Customer satisfaction is vital to keeping your business going. Positive interactions with your business can lead to great reviews or word-of-mouth referrals—in turn sparking more leads and sales. Negative interactions are more likely to have a greater impact when a bad review is left or the customer who experienced the negative interaction tells others about their experience.
How do these positive and negative interactions affect your need for an answering service? A simple missed phone call, less-than-professional answering of the call, or poor customer service over the phone are just some of the examples of negative interactions that could lead to dire consequences for your brand.
According to Small Business Trends, 89% of customers who have a bad interaction or customer experience with a company will switch to new one. Data collected by ClickSoftware, “poor customer experiences result in an estimated $83 billion loss by U.S. enterprises each year because of defections and abandoned purchases.”
Addressing customer service issues can be a complicated aspect of any business. How, you may ask, when all businesses provide customer service in some way? While all companies may have to provide customer service in one form or another, handling customer service issues with equal quality, response time, and similar in manner can actually be quite difficult if you leave your customer service calls, emails, and other interactions to just anyone in your company.
Different employees can have different perspectives on how things should be handled—especially if they are managing customer service care in addition to their regular job tasks. When customer service response is not the same for each customer, those who feel they received less quality service will have even more to complain about. In turn, you end up with a bigger customer service issue and stronger negative experience.
The Harvard Business Review provides some additional insight in how customer service should best be handled. Customer dissatisfaction often does not stem from just one interaction with a company, but rather a cumulation of experiences—often through several channels (call, email, in person, etc.).
So, how does a call center address this issue? By providing uniformity in customer service resolution.
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