Social media, owing to its extreme popularity among millennials, has also become an important medium for brands to communicate with their customers. Social media platforms provide the ability to send out short, quick, and immediate responses, which is why they’ve become a fan favorite among consumers. The public nature of social interactions also makes the brand more accountable when it comes to troubleshooting issues and resolving problems.
Customers are slowly moving away from traditional channels of communication. They no longer want to write elaborate emails explaining their problems, or wait for a long time to speak to a support agent over the phone. They want immediate responses, and quick action. Social channels like Twitter and Facebook give customers the comfort of timely replies, in a personal and empathetic tone.
For businesses though, it’s a double edged sword. If you manage to establish a positive presence on social media, you’ll receive excellent word-of-mouth which will attract prospects. However, one misstep in your social strategy can lead to angry customers, frustrating experiences, and multiple rants. Moreover, this will affect how your brand is perceived by the public, leading to negative reviews spreading like wildfire.
It's important to have a strategy in place to serve customers better on social media. From hiring a dedicated team to segmenting the different social channels, here's what you can do to improve your social media support.
Having a dedicated team handle social media support is an added advantage for companies who have a large customer base, and want to provide a more personalized approach to customer interactions. The social team can deal exclusively with conversations on channels like Twitter and Facebook, and ensure they’re in sync with the required language and tone. This way, all the team members can play to their strengths and work towards the common goal of delivering ‘wow’ customer experiences.
Different social channels have different etiquette and nuances that support agents should be aware of and able to adapt to. Twitter, for example, does not support tweet responses that are longer than 280 characters. And once a tweet is published, it cannot be edited. LinkedIn, on the other hand, is hardly used for customer support, but provides a good opportunity to respond to influencers and partners, who want to be associated with your brand. With these ground rules in mind, agents can focus on delivering relevant and concise replies according to the medium.
By using a ticketing software like Freshdesk, your team can handle social media channels from a unified location. Support queries from Twitter and Facebook are converted into tickets, making it easy for agents to respond to them quickly. Freshdesk even has intelligent AI-powered features that can scan through your Twitter feed and filter queries that need your attention the most.
Use Twitter and Facebook’s native customer support features to improve the speed and efficiency of your responses. Twitter lets you greet users with a set of options that they can potentially get help with, every time they enter into a direct message (DM) conversation. This saves time and productivity for agents, and helps them get context of the customer’s problem even before interacting with them.
You can manage your brand’s Twitter and Facebook accounts right from Freshdesk. With the Twitter integration, your agents can convert all relevant brand mentions and direct messages into tickets and respond to them, without leaving the comfort of your helpdesk. The Facebook integration lets you manage and respond to customer interactions such as likes, comments and messages from Freshdesk. The customers will receive the replies on the same medium on which they posted their questions.
If you have a group of agents who handle social media support exclusively, you can create rules to assign tickets to them automatically. This way, you can ensure that the right tickets get assigned to agents who are skilled at handling that particular social channel.
By creating a Twitter stream, you can proactively monitor tweets that are not directed at you, but are talking about your brand. You can also follow topics in the areas of your interest, and find out what your competitors are up to. You can also choose to convert such tweets into tickets if necessary.
By using the Freshdesk In-Sync app for Facebook, you can allow users to seamlessly access your knowledge base, community forums, and even create support requests directly from your Facebook page. Customers, therefore, do not have to switch channels to talk to your support team or access self-service resources. They can do so while directly viewing your Facebook page.
Freshdesk’s AI-powered Social Signals feature reads each and every tweet that mentions your company’s handle and automatically recognizes relevant tweets based on its inbuilt machine learning algorithm. These tweets are converted into tickets, and everything else is filtered out making sure your support team doesn’t have to spend excessive time on irrelevant mentions. Social Signals also continuously learns from feedback provided to its predictions, and improves over time.