May 31, 2012
On the spot restaurant reviews, customer service remarks, and feedback on wait times. Whatever customers talk about online, managers immediately learn about customer feelings when they monitor social media. While these instantaneous comments are an important part of understanding customer opinions, the feedback is very different from customer experience services such as mystery shops and customer satisfaction surveys.
Casual online comments travel fast, and make a substantial impact on potential customer buying decisions as well as employee morale. Onsite and telephone mystery shopping results help companies reward employees for positive sales behaviors and fine tune training efforts. Customer opinions through web or mobile surveys provide honest input about employees and services. With these differences in mind, and the added complexity of random online comments, many companies wonder how all three types of research fit together.
December 13, 2010
Customers express their dissatisfaction with companies in many ways: in person, via customer satisfaction surveys, or through email. But how do companies address customers who voice their negative opinions online without communicating complaints directly to the business? If you’re AT&T, you seek out unhappy customers who vent elsewhere. New software allows AT&T to monitor what customers say via Twitter. With the software, AT&T managers gain additional data on customer complaints and put solutions into action faster.