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Tech support is the perfect group to utilize Social Media. Maybe it’s my technical background speaking, but I truly believe that. Consider these points before you run down to the comments section to call me a liar.
They know your product inside and out.
They’re aware of the most common mistakes made by users.
Most technical support agents are smart problem solvers.
Most have customer service skills and know how to deal with difficult people.
They are already representing your brand with every call they take, so why not brand online customer interactions too?
More than likely the techs are going to be web savvy.
Chances are they already have profiles and are using social media in one form or another.
Everyday you have a group of people who are representing your company through their actions and your brand gets associated with their skills and the work they do.
That’s not to say they are infallible, even great techs have an off day or drop the ball from time to time and when that happens customers are increasingly moving to the web to complain to thousands of people. We’ve seen how quickly a bad experience can spread with the Motrin debacle, so why not empower your techs to do something about it?
It makes all the sense in the world to empower this group to help customers outside of the normal inbound call. Need some help getting started?
- Setup your listening and reputation management tools.
- After determining how active brand detractors are and where they are at, create a team.
- Team size depends on results from #2 plus 1-2 people for more proactive activities.
- After figuring out group size take your top agents that want to be a part of this and place them on the team.
- Put the agents through any pertinent training on use, best practices, reaction strategies, etc.
- Monitor their efforts and measure progress.
- Use proactive techniques to help build the companies reputation for knowledge and service.
- Blogs and forums are an example of proactive resources.
- Make sure to applaud their efforts and announce the teams existence on the corporate blog. Announcing the team’s existence through an official corporate channel lends credence to their activities.
Those are the 6 steps to getting started, but while planning and creating the team there are three things that should be kept in mind.
- Be ready for changes, and plan for them ahead of time.
- This goes for everything from size of group needed to the methods and tactics utilized
- This is a long haul commitment and requires some concept evolution.
- If something doesn’t work, fails, or falls apart don’t worry. It can be documented, researched, and revisited later if necessary.
What do you think? Make sense? I’d love to get your opinion in the comments below.