Seamless Human Response. We’ve been talking about this at Contact One for years. It’s the reason we exist.
But this year, we’ve also seen how important human connection is.
Throughout this pandemic, and especially as we go into the holiday season, we’ve been grateful to be in the business of connecting people to people.
Here’s what we’ve learned about human connection through our 40 years in the customer service business. We hope some of these tips will help you in your business, as they have in ours.
Most people just want to be heard and understood.
Angry, irate, unreasonable customers – they’re a reality in every business. But most of the time they just want someone to hear their complaint and acknowledge it. There’s a workable solution to 99% of customer complaints, but the only way to get there is to begin with someone listening to the customer and acknowledging their dissatisfaction. Chatbots, text messages, and email won’t help here. Human-to-human voice or video contact is the best way to make an unhappy customer happy.
Most people can’t correctly interpret tone in written word, especially in emails (though emojis can help). The best way to convey the appropriate tone is by direct phone, video, or in-person interaction.
Talking on the phone is a skill that takes practice.
Many people are uncomfortable talking on the phone these days, so they move to other, less direct ways of communicating – text, email, chat. But, as noted in tips one and two, human-to-human contact is often the best way to be understood, so developing phone skills is critical to good business. We pride ourselves on training our agents to be expert phone conversationalists. Plus they get hours and hours of practice, which is the most important part of skill development.
Technology changes, but people are still people.
Our company has adapted so many times over the years to keep pace with technology. It’s mind-blowing to consider the pace of change over the last 40 years. From cell phones to VoIP, to the widespread use of email and then chat services and texting, we’ve stretched and grown to meet customer needs. But the need that has never changed is the need for human connection.
In 2020, just like in 1980, people still want to speak to other people when they have a problem.
That hasn’t changed, and our guess is that it won’t.