How to create a Road Map for Great Customer Support

headshot 3.jpgAnother fine guest post by Stefanie Amini, Marketing Director, WalkMe

An open and honest orientation towards customer problems is the key that opens the door to marketing success. In business, there are only two ways to create and sustain a superior performance on the long run: an exceptional customer care and constant innovation. A company that adopts the marketing concept philosophy sees the client as the principal driving force behind his work, believing that business can only survive if it can satisfy his needs.

In a competitive market economy, buyers can choose what, when and where to buy, or whether to buy a product or not. Thus, to succeed in attracting consumers, the logical starting point for the company is to identify what customers want and then try to meet these requirements in a more effective way than your competitors. In the long term, a company must satisfy customers and make money from it. 

As the company offers better synchronization with the demands, preferences and desires of its consumers, they will be willing to pay more, and thus generate profits for the business. As a result, marketing as a business philosophy can be defined as the ability to create and retain profitable customers.

Creating clients for a company involves monitoring business to react to shifts in potential consumers’ needs, so that they become loyal customers.



Customer retention refers to the ability of the company to minimize or avoid threats to its customer caused by changes in their needs or because of changes that occur among competitors.

Customer orientation is found in cases where companies are concerned to know what their customers’ needs are. In many cases, companies are concerned about production and related technological processes, failing to perceive that customer needs have changed and that their products do not meet those needs. In these situations, it is created an opportunity for its competitors to enter the market and provide products and services that better meet those needs. Thus, the companies in question will face increasing difficulties in selling their products. 

Without a results-oriented marketing strategy, one which involves a strong customer support, a company would gain new customers and perhaps lose the ones that they have previously gained after a very short time. According to one old style marketer’s quotes, if you manage to win a customer when he is young, you’ve won his life. Here’s a comforting thought, but not an entirely true one. Preferences are perishable, especially in our days. If you fail to come up with new ways to recreate or restore people’s preference for a product, customers will disappear and you will soon disappear too.

Indeed, you need to win the customer’s trust while they are still young, but you also have to come up with new reasons for people to buy your product. Customer support plays a very important role in this, as clients need to be assured that someone will come to their help in case something goes wrong. Thus, the customer care department might even more important than advertising when it comes to a company’s long-term survival strategy. Companies like WalkMe try to combat this area. With the help of self service and online guidance, customers can be in control, while feeling like they had a great service. Self-tasking gives customers empowerment. If there are small issues, the self-service tool can help, and for bigger issues they can happily contact support. Waiting times will be shorter due to less customers calling for small issues that still cost the call center money.

Coca-Cola understood this message very clearly when it began losing customers in the early 70’s. It was assumed that since Coca-Cola was loved by the public, would be automatically consumed. But guess what happened? Coca-Cola was loved, but not consumed. The same thing is happening to many other companies which consider themselves a landmark in the sales department. 

The way in which customer support should be regarded can be learned from companies like Zappos, the shoe company which puts customer service above everything. They offer free shipping to their customers on all items, over 1000 brands to choose from, an unmatched 365-day return policy, and a friendly customer service that’s available 24/7. Customers are always happy to purchase from Zappos, and as they recommend their services to more and more of their friends, the company is the one which rejoices from an ever-increasing loyal customer database. We should all learn from this and treat our customers like they are the only ones in the world, since otherwise competition is the once which takes advantage of our mistakes.

What can we learn from this? is that you need to secure long term service for the customer. Make sure they are happy not just today, but tomorrow and the next day too. Offering a service that is solid will create loyalty and then customer service becomes easy.

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Stefanie Amini is the Marketing Director and Specialist in Customer Success at WalkMe, the world’s first interactive online guidance system. She is chief writer and editor of I Want It Now, a blog for Customer Service Experts.Follow her @StefWalkMe WalkMe™ is Named “Cool Vendor” by Gartner and is Winner of Red Herring Top 100 Tech Startup Award.

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<p>Reading on the train (by vuttaro)<br />
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Found at Smart Spend: What Would It Take? | Customer Service In Government.

Duplication of effort, failure to follow through, cherry picking standards and requirements, stove piped information caches…

Read all at Smart Spend: What Would It Take? | Customer Service In Government.

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Improving the Online Customer Support Experience

R0020802 (by 大大兒)

Still one of the major pitfalls in online customer support experience. If one is able (and willing) to improve the online customer experience drastically,  online sales and service will grow dramatically. Do you agree?

Found at Improving the Online Customer Support Experience.

Two new apps are helping improve the online customer experience by tying in advanced communications technologies in interesting ways. The apps, MyCyberTwin and Radish System’s ChoiceView, offer to remove some of the misery and tedium involved in getting help and have wide potential applications in customer support, problem resolution, and other situations

Read all at Improving the Online Customer Support Experience.

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The Evolution of Customer Service

Found at The Evolution of Customer Service.

I think that some (maybe a lot) of businesses are struggling to understand what customers want from their customer support organizations. Customer expectations seem to have changed over the last few years, or maybe what’s changed is the customers’ ability to do something when an experience goes 

Read all at The Evolution of Customer Service.

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Proactive Customer Engagements Create New Benchmark for Customer Support | Constellation Research

Found at Proactive Customer Engagements Create New Benchmark for Customer Support | Constellation Research.\

Successful customer support organizations must do more than deliver quality service to their customers. They need to engage their customers with real time interactions over the customer’s channel of choice including social media web sites and mobile application

To be continued at Proactive Customer Engagements Create New Benchmark for Customer Support | Constellation Research.


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The Future of Customer Support Solutions

(by Two Little Birds Boutique)

I recently referred to Barbara Gutek’s Brave New Service Strategy. Still relevant after that many years, in my opinion. And for me, make a distinction between management practice and wishful professional (personal) thinking. But, also please note, that the outcome might be the option for your customers and leads.

Found at The Future of Customer Support Solutions.

We posted a question on LinkedIn Questions: What will customer service and a great customer experience be like in 5 or 10 years time?

We received a LOT of responses from a variety of people working in a variety of professions, and despite the wide-ranging points of view, one clear theme did emerge: robotic, impersonal customer support must die.

To be continued at The Future of Customer Support Solutions.

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