[Miscellany] ebay podcast, welcoming complaints, and new life stage

ebay: more about b2c than c2c If I say ‘ebay’, what image comes to your mind? A place to offload items that you no longer need, or even that unwanted Christmas gift? Or, perhaps, the opportunity to buy nearly new items that other people outgrew, or fell out of love with?   If, like me, … Continue reading [Miscellany] ebay podcast, welcoming complaints, and new life stage

Customer service via Twitter – what a missed opportunity for airlines

Twitter can be a great channel for customer service. As my own research shows, customers see Twitter as a quick way of solving problems, obtaining information, and connecting with (and learning from) other users. Yet, not all firms seem to be embracing it. Research by Priyanga Gunarathne, Huaxia Rui and Abraham Seidmann, looking at how … Continue reading Customer service via Twitter – what a missed opportunity for airlines

What UK customers are complaining about

Complaint handling company, Resolver, has recently published statistics for the Top 20 types of customer complaints that they helped solve, via their free complaints tool. As these statistics refer to the complaints’ handled by Resolver, naturally, we get a very limited view of the problems that customers may be experiencing and complaining about. For instance, … Continue reading What UK customers are complaining about

When loyalty programmes backfire: loyalty, entitlement and complaints

Disappointed customers complain. And while really loyal customers may be more forgiving that others, when they do feel disappointed and complain, they are particularly difficult to recover. These general truths of business make it particularly important to understand disappointment in loyal customers.   Researchers Xiaofei Li, Baolong Ma and Chen Zhou conducted a study about … Continue reading When loyalty programmes backfire: loyalty, entitlement and complaints

Handling negative online reviews: speed and voice matter; status and action frame not so much

The question I get asked most often (after whether social media activity helps with sales and profitability) is how to handle negative online reviews. The comments left by other customers, and any responses left by the company, are available for all to see, and can impact on the company’s reputation. So, many companies worry that … Continue reading Handling negative online reviews: speed and voice matter; status and action frame not so much

Want feedback? Ask your customers… or maybe not

A trip to the gym last weekend resulted in an unexpected market research lesson, which I talked about on Snapchat*:   Our usual instructor had been away on the previous weekend, and had been temporarily replaced by somebody else. This one had a very peculiar style – ‘though love’, if you wish. He kept telling … Continue reading Want feedback? Ask your customers… or maybe not

Spotted elsewhere: The Trust Engineers

What? A podcast episode from RadioLab about how Facebook’s Protect and Care team (formerly known as the Trust Engineering team) tweak this social network’s interface to make it a more trusted and friendlier environment. Where? Retweeted by ‘New Social Media, New Social Science?’, aka NSMNSS (Twitter feed here). As per NSMNSS’s website, this organisation ‘brings … Continue reading Spotted elsewhere: The Trust Engineers