Utilizing Customer Feedback Effectively

Consumer PR
04.04.22

Feedback is a crucial element to the success of any business. Companies need to be aware of what their customers are thinking and feeling in order, to figure out how to best cater to those things.

Understanding what motivates customers can also help companies improve their customer experience efforts.

That’s why companies have to collect customer feedback, analyze it, and utilize that information in their business operations.

Connecting with Customers

An effective way for companies to collect customer feedback is to do so immediately after they have provided a service or product to a customer. This strategy allows companies to get feedback when the experiences of the customers are still fresh in their minds.

Companies can choose to make a phone call or send a text survey right after a customer has completed an appointment, received a product, or had any other interaction with them.

That feedback can then be used to improve the company’s products or services and deliver an overall improved customer experience.

An excellent example of this is the real-time customer feedback strategy utilized by Uber.

After every ride, customers see a pop-up on their phone where they can rate the experience they just had. If the user rates their trip at four stars or less, they’re also asked to provide a reason for that rating. This gives the customers a sense of authority and shows them that the business cares about its customers.

Product Innovation

Customers have lots of ideas regarding product innovation that companies wouldn’t have come up with themselves since it’s the consumers who are actually using those products or services on a regular basis.

The customer feedback that a company receives can be translated into actionable insights for its business operations, innovation leads, or even product designers.

A great example of a company using its customer feedback to innovate its products is Lego.

The brand directly asks the customers what features they want to see in their products, and then uses that information to innovate.

Brand Advocates

Companies should be keeping track of the number of satisfied customers they have through customer feedback.

For many companies, the buying journey doesn’t end when a customer makes a purchase.

Companies still need to nurture their customers through thankful gestures such as handwritten notes or thank you emails.

This can help companies turn their customers into brand advocates, which can help in generating more leads and converting more customers.

Reputation

Companies that have received negative feedback from their customers shouldn’t be ignoring that. Any customer that’s making the effort to give a company feedback that’s potentially negative can easily convey the same issue to their social circle.

That spread of information won’t stop there, and negative word-of-mouth information has a very compounding effect on businesses.

Fortunately, negative feedback gives companies the opportunity to improve.

All they need to do is put in some extra effort to build a better relationship with the unsatisfied customers.

To do that, a company should respond to all the negative feedback they receive, apologize for the bad experience, and solve the problem that the customer had.

When other customers see a company positively respond to negative feedback, they’re going to appreciate that effort, and are going to be more likely to stick with the business instead of choosing a competitor.

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