Word of mouth is one of the most important marketing techniques you can use, and you earn it through great customer service. So how are you taking care of your customers to make sure they’re always satisfied?
Customer support comes in many forms. It can be responding to reviews, taking care of an unsatisfied customer, or helping a customer work through any troubleshooting issues with your products and services.
It’s important that you don’t fumble your response when it comes to talking to customers. Here are five customer support mistakes you need to know and how to avoid them.
1. Not Supporting Your Team
You can’t support customers without taking care of your team first. Make sure your customer support team has the resources they need to help others.
This could mean anything from giving them access to the right CRM system or empowering them to budge in certain areas with unhappy customers.
2. Not Analyzing Your Mistakes
What kind of complaints come up most often? Is there an issue that customers keep reporting over and over again?
Take a moment to look through your mistakes and make changes to any problem areas come up again and again. Be proactive about your issues instead of always reacting to them after they happen.
3. Not Listening to Customers
We all fall into a rut or feel bored with our work. Don’t let a down day take your focus off of your client’s needs.
Listen to your customers and make sure you understand their unique issue. Many times, people are just grateful to be heard.
4. Not Respecting Your Reviews
Every review you receive — positive, negative, and in between — – is important. Ignore them at your own peril.
Responding to reviews you receive online, on social media, or even in person is key to building a great relationship with existing customers. It’s also a way you can draw in future customers.
Customers will read online reviews before deciding to go with a company. Even if you respond to a negative review and aren’t able to get it changed to positive, other customers will at least see that you tried.
When responding to customers, don’t make another fatal mistake: fighting online. Be polite and professional and try to get angry customers to send you a direct email instead of hashing it out in a public forum.
5. Not Following Through
Your customer comes to you with a problem or a question. You promise to solve it or get the right answer for them.
But then…you don’t. Right there, you’ve lost a customer and they might spread the word you don’t keep your promises.
Always follow through with any promise you make. Going above and beyond to deliver what the customer needs is a surefire way to earn their loyalty.
Avoid These Customer Support Mistakes
Are you guilty of any of these customer support mistakes? Hopefully not — and hopefully, with our guide, you’ll now know what to look out for.
We know this guide will make your customer service that much more effective. If you want to learn more ways to succeed, check out our other business articles.