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How to Measure the Success of Your Support Department

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Well-known management consultant, Peter Drucker, said, “What gets measured, gets managed.”

His management philosophy means that a best plan of action is to measure the things that matter to your company. One of the most important things to measure is customer satisfaction.

If you’re ready to more than meet your customers’ needs and exceed their expectations every time, you want data you can measure.

Here’s how to measure the success of your support department.

How to Measure Satisfaction

One way to measure success is to send out feedback surveys. This helps you assess how well your support team is doing, while learning what your customers need and expect.

These metrics help you keep tabs on what your customers experience when they talk with your support team. Is the time spent with your support staff easy, or is their time difficult and frustrating?

You can always use the Net Promoter Score (NPS) survey to measure customer satisfaction. Yet, in this case, the NPS merely scratches the surface of your customers’ whole experience with support.

Consider also sending surveys that measure the following:

  • The number of conversations a person had with your support department to resolve the issue.
  • How many customers hung up frustrated.
  • If your customers felt their issues were resolved.
  • Overall satisfaction.
  • If customers felt the amount of time spent on the phone was satisfactory.
  • Whether or not the team member was friendly, courteous and ready to help.

Final Thoughts

Your customer support department is highly measurable. From things such as call volume, chat time, interaction counts, resolution rates, and customer satisfaction, you can record data and measure it quite easily.

Remember that you can only change and improve the things you are aware of. If you don’t know about the success of your support department, you can’t reward it or improve it.

Because your support department and ensuing customer service is meaningful to the success of your company, it makes good business sense to measure it on an ongoing basis. (tweet this)

Your satisfied customers who had a good experience with your support department are the ones who’ll return to shop with you.

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5 Reasons to Integrate Survey Results into Your CRM

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A CRM (customer relationship management) platform is a vital centerpiece to your business.

Why? In our digital age, the business that builds relationships is the one that succeeds. The best way for you to set yourself apart from the competition is by using your CRM to interact with your customers.

And, when it comes to meeting the needs of your customers and providing the best products and services, you have to know what they want. One way to learn about their needs is through surveys.

So, instead of leaving your survey results out there on their own, you can send the information to your CRM.

In this article, we look at five reasons to integrate survey results into your CRM. When you do this, you can add this info to your CRM to enhance the service you provide your customers.

First, let’s look at customer feedback.

Why Feedback is Important

Before we get into the importance of integration, we want to discuss why surveys are so important to the customer service experience you provide your customers.

Feedback is vital to understanding the desires of your customers and to learn how they feel about you. It’s nearly impossible to improve your customer experience if you don’t ask people what they think.

Asking for input means you can take action quickly.

Because feedback is so important to your success, it doesn’t help you to keep it outside of your CRM. Enhancing the customer experience means seeing the big picture, and that’s best done through integration.

Now let’s discuss why you should integrate your survey results into your CRM.

#1: You Get Immediate Feedback

Integrating your survey into your CRM software gives you more power to convert leads into customers.

For example, if someone contacts you through your website, you can set up an automatic survey to learn more about them. Once you get this feedback, you can qualify the lead based on their survey responses.

#2: You Get to Know Your Customers

Let’s say you use a survey platform like Survey Town, and you have a CRM. If you integrate them, you have access to all of your customers’ information in one place.

For example, you may have a website lead, Bob Smith. You have the info he requested on your contact form. He may have even made a purchase from you, and that information is in your CRM.

You sent out a survey last week, and Bob Smith completed it. Because you have an integrated system, you can see his data in your CRM and use it with the other data to reach out to him and provide him with just what he’s looking for.

Or, conversely, if he hasn’t made a purchase yet, you can send him a survey to learn more about his needs.

#3: Provide Better Customer Service

Your customer just purchased several items from you. Then, you wait about two weeks, and you send them a survey to get their feedback on your products/services.

The survey responses land in your CRM, and you have all the information you need to reach out. This is especially helpful if the comments are negative.

By having this leverage, you may keep bad reviews off social media and Google because you can respond faster.

An integrated system lets you respond to negative experiences and provide immediate solutions which is a win-win for everyone.

#4: You Reach Qualified People

You can use your CRM data to conduct better surveys. For example, if you send a survey on its own, you may not have a way to tie it to a person. But, if you integrate your CRM, you have a better chance of reaching qualified people who give you great feedback.

Customer feedback surveys and customer relationship management systems are uniquely intertwined.

They pack a powerful one-two punch when it comes to building customer relationships and improving their satisfaction.

#5: You Get Your Staff Involved

Another benefit to integrating your survey results and your CRM is the help it provides your employees.

This integration gives your team members the ability to handle leads in a more informed way which in turn helps them convert more of these leads into paying customers.

If closing sales is your goal, integrating your survey results into your CRM is a must-do.

Improve Your Systems

We’ve looked at some ways this integration helps with your customers, but let’s also look at how it helps your business.

When you tie the two together, you simplify your processes. Everything lands in one place, and you aren’t spending time importing lists or manually sending out survey emails. Your integrated feedback and CRM solution does all of this for you.

When you can see your survey results along with the purchases and contacts each customer has had with your business, you have more insight into what works and what doesn’t. (tweet this)

This also helps your sales team and your customer service team because all of the info is in one place.

To Conclude

Marketing in today’s digital climate is all about the customer. You want to get them the right information at the right time, and you want to make sure you’re meeting their needs.

To do this, you may already be sending surveys which is terrific. Increase the power of your surveys by integrating them with your customer relationship management system.

By integrating, you’re also streamlining your systems. This makes your data work harder and allows you to build strong customer relationships.

Combining your survey feedback and your CRM helps you personalize your customer messaging and your marketing targeting.

You can send custom surveys that are tailored to happy as well as unhappy customers, again enhancing the relationship.

Bottom line – your goal is connecting your target audience with your products and services. To do this you not only have to know what they want, but you have to build a relationship.

Integrating your survey results into your CRM helps you connect everything together so you can grow a strong business.

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5 Smart Ways to Improve Your NPS Score

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Are you ready to supercharge your Net Promoter Score (NPS)?

As the game-changing survey, you’ll find that the NPS is the single best way to gauge your customers’ loyalty and find out how willing they are to talk positively about you to family and friends.

In this article, we look at five smart ways to improve your NPS score so you can make your customers happier and increase retention. 

#1: Concentrate on Service

In this day and age, your customers expect incredible customer service. Make sure their experience is seamless and easy. Don’t waste their time and make sure your employees keep the customer at the forefront.

In addition, resolve any conflicts quickly. 

#2: Engage Your Staff

Happy employees mean happy customers.

Treat your employees great, and you can be sure they’ll pass on the good service. An employee who is content at a job is more likely to share those good feelings and culture with your customers. (tweet this)

#3: Listen to Phone Calls

You can improve your NPS by listening to customer calls or watching employee/customer interactions at your place of business.

If an employee falls short, it’s time for some extra training.

#4: Provide Ongoing Training

Customer service training should go on all year long and not just once a year or at new hire on-boarding.

Create a culture of service by working on it on a daily basis.

#5: Say Thank You

You should of course say thank you in your NPS survey, but you also want to consider saying thank you after the results come in.

There are several options for thanking your customers for completing a survey. One way is to send a thank you email, but if you really want to impress, and you know your customer’s name, send them a hand-written note through the mail.

Final Thoughts

Surveys have their place for any business, especially when you want to know how your customers feel about your products and your service.

NPS surveys are important, too, as they give you a clear picture of how your customers feel about you. It helps you learn if you’re excelling or falling short. It also lets you know very specifically if you can count on your customers to be brand advocates, which is important to your overall marketing and growth strategy.

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Understanding Your Survey Results

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You’ve done your due diligence and created a simple, data-rich survey, and the results are pouring in.

Now what?

It’s time to review your survey responses. In this article, we look at understanding your survey results and how to move forward with them.

Display Your Results Visually

The human brain processes visual images 60,000 times faster than it does text.

So, take your data and put it into an image-based format. Think tables and graphs. This makes it easier not only for you, but for the rest of your team, to interpret the results.

Consider tables when looking at precise numbers or when you have just a few comparisons. Use graphs and other imagery when you have more to compare.

Ignore the Outliers

Once you have your survey data in a visually appealing format, you can concentrate on the high points. This means look at the biggest trends and for the initial discussion, ignore the outliers.

At first glance, you’re after the big picture of the data. For example, 15 respondents answered a question the same way, while two people didn’t. Save those outliers for a later discussion because they might even be mistakes.

You don’t want to miss the big picture because you focused on the smallest survey responses. (tweet this)

Use the Data Wisely

Let’s say you conducted a survey, and you wanted 100 responses, but you only got 10.

If your survey was about something as important as a major product change, you might want to send out a few more surveys a respectable time apart to be sure the data is correct.

If you do this, consider revising your survey and asking the question in a new way to elicit more responses.

Once you find your survey data correlates with one another, you can feel safe moving forward with your business change.

Final Thoughts

The best surveys are simple and specific with data that you can take action on. They begin with a well-crafted survey and end with a thorough examination of your survey results.

Finally, before you create your survey, write down its purpose along with what you think you’ll find. Then, you’ll have better results and something to compare them to.

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How To Filter Survey Reports

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When you conduct a survey, you may want to look at your survey from several different angles. Filtering your results can help you do this.

In this article, we look at how to filter survey reports into your report so you can segment your respondents according to how they answered your questions.

Slice and Dice the Data

Using filters in SurveyTown, you can get multiple views of your data by going to the Reporting Tab and using “Filter Results.”

This allows you to compare results based on different groups of respondents. By clicking on “Filter Results,” you can view various data. Simply go step-by-step and choose various data points to filter your responses.

Not only can you filter data by responses, but you can filter it by age, demographic, gender, ratings and more. You will have had to ask for this information in your survey, though, to be able to filter it.

It’s often helpful to explore the similarities and the differences between subgroups in your audience. This helps you identify your strengths, weaknesses and even opportunities. (tweet this) For example, you may find audience members of a certain age rated you five stars when you only expected three of this particular group.

Finally, here are a few suggestions for filtering your survey results. You can filter by:

  • Survey status
  • Response date
  • Question Answers
  • Age and/or Demographics
  • Survey Link – where they accessed your survey

Final Thoughts

You’ll find filtering your survey results beneficial for several reasons.

First, it provides you with more in-depth data and reports on how certain parts of your target populations answered specific questions. Second, filtering your results let you segment your respondents for further communication.

For example, you might filter all the people who answered question number three negatively and send them a follow-up email to try and make things right. Or, if you asked a question pertaining to a potential new product, you could filter out the responses that indicated they’d like to learn more.

Ready to get started filtering your survey results? Head on over to SurveyTown.

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How To Survey Your Customers “Where They Are”

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Many of our customers ask us, “How do I get more responses from my surveys?”

One of our suggestions is to make it as easy as possible for respondents to access and complete your survey.

To help you get more responses, we look at how to survey your customers “where they are.”

First, let’s look at why it’s important to stay in touch with your current customers and their satisfaction levels.

Customer Retention is Vital

In today’s busy, ultra-digital world, it costs at least five times more to acquire a new customer than to retain current ones. For some businesses, the cost of losing a customer amounts to several hundred dollars.

While that doesn’t sound like a lot for one customer, imagine the cost for each five customers you lose – well over $1000.

This is where the customer survey comes in. It allows you to measure customer satisfaction, fix problems in your business, and ultimately retain more customers.

Now let’s look at how to survey your customers where they are by integrating surveys into your daily business activities.

Use Surveys During the Sales Process

We think this is one of the most effective ways to survey your customers and find out more about their interactions with your business.

By integrating customer satisfaction surveys into your sales process, you meet customers right where they are. You can send your survey post-purchase through your email list, or you can even link it from your checkout pages. (tweet this)

It’s advantageous to survey your customers early in their sales cycle during the sales process because it’s fresh in their minds. It also shows your customers that you truly care about customer service.

Early surveys tell your customers their satisfaction is important to you. It pays to let your customers know you are willing to go above and beyond to handle any issues or problems.

Send Surveys Multiple Ways

You know your business best, so you probably know the best avenue for sending surveys. If you don’t know, it’s time to learn where you customers spend their time.

Is it on email, in your app or on their phones? The good news is that you can survey them in any of those places.

Email provides a chance for highly qualitative feedback. Why? This is because the people who respond to email surveys usually care because they are invested in your brand.

These folks are likely to take your survey one step further and even provide answers to your open-ended questions.

Using surveys through your website or mobile app often provide higher response rates, although your responses might not be of the caliber of your email ones.

Customers will usually answer your questions, though, and are less likely to opt out.

When you send surveys out through SMS (text messaging), you’ll find these are an effective and immediate way to interact with your customers.

Text messages beg for a response, and you’ll find your customers more eager to answer short, specific surveys.

Bottom line – it’s not about which method is better. It’s about which channels are the best for your customer base. Where are your customers? Know the answer to this question and meet them where they are.

Review Responses Regularly

We often see businesses who get excited to send surveys, spend a great deal of time crafting questions and putting the survey together, only to shelve their results for “another day.”

Best practice says you should review your customer surveys on a schedule and on an ongoing basis. For example, set aside 30 minutes to review survey data and results at your monthly staff meetings.

By dedicating yourself and your entire team to reviewing customer surveys on a regular business, you create a customer-service oriented culture at your business.

It helps hold everyone accountable, and it gets your team onboard with improving customer service at your business.

In addition, by reviewing survey data at staff meetings, you might find that your team can identify specific customers and elaborate on why they responded the way they did.

For example, if a customer gave you bad rating, or if they left comments, you can discuss this with your team to learn more about any problems and how you can keep them from happening in the future.

You can also use this information to brainstorm on ways to solve problems, and oftentimes respond to customers to try to repair any damage.

Do be careful when sharing survey results with your staff to not make them uncomfortable with the results. Your survey review sessions shouldn’t be “blame games.”

Stay open to listening to your staff members while coaching them to provide better customer service.

Review Surveys with Customers

For businesses who have relationships with their customers and provide a long-term service or product, it can be helpful to meet with them at least once a year to discuss survey results.

This provides you the ability to meet with your customers in person to discuss their survey responses and dig deeper into any issues that may exist.

Go through their answers to learn more and improve your process. You might find that this review process coupled with the initial survey smooths ruffled feathers and may prevent customer loss.

Final Thoughts

You already know that listening to your customers and meeting their needs is key to your success as a business.

Customer surveys are a terrific way to learn more about how your customers feel about you, so you can use the data to improve your company.

But, perhaps you are struggling with how, where and when to survey your customers.

The best way to solve that problem is to survey them where they are. This might be a pop-up survey on your website at the right time in the customer journey, it might be a post-purchase email or a link on the checkout page. Perhaps it’s a text with a link included.

With more options than ever before, you can meet your customers needs and your own by surveying them where they are.

Increasing your response rate gives you a clearer picture for managing and improving your customer service while at the same time improving retention and raising profit levels. 

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How To Interpret Negative Feedback On A Survey

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No business likes to receive negative feedback. It certainly doesn’t feel good.

But, instead of getting defensive and angry, you can turn it into an opportunity for growth and change.

In this article, we look at how to interpret negative feedback on a survey so you can use it to improve your business.

First, let’s look at some steps you can take to evaluate your data.

Interpret the Data

First, you want to read through all of your survey data. Don’t make immediate conclusions because that comes later.

After the initial reading, you can begin organizing the results.

Next, you want to look for patterns in your data. Your online software can help you do this. See which responses were the most popular and note the outliers.

You should start to see a pattern. For example, perhaps more respondents were happy with one of your products, but not another. This is where you’d find what you needed to fix.

For some people, it helps to view the data in a visual format like graphs or charts. Make sure you’re looking at the data in the way that best helps you understand it.

Finally, decide what responses necessitate action from you and make a plan for taking care of the issues.

Really Listen

Your first step in interpreting any negative feedback is to really listen to what your customers are saying. It’s hard to do this right after you read the feedback.

So, take a step back, breathe and return to review it after you’ve calmed down.

Read the response carefully to make sure you understand exactly what your customer is telling you.

Respond to the Customer

If you know the name of the customer who responded negatively, you should contact the respondent within 24 hours.

It’s usually best to respond with a phone call, but if you don’t know the number, you can send an email.

It will mean a lot to your customer that you took the time to call and make things right.

Your goal is to do everything you can to remedy the situation with your customer. This isn’t the time to be defensive or angry. You want to turn an angry customer into a loyal one by the service you provide.

Make sure your customer knows how much you appreciate his/her taking your survey and providing you with feedback. Ask him to give you more information, then apologize and provide solutions.

Make Changes

Once you’ve analyzed your survey data and compiled both your positive and your negative feedback, you are well-poised to make some changes.

Take the negative feedback and discuss it with your team. Brainstorm ways you can prevent this type of feedback in the future while providing the best customer service possible.

You can also take this one step further and craft an email to your survey respondents, thanking them for completing the survey. Then, you want to let them know what steps you are taking to remedy their issues.

This lets all of your customers know you are serious about the survey and truly value their thoughts and opinions. 

Final Thoughts

Perhaps the most important thing about your survey is that you do something with the results, both negative and positive.

It does you no good to send out a survey and ignore the data.

If things are going great, congratulations. But, don’t stop there. Ask yourself how you can make things even better.

When you get negative feedback, you must respond and take action. This shows your customers that you value their comments. It lets them know that as a business, you intend to improve your service and products.

Once you’ve taken the steps necessary to correct your mistakes, consider sending a second survey.

You can ask your customers specific questions that focus on the negative feedback you received from the first survey to find out if you’ve improved.

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5 More Questions To Ask In A Customer Satisfaction Survey

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You’ll find that when crafting your survey, you have several options.

First, you can ask open-ended questions. These questions don’t necessarily have an expected response, and they allow the respondent to craft their own answers.

Another type of question is the matrix, or closed-ended question. This type of question allows you to collect stats and come up with uniform data.

In this article, we look at five more questions to ask in a customer satisfaction survey, and we’re going to look at the matrix question. Let’s define it now.

The Matrix Question

Matrix questions allow you to aggregate stats because they ask respondents to evaluate one or more rows of items using the exact same column choices.

Using the matrix question, you can also use a rating scale, which is a variation of the Matrix question. This allows you to assign weights to each answer.

Now let’s look at five more questions to ask in a customer satisfaction survey using the Matrix question.

We look at how to phrase the questions and set up the rankings for the best results and which questions are ideal for your product or service.

#1:  Matrix with Choices

You can compose a Matrix question that allows respondents to pick one answer per row.

For example, let’s say you just bought a car, and the dealer sends you a survey. One of your Matrix questions might look something like this:

The following qualities were important in my sales manager:

The list would include qualities like approachable, qualified, honest and believable, while the radio button options for each of the qualities would include options to check that include extremely important, very important, somewhat important, slightly important and not at all important.

By keeping your options short and specific, you’re more likely to get accurate responses.

#2:  Matrix with Multiple Answers

In this question, your respondents can provide you with multiple answers.

Using the above example, you might revise the question. It would state, The following qualities are important in my: (select all that apply):

Then, for the options, survey takers are presented with sales manager, finance manager and general manager. For each of those rows, respondents can choose from approachable, qualified, honest and believable.

With just some slight re-working, you can find out how each member of your team performed during the sale of the car.

#3: Matrix with Drop-down Choices

Another option is to include a drop-down menu for respondents.

The question from the above examples could again be re-worked to look like this:

Select the team member you worked with, along with their name and let us know if they were helpful.

To accomplish this, you’d list each of the team members (sales manager, finance manager, general manager) vertically.

Then, in each of their corresponding rows, you provide drop downs for respondents to check the team member’s name and another one to click whether they were helpful.

#4: Matrix with Ratings Scale

The Likert Scale allows survey takers to give a rating for the question on a scale from 0 to 10.

You would mark your scale by two endpoints from lowest to highest.

This type of question is especially helpful when evaluating products.

#5: Contingency Question

Finally, another option is the contingency question. You would ask this in a customer satisfaction survey to weed out people you don’t want responding to your survey.

For example, before sending respondents through to your Matrix question(s), you might ask them questions to find out if your survey still applies to them.

Final Thoughts

Matrix questions are a quick and easy way to build your survey. They are efficient and allow you to collect a lot of data in one question.

You do need to be careful when using them, though.

A table of Matrix questions can be overwhelming on a mobile phone.

So, let’s say you have six rows across, and respondents can choose from five answers. You can break each row up into its own question. You then end up with six separate questions that all have the same five possible answers.

This makes it easy for mobile phone users.

You also want to keep your Matrix questions short. In any given group, stick to five or less options. This helps ensure your respondents answer each row accurately, and that they don’t select the same answer for each question.

Matrix questions are overall a great way to get and interpret your survey questions. Just be careful to keep them short and simple to encourage accurate answers. (tweet this)

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