Back in April Lauren Carlson, a CRM Market Analyst at Software Advice, provided a guest post (Five Great Customer Service Apps for Mobile) whilst I was away on holiday. More recently, her colleague, Ashley Furness, reached out to me to tell me about a new video that they had made about customer self-service.
Self-service and customers helping themselves are areas that interest me as I see the power and opportunity for business. However, I have not seen many businesses do it very well.
I watched the video and really liked it as it breaks down some of the key elements that are needed to make your self-service initiatives successful. As a result, I asked Ashley to do a bit of an intro for me so I could post it on the blog:
How to Ensure Self-Service Success
Companies have long touted self-service customer communities for shaving manpower costs and speeding response times.
But you can’t just flip on the switch and expect to see a positive impact. Poorly planned discussion forums, public knowledge bases and other self-service customer community channels can actually alienate customers and impact loyalty. You want customers to want to help themselves because it’s easy, faster and in the best case scenarios, fun!
So, how do you ensure your self-service centre is a boon not a bust for business? Zendesk Vice President JD Peterson sat down with analyst firm Software Advice recently to answer this question. He recommended the following components for a thriving system: usability, gamification, employee engagement, measurement and smooth integration with other customer service channels. Each element is essential to ensure your community both solves the customer’s problem and inspires them to come back.
Check out the video below to watch the entire Whiteboard session (it’s only 6 mins long): “How to Create a Thriving Self-Service Customer Community.”
Just to repeat those tips with a few notes of my own:
What do you think? Are there any additional elements that you would add that would help to build a successful customer self-service option?
Thanks to Illetirres for the image.