Why its time to reallocate marketing budget to enhancing customer service & experience
Written by Geordie Devaney on the 26th of January, 2017
As the dust settles over the post-Peak and January Sales battlefield, customer service will continue to fight a rearguard action to close outstanding issues such as returns, credits and fulfilment.
Somewhere else in the business, a rejuvenated and refreshed Marketing Director will submit his or her budget for 2017 with little understanding of 2016 impact or value that customer service and fulfilment have made to retain the loyalty of the existing customer base.
The chaos created by marketing campaigns such as Black Friday, may also have attracted the unwanted attention of a Finance Director who may seek to improve contact centre productivity by reducing headcount and asking team to deliver more with less.
So how should this change the overall marketing strategy?
Quite simply, marketing investment should be made in ensuring that existing customer experience is constantly improved. Omni-channel support is now the only way in which a brand can be the concierge that we, the customer wants it to be. This requires the right technology, a big push on content-driven initiatives such as self-management, contact centre agents who can genuinely resolve and create empathy and reporting tools to pre-empt what we want.
During 2016, we turned this vision into reality for a number of brands. However for the revolution to properly happen, CEOs need to dispel the myth that advertising delivers a better ROI than good customer service and wake up to the power of relationship marketing as a builder of brand equity.