Community software won't always cut it for customers

Community software gives customers a new avenue to voice their opinions and grievances, but high-touch interaction is still part of customer service.

Communities and community software are enhancing customer service relationships through crowdsourcing and new forums of interaction. But there are some downsides to using communities to handle customer relationships rather than cultivating one-on-one relationships with constituencies.

Denis PombriantDenis Pombriant

Given that granular, detailed, analytics-informed customer service has become such an important barometer of the health of the company-customer relationship, communities can't always satisfy the need for high-touch avenues to resolve customer grievances and so on.

"Communities are a tool," said Denis Pombriant., CEO of Beagle Research Group. "But they are only one of the things that should be in your toolbox. We're discovering that customers need multiple access points."

Pombriant also discusses the future of customer service. His concern is that technology has automated so many processes that people need to be reinserted into the process.

For more, check out this podcast below.
 

For more on social and collaborative CRM:

This was first published in March 2014

Dig deeper on Online customer service

Pro+

Features

Enjoy the benefits of Pro+ membership, learn more and join.

0 comments

Oldest 

Forgot Password?

No problem! Submit your e-mail address below. We'll send you an email containing your password.

Your password has been sent to:

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchBusinessAnalytics

SearchDataManagement

SearchSAP

SearchOracle

SearchAWS

SearchContentManagement

Close