Almost every day, I see a branded account somewhere using Twitter as a broadcast medium, rather than as a tool to engage two-way conversation with customers. Indeed Matt Ballantine (@ballantine70) called Twitter out on this one…
— Matt Ballantine (@ballantine70) January 6, 2016
Then there are the accounts that are named something like @BrandnameHelp, which vary tremoundously in the amount of “help” they offer (although creds are due to @TMLewinHelp and @7DigitalHelp who have both helped me out recently with problem orders). @BTCare and @AmazonHelp are less impressive, in my experience.
@NatWest_Help picked up on this, slighty sarcastic, tweet from yours truly:
— Mark Wilson (@markwilsonit) December 22, 2015
@LondonMidland does a great job of dealing with disgruntled travellers, including gems like this, with childrens toys to illustrate the issue (sometimes real pics too – it’s easier to be sympathetic of problems getting to/from work when you can see flooded tracks/fallen trees/damaged trains from fallen overhead wires, etc.):
NEW: Owing to a vehicle striking a bridge services between Long Buckby & Northampton are running at reduced speed. pic.twitter.com/FWYJYWWdQM
— London Midland (@LondonMidland) June 12, 2015
There are whole books on this written by people who know far more about customer service and marketing than I do but I’d like to call out one example of what I see as a great use of social media…
Yesterday evening ago, I tweeted about a very amusing Volkswagen ad, noting that my recent car purchase might have been from them had the local dealership not been so completely useless at selling me the car I wanted…
— Mark Wilson (@markwilsonit) January 18, 2016
Full credit to @UKVolkswagen, they picked up on this and said “can we help”, later following through with an email address to send more details to. The resulting email response was less impressive, suggesting I should supply a phone number if I wanted a response (I didn’t want a response, but my mobile number was already in the email…).
But what really impressed me, and showed:
- Excellent social media monitoring skills (clearly tracking disgruntled customers with rival brands); and
- An ability to use social media to engage and potentially attract new custom
was the Twitter conversation I had with @ToyotaGB this evening.
— ToyotaGB (@ToyotaGB) January 19, 2016
It was too late, as I’d already bought a Volvo (I may have mentioned that once or twice on Twitter…) but still excellent use of social media. Other brands could learn a thing or two…