Brilliant Customer Service Experience to Drive Success: How to Turn 3 Broken Experiences into Brilliance

Brilliant Customer Service Experience to Drive Success: How to Turn 3 Broken Experiences into Brilliance

A good customer service experience can drive success for your company. But a bad one can wreck your reputation. Zendesk reports that after more than one bad experience, around 80% of consumers say they’d bounce, preferring to do business with a competitor. Bad customer service drives customers away. 

But a good customer experience means that customers are much more inclined to go easy on you even if another experience goes awry. According to Hubspot, 93% of customers are likely to make repeat purchases with companies who offer an excellent customer service experience. 

We’re rooting for you to see that success in your company. And one of the best ways to improve your service is to learn from others’ mistakes. So we’ve gathered a few bad customer service experience stories to see what went wrong and offer what could have gone differently. 

Broken Customer Service Experience 1:

The Problem: When you have really long hold times

Sitting on hold has to be one of the most aggravating customer service experiences. Nobody wants to be put on hold, especially when they need help quickly. Studies even show that 15% of customers will simply hang up after being on hold for only 40 seconds. Plus, customers expect the fastest response to be when they call you by phone. So if that expectation isn’t being met, that’s an issue. 

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The Scenario: I remember one horrible evening before leaving for my honeymoon, I sat on hold with an airline to figure out an issue with my flight’s ticket for nearly 2 hours. Within those two hours, my anxiety to resolve the issue only increased. After a point, it felt like my issue would never be resolved because I’d never get to actually talk to an agent. The whole interaction deterred me from ever wanting to reach out for help again.

The Solution: Long hold times are the result of a lot of possible issues: lack of training for agents, operational inefficiencies, staffing shortages. But one primary reason companies suffer from long hold times is because they haven’t sufficiently used technology to reduce inefficiencies

Here are some ways to fix hold time:

  • Use automated messaging to communicate hold times to customers so they can choose whether or not to wait it out, request a call back or hit a texting service option. 
  • Improve your self-service tools so customers can fix simple issues and get quick answers. With better self-service support, you’ll reduce the call volume coming into your support team so they can focus more on the customers with complicated issues.
  • Deflect customers to asynchronous channels through your IVR. Customers who need immediate help then have other options to reach you — like via texting — to avoid sitting on hold. Then, have separate teams of agents for each channel ready to help.

Broken Customer Service Experience 2:

The Problem: When you lack empathy and compassion

As a customer service rep, your tone is everything. When your tone of voice on the phone or choice of language in a text, chat or email communicates annoyance or is patronizing, it’s a huge turnoff to your customers. 

When customers experience an issue, they’re looking for an agent to be on their side. They want the company to apologize and accept fault. Now, I’m not saying the customer is always right, but it’s important for agents to acknowledge any inconvenience caused. If an agent doesn’t emotionally engage with the customer, that communicates a lack of care. 

The Scenario: A few months ago I had an issue with my electric toothbrush. Part of the plastic had begun to crack — an expected issue after nearly a year of use. The toothbrush was under warranty, so I reached out to the customer service department to receive a replacement. I included a full explanation of the damage with photos.

The agent responded to let me know they would send a replacement, but then followed up with a long message in a condescending tone to explain to me how the crack could only have occurred as a result of something I was doing wrong in changing the batteries on the toothbrush. There was no recognition of fault in the product. This really irritated me because I had been very careful to follow their tutorials to care for the toothbrush. There has to be a better way of handling this issue. 

The Solution: I assume he was trying to be helpful to avoid future damage to my toothbrush, but the interaction still bothered me as a customer and sure doesn’t make me want to have to contact them again. What could this agent have done differently?

Here’s what:

  • It’s important for companies to own some of the fault. To make that interaction better, the agent could have started by apologizing for the inconvenience. 
  • Make every customer interaction a learning experience. I discovered that the problem with my toothbrush was a common issue with other customers. So this agent could have made this a learning experience for the product team. For instance, he could have asked for an MMS message with a picture of the broken piece so he could share with their product team. That way, they could further improve their design. 
  • Train agents to specifically start an interaction with compassion and empathy. Perhaps create some templates or scripts to guide agents through different scenarios. Record calls and keep transcripts to show agents good and bad examples of customer interactions to help them see how empathetic responses fit into the real world.

Broken Customer Service Experience 3:

The Problem: When you’re unwilling to receive customer feedback

Customers really hate being ignored. We have so many avenues available to offer feedback to companies. And since customers are aware that businesses are aware of their complaints, ignoring them is always worse than acknowledging them. When you don’t respond to customer feedback, that signals that you not only don’t care about your customers’ opinions, but that your customers aren’t valuable to your business. 

The Scenario: One customer’s experience with British Airlines exemplifies what’s wrong with ignoring customer feedback. After the airline lost his luggage, the customer tweeted at the airline to get their attention, even promoting the tweet: 

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But it took eight hours for their social media team to respond! And then, in addition to this, their response was confusing. 

Does this customer service experience even make sense in a tweet?

Why would an airline that operates around the clock only provide limited hours for responding on Twitter? When an airline has lost the customer’s luggage, the expectation is that the issue is resolved as soon as possible. Brands are expected to respond to customer feedback promptly.

The Solution: Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning. Customer feedback is vital for success. To avoid customers resenting you for ignoring their feedback, be on the front end and seek it out.

Here are some ways to be proactive in hearing from customers:

  • Use texting to reach out to customers proactively. Texting is an incredibly reliable way to reach your customers. While emails may sit in an untouched inbox or go straight to the spam folder, texts have an open rate of 99%. Send customers surveys or feedback forms via text to get the best response. 
  • Add in a text support line with auto-responders and keywords to begin information collection when live support isn’t immediately available. Customers feel like they’re being proactive in seeking help and your company gathers the info you need to resolve an issue as fast as possible.  

Seek feedback after every interaction. Use every conversation as a chance to hear from your customers. That way, customers can respond to the service experience they just had while it’s fresh on their mind. Automate a quick survey to send to customers after any interaction they have with you.

How to Deliver a Better CX Across the Board: 5 Ideas to Improve Your Omnichannel Customer Experience

How to Deliver a Better CX Across the Board: 5 Ideas to Improve Your Omnichannel Customer Experience

It may be tempting to say, “We offer our customers multiple channels to reach us…so we’re good!” But, customers today don’t really want only a multichannel experience. Instead, they want a seamless experience across channels. Or in other words, an omnichannel solution.  

As many as 70% of customers say connected processes help win their business. But what does that mean, really? Maybe it’s having a seamless handoff between sales, enablement and support when they sign on. Or maybe it’s that they want you to automatically have context into what they’re calling about when they call so they don’t have to serve up a triple scoop of repeat pains for every interaction they have. Or, and stay with me here, maybe it’s both – plus more. These are the things that directly impact the quality of your customer’s experience and the loyalty they’ll have in their future purchases. 

While an omnichannel experience is fairly easy to understand, it’s much more complicated to manage and deliver well. If you’ve invested in an omnichannel experience, but are still seeing inconsistencies and hiccups in your customer experience, it may be time to rethink some strategies. We’ve gathered 5 ideas to help you improve your omnichannel experience so you can deliver a better customer experience across the board. 

1. Connect your systems seamlessly

Oftentimes companies think they’re already delivering an omnichannel experience when, in reality, what they’re offering is just a bunch of different channels that aren’t working together. In other words — a multichannel experience. This is when your multiple marketing and service channels work independently. 

Maybe your customers can contact you in store, on the phone, by text, or over email, etc. But if each of those touchpoints are working on their own, when customers move between different channels, they have to repeat themselves over and over. This also only adds inefficiency and frustration among your employees who have to start from square one with each customer when they reach out on a new channel. 

To combat this clunkiness and create an omnichannel experience, connect your channels so they can work with one another. As customers move across channels, move the customer data with them. This supplies employees across all your departments with all the company’s information about that specific customer. So as a customer switches from one channel to another, they won’t have to re-explain what they need. And agents won’t have to dig through multiple platforms to get the customer history. 

Include this seamless interaction across all touchpoints in the customer lifecycle — websites, texts, live chats, emails, phone calls, and in-person assistance on the sales floor — to offer a more personalized customer experience.

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2. Make use of customer data for a cohesive CX

To deliver a solid omnichannel experience, data is key. With every interaction your customers have with your business, they share a lot of info about themselves. Use that information to deliver a more personal and more cohesive customer journey. Take time to understand your customers’ behaviors. Maybe that includes:

  • Looking at what are the most popular pages on your website
  • Noting which self-service tools are most used by customers
  • Analyzing reactions to changes in your product and service offerings
  • Tracking engagement from marketing emails
  • Assessing sales by device and channel
  • Tracking opt-ins for texting 

What time of day are most purchases made? Which channels do customers use most to reach out to you? How many repeated times does a customer reach out about a single issue? All of this data provides a 360-degree view of the factors that influence your customers’ behavior so you know how to match your omnichannel experience to their expectations and needs. 

3. Add automations

You wanna up your omnichannel customer experience? Add automations and bots to help your operations. Find a balance between bot and human interactions with customers to deliver speed and efficiency while also maintaining relationships. 

Use automated texts, keywords,  live chat bots, IVR, text IVR,  and targeted emails to keep customers engaged and supported on different channels. Then, with the help of automated data collection, lean on automated technology to channel customer data and requests to live agents when the requests are more complicated. Automation can do the heavy lifting for those more menial tasks on your team, giving your employees opportunities to grow and resist burnout.

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4. Make your service consistent across every channel

It’s important that if omnichannel experience is being offered, employees are able to deliver consistent service quality across platforms. Companies that can do this retain 89% of their customers as compared to those that don’t only retain 33%. Every channel of communication should deliver the same quality of service. Let me illustrate: 

Let’s say I go to your website. I find a massive FAQ page and a live chat bubble pops up to immediately offer help. But when I go to your site on my mobile device, it doesn’t fit the screen. The service portal is clunky to search and there’s no live chat offering. When I email, it takes an agent 3 days to respond. But if I text, they answer immediately. And if I call, your IVR menu is too confusing to get me to the right place. Sure, my data is transferred between channels, but has your omnichannel experience really worked? Honestly, no. 

To make this better, make sure information and service is unified across every channel. Train agents on each channel so they know how to navigate them, know how the data transfers over, and understand how service style shifts between channels. Maybe even have teams dedicated to specific channels so employees can focus on delivering quality service no matter which channel they’re on that day. Then, as a customer moves between channels, they get an accurate and smooth brand experience. 

5. Include texting alongside other channels

As many as 85% of people keep their phone at arms reach at all times and the average American checks their phone 96 times a day. Your customers are on their phones and use texting to communicate every day. Companies are finding that texting is a reliable way to reach customers. In fact, SMS response rates are 295% higher than responses from phone calls. And on average, it takes people only 90 seconds to respond to a text message versus the 90 minutes it takes to get a response to an email.

Customers want to be able to text you — 63% of consumers report that they’d switch to a company that offered text messaging as a communication channel. So, if you’re not too overwhelmed by all these stats, hopefully you can see my next conclusion. It’s time to add texting to your omnichannel experience. With texting, you can relieve some of the pressure on your other channels.

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For example, reduce the number of incoming phone calls, and reduce the number of customers sitting on hold by offering for customers to move to a text thread with your agents. Or include texting as an alternative option in your IVR to deflect calls to text, giving more time to your agents to handle complex issues with customers over the phone and providing fast service to customers via text. 

Adding texting gives your customers a more flexible way to contact you. Unlike live chat, texting allows customers to move about while they’re receiving help from you. They don’t have to sit in front of a desktop to carry on a chat, but can carry on their day’s errands and tasks while getting support from you using the phone in their back pocket. Add texting to your omnichannel experience to improve your service quality across the board.

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Build Texting into Your Customer Journey for a Long-Lasting Relationship

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Build Texting into Your Customer Journey for a Long-Lasting Relationship

There’s power in storytelling. Stories can shape, strengthen or challenge our opinions and values. And when a story catches our attention and engages us, we are more likely to absorb the message and meaning within it than if the same message was presented simply in facts and figures. The same goes for storytelling in our businesses. And the biggest story worth mapping and telling is the story of your customer journey. 

A customer journey is a story about how you understand your users. It’s a roadmap for how they behave, and what you can do to improve their trip so that they keep coming back. When you pay attention to your customer journey, you can understand what they need, what motivates them, what concerns they have. Ultimately, it lets you boost your customer experience, leading to higher conversion rates and improved customer retention.

To know how to navigate your customer journey, though, you need to know how to connect with customers. What do they want? What makes them tick? And how do you make that connection? One way is by texting them.

Build Texting into Your Customer Journey

Business texting has only become more common and popular in recent years. We’re all within reach of our phones at any time, making texting a reliable way to grab your customers’ attention quickly. Texting is accessible to anyone with a phone — 97% of the American population — making it a useful channel to integrate into your customer journey.

Customers today care a lot about speed and convenience. Why would I buy from a brand with clunky technology, slow delivery, and a hard-to-reach customer service team? Instead, I go for the brands that I can reach out to at any time, on any channel, and who will help me fast. Texting helps you to do this — to reach customers instantly so you can guide customers along every step of their journey. 

There are a whole lot of creative ways to integrate texting into your customer journey and experience. Let’s walk through the steps together:

Step One: Invite Customers to Reach Out to You Via Text

Before any other steps can be taken, you have to get opt-in from customers to get their consent for you to text them. This is the first touchpoint in a hopefully long-term relationship with your customers. It starts with inviting them to text you and receive texts from you. Find ways to spark that conversation early in the customer journey. On your landing pages or while they’re making a purchase, ask customers to provide a mobile number and accept incoming text messages from your company like Subway’s example below:

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Step Two: Build a customer base using promotions, coupons, and rewards. 

Once you have their details and consent, build your customer base. Texting opt-ins gives you a reliable list of customers who actually want to hear from you. Incentivize customers to join you for the journey, by sending them limited offers, coupon links, and other marketing messages. This will help to keep your customers engaged and increase sales. 

Business texting also lets you segment your customers so you can send targeted offers to fit the specific preferences of your customers. Assign keywords to any customer or group of customers in your database according to the products they bought or showed interest in to establish a more personalized experience.

Step Three: Keep customers supported by carrying on two-way conversations. 

Customers won’t stay along for the ride if they don’t feel well supported. In fact, 90% of Americans use customer service as a factor in deciding whether or not to do business with a company. So to effectively use texting within your customer journey, add two-way communication. This lets you  provide service and fulfill sales with a personal and casual channel.

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We’ve all been there — dragged into an exhausting  call with customer service that lasts forever. That hurts your customer experience. But with texting, you can offer a fast and flexible channel for customers to get questions answered. And, when you add MMS messaging, you can include images, links to help tools, pdf files, and even emojis to make your messages more attractive, increasing engagement and offering more help with fewer words. 

Step Four: Help customers stay in the know with appointment and payment reminders.

I have a calendar that hangs on my kitchen wall with all the deadlines, reminders, and plans in my life and my husband’s. There are times it gets utterly overwhelmed with pen marks. I’m not always going to remember that one bill that’s due in two days. Or I may have forgotten the date of the dentist appointment I scheduled two months ago. This is where texting adds so much to the customer journey. 

Help customers stay in the know, cut down on no-shows and make your front desk staff’s life easier by automating appointment and payment reminders to customers. These automated text messages streamline communication and provide better customer service. 

Step Five: Value customer thoughts and gather feedback from them. 

Essential to the customer journey is knowing what your customers want. A successful customer journey includes a way for customers to communicate obstacles they faced along the way. Customer feedback, when gathered and used well, improves your product and your service, builds brand loyalty, and makes customers feel valued and important. 

Texting is way more effective in reaching customers than any other channel. Customers are more likely to open a text than an email. Use texting to follow up with customers near the end of their journey. Send surveys to receive your customers’ information and preferences. Add in a quick poll, for example, for customers to review how a product or service is doing. Or simply train your service agents to ask good follow up questions after each customer interaction. 

Why Texting Should be Part of Your Customer Journey

When you use texting with your other portfolio of channels, you add more touchpoints with customers to keep them interested in the relationship. Ultimately, adding texting benefits everyone. Here’s how: 

  1. Quick delivery and response: An SMS message only takes a few seconds to deliver and can reach multiple customers with a personalized message. And customers can get quick help when needed. 
  2. Convenience: Since it is sent directly to the customer’s phone, texting is a more personal channel. Allowing two-way communication with the customer makes it convenient for them to send questions, inquiries, and ask for support on the go.
  3. Simplicity: No one wants to read through a 1500 word promotional email. Text messaging is simple. It reaches a larger audience since almost everybody knows how to open the app and send a message. And since messages are short, you’ll have a great communication tool that gets straight to the point.
  4. Traceability: Using a text messaging system enables you to track and analyze the effectiveness of your marketing campaigns. With reports, you can evaluate how the strategy works and make the necessary adjustments.
  5. Efficiency: Texting helps you to plan your messages in advance, create your campaign, and target groups of people with scheduled texts. SMS software systems also let you streamline processes by using auto-responses. This leads to time and cost savings, and increases your ROI.


3 Customer Experience Goals to Add to Your CX Strategy and Help Your Brand Stand Out

3 Customer Experience Goals to Add to Your CX Strategy and Help Your Brand Stand Out

Keeping up with today’s trends is no simple feat. But staying relevant with customer experience trends can make or break revenue and customer retention. Considering 43% of all consumers are willing to pay more for greater convenience, and 42% would pay more for a friendly and welcoming experience, it’s undeniable that customer experience can set you apart from your competitors. 

In Oracle’s Global CX Insights Report, over 90% of respondents agree that customer experience should be a priority in terms of company focus — no matter what the discipline, industry, or company revenue is. And every year, with shifts in digital transformation, new customer expectations mean you need to set new goals to deliver an amazing customer experience. 

We’ve gathered a few goals to add into your CX strategy to drive your customer experience ahead this year.

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Goal #1 – Rethink Your Voice-First Strategy

Ok, look. I’m not going to tell you to throw out phone support altogether. There’s a time and place for placing a phone call to a customer service team. But honestly, most customers today are looking for any other possible channel to reach you before they consider picking up the phone to call. 

Customers today want accurate and relevant help as quickly as possible. In fact, Forrester reports that 53% of customers are likely to abandon an online purchase if they can’t find a quick answer to their question. And 73% of them note that a company valuing their time is the most important part of good customer service. Often, phone support just doesn’t cut it, taking more time and energy than other channels of communication (like texting).

Customer-facing teams need to eliminate those minor calls that clog call queues and distract qualified employees from tackling the more demanding issues. The solution is to not look to voice as your only method of contact. In comparison to phone support, SMS texting alleviates some of this pressure on your call center, reducing call volumes and cutting back on hold times

Here’s how texting helps your customer experience: 

  • Adding in texting prevents calls to agents by giving customers a quick, more convenient way to chat with support. When you include texting within your IVR, you can deflect calls about simple issues and questions to a text thread. This way, incoming callers have the option to text rather than waste time out of their day languishing on hold.
  • Texting with MMS messaging gives your agents a way to send more accurate and detailed information in fewer messages. Plus, sending and receiving pictures via text is even better since images are sometimes easier to understand than describing them.
  • Texting doesn’t require your agents’ full attention. They can handle multiple text threads at one time rather than a single call at a time, making your call center more efficient. And thus making your customers happier with your customer experience.


Goal #2 – Expand Your Omnichannel Support to Include SMS

Online shopping has skyrocketed over the last couple of years. In 2021, consumers spent $870.78 billion online with U.S. businesses, up 14.2% from 2020. That’s enough to pay off every household’s mortgage in the state of Missouri (plus some). Since the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic, customer behavior has all but demanded omnichannel support and strategy  from businesses.

Customers expect to be able to reach you from multiple touch points seamlessly. And since over half of all internet traffic is coming from mobile devices, social media support should play a key role in your omnichannel strategy. But social media support is just not enough. Customers want to be able to text you too. Here’s why:

  1. Nearly everyone has access to texting, with 97% of Americans now owning a cellphone of some kind.
  2. When you offer texting support, there’s no added barrier of an app to download. Any customer with a phone can directly reach you. 
  3. Customers don’t need to have the app open to see a text, making it far more likely that you’ll reach your customer.

Adding business texting doesn’t mean your agents have to answer every message that comes in. With the help of bots, automated messaging and AI, you can handle simple questions or commonly asked requests without ever reaching a human. Bots can also gather customer information before passing the customer over to a live agent. This makes for a better customer experience and a more efficient call center.

Goal #3 – Make your Customer Experience Personal

McKinsey & Co. reports that 71% of consumers expect companies to deliver personalized interactions. And 76% get frustrated when this doesn’t happen. And 77% of consumers have chosen, recommended, or paid more for a brand that provides a personalized service or customer experience. To deliver a personalized experience, break down data silos across the organization. Then, your teams can freely share customer information.

Work with each department to craft a holistic customer journey. Tie together systems and processes for a more personalized experience. Then, use this customer information to bolster your customer experience in each channel. Some ideas for this includes:

  1. Connect your marketing automation tools to your CRM. Then, your sales team can cater their pitch based on the lead source.
  2. Connect your CRM to your ticketing system to see issue history with each customer interaction. Then, train your agents to use that history to build connections with customers over text threads or on phone calls.
  3. Connect your phone system to your CRM and get customer details on incoming calls and texts.
  4. Integrate your texting platform to route incoming texts to the agent best fit for handling each interaction.
  5. Make mass texts and messages more personal by using custom fields to add in customer names or addresses.


Create a more personal customer experience and your brand will stand out. Customers will remember your service. To set yourself for success in the next year, read more about meeting customer expectations with these 3 tips for call center efficiency.

This post originally published on January 7, 2021 and was updated on May 19, 2022. 

Add MMS Messaging to Cut through the Noise and Improve Your Customer Experience Immediately

Add MMS Messaging to Cut through the Noise and Improve Your Customer Experience Immediately

We all text a lot. Globally, we send roughly 23 billion text messages every day. And on average, American adults send and receive nearly 18 billion texts a day, and 6.5 trillion texts a year. Businesses have figured out that texting is one of the most reliable ways to reach customers: for marketing, sales, and customer service

If you’re sending your customers SMS text messages, you’re already ahead of the game. With texting, you’re able to boost your customer experience by offering flexibility and personalization. Texting cuts through the noise in a way that email and phone support just can’t. 

But what if I told you that you could take your SMS customer experience to the next level? MMS messaging takes what SMS has to offer and expands it — giving your customer support team a way to reach issue resolution faster. With MMS — multimedia messaging services — your team can send pictures, animated GIFs, videos, and audio recordings to your customers, adding personality to each message

We know the cliché — “a picture is worth a thousand words.” But we’re going to show you how this is so true when you add MMS messaging into your CX strategy. 


How to Use MMS Messaging to Support your Customer Experience

When Running Promotions and Customer Engagement Strategy:

When compared to standard SMS messages with blocks of text, MMS messages provide a 52% higher click through rate. Customers are also 800% more likely to share an MMS message with friends or family than SMS messages. Why? Because visuals are significantly more interesting and attention grabbing than just text. MMS messaging supports your marketing and sales efforts by helping you cut through the noise. 

In general, visuals are incredibly important for retention. When people only hear information, they’re likely to remember only 10% of that information three days later. Yikes…that’s not much. But if that info is paired with a relevant image, people retain 65% of the information three days later. When you add imagery into your messaging, customers will remember that coupon message you sent, or the sale promotion you shared at a higher rate than if you just send a plain old SMS text. 

Make your messages more eye-catching by adding in images of the specific products that are on sale. Or work with your design team to create attractive graphics for coupons. For a customer, seeing the goods increases appeal and MMS means you don’t have to rely on customers making their way to your website or store to check you out. 


When doing Damage Control:

MMS messaging does wonders for cleaning up customer messes. Adding in MMS messaging can improve your customer experience in that it gives your customers a way to clearly communicate about an issue without having to describe it at length in a text. 

I’ve got my own mental archive of customer service situations that would have been handled much faster with MMS capabilities. So many situations I experienced as a support rep took about ten back and forth emails just to get clarity from the customer about what exactly was wrong with their product. Not every customer is going to be the best communicator, able to robustly describe what a broken product looks like. And let’s be honest — regardless of our communication skills, trying to describe something with just words is hard.

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MMS messaging, though, helps the customer show the support agent what’s wrong, making for faster and clearer communication. Let me give you a couple examples of this: 

I purchased a set of bedding from a company last year — a duvet cover and a set of sheets. The company offers a lifetime warranty on their products and I recently noticed a rip in the bedding.

Now, without MMS messaging, it would have been a lengthy process to advocate for myself. Instead, all I had to do was snap a couple pictures and put it into a text thread with their service rep, and before I knew it, a replacement sheet was on my doorstep. In this circumstance, MMS messaging also helped to protect the company’s policy. They don’t have to worry about customers abusing their warranty policy because they can require an image of the specific damage before sending a replacement.

Let me give you another example. Imagine you’ve just gone to the salon to get your hair done. The following day, you notice some inconsistencies in your fresh cut. Thank goodness the salon offers MMS messaging. Instead of drafting a massive paragraph describing the issue, all you have to do is snap a selfie and shoot the salon a quick text asking for an appointment to get the haircut fixed. Your stylist can see the specific problem with your hair and you’ve avoided any possible miscommunication. 


When you Need to Cut Down the Steps to Reach Issue Resolution:

MMS messaging makes the customer service process faster. It empowers your agents by letting them send step by step help in videos and audio messages, reaching issue resolution quickly and efficiently. Instead of your agents having to go back and forth with an SMS thread, giving step by step instructions in massive blocks of text, use MMS messaging to cut down on some steps.

Make self-service easier for customers. When a customer reaches out about a typical issue, send pre-filmed videos that show step by step instructions for resolving different issues. Or, create and send some that walk customers through a specific process — like filing a claim or paying an invoice online. Have agents record audio messages in text threads, talking customers through a tricky issue. Ultimately, MMS messaging saves time for your agents and your customers to get complex issues solved over text.

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Let me show you what I mean: I’ve moved about four times in the last five years of my life. With each move, I’ve had to replace furniture or add new furniture to fill the space. And with that comes a whole lot of furniture assembly. I’m not a handy person, and let’s be real — instruction manuals are not always easy to follow. After purchasing a new desk for our home office, I was getting stuck on the steps. I pulled out my phone and sent a message to the company I purchased it from. 

Within minutes, with the help of MMS messaging, the agent sent me a how-to video, paired with several close-up photos, and an ebook guide to all in one message to get me through. The ease of this process saved me so much time. I didn’t have to put off my furniture assembly for a couple days, waiting on the back and forth emails to get me the help I needed. I didn’t have to wait on hold just to chat with a human being who could walk me through the process. 

By adding MMS messaging, you’re giving your customers and your agents a set of tools that simplify communication, making for a better customer and employee experience all around.

5 Things to Look for in an Online SMS Tool to Offer an Incredible Customer Experience

5 Things to Look for in an Online SMS Tool to Offer an Incredible Customer Experience

What would your business model look like if you put all your focus on what your customers want? This question may put a pit in your stomach. What about this quarter’s profits? How about those new sales leads? What about staying faithful to the product roadmap? Don’t get me wrong — those goals matter. But the data shows that in order to be successful in all your goals, customer experience has to be the focus of your brand. Adding an SMS online platform directly supports this focus.

Salesforce found that as many as 66% of customers expect companies to understand and anticipate their needs. When customers are the focus, your other goals will follow. In fact, customer-centric companies are 60% more profitable than companies that aren’t. And it’s become clear in recent years that customers want flexibility, efficiency, convenience, and personalization. 

Hmm…sounds familiar. 

SMS online texting offers each of these things. The average American spends five hours per day on their cell phone. And, 95% of text messages are read and responded to within 3 minutes of being received. Texting lets you reach customers on their time. And because SMS texting is a much more personal form of communication when compared to email or phone calls, it gives you a unique opportunity to build relationships with customers. 

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With this in mind, we’ve put together a list of online SMS features that further your customer-centric goals and support your employees. Here’s what to look for in a tool that enables SMS online for a better customer experience:


1. Personalization

Personalization matters more than ever in the modern market. McKinsey & Co. has found that companies that excel at personalization generate 40% more revenue than the average players. Customers want to feel known. And texting offers this uniquely personal form of communication. Customers don’t give out their phone numbers to just anyone. If you’ve been given the go ahead to text a customer, offer the most personal messaging possible.

Look for an SMS online tool that makes personalization easy for your team. Use the information from your CRM and integrate those personal details into the messages you send. Some SMS tools provide custom fields so your agents can insert names or other personalized details dynamically. That way, your customers view your texts as personal.

2. IVR Deflection:

There are plenty of times that customers call in with a fairly simple question. For example, maybe a customer calls into your salon just to find out their appointment time. But, that customer with the simple request gets stuck in the same call queue as the customers who have a really complicated issue to resolve. And getting stuck on hold kills a customer experience faster than maybe anything else. 

But, with IVR deflection, move the customers who are trapped in IVR purgatory to your online SMS tool. Customers can request a text and hop off the call. Then, agents can start a two-way conversation with customers to pass along appointment details, answer simple questions, share self-service tools, etc. 

3. Opt-in and Opt-out management:

Perhaps what’s most daunting about adding SMS online is staying compliant. To stay compliant according to TCPA standards, you must get permission from customers before sending them any messages to their phone. This means you can’t message someone until they’ve opted into receiving messages and you can’t message someone who’s opted-out. 

Opt-in and opt-out management can be a headache. Manually tracking of every opted in or out contact is a logistical nightmare. But with the right SMS online platform, you can use a tool to manage your opt-ins and opt-outs for you. No more adding or deleting from a contact list or spreadsheet. With opt-in management, any time a customer requests to hear from you or sends a “STOP” message to opt-out, your contact list automatically adjusts, keeping your team free of stress and your customers’ privacy protected.

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4. Reporting and Analytics:

How can you manage your customer experience if you aren’t tracking your agents’ performance? Metrics are a fundamental part of professional development for your employees and integral to growing a solid support staff. To support your efforts, find an online SMS platform that offers a robust set of reporting and analytic tools. 

For a successful customer experience, you want to know what your open rate is. You need to see how quickly agents are responding to customers. And, you want to ensure that your issue resolution is high. Use reporting and analytics to track metrics and to be sure your team is keeping customers happy. 

5. Automation:

When you pair automation alongside online SMS, you can manage customer queries without getting agents involved. This leaves more time for agents to handle complicated issues with customers on other channels, lowering your average hold time and boosting issue resolution. Find a platform that helps you automate customer support.

How is automation helpful for your customer experience? Let me give you a couple examples. Feedback from customers is critical for customer experience success. So to improve your customer feedback loop, automate a message with a few survey questions to send after an agent concludes a customer conversation. 

Or, maybe you want to send a shipping update to a few customers. Set up an automation to send an update 24 hours before their package arrives. With intentional automation, you’re using your employees’ time to the fullest and you’re supporting your customers to have the best experience. 

To continue your search for new SMS online technology and deliver high quality customer service, read up on these additional tips to commit to the right text messaging service for your team.