Why conversational channels?
Delivering a frictionless, simple experience for your customers should be priority number one. If they have an issue, seeing it resolved rapidly means they are more likely to do business with you again, so it makes sense to ensure your customer service teams are available on whichever channels your customers prefer.
When you consider that 5bn people can receive SMS notifications on their mobile devices, 2.8bn use mobile messaging apps and tools, and there 60+bn messages exchanged each day on WhatsApp alone, the potential for conversational channels as a sales and service tool becomes abundantly apparent.
It’s also important to note that customers are channel agnostic and will shift between channels depending on a variety of factors, such as where they are, which device they’re using, and what time of day it is.
All of that means that an omnichannel approach to customer engagement is the most effective way to communicate with your customers in order to reliably keep track of conversations and ensure you’re on top of the status of their issues.
Consider that 75% of consumers prefer to communicate with businesses via messaging channels rather than traditional channels and you’ll begin to understand how important conversational channels are.
“We were looking to increase the response rate from clients who want to sell products online. We have standard email templates that are sent to clients with each transaction. Now, we’ve included our WhatsApp number on those emails, promoting WhatsApp as our customer care channel.” Andrea Lucchetta, Product Manager at Cash Crusaders Franchising
How do I get my customers to use conversation channels?
Allowing your customers to start conversations with you using the platforms they use to communicate with friends and family positions your business as more than just a commercial entity. Consumers are looking for the fastest way from point A to point B in every element of their busy lives and that includes resolving issues as a customer. It’s estimated that up to 96% of customers who have a bad experience don’t complain, they just move on to your competitors. Making it easy for them to resolve issues is key to earning their trust as repeat customers and key to that is giving your customers ‘entry points’.
Those entry points should be available across websites, in-app, social media, emails, search engines, and offline to give customers a range of ways to contact you easily, meaning you can deliver on-the-go customer support.
It’s not all about customer complaint resolution either. Enabling conversations with customers – and prospective customers – means you have the opportunity to engage with them and drive them towards a conversion using conversational channels, delivering real, measurable ROI for your omnichannel activity.
How do I set up entry points?
There are numerous ways to get your customers talking on conversational channels. Here are just a few examples:
- You can start conversations using Google Business Messages in both Google Search and Maps
- You can also start conversations in Apple Messages for Business, Apple Maps, and iOS Search
- You can encourage users to scan a QR code to open WhatsApp Business and converse with your team
- Downloading an app via SMS or RCS is a great way to push people to interact with your brand
- Instagram Messaging allows consumers to message businesses via their Instagram Business profile, shop, and via stories
- Facebook allows businesses to create Click-to-Messenger ads which gives customers one-click access to your profile on Facebook Messenger.
Conversational channels in action
Case study: Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola’s Scan. Enter. Win campaign used our WhatsApp Business solution to allow customers to scan QR codes to enter the competition. A dedicated WhatsApp channel also allowed them to send in their unique product codes to see if they were a winner.
Case study: Czech & Speake
Luxury grooming brand Czech & Speake needed to pivot its primarily bricks and mortar business online during the COVID-19 pandemic. Using WhatsApp Business and SMS, the brand was able to communicate with customers that couldn’t visit them at their physical store.
With entry points, you can start conversations with consumers that can lead directly to sales but you need the right technology to turn those conversations into conversions. Download our guide to Conversational Messaging. If you want to find out how we can help you, speak to a CM.com expert today.