• How To Use Twitter As A Customer Service Platform

    User friendly and effective customer service is a key component of running a successful business. The term "customer service" has been tarnished of late and a lot of people have had poor experiences. The use of a badly run call center or impersonal emails can scare customers away and can damage your business.

    New opportunities have opened-up over the last two to three years due to the growth of social media. Social media has millions of users and it is therefore the ideal platform for businesses to use for customer service. You can engage your customers, solve their problems and build a solid brand reputation through the use of social media.

    Why use Twitter as a customer service platform?

    Quick attention to problems - Twitter is a lightning-fast platform that can help scan through and solve problems quickly without the wait times experienced at a call center. Customers with problems requiring detailed interaction can be directed to alternative platforms.

    Free marketing - Twitter is one of the most viral platforms around and great customer service will get tweeted about thereby promoting your business to millions of new users.

    Staff motivation - Using Twitter is more interesting to staff than using email or the phone and they have the ability to measure their impact on customers. Staff performance can be measured and recognition given to the top performers on a monthly basis.

    Reducing costs - It is always important to look at new ways of reducing overheads and using Twitter will reduce the time spend per customer and will cost far less than a dedicated call center.

    How to use Twitter as a customer service platform:

    1. Promote your Twitter profile - People need to know about you in order for them to interact with you. "Follow me" buttons on your website, advertisements and information about the customer service platform that you provide should be made available.

    2. Monitor conversations about your business - Use Monitter or Tweetbeep to track keywords related to your business or products mentioned in conversations on Twitter. Know what people are saying about your company or product and engage with them.

    3. Be quick to reply and interact - When a customer complains you need to act quickly and provide them with the information needed in order to sort-out the complaint. The speed and quality of your response is vital.

    4. Keep it personal - Use this platform to talk with your customers and to promote any success stories or new features. It is very important to always build your brand and with this platform you can get your customers to participate in discussions about your business.

    5. Keep it real - Never promise something than you can not deliver on or tell a half truth. It has become very easy for customers to research the information that you have provided and if they find that you have lied to them they will pull you apart. Due to the viral nature of Twitter this may have disastrous results for your business.

    Twitter can be a great customer service platform if you manage it correctly. It is important to adapt to your customers and to make use of the technology and communication platforms that they prefer. Always remember that brilliant SEO strategies and marketing campaigns can be nullified by poor customer experiences.

    Author: H.E.Muller
    Author Notes: H.E.Muller is the owner of The Link Building Guy and provides SEO link building, SEO article writing, video marketing and social media optimization services.

    Comments 13 Comments
    1. benbrown700's Avatar
      benbrown700 -
      Thanks... Great information. Your article has explained twitter to me really well. I have taken a copy of your steps for reference.
    1. mattgaines's Avatar
      mattgaines -
      That is a great angle! I never thought of that before. Thanks for the info!
    1. apkulasinghe's Avatar
      apkulasinghe -
      Thanks for the Article, great info, also I need to know how we can automate the process?


      Have a Great Day God Bless!
    1. ask talk's Avatar
      ask talk -
      A great idea! is someone do it like that?
    1. Cam Gleeson's Avatar
      Cam Gleeson -
      Good post, there a number of companies successfully using twitter as a customer service platform
    1. moonswamp's Avatar
      moonswamp -
      twitter is now a great business tool~~~

      but you should take more time on twitter to build your followers~~~
    1. oralia89's Avatar
      oralia89 -
      Thanks! Good article.
    1. george25's Avatar
      george25 -
      great strategy of promote business through tweeting thanks a lot.. i have my twitter profile but havnt use such way.. really helpful info.
    1. Jameshliu's Avatar
      Jameshliu -
      thanks for the information.
    1. Jack is back's Avatar
      Jack is back -
      Nice and very informative posts. This is very useful posts. Thnxs for sharing this article.
    1. getextra's Avatar
      getextra -
      Great article, i've been playing with twitter for a while now and starting to get to grips with it however, these tips will really help

    1. jennylew's Avatar
      jennylew -
      Very useful post. Thx
    1. ravisoni6262's Avatar
      ravisoni6262 -
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