New York City is providing a “Digital Toolkit” to small businesses to help them succeed (and hopefully stay and grow) in NYC. According to Mashable (one of the NYC partner organizations along with Google, Tumblr, and Weebly), the Toolkit “can incorporate technology and social media into their business strategy for marketing, sales and customer service.”
Let’s not start a debate about what Google does or doesn’t know about customer service. Instead, the Toolkit is intended to be “incorporated” into a company’s strategy. That begs several questions such as How do you use technology to communicate with and serve customers? How do you ensure consistency between online and offline customer service vehicles? How do you differentiate between online and offline customers and their needs? Are your online and offline customers often the same people?
But the most important question is What is your customer service strategy?
Too many businesses have marketing plans, sales strategies, and pipeline monitoring systems. But how many have a customer service strategy? How many have plans for retaining and growing with existing clients?
Before you jump into social media customer service or use a toolkit to define your own customer service strategy, create the strategy first.
Strategy first…toolkit second.
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Listen to our latest podcast episode of “Stepping Up Service” on The MESH Network at http://themesh.tv/stepping-up-service/
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