How Consumer Brands Win Millennials Through Messaging

US Millennials, now numbering over 80 million people, are the largest generation in the nation’s history and wield incredible buying power. Messaging helps consumer brands connect to Millennials who are at the age where they are buying homes and making other large purchase decisions like cars, electronics, appliances, and furniture.

Millennials are in search of brands that echo their ease with technology and seamlessly fit into their mobile lifestyle. As much as 80% percent of this highly connected group has mobile phones, and 75% percent of them have social media profiles. Messaging helps consumer brands reach this new generation of buyers by helping them go beyond brick-and-mortar for convenience. In this post, we’ll look at ways consumer durable brands can influence Millennials via messaging.

Messaging Helps Millennials Share Their Story

While Millennials are far more eco-conscious than previous generations, they aren’t just buying organic avocados. Top brands, like Toshiba and HTC, are at the top of the favorite’s list for Millennials. Millennials reject traditional brands in favor of brands that are easy to research and allow them to share their opinions and shopping behaviors.consumer durable brands win millennials through texting

Millennials have grown up with an abundance of information and the ability to readily access that information. They expect to get answers quickly and are comfortable with web chat and texting as a means to get customer service. This group of consumers is looking for brands that help them share their opinions and buying experiences. Messaging, a natural way for this generation to communicate, is an easy way brands can open their communication door.

Our research shows that Millennials are the primary drivers of C2B mobile messaging adoption.  Not surprisingly, Millennials are using messaging more frequently in everyday life. Quiq enables messaging through SMS, web chat, Facebook Messenger, and Kik – the most popular channels this generation looks to for support, reviews and to find information. We found that “twice as many Millennials prefer mobile messaging as a channel, with three quarters viewing it as extremely/very effective in achieving their objectives.” Most notably, 85% of Millennials would be willing to pay more for a product/service that is supported by mobile messaging.

Become a Part of Their Story Through Messaging

Millennials are well known for being skeptical of companies that simply blitz them with marketing material and tell them what to think and what to buy. What makes this generation different as compared to previous generations is their abundance of choices available to them at the swipe of a finger. They are less brand loyal than Boomers and Gen-X and won’t hesitate to leave a brand they have no connection with.

Consumer brands that wish to have a relationship with this group should consider messaging as a way to provide helpful and targeted information that goes beyond the common promo code or new product announcement. According to Adweek, one of the keys to marketing to this demographic will be to “Help them succeed with how-tos, lifehacks and any content experience that makes them feel smarter.”

For example, home supply stores like Home Depot or Lowes could send new homeowners in this generation messages that would remind them of helpful how-tos to winterize their home or create a stunning garden. Appliance manufacturers could send helpful information on the maintenance and upkeep of household appliances to help become a trusted source of information for this generation.

Move Into the Friend Zone

This generation is hardwired to their mobile phones and social networks, spending as much as 35 minutes per day just on Facebook. Quiq Messaging allows you to meet these consumers where they already are – on the web, social and their favorite messaging apps. No matter where they are, you can be there to answer questions or help them compare their choices – providing support directly through SMS, Facebook Messenger or your mobile site.

Quiq Messaging incorporates functionality such as “Click to Message” that allows visitors to initiate conversations from a company’s Facebook page, ads or app. Quiq clients have found that Millennials who are already on Facebook, appreciate the ability to initiate conversations directly with agents from a Facebook Ad call to action.

This generation is also more likely than previous generations to share information publicly. Peer-reviewed products have a strong influence on how this group buys. As you engage with Millennials on social, be sure to ask that they share purchases and experiences with their networks.

Above All, Be Human

Millennials want consumer brands that are authentic, transparent, and relevant to them. These consumers want to know that you’re human. What better way to connect on a human level than by communicating the way this age group communicates with family and friends.

Quiq Messaging is helping consumer durable companies connect and engage with Millennials in personal and meaningful ways, providing them the information they want, the way they want to receive it. Learn more about Quiq today at quiq.com.

About Quiq

Quiq makes it easy for customers to contact a business via Messaging, the preferred channel already in use with our friends and family.  With Quiq, customers can now engage with companies via SMS/text messaging, Facebook Messenger, Web Chat, In-App,and Kik for help with their pre-sales and post-sales questions. Learn more about Quiq today at quiq.com.

3 Ways Messaging Helps Retailers Win Big

Technology is drastically changing the face of the retail world. If you don’t believe it, look up the term “Digitally Native Vertical Brand” (DNVB). The use of technology has given rise to a new kind of retailer that has made online brands like Kasper and Harry’s household names, but it’s not technology alone that has created this change.

A new kind of retailer exists because there is a new kind of customer. Customers who demand convenience and personalization from brands that fit into their mobile lifestyle are the new norm. These customers are not just mobile phone wielding millennials but include every generation, gender, and background across all demographics and socio-economic profiles. The use of text messaging via SMS, Facebook Messenger and web chat are how all consumers want to engage with you – and anyone else for that matter.

Retailers Know Messaging Makes Sense

Many retailers, 52.1% according to internetretailer.com, think there are applicable use cases for messaging but haven’t made it a top priority. eMarketer reports that US retailer e-commerce professionals believe messaging makes sense for their business, yet only 29% of retailers employ it.

Here are three ways messaging and web chat are helping retailers win big:

  • Show customers their time is valued

Instead of phone calls about a return and an email message about the latest sale, retailers are using messaging (SMS, Facebook Messenger, web chat, etc.) to help consumers engage with their brand in a way that is easy, convenient, and the preferred method of communication for consumers. Messaging not only encourages consumers to communicate with retailers but signals that their time is valued.

As retailers start to centralize their digital engagement channels with messaging, consumers are taking note and coming back for more. Using the consumers’ preferred method to communicate creates a favorable impression of that retailer in the eyes of the customer. Our research shows that the ability to text message a company causes consumers to select one product over another, improves their brand perceptions, and increases their willingness to pay more.

  • Allow retailers to get their customers attention

Text messaging has a 96% open rate and most text messages are read within 3 minutes of receipt, according to Venturebeat, beating out even the best response rates of traditional ads and emails. Not only does messaging help retailers increase the chances that important messages are read, but helps them send targeted promotional campaigns and offers that their customers will find valuable.

Quiq Messaging allows retailers to send outbound messages that are personal, relevant and timely, and to even receive replies directly from consumers. Our clients see this as a way to initiate a two-way, not one-way, conversations with customers. Our clients send order confirmations, shipping, and delivery notifications, and promotions to their customers, building the kind of transparency and connection that consumers are looking for with their retail experience.

  • Save time and money without sacrificing the experience

Customers no longer want to be viewed as one shapeless, heaving mass of consumerism. Technology has allowed consumers to be viewed, not merely as a mass market or a segment, but as a network of individuals who influence what retailers offer and what other consumers buy.

The internet has made it easy for companies to offer products that are customized to consumers from custom tennis shoes to bobble heads. Communication should be no different. Customers want and expect communication to feel personal and purposeful – from offers and promotions to shipping notifications. Quiq Messaging offers retailers a way to tailor communications to every customer.

Usually, customization is costly, but with Quiq Messaging, you’ll see a reduction in costs to serve your customer with an increase in customer satisfaction scores. Because messaging is asynchronous, agents can handle multiple messages at once, reducing work time by 25-50%.

Adapt Early, Adapt Often

Retailers have the opportunity to embrace consumers new habits and leverage them to see quick wins. One of Quiq’s global retail clients commented about how silly it is looking back that she wasn’t more onboard with messaging in the beginning. This retailer has seen agent work time cut in half and she is now looking for ways to expand Quiq beyond the customer service desk to their IVR, web, and mobile sites.

As retailers look to attract millennials, now the largest age cohort in the U.S., it makes even more sense to adopt messaging, the preferred communication method of these busy, tech-dependant adults who will likely have lots of questions. It’s not hard to deploy, and it is easy to adopt – consumers and agents love messaging.

Quiq is helping retailers reach customers across all demographics with our easy to implement messaging solution, enabling customers to engage with companies via SMS, Facebook Messenger, web chat, and Kik. If you’re interested in learning how you can use Quiq Messaging to win big in retail, contact us for a demo.

About Quiq
Quiq makes it easy for customers to contact a business via Messaging, the preferred channel already in use with our friends and family.  With Quiq, customers can now engage with companies via SMS/text messaging, Facebook Messenger, Web Chat, In-App,and Kik for help with their pre-sales and post-sales questions. Learn more about Quiq today at quiq.com.

[White Paper] Building a Digital Engagement Strategy for Customer Service

Digital Engagement Strategy

A customer’s level of engagement with your company is like a pulse. It’s a signal that your relationship with that customer is alive. As long as they’re talking to you, you can make things right or deepen the already positive relationship. If you’re struggling with building a digital engagement strategy within your company, Quiq can help,

In our new white paper “Building A Digital Engagement Strategy for Customer Service” we discuss:

  • Top strategic moves to define your digital customer engagement strategy
  • Best practices for implementing digital customer engagement
  • How to enhance your digital engagement without disrupting operations

It is imperative to recognize the gap that exists between traditional customer service and a digital customer engagement. As stated above, customer activities are the same (shopping, comparing, purchasing, seeking support) but usage and expectations are vastly different.  Consumers no longer walk into a store to browse and talk to a sales person everytime they want to purchase something. They no longer have the time or inclination to pick up the phone or email to place an order or ask a question. The traditional channels are being eaten up by the digital channels. Phone calls and emails are being eaten up by the more convenient SMS/text messaging and web chat channels.

Some companies will use the fact that the activities are the same as an excuse not to implement more innovative means to enhance their digital engagement, or do just enough to keep up with the closest competitor. Those are the companies that will not succeed in the long-run.

Download our white paper “Building a Digital Engagement Strategy for Customer Service” to learn how to drive your digital customer service transformation. We’ve brought our latest content to support you on your journey.

Leading the Digital Engagement Transformation

Com·pla·cen·cy (kəmˈplāsənsē/): noun. The comforting but dangerous mindset that what got you here will get you there.

Complacency is not taking action when you know you should or when you can. Complacent is how a lot of companies can be described when it comes to the way they communicate with their customers.  If you’re one of the growing number of innovative leaders who are changing the way companies communicate with their customers, from the status quo of emails and phone calls, then we applaud your efforts.

Continuing to do things because “that’s how we’ve always done it” is the battle cry of companies that fail to meet the needs of a changing marketplace. Emails have become overrun with spam and phone calls don’t fit the lifestyle of today’s busy, mobile customer. The use of messaging, including web chat, are the trademarks of businesses that are vigilant about customer communication preferences.

Leading that change though can be tough. That’s why there’s an entire profession dedicated to Change Management. In this post we discuss ways in which you can get your entire organization, from executive leadership to front line employees, to adopt Business Messaging, the new method of communication with your customers.

Connecting Customer Experience to Value

While most leadership within an organization have a general sense for the benefits of delivering a great customer experience, it can be hard to commit to changes to the current modas operandi without properly quantifying the value the change has to the organization.leading digital engagement transformation requires connecting customer experience to value

Delivering a great customer experience is more than just the feel good, right thing to do, it has direct implications on revenue, especially the kind of loyalty-driven revenue companies see from satisfied customers who keep coming back again and again. Research reports by McKinsey state that companies who offer exceptional customer experience can exceed their competitor’s gross margins by 26 percent, while making employees happier and simplifying operations throughout the organization.

Exceptional customer service means meeting customer expectations and meeting customer needs in a way that is seen as easy for the customer. Today’s consumer has the ability to find an abundance of service providers, products, and reviews with a swipe of a finger and they expect your responsiveness and attention to be just as simple. In fact, 75% of customers demand service within five minutes of online contact.

Messaging and web chat are quickly becoming the go-to weapons in the customer experience arsenal for many companies who want to satisfy the “right this instant” expectation of consumers. Just as web chat is the optimal way to engage website visitors who are browsing from a desktop, messaging allows mobile customers to engage with a company through text and social.

When trying to convince leaders who have one eye on profits and the other on what’s right for the customer, be sure to clearly state benefits:

Change leaders can rally support within the organization by sharing the positive impact messaging and chat can have throughout the entire profit and loss statement:

  • Increased revenue by allowing customers another channel by which they can overcome hesitations to purchase
  • Decreased cost to sales and service through more cost effective and efficient engagement channels
  • Overall increased profitability

The Aberdeen Group reports that companies who use messaging see improvements in annual company revenue by as much as 25% over companies that do not use messaging. The research also shows that cross-sell and upsell revenue can increase by as much as 53%.

These are just a few of the benefits. This is the type of information that goes beyond “it’s the right thing to do for the customer” and delivers tangible benefits management can measure, monitor and make informed strategy decisions on.

Take it from the top

One key characteristic demonstrated by companies that are high performers in customer experience is the support of senior management.  Getting buy-in from executive leadership shows the entire company that customer experience transformation is a priority. If you’re an individual within a C-suite role, this is your opportunity to lead the charge within your organization and become a role model of customer-focused leadership in the digital age.

As stated in the multi-part article “The Messaging Mandate”, successful adoption of messaging or any communication channel across the company must align channel goals to business objectives. Clearly presenting how the channel can play a role in company objectives and ultimately deliver positive ROI is essential in gaining top level sponsorship.

Research shows that, “successful projects for optimizing the customer experience typically achieve revenue growth of 5 to 10 percent and cost reductions of 15 to 25 percent within just two or three years”. Quiq clients who have deployed messaging or chat as a means to optimize the customer experience have seen immediate cost savings as a result of higher productivity from agents who are now able to handle multiple messages at a time, as opposed to a single call.

Messaging and chat won’t feel like a change

While messaging and web chat can have profound positive impact throughout your company, implementation doesn’t have to disrupt current operations. The vast majority of customers and employees already use messaging and web chat in their personal lives. Responding to messages, attaching photos and videos and even using emojis are pretty commonplace so there’s really nothing new to learn.

Quiq Messaging makes the implementation of web chat and messaging even easier by providing employees a single place to read and respond to all messages, regardless of whether your customer chooses to contact you via SMS/text messaging, Facebook Messenger, or chat with you from their desktop. Our simple user interface can also integrate with the systems your agents already use, so agents can quickly access relevant information.

If you’re ready to implement web chat and messaging for your organization, contact Quiq today. Quiq Messaging is an easy to implement messaging software solution that enables companies to engage with customers on the channels they already feel most comfortable with.

About Quiq
Quiq makes it easy for customers to contact a business via Messaging, the preferred channel already in use with our friends and family.  With Quiq, customers can now engage with companies via SMS/text messaging, Facebook Messenger, Web Chat, In-App,and Kik for help with their pre-sales and post-sales questions. Learn more about Quiq today at quiq.com.

How to Successfully Launch Web Chat and Messaging

For more than 100 years, the telephone was the only channel for reaching a company to get help with questions, submit issues, or give the rare compliment. Today, consumers can choose from a plethora of channels or methods to reach a company.  Seemingly new channels emerge every few months, keeping brands on their toes.

The newest channels being adopted by companies are SMS/text messaging, Web Chat, and “interactive” Facebook Messenger. These digital engagement channels are quickly replacing the phone and email as the primary form of interaction with companies. Companies are adopting business messaging as a means to keep up with competition and meet consumer expectations.

Business Messaging Goes Mainstream

There are a growing number of platforms vying for consumer attention, there are three major digital engagement channels that dominate the market with herculean strength: 1) Web Chat, 2) SMS/text messaging, and 3) Facebook Messenger.

Here are a few of the nuances of SMS, Web Chat, and Facebook Messenger that make an implementation with best practices so important:

Web Chat

Web Chat is the optimal digital engagement channel for those engaging with a brand via a desktop computer. According to Websitebuilder.org 51% of consumers are more likely to purchase from a website that has integrated chat. Even if the consumer never uses it at least 29% of all visitors are more likely to purchase when the option of live chat is available. The site also states that sites with integrated chat can also expect to see an increase in retention by 48%.

Let’s look at the two ways Web Chat is used: Reactive and Proactive Chat.

Reactive Chat (Chat initiated by the Customer)

Consumers come to your website to see what you have to offer and then purchase it. Reactive chat is simply having a chat button omnipresent on your site for customers to engage if and when they have a question or need help initiate the session, so ensure the chat icon is prominent enough to be noticed by considering design elements such as shape, size, and color are essential.

Reactive Chat Best Practices:

  • The chat icon appears on the lower right-hand corner of every sales or service-oriented page and on all steps of the shopping cart process
  • Tailor the colors and text of the chat window to represent your brand voice
  • The chat icon should only appear when an agent or salesperson is available
  • Keep the pre-chat form limited to a minimum of fields for the consumer to complete.  With each question, abandonment can increase by 45%.

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Proactive Chat (Chat Invitation Initiated by the Brand)

Proactive Chat means that based on some predetermined criteria, you can decide when to “pop” up a chat box with an offer to help. Proactive Chat allows you to set up rules such as initiating a chat session after a predetermined amount of time the consumer has been on your site or when a visitor lands on specific pages. A proactive approach to chat invitations will dramatically increase both digital engagement and conversion rates.

Proactive Chat best practices:

  • Invite at least 20% of customers engaged in digital sales or service processes
  • Upon issuing a proactive invitation, engagement rates increase to approximately 4X
  • Eliminate the pre-chat form or keep it the absolute minimum for CRM integration
  • Leverage java script on your site to trigger an invitation at a critical “moment of truth” in the sales or service processes.

SMS/Text Messaging

launch web chat and messagingWhile SMS or text messaging friends and family is old hat, customers do not typically expect to exchange SMS messages with you for sales or service. Consumers are not trained to engage with a brand via SMS and need to be encouraged and directed. Since messaging receives the highest sales conversion and call deflection possible, SMS engagement should be promoted on all mobile optimized pages.

Follow these best practices for SMS messaging for business:

  • Prominently place or “Text Us” in the header and footer of the mobile website
  • Place an anchored “Message Us” banner on the mobile site as a large touch target to encourage users to text instead of call
  • Include a clear call-to-action on the “Contact Us” page
  • Partner with Marketing to spread the word to consumers about your company’s new texting capabilities

Facebook Messenger

The average Facebook user in the US spends 35 minutes per day on the app. Brands are leveraging this channel for customer engagement and are starting to invite customers to use Facebook Messenger to engage directly.

There are 2 billion messages exchanged between users and businesses on Facebook Messenger already. This is just one of the reasons 67% of companies believe social customer service is the most pressing short-term priority for the contact center.

Facebook Messenger best practices:

  • Turn messaging on for your Facebook page. You can find instructions on Facebook’s Help Center.
  • Enable “Click to Message” ads to send current or potential customers into a Messenger conversation. There is no better time to engage a potential customer about a product than when they are viewing an ad and are excited about your product.
  • Invite Facebook visitors to initiate a conversation with you from your Facebook page, ads, and app across other media channels such as your website.
  • Place the “Message Us” call-to-action within copy on Facebook ads and your company page to encourage visitors to message your company directly. Remember, this is new to them and they may not know that companies can be messaged just like their family and friends.

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What to Expect After You Launch Web Chat and Business Messaging 

After you launch web chat and business messaging, be sure to track and measure results. Quiq uses a powerful dashboard of the most important stats to allow managers to keep a pulse of the performance metrics that matter most to your business.

Once you launch web chat and messaging for your organization, you’ll start to see efficiencies within the departments where these tools are deployed. Efficiencies such as lower support costs, higher deflection of calls to messaging, and an increase in case resolutions per agent are not uncommon for many of Quiq clients who implement web chat and messaging within their customer service organization.

When web chat and messaging are deployed for sales enablement, Quiq clients have seen an increase in leads and the ability to accelerate the sales cycle. These efficiencies can be attributed to more streamlined communications between your organization and your customers and the ability to gather customer intelligence in real-time.

If you’re ready to implement web chat and business messaging for pre-sales or post-sales customer interactions with your organization, contact Quiq today. Quiq Messaging is helping companies like evo, Gogo, Office Depot, Overstock, and TSheets improve their digital engagement with consumers via web chat and business messaging.

About Quiq
Quiq makes it easy for customers to contact a business via Messaging, the preferred channel already in use with our friends and family.  With Quiq, customers can now engage with companies via SMS/text messaging, Facebook Messenger, Web Chat, In-App,and Kik for help with their pre-sales and post-sales questions. Learn more about Quiq today at quiq.com.

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Customer Service Texting

It’s one of the hottest topics in customer service – customer service texting. Mobile devices are embedded into our daily lives and now, companies are looking for ways to make customer service texting a reality. The ability for companies to engage with customers through their mobile devices on a preferred and convenient channel is already here.

Mike Myer, CEO, Quiq took some time to sit with Karen Talley at FierceCEO to talk about texting for customer service. Read the article to find out why 2018 will be “the breakout year” for texting as a customer service solution and what the future holds for texting.

About Quiq
Quiq makes it easy for customers to contact a business via Messaging, the preferred channel already in use with friends and family.  With Quiq, customers can engage with companies via SMS/text messaging, Facebook Messenger, Web Chat, In-App, and Kik for help with their pre-sales and post-sales questions. In return, companies get a digital engagement platform to communicate with customers. Learn more about Quiq today at goquiq.com.

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Never Just Measure Up: Outpace Your Competition

The age of digital disruption has changed customer expectations, requiring companies to operate at a higher level of ingenuity and sophistication. Businesses today must focus on delivering an exceptional digital customer experience in order to outpace their competition.

While consumers are still performing the same basic activities during their engagement with a company, the channels available, the devices used, and the speed at which these activities take place have drastically changed. The 4 most common ways consumers engage with brands include:

  • Gaining awareness of a product
  • Researching and learning more about the product/service
  • Using the product or service
  • Asking for support

Technology has forever changed customer expectations of how everyone – friends, family, and yes, even companies should engage with them. Customers now expect convenient, effortless, and personalized experiences with brands whether they are asking questions and want speedy answers prior to buying, or they need step-by-step guidance to resolve their issue post-purchase.

Customer Experience challenges in the digital age

It is frequently stated that Customer Service is the only long-term differentiator in today’s world. Brand reputations are built or damaged based on the quality of service they provide.

In order to deliver world class digital customer engagement you have to differentiate from the average, not set it as the bar to meet.

While many companies recognize the gravity of the customer experience and the shift of customer expectations, many only look to keep pace with their closest competitor. In order to deliver world class digital customer engagement, you have to differentiate from the average, not set it as the bar to meet. Forrester reports that only 7% of companies are exceeding customers’ expectations and worse, 25% don’t feel they even meet customer expectations.

One of the greatest difficulties in delivering superior digital customer engagement is mindset. Intuitively, the entire company, from executive leadership to front-line employees, wants to deliver a consistent, best-in-class digital experience across all channels, but have a hard time differentiating it from traditional customer service.

It is imperative to recognize the gap that exists between traditional customer service and a digital customer engagement. As stated above, customer activities are the same (shopping, comparing, purchasing, seeking support) but usage and expectations are vastly different. Consumers no longer walk into a store to browse and talk to a sales person everytime they want to purchase something. They no longer have the time or inclination to pick up the phone or email to place an order or ask a question. The traditional channels are being eaten up by the digital channels. Phone calls and emails are being eaten up by the more convenient SMS/text messaging and web chat channels.

Some companies will use the fact that the activities are the same as an excuse not to implement more innovative means to enhance their digital engagement, or do just enough to keep up with the closest competitor. Those are the companies that will not succeed in the long-run.

Quiq’s clients are using digital customer engagement like text messaging, Facebook Messenger, and Web Chat, to set themselves apart within and outside their industry. These innovators know that customers want easy, convenient, and frictionless ways to engage with everyone – especially companies that have earned their business. What should companies consider when becoming more digital service savvy?

Mobile-first. Always.

Focusing on the digital customer engagement in an age, when everyone looks to their mobile device for research or to seek support from brands, means to adopt a mobile-first design for each interaction. Consider and evaluate how an average customer will interact with each of the digital channels, and clearly define what the ideal experience is.

Here are a few considerations:

  • Make digital channels highly accessibleOutpace your competition by adopting a mobile first customer centric design in everything you do
    • Lead with the channels that are preferred and most commonly used by customers to communicate (SMS, Facebook Messenger, Web Chat).
  • Facilitate easy, seamless interactions
    • Information gathered from one channel should be used if and when the customer contacts you via a different channel. Selecting products that can integrate with your existing CRM system to leverage customer information across channels will support this goal.
  • Deliver a visually consistent presence
    • Ensure your company’s branding, voice, and vibe are consistent across all channels. Customers don’t think about “channels”, they think about what they need in that moment and the fastest way to get it. Make sure your brand is consistently represented regardless of touchpoint.

In addition to the above, it is important to realize that customers are much more visually-driven then ever before – emojis, Pinterest and Instagram are evidence that customers are far more comfortable with taking, sharing, and consuming visual content. With this in mind, consider how each channel will use visual media to engage with customers or vice versa. For example, many Quiq clients encourage customer service agents to exchange emojis, videos, and pictures with customers, which is the way they communicate with family and friends and helps bring context into conversations. They also encourage customers to share photos and videos to more quickly help with purchases or problems.

Putting the Customer Center Stage

Consumers are constantly being bombarded with information and experiences online and off. This onslaught of information makes it harder for us to remember every detail and interaction with brands. While it would be impossible to remember every interaction, your customers will likely remember the first and last interaction.

Today’s digital customer is very likely to have that first interaction on your website or trying to contact your business to ask questions about your product or service from their mobile device. Armed with this information, you can design that first-touch experience with the customer’s ideal engagement at centerstage – making it convenient and easy for them, not you.

Enabling your landlines to send and receive text messages, for example, and having web chat active on your website supports these goals. Many Quiq clients are surprised that a lot of their customers are trying to text them on their existing landlines. Think of how surprised and delighted your customer would be to receive the post sale customer support by text message, the preferred means to contact a business, instead of receiving an error message.

Likewise, a customer’s last interaction may very well end with a digital engagement, whether that’s a mention on Facebook or trying to engage with customer service from their mobile device. Wouldn’t you prefer your customers to walk away from that first or last experience, thinking “Wow, that was easy”.

It’s Never Too Late to Transform your Digital Customer Engagement

As the inspiring wisdom of the old Chinese Proverb says:
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

You don’t need a crystal ball to tell you that a new digital customer engagement age is upon us and neither do your competitors. You can stay ahead of your competition and deliver an exceptional experience that exceeds your customers expectations by investing in technology such as Quiq Messaging.

Quiq Messaging helps businesses quickly and easily interact with customers, whether they have a question pre-purchase or post-sales. Schedule a demo to see how you can easily provide a digital customer engagement that will “wow” your customers and keep them coming back for more.

About Quiq
Quiq makes it easy for customers to contact a business via Messaging, the preferred channel already in use with our friends and family.  With Quiq, customers can now engage with companies via SMS/text messaging, Facebook Messenger, Web Chat, In-App,and Kik for help with their pre-sales and post-sales questions. Learn more about Quiq today at quiq.com.