business. Contact us today!