In a recent guest article for an industry leading magazine in the UK, I share my vision on social customer care, including twitter and facebook, and its importance to the financial services industry. Pandora’s box is open. There is no way back.
Since I launched Visible Banking five years ago, I’ve been regularly invited to write articles and share my views on social media and digital engagement in financial services in industry leading publications.
A few weeks ago, I wrote an article for ARGENT, the magazine of the Financial Services Forum, where I shared my views on one of my favourite topics, social customer care.
Since Q4 2011, my team has been closely tracking over 250 twitter accounts dedicated to customer support, all across industries, all over the world. This benchmark gives us some unique insights to help our clients launch a best-of-breed account with the right design, team structure, content strategy (syntax and call to action), internal processes, from the get go, It also enable us to identify quick wins, coach your team, and make some immediately actionable recommendations to take your existing account to the next level.
I invite you to read an extract of my article.
One way to humanise the experience further is to create individual Facebook users for your customer reps like Perus Interbank. If you like this approach, its worth challenging its practicality in banking: think low volumes of requests, efficiency of your response process (permanence on paid leave?),personal branding (what happens when your well-known employee leaves?)
Dont be afraid to open up, but do recognise there are risks: so, beprepared to minimize the overall vulnerability by posting clear user guidelines whilst checking the page regularly. Moderate it whenever you see fit, butdont get rid of relevant criticisms and negative feedback.
Unlike Facebook, Twitter is not a destination, so no-one can leave a critical or an abusive comment on your account. (On the other hand, your account canbe hacked. You wouldnt be the first bank ask First Direct. And there are immediate steps to eliminate that risk). Three key ways to provide customercare on Twitter are via:
Main account: most brands start supporting their clients via their official corporate account. Australias UBank does a good job on Twitter with its multi-purpose account.
Dedicated account: creating a customer care account is an efficient way to make a statement and demonstrate your recognition of Twitter as a channel to engage with your clients. American Express does a great job with @AskAmex.
Individual accounts: Id challenge the practicalities of this approach in financial services, mainly because of the low volumes. Recently, Italys Webank decided to downsize its team.Engaging on social media is not an option anymore. The sooner you start, the greater your ability to adapt to the next social revolution and connect with your future clients and employees.Id like to add a few more recommendations:
I hope you enjoyed reading this short extract. I believe the Financial Services Forum will start shipping the magazine by the end of the week. If you are not subscribing yet, I invite you to fill this form to receive a sample issue.
If you are working at a financial institution, we would be delighted to send you a pdf version of my article. Please send us an email toEnquiries@Visible-Banking.com.
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