Scott Monty - Strategic Communications & Leadership Advisor

Scott Monty - Strategic Communications & Leadership Advisor

The future of advertising on TV and video is in peril, Canadians love a good deal, Google+ is more popular than Twitter globally, Facebook continues to change, CEOs are sponsoring digital initiatives, BuzzFeed is the media industry's biggest nightmare, the four types of digital marketer, the promoted tweet that set the customer service world on fire and more, it's This Week in Social Media.

A roundup of relevant links affecting our industry.

Each week at Ford, I compose a newsletter that includes a series of links about current events and trends in the worlds of technology, social media, mobile, communications and marketing in order to keep the wider team up to date on changes, newsworthy items and content that might be useful in their jobs. These are those links.

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When customers businesses people behave badly.  We're told that the customer is always right, but the rise of social media has given customers a virtual megaphone to share their dissatisfaction, and there are times that we see the abuse of the platforms to strong-arm companies into giving them what they want. That's not to say that companies are completely innocent either.  A recent incident and an unrelated publication got me to thinking about poor behavior - by individuals and by companies. By now you've probably heard about the British Airways passenger (@HVSVN) whose luggage was lost and whose anger only grew when the airline's customer service handle on Twitter told him they were only open 9a - 5p. His response was incredulity, but he didn't stop there. Getting nowhere with the customer service team, he then used the self-serve ad platform on Twitter to create a Promoted Tweet: "Don't fly @BritishAirways. Their customer service is horrendous." That's when the press coverage started. First picked up by Mashable, it was also reported by the Telegraph, Guardian, Independent, Daily Mail, the BBC, NBC, Business Insider, the Consumerist, Time, Salon.com, and many more. And now, after an interview with CNN, he revealed the final engagement numbers for his tweet: over 76,800 impressions on Twitter with an 19% engagement rate, thanks to the $1,000 of his own money spent. Think about that for a moment: a customer just spent $1,000 to shame a company he did business with. This means that we're about to enter a new era of online engagement and social media. But this really isn't a social media issue; it's an opportunity to take a good hard look at your customer service practices. As I was preparing this commentary, a blog post from Shel Holtz popped up very much along the same lines ("Promoted complaint isn't a sign of a social media problem. It's a customer service problem.").  Interestingly enough Shel and his podcast partner Neville had a really great 10-minute discussion about an HBR article about using social media to help make online behavior more civil. From the article:
"There's no question that consumers have more power than ever before to call attention to bad products, services, and experiences. But it's equally true that companies also have greater power to call attention to bad customer behaviors."
It's not a matter of public shaming, but of building in processes that can incent good behavior or stave off bad behavior. In British Airways' case, having better access to customer service channels - yes, even on Twitter - during the hours of operation of their business. Three related books on this topic: Attack of the Customers by Paul Gillin; Nice Companies Finish First by Peter Shankman; and Civility in the Digital Age by Andrea Weckerle. Image credit: Stig Nygaard (Flickr)