Social Media is widely used in businesses for all kinds of aspects. It typically starts on the marketing side to spread the word and get fast customer feedback. The experience with the customer feedback often times triggers new ideas in market research and Social Media becomes an interesting real time market research instrument.
Service And Support
The other aspect of market feedback are obviously product related questions, complaints or issues. Needless to say that service and support departments are requested to take care of those issues and begin to discover Social Media as a support vehicle. Comcast Cable for instance reported they responded to over hundred thousand support requests on Twitter. Why is that important? Because a support person can read a support request written in 140 character much faster and also respond much faster than in any traditional media.
With all the inputs, requests, wishes and ideas compiled in the social web, product management is discovering a new world of product feedback, market research and feature request sources to build better products. Crowd sourcing is the key word. Not only does product management reduce the risk of creating a product release nobody really wants but gets free additional requests that make users happy as they get build. Dell, SalesForce.com and others are leaders in that development.
Now all that engagement obviously brings sales people into the scene who want to know more what people want, hoping they can offer an even more tailored solution. And as recommendations play an ever more important role, sales people begin to introduce prospects to existing clients in a rather informal and social manner to stimulate those recommendations.
Full Circle Customer Experience
If we look at all this – this is pretty much the full circle customer experience a person can have when dealing with a company. For customer experience management teams social media has become a very strategic playground. Obviously there are still areas that has no touch points with social media like the invoicing process or logistics, but interestingly enough those are rarely strategic problems in the eye of a customer. On the other side, support, product influence and product quality, exchange with other customers, approachability of a team are key items and they are all part of the social media landscape.
Understanding the criticality and how to deal with that new field is a big challenge for many CX managers. That’s why we created the CEM training program. http://academy.society3.com/s3-ccems/ The core of the program is developing a CEM strategy leveraging social media that can be implemented in any size company.