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The Most Common Customer Service Mistakes

Customer service is less of an exact science than its own art form — it takes a lot of careful thinking, patience and a natural finesse to pull off in a fun, fruitful way. When done well, customer service can benefit your business or organization in ways you can’t even imagine!

There are a lot of companies out there today making similar support mistakes; the biggest ones being that they haven’t yet moved to find a solution. Here are some of the most commonly found issues in customer service today.

1. Making it difficult to reach you.

One of the worst possible things you can do as a company is make it hard to get in contact with customer support; trust us, we’ve seen our fair share of websites and services that will make you jump through digital hoops to receive any kind of response from a person.

Perhaps the most important thing to do as a company working with customers is to provide a clear path of contact from anywhere on your website, support articles, marketing communications and more. Find your customers’ preferred contact method — whether it be email, chat and/or phone support — and work to provide it to them well.

2. Speaking negatively, or being difficult.

Screen Shot 2016-04-12 at 1.55.11 PMSupport representatives are the front-lines of any customer interaction, whether you are using phone, email or chat support. Employing agents who are prone to negativity and inflexibility don’t appear to be helpful to the customer and are extremely likely to leave the customer feeling dissatisfied.

Scripting solutions for representatives is a great way to build a custom, yet standardized, script that agents can follow along with during customer communications. Zingtree Agent Scripting allows you to see each session by agent, receive in-depth performance summaries and more.

3. Improperly training agents.

At the end of the day, an improperly trained support representative will likely encapsulate one or more of the mistakes listed above. For this reason, it’s incredibly important to take the necessary steps to properly train agents on standardized processes and correct etiquette, as well as empowering them to make decisions that will put customers first.

Adopting decision trees for training support employees on specific best practices, along with integrating scripting solutions, is the perfect way to get the most (and best) out of agents. You can check out the Zingtree Gallery for training decision tree examples to copy, and draw inspiration from.

4. Using out-dated support systems.

Assuming that your customers don’t care about the methods of receiving answers is always a mistake. The customer’s perceived experience will often set the tone for how they feel about your company as a whole, and so it’s important to keep up when it comes to your customer support platforms.

Companies that integrate interactive troubleshooters, FAQs and more into their support processes have seen a 20% overall reduction in support costs on average, simply through making it easy to provide help across a variety of topics. This, in turn, helps to cultivate happy, long-term customers.

Ready to improve your customer support process? Get started with Zingtree support solutions today.

3 Best Tips for Excellent Communication with Customers

Providing amazing customer service is more than lending an ear and a smile; it’s about having an ongoing communication that is fruitful for both the customer and the company!

According to some recent customer service statistics, 55% of consumers have intended to make a purchase, but backed out because of frustration or poor customer service – that means that over half of these opportunities to gain a new customer are held back by bad communication. On the other hand, 52% of consumers have made more purchases from a company after having a good customer service experience.

These days, adopting a system of unbeatable customer communication is critical to company success. The real cost of bad customer service and poor interactions often aren’t noticed until it’s difficult to turn things around.

Here are our best tips for how to develop great communication habits.

1. Always be straight-forward and concise.

At first glance, it may seem simple to keep this short and sweet; in reality, it’s a process that takes some practice to make perfect.

Start out with your first draft response, then go through it again and eliminate any unnecessary words. Then, go through again with an even finer-toothed comb to get rid of anything repetitive or extra that does not support your main concept. Providing emphasis when needed (for instance, bolding important information) can also go a long way when attempting to give succinct, clear instructions.

2. Provide helpful visuals when you can.

Words can often convolute more complicated processes and explanations. Not only are visuals nice to look at, they can convey information to a customer better than text in many cases.

Try using screenshots marked up with arrows, descriptive tutorial videos, or simple GIFs to help get the message across. Using visual aids to break up often text-heavy customer communications is not only pleasing to the eye, but also helps the customer to understand more easily and absorb the process they are looking at.

3. Reduce the effort of communication for everyone.

Providing multiple channels of contact is crucial to having truly well-developed communication with customers. No matter their demographics, psychographics or geographic location, your customers have to be able to reach you in the medium that is most convenient for them. For instance, having easy access to online chat, phone, and email support is incredibly important to cater to everyone’s needs.

Additionally, it’s important that your customers have access to ways of self-help. With a robust knowledge base of information, along with customized troubleshooter decision trees, customers will find it easy to find the answers they are looking for and walk away with a smile on their face!

Have any more unmissable tips on providing amazing customer support through communication? Send them our way!