I was having a discussion today with a recruiter about facebook and customer service. And I heard myself say something amazing, "It's just like AOL was back in the days before the net."
Picture this: online modems were the only way beyond your physical network. email was huge and online scheduling was gaining traction. And if you had a problem with a tech company you went to AOL (America On-Line) and you searched for that company. At one point, before the net, 80% of tech companies were using AOL for customer support.
Today Facebook is that conduit.
Sites like GetSatisfaction and Yelp are great for lodging complaints or reviews, but how do you get a question answered. Again, you can go their website and look for support, or contact us, or "HELP." OR, go to their Facebook page and …
Let's look at a typical Facebook brand page:
41 million likes, and what do you get? Let's look at their ABOUT page, maybe there's something there… (That's about 431-to-1 Likes to Interaction.)
Okay, but there's surely more to Coke's massive Facebook ad and social media campaign, right?
That's a bit better. And obviously Coke doesn't really want to encourage the growth of their customer support queue. But something is missing. Something BIG.
First let's look at the "Ask Coca-Cola" page.
All right, let's look for someone who's kicking ass at support on Facebook.
And there it is, far right… Nike+ Support:
BOTTOMLINE: Meet your customer on Facebook. They are already there.
Facebook is your interface to 800 million potential customers, but also know that your customers are all on Facebook. So you might start treating Facebook like a communications channel instead of a broadcast network. It's it's why we call it "social" media.
Today most companies are on Facebook. But they are not doing a very good job of engaging the customer. Many of them don't even allow posting by the public. And if you're not asking how you can SUPPORT your customer, well… you might be missing a great opportunity to show how you actually care. And to the 80% of Facebook questions on brand pages that go UNANSWERED, shame on you.
Facebook is two-way. Let's remember that and do better and putting the options and process in place.
UPDATE: The customer service ideas are continued in this post: Social + Media: Two Simple Words Combined (and the Skechers Social Media Showdown)
Inspiration: The Cluetrain Manifesto: 10th Anniversary Edition (Amazon affiliate link)
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- Results of my 2012 Evolutionary Online Marketing Plan: Um, Excuse Me, Are You Listening?
- The Forced Evolution of Twitter
- The 7 Connective Practices of a Tribe – How To Build and Support Shared Plans
- Social Media Workflow: What's Your Daily Cadence for Sharing on Social Networks [infographic]
- Let's Talk About Your Evil Plan(tm) – Yeah, But What Else Are You Doing?
- The Quick Course in Online Marketing: Big Picture (Social Media, Search Engine, eMail, Content Marketing)
- New Web Design Standards: Flexible-Width and non-IE Browsers Abound
- 8 Steps Getting Social Media To 5 Goals & 2 Wins the [INFOGRAPHIC]
- ROI ROI ROI and Social Media; We Need to Have This Discussion Again
- Pinterest and the Power of Social Bookmarking: Tag Yourself (Web Design is Dead)
- Social Media MBA – The Reading List